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Phurba Phurpa in Bronze with Mahakala Head. Buddhism. Nepal

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    A traditionally styled Phurba. This is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. Originally used to mark out the perimeter of the construction of temples and monastery, it is still used in religious and sacred ceremonies.   I have an accompanying older “stunning” case… 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

Hand Carved Male Spirit Figure, Keram River, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a representation of the sacred cockatoo bird man from Papua New Guinea. Hand carved. Museum quality and in very good condition. Circa mid-1900s. From an antiquities dealer / collector in Noosa Head Australia. Stunning! For the Serious Collector. I’m sorry, this item has been sold.

Authentic Judaic Terra Cotta Oil Lamp, Israel Middle East

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Oil lamps appear in the Torah and other Jewish sources as a symbol of “lighting” the way for the wise and righteous. Oil lamps and the light they give were important household items as well as being used in many spiritual rituals. I have had this single nozzle terra… 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

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.

Wooden 17th Century Shan Burmese Temple Buddha, Shan States of Northern Burma / Myanmar

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Detail: This unbelievable 17th Century Buddha is a classic Shan Buddha from the Shan States. The detail and coloring are superb and the iconography is accurate for a late 17th Century date. This Buddha sits on a throne in the Bhumisparsa mudra posture calling the earth to… Continue reading

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
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