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Dehua White Porcelain Kwan-yin Guanyin Buddha on Lotus Blossom. China.

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    You have heard my many descriptions of Kwan-yin or Guanyin…. Goddess of Mercy or “The One Who Perceives the Sounds of the World” or “The Most Widely Loved Buddhist Divinity”.   But what I might not have mentioned is that some Buddhists believe that when a fellow follower… Continue reading

Brass / Bronze Dragon Cane Head. China.

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  Just pull or saw off your old boring cane head and stick this elegant and cultural head on the end of the cane stick.   The mythological creature called a Dragon – the pattern of royal epithets in history – is believed to symbolize power, strength and fortune… Continue reading

Brass Phoenix Statue. Sculpture. In Flight. High Quality Casting. China.

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  MAGNIFICIENT! Male and female Phoenix’s are called fenghuang and reign over other mythological birds in Asia. Most likely thought of as “huang” (female) now, their feathers are of five colors: black, white, green and yellow… corresponding with Confucius’ five virtues: Ren – benevolence / charity /… Continue reading

Vintage Translucent White Onyx Lamp, Burma

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Detail: I acquired this in 2001 from an antique dealer in Nebraska. This dealer said he acquired it from a WW II Veteran who brought it back from Burma in the early 1940s. This makes sense since the Americans had reopened the Burma Road in late 1940… Continue reading

Dehua Porcelain Guardian Deity / Figure, China

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Detail: Many Chinese put this type of statue in the hallways or entrances of their home to guard and bless the family. Solid feeling and smooth are two of the indicators of Dehua porcelain. Dehua is located in the Fujian Province of China and is one… Continue reading

Bronze Foo Dog and Ram Ashtray / Bowl, Asia

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Detail: I have had this forever to hold miscellaneous office things. It is old and unique. Two faces appear: one is a ram and the other – with mouth open for the smoke to flow – is a foo dog face. Circa late-1800s to… Continue reading

Bronze Sculpture – Horse & Swallow – Ma ta fei yan Statue, China

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Detail: The running horse with its right hind hoof on a swallow is a familiar cultural relic from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 to 220 AD). I have seen many of these over the last 20 years but I especially like this one with its elegant and delicate… Continue reading

Antique Chinese Warrior Spear Head – Military Weapon, North China

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Detail: This spear head comes from northern China near the Manchurian border and was used as a military weapon. The shaft is long-gone but the housing for the shaft sits on the lower part of a brass piece connecting it to the main spear. Rust and corrosion… Continue reading

Brass Wind Chime, China

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Detail: Very well crafted with new strings. Deep rich tones with a coy fish weight to sound the chimes. Nice patina. Circa mid-1960’s to mid-1970’s. Good condition.

Antique, Old Set of Four Brass / Bronze Hanging Gong Bells / Chimes, China

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Detail: This are an antique set probably from the mid- to late-1800’s. There is some wear to the paint and lacquer. Purchased from an Asian antique dealer in Sherburne New York in 1999.   These bells have been sold. Thanks M.C.!
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