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    Manjushri by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Monkey carrying a farmer in front of a house compound. Unidentified narrative, Batuan

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    Lacquer box

    In shape of a peacock. It is painted in complex red and black patterns, somewhat after the Chinese manner. The bird however is a cross between a local chicken and an Indian peacock. It is unclear what this might have been made for, but it appears to be 75-100 years old or more.

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    Balinese painting on paper

    Represents a dramatic climax of the Calonarang ceremony. Although this is a powerful dance drama performed in temples during the middle of the night, it is depicted as an isolated scene on white background depicting a warrior attacking Rangda with a keris. This particular episode, abstracted here in painting, is similarly abstracted for dance performances staged for tourists, for whom such paintings would be offered for sale. It is painted in a refined style associated with the village of Ubud.

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    Balinese painting

    Gamelan player

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    Balinese female figure

    Part of a set;These are small statues known as pretima or pratima in Bali that likely date to the mid-twentieth century. Such objects are preserved in small temple shrines and taken out in procession on festival occasions. Their specific identities are iconographically unmarked. They are known only through context, community memory and ritual use. On occasions of temple renovation a Brahmana priest sometimes ritually repaints pretima. The male figure appears to have been repainted in this way and the female figure has not. This explains its relatively crude painting by contrast to the more refined painting on the female figure, which would have been done by an artisan at the time of its production.

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    Porcelain bowl

    Reign marks on base should be identified by a specialist, but point to construction during the Qing dynasty.

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    Winged lion (simha)

    Possibly an architectural detail. Carved wood.

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    Bronze Dalai Lama

    This small bronze is identified in the records as the Dalai Lama. It is indeed a Lama, however it is not clear that it is one of the Dalai Lamas. The image is gilded, sitting a lalit asana (a posture of “royal easeâ€). His short-crop of hair is painted brown/black. He holds a manuscript with both hands. He sits on a simple box-like throne. The base conceals ritual deposits beneath a hammered copper cap with a painted crossed vajra design.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a boy in a rice paddy holding a red, five-branched stick attracting dragon flies (or flying termites?). Batuan

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    Japanese carved geese

    A light wooden base topped by two geese carved in three separate pieces. Apparently made for retail sale.

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    Balinese painting

    Narrative illustration of an unknown folktale. Peliatan(?)

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    Balinese painting

    Scene of hunting in the forest

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    Commercial weights of bronze alloy

    Initially identified as ancient "Siamese" stone weights. They are obviously not stone but metal. Subject matter and style suggest that they may have come from South India or Sri Lanka. Analogous temple carving style make dating difficult. One is a hamsa (celestial bird), the other represents a composite creature commonly called a yali. The yali is much more worn than the hamsa, suggesting greater age. They are in a simple yet refined style, adding an aesthetic touch to routine commercial transactions dependent upon standardized measures. They do not appear to be from the same set, but from the same tradition and system. It would be interesting to compare the weights of the two. The strong, abstract modeling of these items, especially of the yali, are likely to appeal to modern sculptural tastes.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Woman and child at a spring. Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting three men in a naïve version of the classic black & white Batuan style, Batuan

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    One of three Balinese paintings of procession

    Three paintings illustrating a procession of cremation towers. 16 is probably from Ubud, 17 and 18 from Peliatan. The Ubud painting includes an image of a bull-shaped sarcophagus, indicating a royal (satria) funeral.

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    One of three Balinese paintings of procession

    Three paintings illustrating a procession of cremation towers. 16 is probably from Ubud, 17 and 18 from Peliatan. The Ubud painting includes an image of a bull-shaped sarcophagus, indicating a royal (satria) funeral.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a spotted animal wrapped in the clothing of a woman as she bathes in a sacred spring, Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a man attacked by dogs at the entrance of a house compound. Batuan

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    Balinese wood carving

    Wood carving of generic Hindu imagery. Made for retail sale.

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    Porcelain bowl

    Reign marks on base should be identified by a specialist but point to construction during the Qing dynasty.

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    Winged lion (simha)

    Architectural sculpture (post support).

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    Amitabha Buddha (O-pa-me) Thangka

    64 (L) x 34-1/2 (W) inches. Painting on cloth in U-Tri or central Tibetan style. Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light , is seated in the center with crossed legs on a lotus throne presiding over his Paradise with multicolored halos and his palace behind him. He wears a red and yellow drape over his green robe and holds a bowl with three peaches. In the left corner is Avalokiteshvara and upper right corner is Padmasambhava. Below him within the palace walls are the Eight Bodhisattvas with an extra devotee and musician attendants. In the lower corners are two monks seated on lotus flowers. On the reverse are eleven red ink mantric inscriptions; Om ah hum. Mounted as a scroll with red silk brocade frame on orange dragon brocade with four brass scroll ends and no dust covers.

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    Shakyamuni Buddha and Attendants - Thangka by Unknown

    38 (L) x 23-1/2 (W) inches. Ink and color on cloth. Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha is seated in the center on a lotus throne. His blue and gold radiant halo is framed by billowing clouds and flanked by a landscape. He holds a bowl of peaches in his left hand with his right i the earth witness mudra and wears a red and yellow robe. Above him, left to right, are Lozang Kalzang (7th Dalai Lama), Bajradhara, Amitayus; Buddha Akshoba, three-faced Savavid and Rajapani. He is flanked by two Mahassiddas on asses above two sacred elephants. In front of the throne are two disciples and below is Jambhala, Mahasuvarna Vaishravana and Black Jambhala (the Three gods of wealth). On the reverse are eleven red ink mantric inscriptions: Om ah hum. Mounted as a scroll with red and yellow silk frames on dark blue silk with a faded red silk dust cover and plain silver scroll ends.