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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

Gan Bronze. Snake with Rider. Serpent. Carving. Sculpture. Burkinabe People. Burkina Faso. Africa.

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    A lost wax casting and just like others the mold is destroyed every time resulting in a unique and original piece from Burkina Faso. So this is the only piece like this you will ever see.   The Gan ethnic group believe that the serpent possesses protective… Continue reading

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

Snake / Cobra / Viper / Serpent. Taxidermy: Spitting Cobra, Jakarta Indonesia

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Detail: YIKES!! Where did this come from?? Java Indonesia. It is probably a guy thing. And, it is NOT in Lucite. It is NOT behind glass. It is NOT alive . . . now. This is excellent taxidermy of a magnificent… 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 Chinese Horoscope / Astrology / Calendar Cobra Statue with Chinese Signs, China

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Detail: This is a great piece, obviously made for the Year of the Snake (or Sign of the Snake). That could have been for 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, etc. With a origination date near mid-1900’s, it might have been for 1953’s celebration of the Year of… Continue reading

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

Large Metal Religious Figure / Statue, Tibet

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Detail: The style looks very familar to me but I cannot put my finger on its identity. This might be a more contemporary-styled statue . . . in metal with a unique rust texture and color covering. The face and headdress looks… Continue reading
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