Old Taoist ritual mask from the Yao/Mien ethnic group (most likely Thailand or Laos). Condition as pictured, circa 1950. According to Jess Pourrete in his book on the Yao these were used to secure protection from the Gods when travelling or going on hunting expeditions in the mountains. H: 24cm/9.5in and W: 14.5cm/5.8in.
Ancient Thai Mon Period Lacquered and gilded Stucco Buddhist Head. The over life-size head is believed to be that of a temple guardian figure. The sculpture was split from ear to ear when we acquired it and had it restored to museum quality the gold is original only the left lower cheek was redone . The head was built around a brick wrapped is a gauze textile . We had the sculpture mounted on a Lucite stand
A Burmese Buddha revered for healing the spirit as well as the body holds a pot containing the water of long life. Ornamentation is especially dramatic, with a high spired crown and the lavish use of a Burmese lacquer process called thayo on the robes to represent elaborate embroidery. The cape is flared at the sides giving the figure a striking silhouette. Small applications of gold leaf added by the devout when a Buddha is displayed add interest to the dark brown teakwood carving...
Head of a funeral statue, carved from wood, in the typical aesthetic style of the Batak sculpture. Fine age patina. Indonesia, Sumatra Island, Batak ethnic group. Height: 30 cm. Obvious signs of wear and age, otherwise good condition. A rather scarce object.
Pair of large South East Asian carved stone temple pieces, each pagoda-form and each with four interior Buddha's, Early Cambodian style, but probably Thai. Size: 30” ht. x 14” x 14” x 14”
Royal Ayutthaya Crown Buddha in Bronze matching closely to a Buddha head in the Walters Museum collection. The standing Buddha cast in solid bronze with green glass insets there are a few red cabochon gems remaining but most have been removed. Slight losses to the front skirt attachments. Beautiful piece of antique Buddhist art. Size of figure H 35" W 10.5" weight approximately 65 pounds
Lifesize Ayutthaya Stucco and Gold Leaf Buddha Temple head, beautiful piece early period. Layers of gold from years of regilding , these are some areas with wasp nest between some of the hair points. Museum mounted . Size H 14" H on stand 20" depth 9"
Antique- Sukhothai Gilt Bronze Walking temple Buddha, mounted to a 1960s wood base the arm having a lead export stamp from Thailand , collected in the 60s. Good condition for its age. Size bronze 25" including base H 31" D 12"
A pair of old Begodol acquired in Bali in 1969 probably 20-30 years old at that time or circa 1939.
Begodol or Dwarapala is the Balinese name for the gate guardian statues which were placed in Pura (temples) and Puri (royal homes) but currently can be found in kost houses in Bali. The statues are placed on the left and right side of the gate. Most balinese use the male-female Dwarapala which sometimes look alike and sometimes are different...
Finely-worked Box from Japara, Indonesia probably used for jewelry. Design on top shows birds, peacocks and dragons under the Tree of Life. Circa 1950. Purchased in 1970 in Indonesia.
There is also a carved medallion on the inside of the lid in the design of a peacock. The wood is in excellent condition without cracks or scratches, The key is missing. The box probably was fixed on crossed-legs originally.
Early 20thc Indonesian wood Pegasus carving wit detachable wings head and tail and is strung to hang, the piece is in good condition with a little damage to one ear (bad puppy 1980s) . Size 33" by 27"
This well carved teak Burmese Buddha is peaceful and elegant. The finely modeled face and lavishly decorated robe are lightly touched with a subtle gold wash applied over a thin base of reddish lacquer, allowing the wood grain to show through. Edging on the robe and a body decoration that swirls across the right shoulder and down the arm are impressive examples of Burmese expertise with thayo, a mixture of lacquer and powdered bone or ash that dries to the hardness of wood...
Wonderfully carved wooden Lanna Thai animal, the hole in the mouth and lightly incised symbol underneath the base indicate this was meant to be a “lucky charm” or fetish of sorts. H: 7.5cm/3in and W: 4.8cm/1.9in.
Ensemble of 5 old wooden statues commemorating departed loved ones. These were kept in the “attic” of a home and were not meant to be free standing. I bought these from an old Australian collection which were collected in the 1980sin West Timor, so these date 1950’s to 1960s. The two largest figures have some age cracks on the back and the feet on the female figure are damaged, but all have nice patinas and are carved from hard but not particularly heavy woods...
This Sukothai style image is using the hand mudra of Abhaya, Expressing No Fear. In 1978, the Thai Royal Family commissioned a limited number of images to be cast using images in the Thai National Museum. The purpose of this was to raise funds in support of temples .
and monasteries including the temples located in the
National Palace. This is one of this series of castings of high quality bronze. Mounted on a custom stand.
This sitting Mandalay Buddha is an outstanding example of the fine skill of Burmese artisans in using thayo. The opulent robe with intricate frills and edging, the figure's tightly curled hair and well defined lotus throne were created using thayo, a mixture of lacquer and bone ash that dries to the hardness of wood. The figure's erect posture adds to the sculpture's aura of settled elegance. Carving of on the hands and feet is carefully modeled and realistic...
Small statue of an ancestor or protecting deity, wearing a ceremonial cap, holding a sort of square box with both hands and standing on a rounded base. Wood, light brown patina. Indonesia, Moluccas Archipelago. Height: 13 1/2" (34 cm). Strong erosion and old accidents due to old age. Ex. Old French collection. A rare piece.
Detailed amber carving of a ship loaded with ingots. The amber is from the Hukawng or Hukaung Valley in the Kachin State of Burma or Myanmar. The color can be described as cognac / brownish, with green tones. The inclusions of the Cretaceous Period are clearly visible. The length of this lucky ship is 9 cm. The height 5.8 cm. Thickness 4 cm. In excellent condition.