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  • Thumbnail for Samsara (Wheel of rebirth) (Thangka)
    Samsara (Wheel of rebirth) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 64 (L) x 39 (W) inches. This is a common Tibetan theme that represents a dynamic vision of karma and the cycles of rebirth in various forms, both coarse and subtle, earthly, heavenly and hellish. All are driven by the beastly desires symbolized by the snake, bird and pig located at the center of the wheel. The twelve causes of rebirth are shown on the rim while the six conditions of birth are shown inside the wheel. The wheel is held in the grasp of Yama, the lord of death. The message here is that the teachings of the Buddha offer a path to escape from this world of endless change and suffering.

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    Amitabha (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 64 (L) x 34-1/2 (W) inches. Amitabha is depicted here at the center of his paradise flanked by Avalokiteshwara and Padmasambhava. Below are eight bodhisattavas, musicians, a devotee and two monks on lotuses. Painted in the Central Tibetan style.

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    Padmarupa (Thangka) - detail by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

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    Chenrezig - reverse side by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

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    Wheel of Life by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

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    Horn and Silver Snuff Bottle by Unknown

    1-7/8 inches (W) x 2-3/4 (H). Snuff bottle, horn with silver mounts set with various,gemstones.

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    Shakyamuni Stong Sku (or 1000 Bodies) Thangka by Unknown

    54 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Painting on cloth in U-Tri, central Tibetan style. Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha, sits cross legged in the middle in the teaching pose with 49 other representations of Buddha I the background. The central figure is line drawn in orange in on a blue and orange lotus throne with a blue and gold rayed halo. On the reverse is a poem compose by Phurchok Champa, tutor of the 13th Dalai Lama in gold ink and a mantra in black ink. this thangka is a reproduction of one of a series of 21 thangkas commissioned by Champa Tsultrim and Changchub Gelek. This type of repetitive multi-image thangka was done in order to gain merit. Mounted as a scroll with red and gold silk brocade frames on polychrome floral silk brocade with yellow and red silk dust covers and plain silver scroll ends.

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    Hexagonal Ga’u by Unknown

    4-1/8 (L) x 3-3/4 (W) inches. Hexagonal silver G'au or reliquary box with a beaded rim and scrolling leaf filigree design on the lid which is fitted with three turquoise and four red glass beads, each bound with red leather. The back has a removable base plate made of tin stamped with English Lettering: "Stand and Fire." The cover fitted on one side with a long looped ring and a pointed bead on the other.

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    Phurpa by Unknown

    8-1/8 (L) x 7/8 (W) inches. This cast brass phurpa has three faces of wrathful deity at the end followed by a hexagonal knot, a double lotus flower grip, another knot, and head of a makara holding the tripartite iron blade with gilded nagas emerging from the mouth of the makara.

  • Thumbnail for Siling Poba (Man's Drinking Bowl)
    Siling Poba (Man's Drinking Bowl) by Unknown

    5 (Dia) x 2-3/8 (H) inches. Silver-lined wood burl man's drinking cup, with a high gadrooned silver foot.

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    Seated Buddha by Unknown

    6 inches (H) x 3-3/4 (W) x 2-1/2 (Depth).

  • Thumbnail for Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) (Thangka)
    Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 47-3/4 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Padmasambhava was the Indian Guru who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, where he is credited with founding the Nyingmapa sect. He is shown surrounded by mahasiddhas (great yogic adepts) and manifestations of his various forms. Above, from right, are Vajrahana and consort, Vajrapani, Amitabha, two mahasiddhas, an unidentified figure, Mahakala and consort, Chenrezi, a Dakini, Lodan chrogsre, Nyama Oxer, and Shakyasengge. Flanking him ae his tow consorts, Mandarawa and Yeshetsogyal. Below are a protective deity, Guru Sengge, lion headed Dakini, Dorje Drolo, Rahu, Begtse, a guardian figure, Dorje Legspa on a snow lion, and a group of heavenly musicians on another snow lion in the lower right.

  • Thumbnail for White Tara, Amitayus, and Ushnishavijaya: Three Long-Life Deities - Thangka (Thangka)
    White Tara, Amitayus, and Ushnishavijaya: Three Long-Life Deities - Thangka (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 49 (L) x 27-3/4 (W) inches; mounted on silk brocade backing. White Tara is the goddess of long life. A small image of Amitabha Buddha is in her crown. Her right hand is in the gift-giving gesture (varada mudra) while her left holds up a peony. In front of her are offerings flanked by Amitayus and Vijaya. Executed in the Kham style.

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    Damarupa - Thangka by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk brocade backing, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Damarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and an ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

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    Padmarupa (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

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    Chinese Invasion of Tibet and Escape of the Dalai Lama by Unknown

    This significant sketch shows a Chinese plane bombing a monastery, Tibetan books being burned and a Chinese soldier pulling down a statue of the Buddha. In the foreground a Chinese soldier is depicted with a rifle chasing the young, unarmed Dalai Lama out of Tibet. This naive image illustrates in summary fashion a Tibetan's interpretation of the 1959 Chinese invasion of his homeland produced soon after the event . While it is technically less skilled than some others in this series, it combines historical and aesthetic values to produce an image juxtaposing stylized innocence with military violence. This image is of enduring political significance insofar as the Chinese occupation of Tibet is an enduring problem continuously addressed by non-violent means by the Tibetan Government in Exile located in India, largely ignored by an international community ever more eager to make money in China. 27-5/8 (L) x 21-1/2 (W) inches.

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    Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

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    Mahakala by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

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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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    Wheel of Life - reverse side by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

  • Thumbnail for Sakyamuni
    Sakyamuni by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

  • Thumbnail for Padmasambhava Thangka
    Padmasambhava Thangka

    47-3/4 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Padmasambhava, a follower of Vajrayana Buddhism is credited with subduing and incorporating the native Tibetan Tsug religious deities into the Buddhist pantheon and founder of the Nyingmapa sect. Padmasambhava as Gurau Rimpoche (the Precious Teacher) is seated in the center on a lotus throne, surrounded by other manifestations of himself, mahasiddas and other deities. He is dressed in layered yellow, green blue and red voluminous robes and wears his red and gold peaked mitre hat topped with a golden dorje or ritual staff, against his left shoulder and in his raised right hand he holds a dorje. On either side of him are consorts, Mandarawa and Yeshetsogyal. Above, from left to right are Vajrahana and his consort in YabYum, Vajrapani, Amitabha, and two Mahasiddas; followed by unidentified figure, Mahakara Yab Yum, Chenrezi, Dakini and Lodan Chrogsre; Nyma Ozer and Shakyasengge. Below him are an unidentified protective deity Guru Sengge, Lion-head Dakini and Dorje Drolo; Rahu, Begtse, an unidentified Dam Chen guardian; Dorje Legspa on a snow lion in the left corner, a group of heavenly musicians and Tsering Ma on a snow lion in the right corner. On the reverse are two mantric inscriptions: Om ah hum and a dedication in black ink. Mounted as a scroll with red and yellow silk brocade frames on green brocade with painted yellow and red silk dust cover and plain silver scroll ends.

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    Padmasambhava Guru Rimpoche by Unknown

    4 inches (H) x 1-1/4 (D) x 2-1/2 (W)Figure, bronze with traces of pigment, seated Buddha, sealed base.

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    Seated Jambhala Serpo by Unknown

    6 inches (H) x 3-3/4 (W) x 2-1/2 (Depth). Figure, silver, seated Buddha with traces of pigment.

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    Double - Ended Vajra by Unknown

    5 (L) x 1-5/8 (W) inches. Brass dorje with two openwork pronged ends composed of makara heads (composite aquatic and semi-aquatic creatures) with their tongues protruding, resting on a lotus flower with a plain bulge in the center where the dorje is to be held. The latter separated by rows of narrow beading.