Multiple stands of tiny seed beads were commonly worn in Nepal until recently. Now they are found only in more remote areas or among older women. These blue glass beads were obviously inspired by turquoise and were an early trade item.
Including the braided ends this "mala" is 37 inches long and is made up of fourteen strands of beads.
A very nicely painted small thangka from the late 17th or early 18th century. Manjushree sits contemplatively above a simple landscape of trees, water, and rocky cliffs characteristic of many thangkas of this period.
The size including the original brocade
mounting is 14" x 26-1/2". The painting itself is 8-1/2 by 11-1/2". The reverse (see photo 6) is inscribed and signed with three fingerprints.
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Ringas come in many styles and qualities. This embroidered one is of a quality not often found. Dating from the 18th century it might have been made in China for the Tibetan market or in Tibet itself. Ringas like this were often displayed on statues rather than having been used by lamas. That might account for the excellent condition.
For comparison see plate 73 from Treasures of Tibetan Art from the Newark Museum. ...click for details
Bell ringing is an act of daily worship for both the Buddhists and Hindus of Nepal. With a figure of Ganesh under a canopy of five nagas it is safe to assume that this bell is from the Hindu community. The wear and patina are consistent with great age, though it is extremely difficult to date metals with any certainty.
The bell is 4" in diameter at the base and is 9" in height. It is in very good conditio ...click for details
This stupa only changed hands once before we purchased it and several similar ones. It was said to be part of a collection of 108 stupas belonging to a rural monastery in Tibet close to the border with Nepal and to be over 200 years old.
It stands 10 inches (25 cm.) high and is 3-1/2" (9 cm.) square at the base. There are traces of white paint overall. There is an age crack on the bottom right side.