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Indonesian Ceremonial Dance Mask. Wood. Hand Painted. Cirebon. Java. Indonesia

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    This mask was used in a dramatic form of Indonesian dance called Topeng. Such masks are used to interpret traditional stories concerning fabled kings, heros and myths.   Hand made and hand painted in the mid-1900s and acquired in Cirebon in West Java (about 200 miles east… Continue reading

Miniature Manjushri Thangka. Scroll. Printed. Silk. China.

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    Manjushri (aka The Gentle Glory) is the oldest / most significant Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and is the embodiment of transcendent wisdom.   His right hand holds a flaming sword, which represents the sharpness of prajna that can cut through the growth of suffering and the net of… 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

Old Tibetan Monastery Thangka Tangka. Shechen. Nepal / Tibet

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Vairocana, the celestial sun Buddha. It is the oldest Dhyani (mediation) Buddha. Face and most trim designs are in 24k gold paint. The embroidery work is vibrant. The painting is rich and in very good condition. From the mid-1900s.   The artisan who designed and… Continue reading

19th Century Wooden Painted and Gold-Gilt Horse Statue, China

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Detail: This horse was carved in ZheJiang province, southeast China back in the 19th Century. Excellent workmanship. Some of the applied paint and gold has started to crack and expand around the neck (see images). However, it is very stable. Acquired from an Asian… Continue reading

Stone Buddha Head / Statue / Sculpture, China

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Detail: Bodhisattva. Carved from solid stone in a village north of Beijing. It has been in one family for a couple of generations. Applied paint has faded but still evident. Could easily be mounted and displayed in a garden or in a special place… Continue reading

Small Filigree Ceramic Vase, China

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Detail: This is really unique. It looks to be a filigree process where finely twisted gold wire for the outline of various flowers and leaves. . . after being hand painted. Really unique. The base shell could be porcelain. From a Beijing dealer. Circa mid- to late- 1900’s. 4” tall.… Continue reading
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