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18th Century Hand Carved Wooden Corbel.  Hindu.  Temple.  Architectural.  Wenge Wood.  Sculpture. Tamil Nadu. India.

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  A stunning and sizable corbel hand carved in Wenge wood with a horse riding deity (most likely Shiva) and a subordinate horse below.  It reminds me of the monolithic pillars with sculptures of riders on the backs of wild horses  . . . trampling their enemies below.… 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

Stone Scorpion Scarab.  Amulet.  Paperweight.  Figure.  Heliopolis.  Egypt.

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    This large amulet is not really a scarab, even though the scorpion is strongly associated with scarabs.  The reason is that scorpions are common on the belly side of scarab beetle figures.   Scorpions like this are associated with the Egyptian goddess of Serket.  She was… Continue reading

Ceremonial Phurba.  Mahakala. Hand carved in Boxwood.  Hand polished.  Kathmandu Valley.  Nepal

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    The phurba – aka kila – was and is used as a ritual implement to signify stability on sacred grounds/earth  during ceremonies.   As a tool of exorcism, the kila can hold demons in place . . . binding and pinning down negative energies from the mind… Continue reading

The Temple:  Meeting Place of Heaven and Earth.  New Book. Lundquist.

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  The idea of a temple as a holy precinct, the meeting place of heaven and earth, is central to many of the world’s religions.  Offering a wide-ranging study of sites of worship, from tomb-temples of ancient Egypt to the temple of Hephaistos in Athens, the Kaabah in Mecca… 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

Majapahit Kingdom Sandstone Head Fragment.  Estate find.  Bali.

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    A Majapahit Kingdom – one of the last major Hindu empires of the Malay archipelago – in eastern Java from 1293 to around 1500.  The Majapahit society developed a high degree of sophistication in both commerical and artistic activities . . .  yielding a cosmopolitan population… Continue reading

Old Solid Sandstone Parvati. Gauri.  Bust.  Head.  India

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    Parvati is a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children and devotion.  Add to that:  divine strength and power . . .  which seems to sum up what is positive in the world today.   The esotericstuff.com thing to know is that Parvati is… Continue reading

Bronze and Copper Hanging Monastery Incense Burner.  Censer.  Hand Crafted.  Master Temple Quality.  Sherpa Monastery.  Sherka.  Rare.  Tibet.  Northeast Nepal.

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  I have located yet another of these rare burners / censers – although a bit smaller – but just as fascinating!   Around the turn of the 19th Century and into the 20th Century, little is known or recorded about the monasteries that were built by the Sherpas in… Continue reading

Large Balinese Garuda with Vishnu Riding.  Hindu.  Temple Art.  Wood.  Ubud.  Bali.  Indonesia

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  Truly Stunning!   By now you know the significance of this Hindu deity riding between the Garuda (protector) wings.  If not, ask me.  I have books on the symbolism         .   Carved in the 1940s -1950s in the town of Ubud in the… Continue reading
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