Jajarkot is a small regional center in the rugged central hills of Nepal. This figure may have originated there or in any of a number of nearby villages. While some of these figures were found in village homes many were kept in local temples.
Much rarer than the wooden devotional figures of the middle hills of Nepal are the stone ones. This figure of a man in a praying position is very simple but powerful...
All wool carpet with all natural colors. Unusual symbol in center medallion. Good condition, no reweaving, minor wear. Measurements: 56 x 28.5 inches.
Carpets with the double dorje were exclusively used by the monasteries.
With all natural colors this rare Wangden carpet likely dates to the
nineteenth century. It measures 35 x 39 inches.
For a comprehensive description of the iconography and meaning of the bell and vajra we refer you to the excellent "Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs" by Robert Beer.
The set shown here is of the closed five pronged variety with all the iconography described so exactingly by Mr. Beer. The bell is four inches in diameter and seven inches high; the
vajra measures 4-3/4 inches in length...
With the Newaris of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal it was customary for the donors of a statue to a temple to have a small statue of themselves cast to be put beside it. These were called donor figure statues.
In these donor statues the male is always to the left of the female. He kneels while she sits cross-legged. They are always portrayed with their hands held together in the gesture of devotion. This male donor claims credit alone. Perhaps he was widowed...
This finely woven seating carpet contains five full medallions and several partial ones. A rich indego ground complements the several natural colors used in the medallions.
Dimensions are 26 x 22 inches (66 x 56 cm). The carpet is in good condition with no reweaving.
The wear, patina, and the lightness of the wood all point to a very early date for this small wooden statue of Ganesh. We would estimate its origin to the eighteenth century.
The piece is 4.5 x3.5 inches (11 x 9 cm.). The lower righthand corner contains an early repair with a dark and hardened substance.
Our last photograph shows the extent of the repaired area. It hardly detracts from the overall look of the piece.
Made only in the Wangden valley of southern Tibet, these carpets are considered to be the earliest Tibetan carpets. The tradition has continued to this day. For more information on this particular form of weaving, do a Google search for the word "Wangden".
This carpet dates to the early years of the 20th century, and uses the traditional design of the double dorje. It is in good condition with no reweaving. It measures 36 x 38 inches (91 x 97 cm.)
Worn by Buddhist lamas during empowerments and other rituals, a ritual crown (or ringga) is composed of five separate pieces
held together with cloth or leather so it can be tied around the head. Ringgas are sometimes found on statues as well.
The sections are painted with the five Dhayani Buddhas, each with his consort holding a distinctive object...
Highly detailed tsha-tsha depicting the wrathful deity, Vajrabhairava, with nine
heads, numerous arms and legs, in yab-yum
with his consort.
The tablet is 3-3/4 inches high and is in excellent condition.
Many grains of barley were pressed into the back during its preparation.
Bhutanese love their monkeys. They are featured in Buddhist folklore, every twelfth year is a year of the monkey, and they
have several endangered species. They are also very fond of monkeys carved of wood and find many uses for them. They are often
found decorating the handle of embroidery stretchers and other household objects. Here this carved wooden monkey
holds his hands together to steady an incense stick...
This is a very old iron-tipped phurba with a
shiny dark patina. Phurbas like this one with iron tips were often used by shamans for agricultural purposes. They would be driven into the ground in groups, either to protect fields from misfortune or to trap malevolent spirits and dispatch them.
This phurba is 10-1/2 inches in length.
Often overlooked among Tibetan wooden artifacts are their footed trays. These were actually a fairly common possession, both in the home and in the monastery. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and decorations, but all share several common features. Almost all are footed and with steep sides and the corners are almost always joined with a fairly simple dovetail. Beyond that, they can vary a great deal. Some are pine, others are hardwood...
The Newars of the Kathmandu valley of Nepal are famous for their metal casting. In addition to the statues of deities they created bronze items for many different uses, including stands for statues. The one we are featuring here is of a typical Newar design, with an aureole of vlames, flowers and birds, surmounted by an umbrella. Each
component is cast separately and fits into slots in the aureole, which itself fits into slots at the back of the stand...
This fan is a tour-de-force of miniature woodcarving, typical of the Dolpo region of Nepal.
The paper fan is a bit tattered but the wood carving is in excellent condition and the patina is exceptional.
The wooden case is only 6-1/4 inches long yet every surface has been intricately carved.
From western Nepal around the hill town of Jajarkot originated many of these primitive bronze figures. They were associated with the practice of shamanism and were largely donated to temples where shamans exercised as much influence as priests.
Three figures sit astride an elephant. The man on left holds a bow and arrow; the middle figure appears to be a woman holding a flat tray, and the right figure holds a gun.
The figure stands 7-1/2 inches high and is 4-1/2 inches long.
Often overlooked among Tibetan wooden artifacts are their footed trays. These were actually a fairly common possession, both in the home and in the monastery. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and
decorations, but all share several common features. Almost all are footed and with steep sides and the corners are almost always
joined with a fairly simple dovetail. Beyond that, they can vary a great deal. Some are pine, others are hardwood...
Used to serve either tea or water, this
Tibetan pourer is composed of slightly
curved slats which fit together to form
a circle, exactly the way a wooden bucket
is made. The circular bottom sits in a
slot about an inch above the bottom. The
whole wooden structure is held in place by both vertical and
horizontal brass bands to form a sturdy and decorative
wood pitcher with a brass spout.
The pourer is in good condition. Like all wooden buckets
which have gone out of use the s...