19th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Vishnu sitting with one leg pendant on a high base and holding Lakshmi on his left knee (usual name for this grouping is Lakshmi-Narayana). His right hand is in abhaya (absence of fear) mudra, while Lakshmi is holding lotus flower in her left hand. Very good casting and detailing, great dark patina, nicely worn on the front. Nailed to a wooden base (can be separated from the base by pulling 2 nails). Statue height 3 inches, height with stand 4 3/8 i ...click for details
Late 18th to early 19th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Rukmini - a consort of Vitthali, who is regarded as a form of Vishnu or Krishna. His name means “standing on a brick”, he is usually shown in characteristic stance with his hands on his hips, he is also known as Vithoba or Panduranga, and is worshipped in particular in Pandharpur, not far from Bombay. She is shown with the same hand positioning, very good casting and sharp detailing - see her jewelry. Wonderful devotional wear, pl ...click for details
18th century votive Indian bronze sculpture of 4-armed male deity with a bow. The image probably represents Shiva, but I am not sure. Very good casting and detailing, pleasantly heavy, losses to its right hands. Wonderful devotional wear, traces of sandalwood paste used during worship, wonderful patina overall. Height 3 5/8 inches.
Late 18th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture of Vitthali, regarded as a form of Vishnu or Krishna. His name means “standing on a brick”, he is in his characteristic stance with his hands on his hips and holding a conch shell in his left hand. He is also known as Vithoba or Panduranga, and is worshipped in particular in Pandharpur, not far from Bombay. Cast in the state of Maharashtra, sharp detailing, wonderful devotional wear, very pleasant patina. Traces of sandalwood paste used duri ...click for details
18th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture depicting Shridevi - a form of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. She is holding an open lotus in her left hand. Very nice casting - see her graciously bent figure, beautiful warm brown patina, high devotional wear with traces of sandalwood powder in crevices, overall in great condition for a votive piece. Height 2 3/8 inches.
Early 19th century votive Indian bronze Shiva lingam protected by Naga (cobra) with extended hood, and with a small figure of Nandi - the bull of Shiva - on the side of the lingam. Cast in Karnataka state, good casting and detailing, beautiful patina from being touched, compressed dust in crevices, very pleasant feel of age. Height 3 1/8 inches.
Unusually small 19th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Bhudevi with bare breasts and pink lotus (nilotpala) in her right hand. Bhudevi is the consort of Vishnu and personifies the earth. Excellent casting and detailing, modeled with grace and beauty, wonderful brown patina, in excellent condition for a votive piece. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century Japanese smoking set consisting of tobacoire (tobacco box, and a form of inro), kiseruzutsu (tobacco pipe holder) and a pipe. Tobacoire is skillfully carved out of 2-tone exotic burlwood adding very pleasant color play to the piece, excellent finish to the surface. Kiseruzutsu appears to have been made by steam bending of a wooden piece in a shape of a thread, so a pipe in a sense screws into it. Simple pipe with 2 silver pieces (both marked - see detail) joined by a reed stem. Old ...click for details
19th century Edo period (before 1867) Japanese porcelain Hirado plate with scalloped edge and underglaze blue decoration of a dragon in pursuit of Tama (sacred pearl). Excellent potting, milky white body and clear glaze. Great early painting with charming freedom, wonderful dynamic design - see the flames issuing from the body of the dragon. Some surface wear as to be expected, overall in great condition. Diameter 7 1/4 inches.
Late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) Japanese porcelain Hirado yusamashi with underglaze blue decoration of scholars playing the game of GO on a low table, accompanied by attendant boys. Yusamashi resembles European creamer in shape, and is used to add cold water to tea in order to bring it to comfortable drinking temperature. Superb delicate potting, marked with 6 Japanese characters on the bottom. Wonderful quality freehand painting. The creamer is in perfect condition. Length with handle 4 7/16 ...click for details