A fragment of a mandorla (bottom part) made of finely carved wood. Two monks flank the central niche together w. three, tiered animals, elephant, lion and leongriff on either side. Tibet. 16th century. L 20 cm, H 7.5 cm. Condtion: Fair w. age related wear and tear.
A large, carved wood ( cypress? ) image depicting the “Four Arms seated Mahakala”, one of the great, fierce protector and guardian of the Dharma. He wear a high crown, earrings, a long garland of severed heads and a tiger skin around his waist and seats on the corps. The two main hands holding a Vaira and a skull bowl; the second pair of hands holding a sword (of wisdom) and a Khatvanga staff (both missing). On the back, a long opening containing dedications & prayers, still sealed. Remain ...click for details
An attractive and decorative middle size chest made of yak leather decorated with a pair of stylized flowers surrounded by ornamental borders in gold and colors. Fitted top, bottom and sides with heavy brass furnishings including lock and handles on the side. Backside undecorated. Tibet, late 18th to early 19th cent. H 20,5 cm, W 14,5 cm, L 29 cm. Condition: Good to fair with obvious traces of handling due to age.
A rare and very unusual ritual vase (bumpa) of painted clay with stylized chrysanthemum flowers for use in Tantric offerings. Tibet, 18–19th cent. H. 27 cm. Condition: Fair. Good colors. Some losses due to the age and handling.
A large, well-preserved “sutra-board” (book-cover) of carved wood with remains of colors. The central, recessed panel w. the talismanic character of the Kalacakra Tantra sorrounded by the Eight Good-luck Symbols in lozenges inside a border of small swasticas. The outer bands have mantras carved in ornamental Phagspa script in raised relief. The left end of the board w. carvings according to tradition. Tibet 15–16th cent. H 24 cm, L 69 cm. Condition: Excellent to very good. General wear due to ...click for details
A collection of 35 Buddhist and Bön ritual cards (tsagli) painted w. colors on coarse or heavy paper from several different sets, of which the most interesting and rare depicts female demons belonging to the Bön religion (15 pcs). Many w. identifying labels in " Ume " script, some w. prayers as well. Tibet, 18–20th cent. (around half of the pcs. are late 19th to beginning of 20th cent.). H 11/13 cm, W 8/10 cm Condition: Of mixed quality but generally quite worn. Two pcs. are fragmented ...click for details
A thigh bone trumpet (Tib.: Mikang Lingbu) for Tantric Buddhist ritual w. traditional mounting in yak-leather (top) and brass (mouthpiece). Most probably 19th cent or earlier. L 30 cm. Condition: Fair (considerable wear from use).
An extremely rare tool for grating precious stones (serdar) such as coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli and shell. Made of iron, gold and silver. The serdar (together w. a special file) is used for powdering various precious stones and minerals to be mixed with the clay for making votive amulets in clay (tsatsa). 18th cent. L 14 cm. Condition: Excellent (natural wear from use).
A fine, Five Buddhas crown made of gilt and coloured papiermache with cloth backing. Each Buddha rendered with his special attributes and iconography. Ritual crowns of this type were used in various Tantric Buddhist ceremonies including those of yidam-initiation (personal deity) and homa (fire ritual), both important practices in the Esoteric Buddhist tradition of Tibet and Mongolia. The Five Buddhas, Vairocana, Rathasambhava,, Amoghasiddhi, Amitabha and Akshobya each represents a special Buddha ...click for details