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Majestic Large and Old War Elephant Sculpture. Wat Photharam Temple. Hand Carved. Teak. Thailand.

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    Located in the Rattanakosin Kingdom (the traditional center of power), Wat Photharam (currently called Wat Pho) consists of a Buddhist temple complex. The complex is associated with King Rama I, who in 1782 rebuilt and expanded on an existing temple. Today the temple complex houses… Continue reading

Antique Reclining Sleeping Buddha. Hand Carved. Wood. Mirror & Gems. 24 K Gilt. Nepal

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    The reclining Buddha represents Shakyamuni. It is said that the Buddha knew death was approaching and asked his disciples to prepare a couch for him in a grove of trees. He lay there, reclining on his right side, facing west, with his head supported by his… Continue reading

Very Sacred & Old Tibetan Human Bone Mala – Kapala – Necklace, Tibet

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Detail: There is no question in my mind that these very spiritual human bone beads – carefully hand cut – are authentic and quite old. People donate their own remains to nearby temples and the bones are converted into beads that form a very, very powerful spiritual mala.… Continue reading

Older Vintage / Antique Walking Stick / Cane. Carved Dragon Handle. Indonesia

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Detail: This was purchased from an estate sale in Montana a few years ago. I think it is over 70 years old and was probably hand carved in Indonesia . . . perhaps Java or Bali. 36.5” long with – what looks like – a rubber… Continue reading

God of Wealth Buddha, Jambhala / Kubera Statue, Tibet /Nepal

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Tibetan name is Nam Thos Re. A very distinctive Buddha – right hand holding a conch shell and left – what should be a mongoose (that vomits jewels), there is, instead what looks like a bird. He is dressed in flowing garments and a snake (Naga) around his… Continue reading

Wood Cermonial Water Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a “safe passage” mask and it is displayed in ceremonies to placate and pacify dangerous water spirits (whirlpools, upsetting canoes, pulling paddlers out of the boat, etc.). Shell eyes and orange accents with a very high forehead and the connection of the nose to… Continue reading

Hand Carved, Hand Painted Mask, Bali, Indonesia

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Detail: Carved from a solid block of tropical Balaloo wood, this mask is then hand painted by skilled woodcarvers. Late 1900’s. Sorry, this item has been sold. CONTACT US for other items that have similar characteristics.
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