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    Kubera

    Dark, red sandstone artifact from Madhya Pradesh. 6 x 4.5 x 3 inches. One of the guardians of the eight directions, Kubera belongs to a class of ancient folk deities called yakshas, who were adopted by Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. He represents the power of monetary wealth. He conventionally holds a bowl or pomegranate in his right hand and a moneybag in his left. A mongoose that has the power to vomit a wish-fulfilling gem normally accompanies him. This is a fine quality image that was originally made as an architectural detail for a Hindu temple.

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    Stucco head of Buddhist divinity

    This probably comes from a site (Hadda or Taxila) in present day Afghanistan. These pieces are noteworthy for their great antiquity. They display characteristics of a late Hellenistic visual language synthesized with that of contemporary northern India. Aside from their obvious historical and art historical significance, they could also be useful in broader academic discussions of processes we now call globalization in antiquity.

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    Tiger claw

    Mounted in gold filigree setting depicting a Naga or dragon. The records indicate that this is a piece of ""Royal Javanese"" jewelry. It is a very finely crafted work. The exquisitely delicate gold-work contrasts with the bold, organic simplicity of the tiger's claw to make a striking visual impression. Qing dynasty Chinese product, or a Javanese version of a Chinese piece done by a Chinese jeweler living in Java.

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    Chinese silk painting of peonies in a garden

    38 1/2 x 17 1/8 ink and color on silk textile of peonies in a garden. These appear to be a pair of fine Chinese bird and flower paintings cut from their original mounts and provided with matching frames.

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    Maitreya(?)Bodhisattva in grey schist

    Hands in gesture of meditation (dhyana mudra). Seated in lotus posture (padmasana).

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    Japanese women woodblock print by Yoshitsuma?

    9 13/16 x 14 5/16 Japanese wooblock print of women outside.

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    Thai Standing Buddha sculpture

    7 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 1 3/4 bronze of mortar sculpture of a large hand from a standing Buddha, Sukothai style.

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    Thai bronze Buddha head

    Thai bronze artifact of a Buddha head with a base, Sukhothai style.

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    Japanese carving of a mouse eating a persimmon

    The bushy tail leads the viewer to suspect that it may be a squirrel. One of the inlaid eyes is missing. Apparently made for retail sale.

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    Japanese colored lithograph-#7

    20x26 Japanese colored lithograph depicting one of the eight scenes from the Sino-Japanese War.

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    Vertical painting of bird and flowers

    Vertical painting of bird, lotus, and autumn grasses.

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    Japanese colored lithograph-#2

    20x26 Japanese colored lithograph depicting one of the eight scenes from the Sino-Japanese War.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a person and monkey in a banyan tree above a reclining cow. Batuan

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    One of three Balinese paintings of cockfight

    Three paintings depicting cock fights. Two are probably from Peliatan and one from Ubud.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Woman with offerings headed toward a shrine accompanied by a young boy. Batuan

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    Balinese painting

    Dance and music offering in a temple. Peliatan(?)

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a holy man in the forest, Batuan

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    Painted wood window frame and doors.

    Made for retail sale as a hanging display. Rajasthan, India. This is a traditional form painted on both sides to be seen from inside the house and out, however it was made for sale and display rather than architectural use. The paint has given an artificially antiqued surface treatment to enhance its marketability.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Hanuman flying upside down in the sky above a Balinese landscape holding the sun painted with the image of deity. Batuan Bali. Dutch writing on reverse: Dewa Ny(? Nyoman?) Tjiela(?) 1014 [unintelligible] van Hanoeman und Dewa Renjani Batara Soerea [the sun god Surya?] gieft her nee kam (?)

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    Mahakala Thanka

    Gold line on red background.Made for ritual purposes. An almost identical thanka is identified as Begtse Mahakala, Central Tibet, 18th century, in Desire and Devotion (P. Pal, 2001). It is best examined with a magnifying glass, as its true glory is seen in the fine details and the exquisite subtlety of the modeling of the main figure.

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    Lacquer box

    In shape of a peacock. It is painted in complex red and black patterns, somewhat after the Chinese manner. The bird however is a cross between a local chicken and an Indian peacock. It is unclear what this might have been made for, but it appears to be 75-100 years old or more.

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    One of three Balinese paintings of cockfight

    Three paintings depicting cock fights. Two are probably from Peliatan and one from Ubud.

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    Porcelain bowl

    Reign marks on base should be identified by a specialist, but point to construction during the Qing dynasty.

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    Winged lion (simha)

    Architectural sculpture (post support).

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    Bronze bowl

    Signs of the zodiac. This is a vessel for sacred liquids prepared and used in Hindu Tantric ritual. In the interior bottom is a strange, quasi-anthropomorphic (phallic?) figure. It appears to have a Kadiri inscription of 4 characters above the sign for Sagittarius. Mummy-like anthropomorphs are repeated above the zodiac, interspersed with figures in the so-called East Javanese Wayang style. This is a very old and significant ritual object. The figures on the surface are ancestral to the Wayang Kulit puppets in the Dickinson collection. At one time it would have had a lid. An almost identical piece, with lid, is published among the national treasures of Indonesia's National Museum in Art of Indonesia: Pusaka, H. Soebadio (ed), 1992, page 114).