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Silver / Nickel Composite Tara Avalokiteswora Statue, Buddha, Nepal / Tibet

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  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 of… Continue reading

Antique Tibetan Shakyamuni Buddha. Bronze.  Patina.   Bhumisparsa. Himalayan Foothills. Nepal

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    Although there are various Buddhas with many names, forms and who play multiple roles . . . . it is the Buddha Shakyamuni that we refer to when we say “the Buddha.”   Historically, Shakyamuni Buddha was a spiritual master who lived and taught in modern day India… Continue reading

Silver Alloy Multi-string Chain Bib Necklace. Jewelry.  Tharu People.  Terai Region. Nepal

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    Handcrafted by a Tharu artisan.   The Tharu – residing in the southern foothills of the Himalayas (Terai Region) of Nepal – are well known for their festivals, rituals, and exorcisms . . .  and jewelry like this.   Acquired from a collector’s estate in New… Continue reading

Shakyamuni Buddha.  Bronze.  Statue.  Sculpture. Buddhism.  Dhyana Mudra. Kumbum Monastery. Tibet

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      This is a traditional representation of the Shakyamuni Buddha who lived and taught in India in the 6th Century B.C.E., a time of flourishing religious and philosophical thought from Greece to China.   The physical characteristics of him seated in the lotus position of meditation, legs crossed,… Continue reading

Rare Master Quality Handcrafted Tantric Oracle Cap.  Crown. Tibet.

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    Tibetan Oracles?  Well, before Buddhism, there were Bons.  Bons were a particular type of priest who performed rituals to gain the favor of local spirits and ensure the well-being and safety of the dead in the afterlife.  Much, much later and under the influence of… Continue reading

Old Hand Carved Shakyamuni Buddha Head.  Statue.  China.

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    Shakyamuni aka Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism.  Shakya was the tribe/clan to which his family belonged.  . He was the son of Shuddhodana, the king of the Shākyas, a small tribe whose kingdom was located in the foothills of the Himalayas, south of… Continue reading

Authentic Master Quality Bronze and Crystal Tantrik Kapala.  Handcrafted.  Nepal.

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  A true tantrik (a doctrine of enlightenment of the oneness of one’s self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras, mudras and exotic rites; especially influential in Tibet).  Kapala were made from a human skull bone / cap,… Continue reading

Phenomenal Bronze Garuda Mask.  Hinduism.  Buddhism. Deity. Tibet. Nepal.

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    The mythical deity – Garuda – has a ton of spiritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism.  In Hinduism, Garuda is most often found mounted on the back of Vishnu, as the god’s protector.   Here the Garuda – with a snake in its beak – symbolizes the… Continue reading

Bronze Winged Garuda.  Winged Bird.  Buddhism.  Anthropomorphic.  Statue.  Figure.  Tibet

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    Garuda is a mythological bird of the dharma protector and Astasena in Buddhism.  King of birds with an anthropomorphic form.  Protector with power to go anywhere at anytime.  Sometimes depicted with a snake or demon in their mouths.   Redpoll is commonly associated with this… Continue reading

Old Bon Jhakri Tantric Phurba.  Wood.  Banjhakri.  Nepal.

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    You all know about the use of this Phurba… how it is and was used in the construction of sacred buildings to drive away hatred and demonic obstacles.   But here is a new twist to its formation.  Banjhakri are “forest or wilderness” shamanic deities.  They… Continue reading
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