Late 18th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture of Vitthali, regarded as a form of Vishnu or Krishna. His name means “standing on a brick”, he is in his characteristic stance with his hands on his hips and holding a conch shell in his left hand. He is also known as Vithoba or Panduranga, and is worshipped in particular in Pandharpur, not far from Bombay. Cast in the state of Maharashtra, sharp detailing, wonderful devotional wear, very pleasant patina. Traces of sandalwood paste used duri ...click for details
18th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture depicting Shridevi - a form of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. She is holding an open lotus in her left hand. Very nice casting - see her graciously bent figure, beautiful warm brown patina, high devotional wear with traces of sandalwood powder in crevices, overall in great condition for a votive piece. Height 2 3/8 inches.
Early 19th century votive Indian bronze Shiva lingam protected by Naga (cobra) with extended hood, and with a small figure of Nandi - the bull of Shiva - on the side of the lingam. Cast in Karnataka state, good casting and detailing, beautiful patina from being touched, compressed dust in crevices, very pleasant feel of age. Height 3 1/8 inches.
Unusually small 19th century Indian bronze votive sculpture of Bhudevi with bare breasts and pink lotus (nilotpala) in her right hand. Bhudevi is the consort of Vishnu and personifies the earth. Excellent casting and detailing, modeled with grace and beauty, wonderful brown patina, in excellent condition for a votive piece. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century small Hirado porcelain sculpture of a Japanese man wearing official kimono and a court hat. Like any white object does not photograph well. Excellent crisp modeling with incised details, wonderful thickish glaze with slight blue tinge and tiny bubbles in it. Unglazed bottom, in excellent condition, very pleasant to the touch. Height 2 3/8 inches. See the companion piece in my catalog.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting two branches - one with a perched owl, the other a crow with young. Superb quality work to the last detail - see their feathers and inlaid eyes. Shakudo with silver and gold, in excellent condition. Signed with single characters NAO and MASA on the sides. The best piece of Japanese metalwork that I have ever had. Length 1 11/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting resting horses with spotted coats. Superb quality work to the last detail - see their manes and gold inlaid eyes. Shakudo with silver inlaid spots, in excellent condition. Fantastic example of Japanese metalwork. Length 1 1/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting two groups of boys at play. Superb quality work - see their faces, detailing of clothing and toys. Gold, silver and copper inlays, in excellent condition. Fantastic example of Japanese metalwork. Length 1 1/2 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting egrets wading in a stream with swirling water, grasses and flowering water lilies. Elegant design, bronze with silvering and gilding, overall in very good condition. Length 1 3/8 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting blooming peonies with stems, branches and buds. Excellent design and detailing, flowers and buds are silver, gold highlights. Length 1 5/8 inches.