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Old Shrine Vessel. LP Thad Alms / Offering Bowl. With lid. Ayutthaya. Thailand

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    This is an old authentic shrine alms bowl used to celebrate Luang Phor Tuad (aka LP Thaud), a legionary high priest of Buddhism. His story starts from the Kingdom of Ayutthaya period (circa 1580 A.D.) and he lived during the reign of King Maha Dhammaraja. LP… Continue reading

Old and Rare Naga Snake Mask / Statue. Lersi Hermit Monk. Sage. Clay. Ayutthaya, Thailand

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    The Lersi hermit tradition reaches back to before Buddha when holy men visited baby Buddha. They were elderly, with long hair and beards . . and wearing tiger skins. They are most often depicted carrying malas with huge beads and with walking sticks embellished with… 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

Brass Naga Protected Buddha Statue, Thailand

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Detail: This is the second type of Lopburi-styled Buddha, a style which thrived in the 13th Century. Here Buddha is mediating while Naga (Muchalinda) forms a shelter from a demon (Mara). From an American who lives in Thailand and enjoys a solid reputation there. Good condition. Circa late-1800’s or early-1900’s.

Bronze Khmer Buddha Statue with Naga Hood, Thailand / Siam

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Detail: A 7-headed Naga (Muchalinda) hood rises over the Buddha seated on a snake coil. Mara (a demon who wants to kill spiritual life) has sent a violent rainstorm in order to distract the Buddha from his meditation but the Naga forms a hood to protect him… Continue reading

Mahogany or Ireng Garuda & Vishnu Hindu Statue, Bali, Indonesia

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Garuda’s origins are in Indonesia about 2000 years ago. In Buddhist culture. Garudas are called the Bird of Life and the Nagas and Kirata are its enemies. Here Garuda – with Hindu Vishnu (god of life) on his back – is in a fight with guardians and a… Continue reading

Chhepu, Shrine Protector Mask, Nepal

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Chhepu (Chepu) is the brother of Garuda and is known for his bravery. He has been given a place at the top of many main shrines as the “protector” from all dangers. Nagas (snake like dragons) are his main food… yuk. This is carved from a single… Continue reading

Bidayuh Amulet / Pendant, Borneo

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Detail: The Bidayuh are indigenous peoples found in southern Sarawak, Borneo. This amulet created from Sus Scrofa (wild boar tusk) and a carving in deer horn forms a trophy nearly 360 degrees in shape. The carving is of a Naga or dragon head. This pendant would… Continue reading

Wall Panel Double Headed Naga, Java, Indonesia

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Detail: In Hinduism, the Nagas (snake) are an ancient race of snake-humans that brought fertility. In Java, these are wealthy underworld deities in a more dragon form. The two dragons have eight deities on their back and were thought to be creators of time itself. This wall art panel dates… Continue reading

Batak Medicine Horn / Container, Sumatra

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Detail: From Batak tribes of Northern Sumatra. Wood and buffalo horn. Naga / Singa head in front with ASO heads (human-like ancestor spirits) on the back and on the tip of the horn. A Cicak (a small nocturnal lizard found in most houses) is carved into the horn representing deities… Continue reading
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