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This is a small, antique Tibetan copper & white metal or silver prayer box and /or portable shrine (Gao) with a small gold colored seated Buddha statue inside.

It dates circa 1890-1930.

It measures 3 1/3 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

The front cover is covered overall with wonderfully tooled reposse images, including a Tibetan beast or lion surrounded by Buddhist calligraphy, topped by a flame. The rest of the box is copper, under the protective, stitched cover.

It also has stitched covers from the early to middle 20th Century.

It is part of a small collection of antique Asian silver artifacts that were acquired a while ago. Please check our other listings to see additional items from this small but select collection that we are currently offering for sale.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #105013 (stock #TR0175)
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This blue & white ceramic bottle or jar measures 9 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in diameter.

It is hand painted with scenes in cobalt blue on a white ground.

It is in excellent condition with a few natural fissures and irregularities to the glaze (see close up photos).

We estimate it to date circa 1700-1900.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #1121793
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This bronze figure of Jambhala (also known as Vaisravana) measures about 11.5 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 5 inches in depth (including the bronze lotus mount and lion that it sits on).

He is commonly considered to be the god of wealth and protector of the north, riding on a lion.

A mongoose sits on a lotus under his left foot.

His right hand holds a citron or lemon (a symbol of fertility).

The character of Jambhala or Vaisavana is founded upon the Hindu deity Kubera, but although the Buddhist and Hindu deities share some characteristics, each of them has different functions and associated myths.

Although brought into East Asia as a Buddhist deity, Vaisravana has become a character in folk religion and has acquired an identity that is independent of the Buddhist tradition .

Vaisravana is the guardian of the northern direction, and his home is in the northern quadrant of the topmost tier of the lower half of Mount Sumeru. He is the leader of all the yaksas who dwell on the Sumeru's slopes.

He is often portrayed with a yellow face.

He is also sometimes displayed with a mongoose, often shown ejecting jewels from its mouth.

The mongoose is the enemy of the snake, a symbol of greed or hatred; the ejection of jewels represents generosity.

In Tibet, Vaisravana is considered a worldly dharmapala or protector of the Dharma, a member of the retinue of Ratnasambhava.

He is also known as the King of the North. As guardian of the north, he is often depicted on temple murals outside the main door.

He is also thought of as a god of wealth. As such, he is sometimes portrayed carrying a citron(a type of lemon), the fruit of the jambhara tree, a pun on another name of his, Jambhala . The fruit helps distinguish him iconically from depictions of Kuvera.

He is sometimes represented as corpulent and covered with jewels.

His mount is a snow lion.

This intricate bronze has much of it's original over painting remaining on the faces of both Jambala and his mount. There is a large amount of gilding applied to jeweled portions and accent details. This was a style of decoration that was popular during the later portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and also occasionally during the early portion of the Qing Dynasty( 1644-1912).

We estimate this antique bronze to date to the 17th or 18th century, but it may be a bit earlier than that.

This antique bronze is in excellent condition, with one exception. It sits on three mount pins that extend into the sealed lotus base. One of these pins has broken off and is apparently roaming around within the base itself. Sitting on two pins rather than three has had no adverse effect on it's stability whatsoever.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1079064
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This antique gilt bronze figure of Tara dates to 11th-12th century Nepal.

It measures approximately 12 inches tall (13 inches with custom wooden stand).

It is in outstanding condition, especially considering that it is over 900 years old.

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NOTE: This 900+ year old bronze does have one condition issue:

The lotus flower on Tara's left shoulder is bent forward slightly and needs to be repositioned professionally.

It is a relatively simple and inexpensive process, but it should be done by someone with experience in such matters.

Just bending it back might have the unwanted effect of snapping it off. It needs to be heated, softened and gently moved back into place by a pro.

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Tara is the most important goddess in the Buddhist pantheon.

She stands, gracefully and powerfully modeled in a hip-shot posture.

Her right hand is held in a gesture of varadamudra (fearlessness and wish granting).

Her left hand is held in a teaching gesture (vitarkamudra) while holding a lotus flower rising to her shoulder.

Her face has a serene expression with downcast eyes flanked by large earrings.

She is wearing a diaphanous dhoti rolled down to the waist. It is incised with floral patterns and secured with a jeweled sash inset with precious stones.

She also wears a jeweled neck piece, armbands and tiara enclosing her up swept hair.

Tara occupies a unique status in that she has mythological origins as a goddess, as a Bodhisattva and is also frequently viewed as a Buddha.

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THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY BRONZE AND IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE AS DESCRIBED, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1084482
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Nepalese Bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

11th to 14th century: circa 1000-1300 AD.

This outstanding bronze statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani stands 13.5 inches tall not including the two rectangular mounts that extend into it's bronze base.

It stands 15 inches tall including it's bronze lotus base.

It is in excellent condition with much of it's original gilt remaining on the raised areas and his face. The remainder of the original gilt has been lost over the last thousand years or so, exposing a deep copper colored bronze surface.

Among the many forms of Avalokiteshvara, Padmapani is probably the oldest.

Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of all of the Buddha's infinite compassion.

Padmapani means "lotus in hand". His left hand holds the lotus stalk, while his right hand is lowered in the gesture of granting favors.

This is an early example the use of semi precious stone inlays, a distinctive feature of Tibetan and Nepali sculpture.

His smooth torso and broad shoulders reflect the impact of the Gupta style, which existed in Northern India from the fourth to sixth century. The armlets and crown are traditionally found on 10th to 12th century sculpture.

Additional Nepalese or Nepali scuptural traditions can be seen in the shape of the broad face and full cheekbones which differ from the smaller and fuller facial features found in Indian art. The curves of the eyebrows and eyes and the long line of the nose are also typically Nepalese in style. In addition, the delicately engraved or incised floral pattern of the sarong around his waist is also typically found on early Nepali sculptures .

A larger, but stylistically similar example of an 11th century bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani is held in the Cleveland Museum of Art:

On September 21, 2007 Christies NY sold a 14 inch gilt bronze Avalokitesvara Padmapani for $577,000.00 .

Recently - On March 20, 2012, a 17 7/8 inch tall bronze Padmapani was sold for $2.8 million dollars by Christies Auction House in New York.

THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY BRONZE AND IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE AS DESCRIBED, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #719023
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This Meiji period JAPANESE KUTANI VASE measures 7 inches in diameter and 11 inches tall. We date this one circa 1880-1910.

It is in excellent condition overall with the raised gilding in outstanding condition.

It is unsigned, but there is a hand painted mark on the bottom edge that looks like: I I I O .

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #600751
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This white nephrite jade carving of a pig dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

It measures 4 inches nose to tail, by about 1 3/8 inches tall by 1 inch in width.

It is an overall white color with traces of brown oxidation in the crevices. It has areas of irregularity on it's flat and rounded surfaces that create an almost spider web like pattern (off white on white colors).

It is in excellent condition except for one drill hole in the tail which does not appear to be contemporary with the piece. It was most likely added so it could be worn as a pendant.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #565889
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This glazed ceramic seated Buddha measures 7 inches tall by 6 1/2 inches wide by about 5 inches in depth.

It consists of a blue glaze over buff ceramic. The glaze is a deep sky blue ranging to shades of turquoise and pooling to black in the crevices. The bottom has a very fine mesh pattern embedded in it that resembles linen. There are no marks of any kind on it.

This seated figure dates to the Kangxi period of the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) or possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition, period.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #95868 (stock #TR0156)
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This original Ming Dynasty ceramic or stoneware tile with a figure of a seated Buddha measures about 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

It is in very good condition with minor losses to the glaze in a few areas along with a few small rim chips.

Stylistically, it has more in common with Song Dynasty ceramics, but most likely it dates to the Ming Dynasty.

This architectural tile appears to have been designed to be mounted in the wall of a shrine or temple and has a pattern of large shaped dovetails on the reverse for that purpose (see enlargement photo).

This museum quality piece consists of very dense stoneware covered with colored glazes in turquoise, aubergine and yellow.

This Buddha tile dates from the Ming Dynasty or earlier.

A Few Facts:

The Shanyin Hall at the White Dagoba Temple was built or restored by the Qianlong emperor in 1751, 30 years after a large earthquake damaged the same area in Beijing.

Shanyin Hall currently has 445 Buddha tiles of similar style, but of later manufacture (probably circa 1976 -when it was last restored after the Tangshan earthquake.) (See the last photograph).

It may have have had tiles similar to the one we are offering prior to it's previous restorations in 1751 or 1976.

It is quite possible that this turquoise Buddha tile may be a remnant of one of those earlier changes or restorations.

We currently have in our collection a tile similar to the current tiles that are currently mounted in Shanyin Hall in Beijing. Our tile is marked with Wanli reign Marks (1573- 1619). This is not the tile we are offering with this lot. The one we are offering actually appears to be earlier than this Wanli tile, but it is unmarked.

We can't document it yet, but it is a serious possibility that this old Buddha tile dates to before 1619.

Our research shows that the original tiles were probably held in place with lime mortar-not the best thing to use in an earthquake zone.

This tile we offer here may have been salvaged from an old temple restoration or from a temple no longer in existence. This same area has seen earthquakes in 1679, again in 1730 and again in 1976-to name a few.

All of this is a combination of verifiable facts and speculation, but speculation based on observable and documented facts.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #656890
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This standing nephrite jade carving of a bearded and robed figure with long horns or a headdress of some sort measures about 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is carved from a large piece of nephrite ranging from pale to deep green with a strip of oxidized white to yellow jade down the middle. In addition, there is a crackled stripe of oxidation running down through the center of the face through the figure to the bottom of the robe.

There are also engraved rectangular patterns and additional patterns on the robe.

Although the serious possibility exists that this is an old nephrite carving dating to the Shang period, we are dating this one very conservatively to about circa 1900-1920. If it turns out to be much older, we are certain the buyer will not be too upset.

It is interesting to note, however, that the oxidation and subsequent crackling of the stone that runs right down through the face probably occurred after the jade was carved. The question arises: if this is a copy made in the last 100 years or so, why didn't they turn it around before they carved the face, as the center of the back side is pristine where the face could have been positioned, no crackling or deterioration? It would have been the better choice to use as the front and would have made a more attractive and potentially more saleable copy. If however, the deterioration of the stone actually happened over an extended period of time after it was carved, that would make more sense as an explanation as to why the current positioning of the stone in relation to it's natural flaws or irregularities.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1800 item #806896
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This pair of Chinese Seated Lions date from the 17th -19th Century or possibly a bit earlier.

These pottery or earthenware lions each measure about 9.5 - 10 inches tall by 6 inches wide by about 4 inches in depth.

They are in very good condition with only a small loss to one of the tails.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #893016
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This Japanese painted bronze figure of Daikoku measures approximately 13.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 5 inches in depth.

It is a substantial bronze figure, weighing around 13+ pounds or about 6 kilos.

It is signed or marked on both the figure and the separate base of rice bales (see two of the enlargement pictures).

It dates from the late Meiji to Taisho Period (circa 1890-1912).

It is in excellent condition with most of it's original colored and patinated surfaces intact. An exception to this is the loss of a small triangular shaped piece which was apparently once attached at the figure's midsection (see photo enlargement of loss). This most likely was originally a separate attachment (see the drill hole?) in the shape of a small pouch (or treasure sack) which Daikoku traditionally carried.

Since the 17th century, Daikoku has been known as the Japanese god of wealth, the household and of farmers, although in earlier centuries he was considered a fierce protector deity (Mahakala).

In Japan, artwork of this deity usually shows him wearing a hood and standing on two bales of rice, carrying a sack of treasure and holding a magic mallet. Daikoku is often clad in robes, with a smile on his face.

In some traditions, Daikoku is also considered to be a provider of food, and images of him can still be found in monastery kitchens and in the kitchens of private homes. He is recognized by his wide face, smile, and a flat black hat.

He is often portrayed holding a golden mallet (called a Uchide Nokozuchi), also known as a magic money mallet, and is seen positioned on bales of rice, occasionally with mice nearby (mice signifying plentiful food).

Originally a Hindu deity called Mahakala, he was introduced to Japan in the ninth century, and merged with the Shinto deity of good harvests, Oo-kuninushi-no-Mikoto (or Okuninushi-no-Kami, translated as "Prince Plenty"). The lucky mallet in his right hand is called the uchide nokozuchi. This mallet is said to have magical properties that can produce anything desired when struck. Some stories say that coins fall out when he shakes his mallet. Others say that believers are granted their heart's desire by tapping a symbolic mallet on the ground three times and making a wish.

The symbol of the precious Buddhist Jewel, sometimes found on Daikoku's mallet or belt, represents the themes of wealth and unfolding possibility. It is said to give its holder the ability to see all things (like a crystal ball).

The precious jewel is one of the seven symbols of royal power in Buddhism. Daikokyu, himself is considered to be one of the seven household gods of Japan.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre AD 1000 item #523969
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This extremely old hardstone / jade bracelet dates from the Liangzhu Period (3300 BC-2200 BC).

It is a varigated black color with one spot of pale yellow green on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, even though its material has been been degraded over time (The scratch test only works on the green spot due to the degradation of the darker areas). It also has a crystal structure that can be seen under high magnification.

It has an outside diameter of 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 inches (8.5- 9 cm) and an interior diameter of 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm). It is about 3/4 inch in width (1.8 - 2.0 cm). This is an outstanding piece and is similar in style to another burnt jade bangle of white chicken bone color in published works.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1037629
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This antique Burmese Shan bronze figure of a crowned Jambhupati Buddha measures approximately 22 inches tall by 8 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.

It is in excellent condition except for a few areas where the casting has either thinned out or was thin to begin with. Even so, this is a heavy, well detailed bronze with a nice patina.

This bronze Buddha was purchased many years ago and is part of our personal collection of ancient Asian artifacts acquired between 25-40 years ago..

We estimate it to date to the 18th -19th century, but it may actually be somewhat earlier. This is a museum quality bronze and the next owner will not be disappointed.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #1057191
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This antique bronze figure of Mahakala measures 10 inches wide by 12 inches tall by 3 inches in depth (at it's widest points)

It dates from 17th to 18th century Nepal or Tibet (circa 1600's-1700's)

It is in very good condition with remnants of gilt along with green verdigris (oxidation). Note: the bronze is slightly loose on its base. This does not affect it when placed against a wall.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #326723 (stock #Jap-1001)
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This Japanese Carved Wooden Mask measures 10 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide (ear to ear) by 4 inches in depth. It is also about 1 1/2 inches in thickness at center narrowing down to about 3/4 inch thick at edges.

It is carved from a tightly grained wood similar to those found in 19th century Japanese furniture.

It has a nice patina and retains traces of original pale maroon color in some areas.

It is in excellent condition and has wonderful parallel grooves over entire interior: most likely carving marks, but very finely detailed. They do not show up well in photos.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1800 item #850231
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This is an original pair of 18th-19th century wooden carvings of Chinese eunuchs or officials. Each one measures 8.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep (at the base). They are in good condition with most of the original painted detailing remaining on their faces and some painted details remaining in other areas, such as the hat, sash, and ceremonial jade disk held by one of them. One figure holds what appears to be a representation of an old ceremonial jade. These appear to have been tomb figures that lost much of their original colors.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #95378 (stock #TR0154)
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This pair of charming 18th-19th century copper censors are in the form of small archaic wine jars. They have some verdigris on them but they are in excellent condition.

They measure 5 1/4 inches tall by about 4 1/2 inches wide.

The tripod feet are comprised of foo dogs or temple lions with elongated tongues. They have been used as candle holders at some time and retain a small amount of wax on the interior.

There are no marks on these censors. Circa 1780-1840's.