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Cast Metal Cambodian Buddha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 1245861 (stock# 57-74)

Cast Metal Cambodian Buddha
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(203) 208-0771


$500 

A Khmer face with full lips, short nose and eyes that tilt upward at the outer corners identifies the Cambodian origin of this early 20th century cast metal standing Buddha. The gesture of blessing and protection, abhaya mudra, is conveyed with the right hand, and both palms are incised with the Buddhist wheel of law. A high lotus finial tops tight curls on the rounded head. The torso is bare to the waist where a body-hugging robe is defined with deep incising around the hips and on a panel ...click for details


Bronze Burmese Black Buddha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 1233983 (stock# 11-01)

Bronze Burmese Black Buddha
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(203) 208-0771


$700 

This serene early 20th century Burmese Buddha, cast in heavy black bronze, is in excellent condition and was most likely displayed on a home altar. The peaceful face has the broad brow, large downcast eyes and half-smile that first characterized Buddha images during Burma’s Ava Period (1364-1752) and has been adopted by many of the country’s artisans down through the centuries. Simple clean lines of the unadorned robe and the right hand resting lightly in earth touching mudra give the figure dig ...click for details


Bronze 19th Century Oil Lamp from Ceylon

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka: Pre 1900   item# 1021472 (stock# 35-43)

Bronze 19th Century Oil Lamp from Ceylon
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(203) 208-0771


$295 

A dragon’s mouth holds the flame in this 19th century bronze oil lamp from Ceylon. The dragon head and lamp base, cast as a separate unit, screw off the top tiered part of the lamp, which is hollow to hold the oil (see photo enlargement #3). The oil flows down through the dragon head to feed a wick threaded into the mouth. A heavy chain cast in double links is attached to a loop at the top of the lamp, allowing it to be used either as a hanging or a standing piece (see photo enlargement #6). Thi ...click for details


Hand Hammered Bronze Burmese Gong

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1980   item# 985475 (stock# 55-25)

Hand Hammered Bronze Burmese Gong
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(203) 208-0771


$230 

This hand hammered bronze gong from Burma emits a mid-range mellow tone when struck at the center of its starburst pattern with a padded mallet. Hanging circular gongs of this sort are used in a Burmese orchestra, where an ornate lacquered wood gong circle, called a “kyi waing” surrounds 20 or so gongs of graduated sizes and tones. Gongs of various sizes also are used for Buddhist rites in temples and monasteries throughout Burma. When created for use as musical instruments, these carefully hand ...click for details


Seated Bronze Buddha in Bhumisparsa Mudra

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 981876 (stock# 10-47)

Seated Bronze Buddha in Bhumisparsa Mudra
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(203) 208-0771


$890 

A classic Burmese bronze Buddha from the late 19th/early 20th century, with the simple, unadorned lines of the Ava Period, is softened with roundness in the face and body. The stepped throne, rather than the traditional diamond shape, also is rounded, adding to the settled, secure look of the figure. Legacies of the traditional Ava style also are seen in the well defined brow over lowered eyes, the slight smile, and a band separating hair and forehead. It was a common practice during the 19th a ...click for details


Bronze Burmese Temple Guardian Manok-thi-ha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 978464 (stock# 31-03)

Bronze Burmese Temple Guardian Manok-thi-ha
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SOLD 

This bronze leogryph figure with human face is from early 20th century Burma and is a variation of the Buddhist temple guardian called manok-thi-ha or manushi, names derived from the Sanskrit words for man (manu) and lion (simha). Burmese manok-thi-ha often have double rear quarters (two bums—see our catalog item 63-37). This one is single-bummed and outfitted with heavy necklace, chest ornament and lots of swirls. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam M ...click for details


Burmese Colonial Period Bronze Oil Lamp

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1940   item# 972160 (stock# 63-88)

Burmese Colonial Period Bronze Oil Lamp
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$675 

A bronze oil lamp that dates to the latter years of Burma’s British colonial period (1890-1941) is built around the figure of a smiling Burman holding out a small oil receptacle. The piece, nearly two feet in height, has a decidedly art deco look, in spite of the figure’s native dress. According to Sylvia Fraser-Lu in her book, “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” British colonial administrators had little appreciation for indigenous Burmese art but they acknowledged the superior metalworking abil ...click for details


Burmese Bronze Kyizi Grong on Stand

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 951381 (stock# 30-94)

Burmese Bronze Kyizi Grong on Stand
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SOLD 

A small bronze kyizi gong from a village in Burma is flanked by two coiled naga, sea dragons that are Buddhist icons of protection revered throughout Southeast Asia. Kyizi, (pronounced chi-z) are, as far as we know, unique to Burma, and cast in a variety of sizes, from smaller than this one to quite large, heavy pieces. Suspended on a rope, they are struck on the upturned ends so the gong swings in a circle and emits a vibrating tone, used to mark donations to the monastery or to alert local re ...click for details


Large Tin Covered Copper Tray Republic of Georgia

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 938160 (stock# 27-98)

Large Tin Covered Copper Tray Republic of Georgia
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(203) 208-0771


$395 

A late 19th century hand hammered copper tray from the Republic of Georgia has a thin coating of tin, similar to wine pitchers we have from the same country. (See our catalogue listings 27-85 and 28-01.) This large (26-inch diameter) tray most likely was used to hold such wine pitchers during the festive wine-infused dinners called supras that are traditional in the Georgian culture. The tray is in good condition; the top side shows evidence of long use, the bottom surface shows little wear. A ...click for details


Bronze 18th Century Mon Buddha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1800   item# 903490 (stock# 57-38)

Bronze 18th Century Mon Buddha
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$975 

A Mon Buddha from 18th century Burma has the distinctive facial features and very high finial that identify Mon images from the Ava period. The waisted throne is edged with geometric decorations typical of Mon images of the era. We purchased this figure about 20 years ago in Burma from a dealer whose collection included mostly 19th century Shan images. This one is clearly from an earlier period and, although there is some overlap between the Shan and Mon sub-states in the characteristics of the ...click for details


Bronze Temple Bell with Figural Holding Ring

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 882912 (stock# 64-06)

Bronze Temple Bell with Figural Holding Ring
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$695 

A large 19th century bronze bell from Burma has a tall holding ring with legendary figures from Burmese Buddhist iconography—kinnari, half man/half bird creatures, and manok-thi-ha, half man/half lion sphinx-like images. Two kinnari stand with their large wings spread upward to create the form of the tall spire. Two manok-thi-ha (also called manushi or manuthiha or a number of other names derived from the Sanskrit words “manu” for man and “simha” for lion) crouch with their backs supporting the ...click for details


Bronze Burmese Pagoda Bell

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 850952 (stock# 64-08)

Bronze Burmese Pagoda Bell
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$330 

This late 19th century bronze bell is cast in same design as the huge bells that are prominent features outside Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout Burma. It hangs from a metal crossbar that also supports a U-shaped handle flanked with “to-naya” (snake-like dragons) that match those on the bell hanger. Unlike the huge bells that weigh a ton or more and are struck on the outside with a large wooden mallet, this bell has a clapper that, despite its smaller size, produces a rich and sonorou ...click for details


Large Bronze Medicine Buddha on Tall Throne

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 831485 (stock# 13-04)

Large Bronze Medicine Buddha on Tall Throne
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(203) 208-0771


$2100--SOLD 

The beauty of this large bronze Burmese Buddha of healing is in its simplicity. The plain draped robe and the straight spare lines of the high throne focus attention first on the peaceful face and next on the graceful hands. The triangular face is in classic Ava style, with broad sweeping brow, downcast eyes and small mouth in a slight smile. Fingers of the right hand, in earth touching mudra, rest with the tips bent gently outward; balanced in the left hand palm is the symbol of healing, a kala ...click for details


Pair of Bronze Burmese Flying Hermit Figures

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 820664 (stock# 10-58)

Pair of Bronze Burmese Flying Hermit Figures
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(203) 208-0771


SOLD 

Long, low Burmese hermit figures with their distinctive hats and monk robes represent heroes from ancient Buddhist legends and folk stories. According to legend, the hermits spend most of their lives in self deprivation striving to perfect themselves morally, and if they achieve that perfection are reborn as zaw-gyi (zagwi), supernatural beings who fly through water, land and air doing good deeds. Some stories say zaw-gyi live forever, others say they live a mere 80,000 years. They are venerated ...click for details


Embossed Silver Alloy Tribal Opium Pipe

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1980   item# 803134 (stock# 40-11)

Embossed Silver Alloy Tribal Opium Pipe
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SOLD 

An interesting piece that evokes hilltribe elders and smoky fires in the mountains of the Golden Triangle, this pipe is made of seven sections fitted together over a wood shaft to form a long tube. The wood ball on the end fits over the shaft that runs down the center of the metal tube. Embossed designs of an exotic bird and foliage cover the tube, made of an alloy with silver content. The mechanics of usage or whether the pipe is usable is a mystery to us. We acquired it as part of a purchase ...click for details

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