This cotton cloth mandala painted with yellow, red, green and white pigments with a blue background and red and yellow borders is of Tibetan or Nepalese origins. Beyond the mandala each corner is decorated with a crossed vajra (vishva-vajra). The four long cords extending from the corners indicate that the mandala was meant to hang from the ceiling and its relatively small size would indicate that it would have been used in a home over the family shrine.
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Jajarkot is a small regional center in the rugged central hills of Nepal. This figure may have originated there or in any of a number of nearby villages. While some of these figures were found in village homes many were kept in local temples.
Much rarer than the wooden devotional figures of the middle hills of Nepal are the stone ones. This figure of a man in a praying position is very simple but powerful. It has be ...click for details
This is a very traditional design for a Miao baby carrier, not only in shape and techniques but even down to the design motifs.
It measures 39 by 22 inches and is composed of two joined pieces of different shapes and natures. The top piece in these photographs is much more padded, and it is the piece which separates the mother from the baby. The rectangular piece goes over the outside of the baby. The whole piece is ...click for details
A dupatta is an Indian head cover or a shawl depending on its usage. Zardosi refers to the elaborate form of embroidery featuring metallic threads used for decoration.
This example dates from the first half of the 20th century when the metallic threads were real and not plastic imitations. To prove the point, this dupatta weighs over four pounds. It is in very good condition with no holes and only a few loose threads ...click for details
Known in Cambodia as a sampot this silk ikat was used as a woman's dress. Such skirts were sometimes sewn into tubes and some were simply tucked in around the waist. It would date from the prewar years in Cambodia.
It measures 68 x 38 inches. It is in good condition except for one two-inch slit near one of the corners and shown in close up in photo #6. In the horizontal overall photo it is two or three inches f ...click for details
The Rabari form a semi-nomadic community of camel herders in the remote desert region of western Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. The women are famous for their needle work, both embroidery and appliqué.
This camel cover is a fine example of their appliqué work. Each surface element is cut out, folded over and hand stitched onto a rectangle or square of red or blue. Then the pieces are stitched together into a large ...click for details
The statue can be identified as Amitayus by the vase of eternal life he is holding in his two hands. He is the Bodhisattva of eternal life, longevity, or the Buddha of the infinite. He is invoked for long life, health and happiness.
This is quite a large statue, measuring twelve inches in height and eight in width. Fully gilded, it was made in Nepal some thirty years ago and is an example of the fine work still ...click for details
Traditional ethnic jewelry from south Sulawesi, this silver medallion is called a jumping and was tied around the waist of a young child to hide its sex. This was not done so much to preserve its modesty as to protect it from sorcery and malevolent spirits.
Traditionally the backs were made of a gold and silver alloy and the front sides were silver. This piece is 2-5/8 inches wide and 2-7/8 top to bottom. 19th to ea ...click for details
This statue was purchased from a very well respected workshop in Patan, Nepal, where statue making has been done for centuries.
The contrasting brown and gold is achieved by gilding only portions of
the statue and leaving other parts ungilded copper. The face is painted with
“cold gold” and the lips, eyes, and hair are painted with pigments, as is
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