Global Art & Artifacts

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Bronze Gilt Statue. Figure. Lama Tsongkhapa. Scholar and Saint. Tibet

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    The history of Buddhism in Tibet has been turbulent, going through periods of revival and decline. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born in the Tsongkha Valley of Amdo province, northeast Tibet. He was a Buddhist scholar and saint who lived in Tibet during a time when Buddhist teachings… Continue reading

Large Balinese Garuda with Vishnu Riding. Hindu. Temple Art. Wood. Ubud. Bali. Indonesia

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  Truly Stunning!   By now you know the significance of this Hindu deity riding between the Garuda (protector) wings. If not, ask me. I have books on the symbolism .   Carved in the 1940s -1950s in the town of Ubud in the… Continue reading

Museum Quality 11th Century Khmer Sculpture. Jayavarman II Era. Angkorian-styled. Sandstone. Cambodia

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    Jayavarman II was a 9th-century king of Cambodia, widely recognized as the founder of the Khmer Empire, the dominant civilization on the Southeast Asian mainland from the 10th Century until the mid 15th century. He has been regarded as the king who laid the foundation of the Angkor… Continue reading

Wood Garuda Statue, Indonesia

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Detail: Well known in Hindu religion, this statue was hand carved in Indonesia. My best guess is Java. Nice details and also a gold gilt in various places on the statue to add good contrast and definition. Circa mid-1900’s. From a “Garuda” collector… Continue reading

Silver / Nickel Tara Avalokiteswora Statue, Nepal / Tibet

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Detail: This is a gorgeous and highly detailed Avalokiteswora of the Buddhist Pantheon. Believed to protect human beings while they cross the ocean of existence. Precious ornaments adorn her body. The sealed bottom shows an engraved design that I believe is the crossed-Vajra, symbolizing the principle… Continue reading

Bronze Ganesh / Ganesha Chaturthi Statue, Nepal / Northeast India

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Detail: Five-headed, multi-armed Ganesh originally acquired from an Indian woman who was living in Thailand until the mid-1980. It appears to have a number of coats of colored lacquer applied. I acquired it from an art collector in San Francisco in 2000. In very good condition. Circa early- to mid-1900s. Stand not included.

Bronze Ganesh / Ganesha Chaturthi Atop Kalinga / Kaliya the Serpent Statue, Nepal / South India

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Detail: Ganesh and Krishna often share the same poses and symbols. Kalinga – the snake – is most often associated with Lord Krishna. Cast in bronze with lost wax method. Circa early- to mid-1900s. Acquired from a gallery in Columbus Ohio in 1999. In very good condition.

Bronze Avalokitesvara Consecrated Temple Buddha, China

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Detail: This is one of my favorite temple bronze statues. Not quite the 1000 arms (although there are many hundreds cast in the background) but this Buddha does have the 7 heads. The double Dorje or Wisha Vajra is stamped on its metal base and represents… 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

Silver / Nickel Seated Namgyalma Buddha Statue, Tibet

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Detail: Seated in the Dhyana Asana position, this 8-armed Buddha is gesturing with the Dharmachakra (Teaching). The three faces of this Buddha have similar serene expressions. Silver / nickel composite. Great detail especially on the head dress. Bottom is sealed with a metal cover. Circa mid-1900’s. In fine condition.
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