A small ovoid box of compressed shape together with a small vase-shaped container. Both box and vase of dark brown boxwood. Probably meant for medicine. Qing, first half of 19th cent. Box: D 4.6 cm. Vase: H 3.5 cm. Condition: Tiny repair to neck of the vase-shaped container, otherwise excellent, with great deep honey patina due to handling. Box: 500 $; vase: 400 $.
A small, delicately cast bronze image of the Four-armed Avalokitesvara (Tibetan: Chenrezig; Chinese: Sibi Guanyin), the Bodhisattva who embody the Universal Compassion. Non-gilt school. Backside with mountings for Mandorla (now lost). Sealed (original). Tibet, 19th cent. H 10 cm. Condition: very good with natural patina due to handling.
A small, but rare non-gilt, bronze image depicting one of the twenty-one Taras, probably number fifteen. The goddess is seated in the usual manner with the right foot extending over the base. The right hand holds a vase (kalasha) and the left hand holds the lotus. It is a votive image to carry with, often inside amulet boxes called “gao” to be worn on the body as protection. Tibet, 16th cent. H. 8,2 cm. Condition: Rubbed due to age and handling. Original closing.
A fine and unusual brush rest in the shape of a dragon-fish or some similar mythological animal. Carved of what appears to be boxwood with a dark-reddish lacquer coating. On the bottom side an illegible signature in raised relief consisting of two Chinese characters. Qing, probably second half of 18th cent. L 15 cm. Condition: Fine all-over, but with wear due to age & handling.
A finely carved book cover/sutra-board (top) of middle size showing in the central, recessed tableaux the four-armed image of Mahaprajnaparamiti flanked by Sakyamuni on the right and Vairocana on the left. All three seated on elaborate thrones with detailed mandorlas topped by garudas. Surrounding them are numerous small images depicting buddhas, bodhisattvas, protectors, and lamas. Remains of gilt and red color. Tibet: 15th cent. H 16 cm, L 40 cm. Condition: Very good with only one and a half, ...click for details
A small ovoid box of very compressed shape together with a small container of jar shape. The flat ovoid box of dark brown boxwood, the vase-shaped contained of hardwood (hongmu). Probably meant for medicine. Qing, first half of 19th cent. box: D 4 cm, vase: H 4 cm. Condition: Good, no cracks or breaks. Great, deep purple patina due to age & handling.
A finely carved lidded container (tea leaves container) for the scholar’s table of cylindrical shape with concentric bands of boxwood (huangyangmu). Traces of old lacquer. Qing, ca. 1850. H 9 cm, Ř 6 cm. Condition: Very fine with smooth wear to surface. No cracks or breaks.
A very attractive and slender-bodied gilt-bronze image of the Dhyani-Buddha Ratnasambhava (Buddha of the South). This relatively rare image is depicted as seated in lotus posture with the extended right hand and open palm. He is crowned and adorned as is typical for images of the Five Buddhas. Tibet, 17th cent. H. 11,3 cm. Condition: Exceptionally good. Almost no rubbing to gilt. Unclosed with one small prayer roll still stuck inside.
A small votive bronze depicting a Lama holding his hands in the gesture of teaching (dharmacakra-mudra). Incised lines in the robe emulating the squares of the monastic robe (especially evident on the back). Lotus base with double row of large pearls. Rather heavy-case in dark, coppery alloy. Remains of black lacquer on head. Tibet, 14–15th cent. H. 8,5 cm. Condition: Fine all-over but with considerable rubbing to gilt due to age and handling. Unclosed.
An attractive and rare group of three root-wood ducks ( Yingzimu ). Partly carved from the natural root with the legs attached. The gander with a piece of stone around which the root has grown. Qing, ca. 1850. (3). H 15 cm (a), H 12,5 cm (b)., H 10 cm (c). Condition: Excellent and with great age patina.