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Tibet

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

Warrior Short Sword. Brass Scabbard.  Dragon.  Bhutan / Tibet

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    Strong, straight, single-edged blade with scabbard and hilt covered with brass finish with wire-wrapped grip.  Scrollwork and engraving with a rare five-toed dragon . . representing dignity and honor.   Commonly used during the 18th and 19th Centuries.   . . . a rarity for dragons… Continue reading

Old and Rare Bronze Tripod Censer.  Buddhist Incense Burner. Early 1800’s. Temple.  Tibet.

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    Bowl formed into censer with reinforced mouth rim, lion head handles and feet. Used specifically in temples where there are high standards of quality.   Xuande mark?  Not sure as this mark originally came out of the Xuande period (1400s).  The mark was used often after… Continue reading

Artisan Hand-Hammered 10” Master Singing Bowl.  F Frequency. 349HZ.  Healing.  NW. Katmandu

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    This master Tibetan singing bowl is handmade (hammered) and consists of seven metals from a bronze alloy.   Such master bowls are thought to have more power resonating during meditation, Chakra healing and body therapy.   Many people are using this specific 349Hz frequency for healing while others… 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

Tsa Tsa Tablet.  Fragment.  Terracotta.  Vajrayana Buddhist.  Tibet

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  Tsa Tsa, a form of Tibetan Buddhist art, has been around for centuries.  A metal mold is made containing the hollowed, reversed image of a deity, stupa or other sacred symbol.  Clay is applied to the mold and left to harden.   Making tsa tsa’s is one… 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

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
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