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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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    Japanese Surimono woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai 1760-1849

    5 x 7 1/8 Japanese woodblock print of Surimono with Jurojin, geisha and child.

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    Japanese Genji woodblock print

    Possibly a 7 3/4 x 7 1/8 Japanese woodblock print of a scene from Tale of Genji.

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    Stucco Buddha head artifact

    13 X 10 1/2 X 9 1/2 artifact of a mortar over brick core Buddha head. Ayutthaya style. Northern Thailand (or possibly from a Laotian monument constructed in the Ayutthaya style).

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    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

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    Japanese woodblock print-Nakso by Uzumi Morikage?

    12 1/16 x 7 3/4 Japanese woodblock print of Nakso - No Seki

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    Japanese colored lithograph-#5

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

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    Japanese colored lithograph-#2

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

  • Thumbnail for Japanese colored lithograph-#1
    Japanese colored lithograph-#1

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

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    Cinnebar boxes

    Two red-stained, carved Cinnabar Boxes with black lacquered interior.

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    Bronze Buddha sculpture

    Bronze sculpture of a seated Buddha, later U-Tong style.

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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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    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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    Woodblock print with animal theme by Takahashi, Rikio [1917-1999]

    7-3/8 x 14-5/8 wood block print of two puppies, a cat, and a pair of sparrows.

  • Thumbnail for Japanese colored lithograph-#4
    Japanese colored lithograph-#4

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

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    Celadon vase

    Celadon-glazed Korean vase.

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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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    The Married Rocks of Futami

    Antique painting on silk.

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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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    Japanese print by Takahashi, Riko [1917-1999]

    9 1/4 x 8 3/8 collograph print depicting a flood.

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    Mt. Fuji painting

    15 1/8 X 6 3/4 watercolor and ink painting of Mt. Fuji beyond the lake.

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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.