Basin (b): 9-5/8 (Dia.) x 2-3/4 (H); stand(a): 9-3/4 (H) x 7-3/8 (Dia.); pot (c): 4-1/8 (H) x 6-7/8 (Dia.) plus spout; dish (d): 5 (Dia.) x 3/4 (H) in inches. Silver- a) Water Pot - Round covered silver pot with applied spout and side ring handle, engraved with scrolling peony design and applied Buddhist emblems. The flat, stepped lid has a scene in the enter of a seated monk holding rosary beads and performing the "Feeding the Hungry Ghost" ceremony. It is framed by a circle of Taoist Immortal symbols with leaf scrolls on the sloping sides and applied Buddhist symbols. On the base are four unidentified stamped marks around a center indented hole. b) Dish - Flat silver dish with double silver thread around the flaring rim. In the center is set a small turquoise bead. c) Stand - Folding hinged silver stand in the form of the Chinese character SHOU, long life. d) Basin - Silver Bowl engraved with floral designs around the exterior and eight applied Buddhist symbols attached with rivets to the inside and one ring handle on the side.The bottom engraved with The Four Friends: an elephant with a monkey, hare and partridge on his back. It has the same stamped marks ont the bottom as the water pot.
46 (L) x 26-1/2 (W) inches. Painting on cloth in U-Tri central Tibetan style. Amitayus, the Buddha of Eternal Life, is seated in the center on a lotus throne between a peony and a peach tree. Adorned with jewelry, he wears a gold crown on his head and blue scarves draped over his shoulders. He holds the Vase of Eternal Life in his hands. Above him, left to right, are Avalokiteshvara, Tsongkhapa, and a Akshobhya Buddha Yab Yum. Below are the White Tara i the left corner and Usnishavijaya in the right. On the reverse are eight red in mantric inscriptions: Om ah hum. Mounted as a scroll with red and yellow floral silk brocade frames on blue floral silk brocade with a painted yellow and green and red silk dust covers and ornate repousse silk lotus design scroll ends.
4-1/4 (L) x 4-1/4 (W) x 1-7/8(D); chord: 30 in. long. Square G'au or reliquary box with a wheel design on the cover consisting of the Eight Trigrams around a series of numbers in the middle which add up to 15 in all directions. These are framed twelve Zodiac animals and Buddhist symbols with a dragon , tiger, garuda bird and Buddhist lion-dog in the corners. There sides of the cover are engraved with floral and bird designs with two opposite sides fitted with two silver bar handles through which is threaded a braided and looped self-tasseled blue and brown silk cord which holds the box together.
23-1/4 (L) x 3-5/8 (Dia. of drum) inches. Double carved wood drum with stretched leather faces, a silver floral ban in the middle inlaid with six turquoise stones and two silver side loops with leather straps ending with wood beads. Decorated with a long macrame knotted red and yellow silk tassel which is attached to a woven silver chain wrapped in red fabric. (This small drum is played by shaking it rapidly so that the bead/clappers hit the drum faces.)
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.
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.
26 inches high by 10.8 inches wide. Image of the Buddhist goddess Tara seated on a double lotus; traces of polychrome paint & furnished w/ elaborate earrings, necklace & bracelet of repousee copper; arrested termite damage most notably on hands and base; previous catalog number "484" on bottom of base.
4-1/8 (L) x 3 (W) inches. Round silver G'au or reliquary box with beaded rim and scrolling leaf filigree design on the lid with a single coral bead in the middle. The back has a removable base plate made of copper. The cover fitted on one side with a long looped ring and a pointed bead on the other.
64 (L) x 39 (W) inches. Yama, the Lord of Death holds the Wheel of Life in his mouth and claws. A three-eyed growling bear-like creature with fangs, clawed hands and feet, he wears blue floral wrist and ankle bracelets, a tiger skin loin cloth and a five-skull crown. The Wheel he holds symbolizes the endless cycle of rebirth. In the center are the Three Poisons: the Snake carried by the Pigeon attacking the Pig. The Six Conditions of rebirth are depicted i the body of the Wheel and the Twelve Causes of rebirth are on the rim of the Wheel. Mounted as a scroll with orange and turquoise silk frames on purple silk brocade with a green and red silk dust covers and plain silver scroll ends.
7-1/8 (H) x 3-3/4 (Circumference) inches. The stupa or chorten, is also a reliquary object and represents Buddhas enlightened mind. The bell-shaped cavity would hold the sacred reliquary. The bell-shaped base is surmounted a square base and thirteen tiered graduated discs with a flat lotus umbrella and lotus finial. The base is wrapped with red and black leather. Terese Bartholomew believes that the stupa was probably opened and resealed in this way.
Pitcher: 4-3/8 (H) x 1-7/8 (dia); feather top: 14-1/2 (L) x 3-1/4 (W) inches. Brass vase-shaped Bumpa or offering pitcher with a flat lozenge design pierced overhanging rim and a high matched pierced foot with a long tapering spout. A long copper stopper fitted with peacock feathers and a grass filler sits into the top of the pitcher and functions as a sprinkler for the consecrated water.