Early 19th century (could be earlier) Tibetan bronze vajra - the primary symbol and ritual implement in Tantric Buddhism. It symbolizes the essence of esoteric practices and the perfected state of reality. This vajra has 9 prongs on each end - one at the center and four at the cardinal directions symbolizing five cosmic Buddhas, with the four intercardinal prongs symbolizing four consorts of the directional Buddhas. It also symbolizes the nine vehicles or yanas, and all other groups of eight sur ...click for details
Early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Green Tara - the miraculous savior rescuing all beings from suffering - surrounded by her 21 various forms. She particularly saves from the “eight calamities” of both mundane and spiritual nature: 1. lions and pride 2. wild elephants and delusion 3. forest fires and hatred 4. snakes and envy 5. robbers and fanatical views 6. prisons and avarice 7. floods and lust 8. demons and doubts. Beautifully painted with mineral pigments and gold on cotton, ...click for details
18th - early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Buddha Akshobhya wearing monk’s robe and balancing vajra in his left hand, his right hand in “touching the ground” mudra. Akshobhya is one of the 5 Transcendent Buddhas and is the Lord of Pure Land of Abhirati in the East, usually his skin depicted as being deep blue. He is surrounded by 8 seated Buddhas, their hands in mudras identical to his. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments and gold on cotton, original Chinese silk broc ...click for details
19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting 6-armed Bhuddist dharmapala Hayagriva easily recognizable by 3 horse heads in his crown. He is considered to be the terrific form of Avalokiteshvara and thus the archetype of fierce compassion. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous snakes, there are 3 lamas depicted above (the central one being Tsonkhapa), and 3 deities (White Tara, Begtse and Green Tara) below. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cott ...click for details
Late 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Vajrabhairava - the conqueror of the Lord of Death - with his 9 heads, 34 arms and 16 legs. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous humans, animals and demons, thus symbolizing the victory of Vajrayana over phenomenal existence. There are deities surrounding him, the lower left being Yama - the Lord of Death - on a bull attended by his sister Yami. Beautifully painted with mineral pigments on cotton, original Chines ...click for details
19th century Tibetan turned burlwood covered bowl for Buddhist offerings on a home or temple altar. Larger versions of these bowl are used for sampa (powdered barley) - Tibetan staple food. Very nicely turned, in great shape, fantastic patina on beautiful wood with some red lacquer on the cover. Very pleasant piece with wonderful feel of age. Diameter 2 13/16 inches, height with cover 2 1/8 inches.
19th century Tibetan turned burlwood covered bowl used for sampa (powdered barley) -Tibetan staple food. Lacquered black on the inside, great patina on beautiful wood. Very pleasant piece with wonderful feel of age. Height with cover 3 3/8 inches, diameter 4 3/4 inches.
Good size 19th century (can be earlier) Tibetan turned burl wood dish / stand with massive high foot for temple offerings. Very nicely turned, in great shape, usual burl wood blemishes, fantastic dark patina on beautiful wood. Very pleasant piece with wonderful feel of age. Diameter 6 1/2 inches, height 3 5/8 inches.