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  • Thumbnail for Maitreya(?)Bodhisattva in grey schist
    Maitreya(?)Bodhisattva in grey schist

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

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    Thai Seated Buddha sculpture

    13 x 4 1/2 x 3 bronze with gilt sculpture of a large hand from a seated Buddha in the Sukothai style.

  • Thumbnail for Cotton hood-side view 2
    Cotton hood-side view 2

    Hood made of Japanese cotton and old Japanese kimonos. From Hokkaido.

  • Thumbnail for Japanese wooden statue of the Juni Shinsho
    Japanese wooden statue of the Juni Shinsho

    20 1/2h x 8 1/2w x 6 1/2 d Wooden statue of one of the Juni Shinsho, (12 Devine Generals) Guardian attendants for Yakushi Buddha.

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    Blue Jambhala

    Blue Jambhala in his wrathful aspect, associated with the Aksobhya Buddhas, with mongoose in left hand, skull bowl in right, crowned by Aksobhya, standing on Kubera, who vomits jewels. A pot full of jewels sits in the deity's lotus throne. Jambhala, who appears in several colors and iconographic forms, is a deity for wealth, prosperity, and success. (De Mallman notes that Jambhala is sometimes included in the Ratnasambhava class)

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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 This is a fine quality image that was originally made as an architectural detail for a Hindu temple.

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    Set of imperial ceremonial armor- helmet back view

    Set of armor including inner skirt, outer skirt, vest, jacket, shoulder guards, and brass helmet. The armor is trimmed in velvet and has metal studding and wrapped metal threads. Only the helmet was photographed.

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    Celadon vase

    Celadon-glazed Korean vase.

  • Thumbnail for Set of armor-side view front facing left
    Set of armor-side view front facing left

    Set of armor including helmet, chest armor, shoulder, thigh, and arm armor, and shirts. Very well made. From Kyushu. Only the helmet was photographed.

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    Rhinoceros horn wine cup stand

    Carved from a large rhinoceros horn. Imitation of a bronze Han Dynasty mirror. Two dragons decorate the surface.

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    Bodhisattva Sculpture

    Carved wooden sculpture of the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (Guanyin). Painted wood. The Bodhisattva wears a beaded necklace that crosses at navel and extends to shins. A third row of beads extends down between the legs. A circular medallion enclosing a diamond pattern is just above the knees on the central axis. Two sashes extend down on either side of the legs. The right hand exhibits an unusual mudra for an image in this style. The left hand holds a drooping flower bud. This is a finely crafted piece, and it is also a puzzle. This is carved in the so-called ""columnar"" style of the Northern Qi dynasty (late 6th century CE), but it cannot be that old. Wooden Buddhist sculpture of that time period is virtually non-existent except for a few fragments found in central Asia. Many surviving wooden Buddhist images date to the Song Dynasty, however they are rendered in a later, and more fluid, naturalistic style radically different from this image. Perhaps this piece is from a later provincial temple in which an archaizing style was deliberately adopted (as was commonly done in the painting tradition)? It could be some kind of modern forgery, but it is highly unlikely. If a modern forger wished to pass of such an image as a Qi dynasty piece he would be an utter fool to make it of wood.

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    Thai bronze Buddha head

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

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    Figure of a monk

    Nepalese brass artifact of a seated monk. The robes & begging bowl indicate a monk. His head is shaved in the front, but three long strands of hair cascade down his back. His robe displays Chinese designs only visible from the back. He holds a vajra in his right hand and appears to wear earrings. The left earring is inlaid with what appears to be red sealing wax while the one on the right bears traces of the same material. The base conceals ritual deposits beneath a hammered copper cap marked with a crossed vajra design. All of these metal images were originally made for ritual use. The containers for deposits hidden within the bases indicate a category of images once valued for their efficacy. It is instructive to consider what their value is in their present situation, surrounded as they are by a society that may appreciate their visible surfaces, and yet generally dismisses the idea that images such as these can exercise power when skillfully utilized.

  • Thumbnail for Japanese carving of a mouse eating a persimmon
    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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    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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    Set of armor-back view

    Set of armor including helmet, chest armor, shoulder, thigh, and arm armor, and shirts. Very well made. From Kyushu. Only the helmet was photographed.

  • Thumbnail for Ceremonial sword and sheath-front view
    Ceremonial sword and sheath-front view by Paiwan

    The ceremonial sword and sheath were important symbols of social status and male potency in traditional Paiwan culture in Taiwan. The sheath is decorated with human ancestral figures and a sacred mythological creature, the hundred-pace snake.

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    Battle flag

    Battle flag in the shape of a right triangle. Made of red cotton with a black cotton Chinese character in the center, which probably represents the name of the battalion.

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    Textile-fringe close up by Angkola or Toba Batak

    Cotton textile or ulos comprised of three panels with red and white bead trim on the sides. From the island of Sumatra.

  • Thumbnail for Ivory and wood sculpture of Bodhisattva
    Ivory and wood sculpture of Bodhisattva

    Ivory Guanyin with a teak stand in a glass case.

  • Thumbnail for Ceremonial sword and sheath-front detail
    Ceremonial sword and sheath-front detail by Paiwan

    The ceremonial sword and sheath were important symbols of social status and male potency in traditional Paiwan culture in Taiwan. The sheath is decorated with human ancestral figures and a sacred mythological creature, the hundred-pace snake.

  • Thumbnail for Kneeling wood attendant (part of a pair)
    Kneeling wood attendant (part of a pair)

    These are glided and inlaid with colored glass. These represent a common type of sculpture for which Burma is known, and yet these two pieces rise considerably above the level of quality typical of such work. Unlike the stiff and feeling-less character o

  • Thumbnail for Ceremonial sword and sheath-handle
    Ceremonial sword and sheath-handle by Paiwan

    The ceremonial sword and sheath were important symbols of social status and male potency in traditional Paiwan culture in Taiwan. The sheath is decorated with human ancestral figures and a sacred mythological creature, the hundred-pace snake.

  • Thumbnail for Cotton robe-back view
    Cotton robe-back view

    Robe made of Japanese cotton and old Japanese kimonos with complex embroidered decorations on the front and back. From Hokkaido.

  • Thumbnail for Set of armor-side view front facing right
    Set of armor-side view front facing right

    Set of armor including helmet, chest armor, shoulder, thigh, and arm armor, and shirts. Very well made. From Kyushu. Only the helmet was photographed.