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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.

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    Tara by Unknown

    9.4 high x 7.7 inches wide. Image of Buddhist deity Tara; gilt copper & inscribed & dated in Newari: "In memory of two died in the family of Purne, this was made in the Newar era 817 (AD 1697)." Previous catalog number "357" on inside of base.

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    Small hand cymbal and wooden mallet by Unknown

    18-1/8 (L) x 2-3/4 (Cir. Of cymbal) inches. White bell metal with a long wood clapper attached by a twisted rope. (Played during ritual feeding of the ghosts).

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    Water Pot to Feed the Hungry Ghosts by Unknown

    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.

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    Linga and yoni by Unknown

    The linga is 23 cm h x 16 cm wide, and the yoni is 15 cm wide. The linga and yoni represent the male and female sex reunited. The linga represents the divine phallus of Shiva and stands erect from the yoni. Stone, possibly marble.

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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.

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    Offering Pitcher with Feathers by Unknown

    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.

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    Tara by Unknown

    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.

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    Linga and yoni - detail of linga by Unknown

    The linga and yoni represent the male and female sex reunited. The linga represents the divine phallus of Shiva and stands erect from the yoni. Stone, possibly marble.

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    Round Ga’u by Unknown

    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.

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    Letter Seal by Unknown

    2 (L) x 1/2 (Dia.) inches. Conical iron seal with a rattle inside and a lotus flower finial with a hole in it for a cord. Reticulated and engraved floral design, the vase with calligraphic design.

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    Siling Poba (Man's Drinking Bowl) by Unknown

    2-1/8 (H) x 4-3/4 (Dia.) inches. Silver -lined wood burl man's drinking cup, with silver repousse floral capped foot with Eight Chinese Taoist Immortal symbols.

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    Bell with Vajra Handle by Unknown

    7-3/4 (L) x 3-1/2 (Dia.) inches. Metal bell with a brass handle. The brass handle is composed of a half dorje surmounting the head of a lotus crowned wisdom deity (Yum or Mother) which sits on a lotus flower. The bronze bell has lotus petals on the dome, a band of conch shells with lotus flowers in them and a band of dorje around the rim. The inside has four lotus petals in the dome with some characters (possibly Om ah hum) and a long iron clapper attached to a ring with a piece of white cloth.

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    Square Ga'u (Traveling Shrine) by Unknown

    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.

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    Tea Cup with Metal Cover and Stand by Unknown

    Teacup: 2-1/2 (H) x 3-1/2 (Dia); stand: 2-1/2 (H) x 4-1/8 (Dia); cover: 2-1/4 (H) x 3-3/8(Dia) in inches. The porcelain tea cup is decorated with five Buddhist lion dog puppies in yellow aubergine, blue and red. It sits into a footed silver repousse stand and is fitted with a stupa-design domed matching silver cover. The lotus shaped stand has the Eight sacred Buddhist symbols on a leaf scroll background and three lotus flowers on the high foot. The matching lid is toped with a jade bead. There is a illegible red mark on the base of the cup.

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    Kadampa Stupa by Unknown

    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.

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    Silver Phurpa by Unknown

    4 (L) x 7/8 (W) inches. Sterling silver phurpa has three faces of a wrathful deity at the end followed by a dorji, the head of a makara and on the tripartite blade two nagas emerging from th mouth of the makara.

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    Letter Seal by Unknown

    2 (L) x 1/2 (Dia.) inches. Conical iron seal with leaf-shaped top and scored design, the base with calligraphy.

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    Hand drum by Unknown

    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.)