Antique 19th c Tibetan Silver Mounted Ritual Tantric Skull Cup Kapala
Antique, 19th century, silver mounted Ritual Tantric skull Cup, Kapala, the exterior decorated with repoussé and finely chiseled silver, depicting various mythical animals.
The rim adorned by a band of small grinning skulls, the sides inset with turquoise and corals, the interior lined with a sheet of silver.
CONDITION: In its original condition as had been found, showing the age and usage...
A good pair of wrought iron stirrups, Tibet or Mongolia, 18th or 19th century. Good overall condition without damage or repairs. Medium oxidation. Height 15cm.
A small votive image in carved wood of the Lion-headed Dakini, a major Nyingmapa icon. She is depicted in the characteristic dancing pose and holds a chopper in the raised right hand and a skull-cup (kapala) in the left. Remains of color. 18–19th cent. Condition: Fair (minor chips to base and one corner degraded on the backside. Wear). H. 10,5 cm, W. 7 cm.
Gilt Tibetan-Nepali Buddhist Statue (Shakyamuni Buddha)
19th century or later
Size: Length 11cm Height 19cm
A fascinating small statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni. The third eye is a turquoise insert and the lotus throne is crafted with open spaces in between.Small statues were popular in the region and were sent to the Imperial court in China as tributaries at one point.
Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Altar Cloth
From the Kathmandu Valley
An interesting Tibetan Buddhist altar cloth using kesi silk fabric. The fabric appears to have a dragon flying above the sea. The claws shows that the dragon has four claws which corresponds to the Manchu court nobility and those associated. Possibly this was originally a robe or something close to it and was offered to a high ranking lama. The cloth is patched together with other Qing period fabrics...
A tsampa box with slightly domed lid made of turned burl wood, probably rhododendron, decorated with silver sheet mounts, inset with coral and malachite cabochons. Dating to the early 20th century, silver unmarked. Condition: cover: with a short crack, bowl: rim with two small losses and an irregularity in the wood, two small cabochons missing. Dimension: diameter: 17 cm, 10.2 cm high.
A rare and unusual bronze seal written in the ancient Tibetan language. Size: 2.9 x 2.6cm
Condition: Nice patina. The finial has a piece missing.
3 individual Antique Genuine Spiritual Tibetan Banded Carnelian Beads, Cone shaped. Color:
Translucent Cream/White/Gray. Size: One measures L 29 mm. Price $ 195.--; One measures L. 28 mm. Price $180.--; One measures L. 18 mm. Price $ 120.--
Good condition. Approximately 200 years old.
Two Tibetan bone carvings of dancing Dakinis from a ceremonial bone apron. One Dakini carries a chopper, kapala (skull cup) and a skull scepter; the other holds a kapala in her left hand. Both have large scrolling swirls carved above and below them. The backs have numerous holes for stringing. The bone is probably from a Yak.
Period: 18th/19th Century. Size: 16cm & 17cm. W. Both 4cm. Condition: No repairs. cracks or chips.
Small Brass Offering Pagoda
Size:Length 2.8 cm Width 2.6cm Height 10cm
Period: Early 20th century
Small brass and metalic pagodas were and are still a common sight in the Himalayan region. These small stupas were used as offerings to deities in the Buddhist tradition.
A very rare and early example with its original polychrome and clear traces of long time use. Note the glossy patina on the back of the mask. There is some minor old damage caused by insects on the eyebrows, but in general this mask is in a very good authentic condition. H. 29,5 cm, W. 23 cm. From a Dutch private collection.
Vajradhara or Dorje Chang in Tibetan is the ultimate primordial Buddha or Adi Buddha according to the Gelug and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This fine example is from Tibet or possibly from Nepal. It is well proportioned and has very nice facial features. Please note the fine engraving on the back of the figure. It is in a very good condition with normal age wear, a nice patina and remains of polychrome. H. 23 cm. From a Dutch private collection.
Finely cast and chiseled. H. 6 cm. Good condition.
From a Dutch private collection.
A finely carved votive triad depicting Guru Rimpoche/Padmasambhava (Lianhuasheng) flanked by his two consorts (the Nepali Mandarava and the Tibetan Yeshe Tsogyal) standing next to the master in reduced scale. He is depicted in the usual manner, wearing his special hat, skull stuff, kapala and vajra and seated on a double lotus seat. Possibly intended for inclosure in a amulet box (gau). Very fine details. Remains of colors and cold gilt to faces...
Small statue of Bhairava standing on a lotus base, in an aggressive posture, holding Brahma's skull in his left hand, with his right hand raised threateningly. A demon is reclining beside his left foot. Bronze, with dark-green patina. Tibet, early 19th century, maybe earlier. Haight: 3 1/4" !8,3 cm). Lotus base slightly bent in front, otherwise very good condition.
Flint and tinder pouch, in the shape of an envelope made of leather with a heavy steel lower edge, and a loop on top to allow suspension from the belt. Lavish silver and brass decoration with three turquoises in the middle. Tibet, 19th century. Length: 5 3/4" (14,7 cm). Obvious signs of age, wear and use, otherwise very good condition. A rather scarce object nowadays.
Dhyangro drums are usually separated from their phurba (ritual dagger) handles, and the handles are sold by themselves. This is a common occurrence with Nepali dealers. This is because the handles are easier to transport and sell. So it isn't very often that you see a completely intact, old Tibetan ritual drum. The drum is made of wood and animal hide, and has shaking balls inside for accenting the rhythms created by the shaman dancer...
A nicely animated cast bronze gilt silver Mahasiddha attachment from either Mongolia or Tibet. Measures 1 3/4 inches high and 4 with its stand. Dates to the 18th century or before