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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1187183 (stock #19609c)
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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 Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #1178406 (stock #26848)
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This is a very specific variety of Indian textile called a Chamba Rumal. It is a square of unbleached thin hand spun muslin on which silk floss has been embroidered in such a way that the piece is entirely double sided.

A rumal is a kerchief or cover and rumals were used primarily as coverings for gifts or offerings...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1042310 (stock #22298)
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This thangka depicts Songtsen Gampo in his palace flanked by his Chinese wife on his left and his Nepalese wife on the right with a large assortment of offerings laid out in front of him.

Credited with consolidating the Buddhist faith in Tibet and building the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet's first great religious king, Songtsen Gampo, lived during the seventh century AD (627 - 649)...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #977242 (stock #14320)
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The ringga is backed with red leather. Each individual piece measures 5 by 7.5 inches. Spread open as if for framing the ringga measures 22 by 11.5 inches.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1950 item #976853 (stock #19609a)
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Much rarer than the wooden devotional figures of the middle hills of Nepal are the stone ones. This figure of a praying man with deep set eyes is very simple but powerful. It has been covered by kaolin and milk offerings so thoroughly that the stone surface itself is totally obscured.

The figure is four inches wide at the base and is eleven inches high. It weighs just under four pounds.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #975737 (stock #20731)
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In the south of Nepal among the Tharu people it was customary for a groom to use an elaborately decorated cart to take his bride to his village for the wedding. This panel is but a small part of such a cart and depicts a male clasping the back of a female on a horse driven cart. These wonderfully animated carvings are now only a legacy from a bygone era.

The forward reaching arms of the bride have been broken off but otherwise the piece is in excellent condition...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #975721 (stock #19947)
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Instantly recognized but in a script practically unknown to all, this print block depicts the all-powerful ten syllables of the Kalachakra manta in characters derived from the Lantsa script. Because it is a print block the image is reversed so that what faces left will appear on the right.

We've taken photos under several different lighting conditions so as to highlight the definition of the characters...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #975645 (stock #17938a)
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The snow lion is the national symbol of Tibet and as such appeared on the Tibetan flag and on official documents of Tibet when it was independent of Chinese rule. This mythological animal is portrayed with a white body and a green or turquoise mane...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1970 item #916283 (stock #17419a)
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This is a very short necklace without an opening so it is most likely of more use for its components than for actual use. It consists of a string of glass beads, mostly orange with a few red and blue ones scattered in and eight old brass pieces. There are five faces each a little different and three melon shaped beads. The brass ornaments all show good age, with nice wear on the backs and also where they hang from a string...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1700 item #900448 (stock #12755)
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Nepalese Stone Vishnu In describing this stone sculpture which has been in our possession for over twenty years we will quote extensively from Pratapaditya Pal's "Art of Nepal". In the first place, Vishnu's wheel and club are in opposite hands from what one usually sees: "The principal iconographic difference between this Vishnu and the tenth-century example is that here the god holds the flaming wheel with his upper right hand and the club with the corresponding left hand...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1950 item #899470 (stock #22035)
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This is an impressive complete set of 108 old and well used Buddhist prayer beads with the addition of two new sets of counters. The beads are seeds from the bodhi tree of special importance to Buddhists because Buddha became enlightened while meditating under a Bodhi tree.

The round ends of each seed have been filed down to make for a more compact string of beads, a very desirable quality for many Buddhists who prefer their prayer beads to be more compact and easier to wear...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1960 item #899469 (stock #22026)
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The black shiny beads called ritas are used almost exclusively be Nepalese shamans. Here they are combined with rudraksha beads and a claw in a shaman's necklace. Shamans usually include something sharp in their malas as a protective device.

This necklace includes 45 rudrakshas and 22 ritas. It is forty-one inches long and as can be seen from the photos has a wonderful patina which can only come from years of use.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #898966 (stock #24957)
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The central figure in this thangka bears a striking similarity of one identified as the fourth Panchen Lama, Lobsang Tenpay Nyima (1782-1853) [Rhie and Thurman, “The Sacred Art of Tibet”, page 275-275]. In both thangkas the focus is on the lama wearing the characteristic yellow hat of the Geluk Order dressed in several layers of clothing with his right hand in the teaching gesture (vitarkamudra) and cradling a manuscript in his left hand...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #897499 (stock #24958)
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This is a Tibetan monastic piece, usually called a "dough mold" in English. It used to produce flour effigies used in various rituals. This is a particularly large one - sometimes the molds existed in sets of smaller boards tied into a bundle but this larger example was likely comprehensive enough to stand on its own.

Dough molds were used in Tibetan popular rituals to make dough effigies called zan par ("dough print"). The ritual is a form of protection, exorcism, or ransom...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #897293 (stock #22438a)
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Serving the simple function of holding the churn handle upright while butter was being made, these carved household objects from Nepal have evolved into a unique design and aesthetic with religious overtones. In fact a 461 page book has been published on the subject.

Although all the ghurras have been sold, our Trocadero item number 327665 includes a photograph of a ghurra as used in butter-making and a cover photo of the book mentioned above...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #716668 (stock #T07-01-06)
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Flaming Garudas clutching snakes in their talons, all different in color are depicted flying over a mountain lake in this striking set of tsaklis. Despite their striking similarities, each card is painted individually.

Each card is signed on the reverse side near the bottom and the back of each has been fixed with a piece of cloth so the cards could be displayed on a stick during an initiation (see the last photo).

They measure 4 x 4.5 inches...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #709997 (stock #12690)
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This carved bone image of a fearsome Mahakala originates in Tibet. It is possibly from a necromancer's apron, though it is freestanding and lacks the top holes one would expect. It does have two drilled holes which are drilled so as to come through the mouth.

It measures just over 2-1/2 inches high (6.5 cm.) and forms under a 45 degree angle at the base. It is in excellent condition. Without scientific testing it is impossible to ascertain its age, though we are confident to place it pre-20...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #709968 (stock #14317)
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The phurba is used in various Buddhist rituals to frighten or slay invisible malevolent powers. It is thus a very powerful ritual object.

This phurba shows much use. The brass is has a very nice patina where it was grasped and the iron blade is quite worn. We would date it to at least the nineteenth century.

It measures 9-1/2 inches (24 cm.)in length and weighs just under half a pound, giving it a very nice heft.