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Buddhist Charms

Buddhist Charms

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1299848

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Quirky and eclectic collection of 35 small repousse copper plaques or tokens. These were collected in Dali, Yunnan, China in the late 1980s. No two are exactly alike and seem to be influenced by Tantric Buddhism in that the endless knot, parasol, lotus throne, and temple banner motifs are represented in this lot as well as more traditional Chinese symbols such as bats and butterflies. In the last image I have shown a Qilin the only image in this group that has a hallmark. Scale is enlargements. It has been suggested to me that these have a Mongolian origin which points to the possibility that they are garment ornaments are from Xingmeng, the last Mongolian village in Yunnan. It should be noted that the Mongolian Empire conquered Yunnan in 1253CE. I can comfortably date these to Qing Dynasty. I originally acquired these in the hopes that these might be artifacts from the ancient Dali Kingdom (800CE-1200CE), but found no supporting evidence of this.