Shamanism is still widely practiced in the mountain villages of Nepal, and in
western Nepal it spawned the development of the form of tribal art we are
featurning here. Figurative statues mostly of wood but also of stone were
carved for a number of purposes associated with shamanism. Some were
made to guard the house, some the community, some the local temple,
and yet others to protect a bridge or a spring or some other natural
feature. Some were found outside, sometimes buried in the m ...click for details
The graphic quality of the pair of horses wearing blankets just like this one makes up for this carpet's not-so-pristine condition.
It has had considerable reweaving in the blue areas and there is fraying around the edges. While we accept returns with everything we sell, we want to emphasize that we will accept the return of this as-is
item so long as the purchaser is willing to pay return shipping fees. We app ...click for details
The carved design of this old Tibetan book cover remains very crisp even though only a few flecks of gold remain to hint at its former elegance. A sacred vase with a knotted scarf is the central focus. A beaded edge completes the central frame, and around it is a painted surface of gold over red also dominated by scrolls. The left edge of the book cover is also carved with scrolls. The reverse side is plain, but unscarred by the knife marks which helped disguise many book covers during the C ...click for details
The conch is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a powerful amplifier of sound and as such is used for the call to prayer. Buddhism adopted the symbolism of the conch from Hinduism and it represents the truth of the dharma in Buddhist practice.
We categorized this item as an antique because the shell certainly is, though we want to make clear that the silver work with inlaid turquoise a ...click for details
In addition to their notorious butter tea, Tibetans are also very fond of jasmine tea, which they serve in porcelain cups. A silver stand and cover like this make for a
most elegant service for a special guest.
The cup we are showing with the stand and
lid is just a stand-in, and we don't own a
cup of just the right proportions. We are selling only the silver stand and cover. As
can be seen in the photo, th ...click for details
Tsaklis occupy a small and rather neglected niche in the world
of Tibetan Buddhist artifacts. They are like poor cousins to the
much more studies and collected Tibetan thangkas, but they
are much more numerous than thangkas and offer a much wider
range of subject matter.
Like thangkas tsakli come in a wide range of qualities and
painting styles. Some were rather hurriedly painted by not
very skilled artists ...click for details
Identifiable as Hayagriva by the horse head protruding from his hair, he is
portrayed here as single headed and with two arms, three eyes and a
pair of Garuda wings. As with most portraits of Tibetan wrathful deities, he stands
in front of raging flames.
Hayagriva is considered to be the wrathful form of
Avalokitesvara and has many forms. We are showing a Bhutanese thangka portrait
of Hayagrive (see Tro ...click for details
The buffalo headed deity, Yamantaka, is the wrathful form of Manjushree, the Tibetan god of Wisdom. Manjushree took this form to conquer the lord of death and as such Yamantaka is one of the most wrathful of the Tibetan Buddhist deities.
Here he is shown in yab-yam, the union of male and female which represents the union of compassion and wisdom. ...click for details