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 specific variety of Indian textile called a Chamba Rumal. It is a square of unbleached thin hand spun muslin on which silk floss has been embroidered in such a way that the piece is entirely double sided.
A rumal is a kerchief or cover and rumals were used primarily as coverings for gifts or offerings. Chamba refers to the region of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh noted both for these ru ...click for details
For a comprehensive description of the iconography and meaning of the bell and vajra we refer you to the excellent "Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs" by Robert Beer.
The set shown here is of the closed five pronged variety with all the iconography described so exactingly by Mr. Beer. The bell is four inches in diameter and seven inches high; the
vajra measures 4-3/4 inches in length. There is a ti ...click for details
With the Newaris of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal it was customary for the donors of a statue to a temple to have a small statue of themselves cast to be put beside it. These were called donor figure statues.
In these donor statues the male is always to the left of the female. He kneels while she sits cross-legged. They are always portrayed with their hands held together in the gesture of devotion. This male donor cl ...click for details
The wear, patina, and the lightness of the wood all point to a very early date for this small wooden statue of Ganesh. We would estimate its origin to the eighteenth century.
The piece is 4.5 x3.5 inches (11 x 9 cm.). The lower righthand corner contains an early repair with a dark and hardened substance.
Our last photograph shows the extent of the repaired area. It hardly detracts from the overall look of the piece.
Made only in the Wangden valley of southern Tibet, these carpets are considered to be the earliest Tibetan carpets. The tradition has continued to this day. For more information on this particular form of weaving, do a Google search for the word "Wangden".
This carpet dates to the early years of the 20th century, and uses the traditional design of the double dorje. It is in good condition with no reweaving. ...click for details
Worn by Buddhist lamas during empowerments and other rituals, a ritual crown (or ringga) is composed of five separate pieces
held together with cloth or leather so it can be tied around the head. Ringgas are sometimes found on statues as well.
The sections are painted with the five Dhayani Buddhas, each with his consort holding a distinctive object. ...click for details