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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1322619 (stock #S1-D )
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Small bronze statue of Buddha in monk's robe sitting in Padmasana (lotus posture) on a high simple throne, hands in Bhumisparsha mudra (calling the earth to witness the truth).
Very big hands and ears, typical of the Shan style. Kindness and serenity emanate from his face.
Beautiful patina. Small hole in the bottom part of the throne, right back corner (see pix). 11,5 cms. Shan, Burma, 19th C.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #1350379 (stock #TIB-S1H )
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Bronze statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in monk's robe sitting in Padmasana (lotus posture) on a double lotus throne; right hand in Bhumisparsha mudra (calling the earth to witness the truth) and left hand in Dhyani mudra (meditation).
Sino-Tibetan lacquered bronze, with deeply encrusted patina on the front, old red lacquer on the back (and beautiful oxidation inside).
Perfect condition. 18 cms. Tibet, 18th C.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1229721 (stock #M-T1C)
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€ 900.00
Big "Bianlian" Nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened.
Bianlian means face changing: this mask has an articulated jaw which could be animated by the wearer.
Traces of ancient pigments on the cap of this very old and heavy hardwood m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1272077 (stock #D-4D)
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€ 120.00
Old Chinese boxwood compass (luopan, zhinanzhe) used for fengshui (geomancy); covered with beautiful Chinese characters and symbols; beautiful patina with usual wear and tear, L: 9,5 cms, W: 4,5 cms.
It works fine; don't forget that in China, the red pointer indicates the South.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1183640 (stock #M-TK1D)
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€ 500.00
Big "Tunkou" of Kaishan, he who "Opens the mountain", clears it; God of mountains with a terrifying face (horns, fangs) who leads the procession during the ceremony organised for the clearing of a new field or building of a new rice field; his fierce face is intended to repulse the bad spirits (and the dangerous wild animals?).
Tunkou or "Mouth who swallows" the demons, the bad spirits; terrifying mask for hanging on the Nuo temple's door or above the main altar. Some of them for hanging ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1182747 (stock #M-D3H)
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€ 500.00
Hardwood Nuo mask, big and heavy, representing an unidentified character with a very serene expression. Coat of red lacquering on plaster, long gone around mouth and nose (the red color is generally used to indicate courage, loyalty and devotion).
Very good condition (a few little chips on the back along the edge), very nice inside patina; 26x17 cms. Beginning of 19th C, Hunan. (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1183135 (stock #M-SP1S)
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€ 500.00
Nuo mask of the Fish Eater; extremely rare character; good condition; remnants of pigments, backside scratched (for ritual purpose ?). 26x14 cms. 19th C (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1183634 (stock #M-J1C)
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€ 700.00
Very old Nuo mask of Bao Gong, Judge Bao, wearing his characteristic and beautiful hat with a kind of knot. Judge Bao is an historical character who lived during the Song dynasty and became the model of justice and integrity.
Severe expression, two "horns", old polychromatic pigments on plaster, remnants of mustache and beard, beautiful patina.
Chips on the back of the chin, the corners of the hat, a very small one on top of the right horn and an old consolidation with a kind of cement o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1384267 (stock #M-K1C )
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Nuo mask of Kailu, "Open the path", god with a terrifying face (horns, fangs) who leads the funerary procession; his fierce face is intended to repulse the bad spirits (and the dangerous wild animals?).
Very rare big portrayal of Kailu with very big eyes and mouth, the only one of this kind i ever saw; 3 growing horns, big eyes and mouth, 2 fangs; ancient polychromia, nice patina.
Good condition, small chip at the back of the forehead and old native restoration between the corner...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #1183134 (stock #M-K1Q)
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€ 900.00
Nuo mask of Kaishan, He who "Opens the mountain", clears it; God of mountains with a terrifying face (horns, fangs) who leads the procession during the ceremony organised for the clearing of a new field or building of a new rice field; his fierce face is intended to repulse the bad spirits (and the dangerous wild animals?).
Very old and heavy hardwood mask; 2 fangs and 2 growing horns, tongue, big bulging eyes and big nose; traces of old pigments, very good condition (1 crack on the back...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1356583 (stock #M-X1H )
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Antique Nuo half-mask of Kui Xing ; very fine and expressive carving, beautiful patina, small accidents (see pix). H:19c, l:17c
These half-masks were specially made to facilitate talking and singing. Yunnan, RM242 (see bibliography). 19th C or before.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1352249 (stock #M-BT1C )
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Rare antique Nuo mask of Niang Cai. Very old and heavy mask with twisted mouth,  ; primitive style ; remnants of original marouflage.
Left ear deteriorated, ancient native restorations (see pix); 24 x 16 cms; Guizhou, Tujia, at least 18th, possibly Ming 17th; RM 243, 250 (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1183637 (stock #M-L2S)
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€ 300.00
Nuo mask of Tang Shi Tai Po, venerable Tang lady, the Guardian of the peach tree (the peach of immortality); identifiable because she has the" fat face" of the Tang court ladies; backside scratched (for ritual purpose ?); 22x14 cms, end of 19th C. Hunan. (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1272081 (stock #M-T2H)
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€ 350.00
Nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened.
Very nice carving and polychromy, beautiful inside patina, very good condition.
These masks among others often used, were recoloured regularly; 22 x 12 cms; end of 19th C. Hunan. NM 53; RM 144,146,...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1331303 (stock #M-T4H)
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€ 450.00
Antique Nuo Mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains; fundamental in an agricultural country; usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard; the hair figuring those is often missing, or has been renewed; when missing, we can see the holes where the hair was fastened.
Small mask for children with very high headdress, very nice backside patina, remnants of old polychromia; old native restorations with metal and leather, nick in the left eyebrow; 19x11...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1384268 (stock #M-T2C )
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Nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened.
This is a very fine exemplar: more than smiling, he is really laughing... Big cap, very big nose, beautiful old polychromatic pigments, nice patina, very good condition except for an old indigenous resto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1389789 (stock #M-T1Q )
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Very big and beautiful antique lacquered nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard.
This particular one still has its original moustache and beard ; very high and beauttiful headdress, very expressive and detailed handwork.
Due to its quality and sophistication, this mask is probably a rare « court » nuo mask which belonged to...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1389790 (stock #M-X1Q )
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Very beautiful and delicate antique lacquered mask of Xienfang Xiaojie, Miss Vanguard, wearing her characteristic phoenix headdress ; very expressive handwork, remnants of original marouflage.
Due to its quality and sophistication, this mask is probably a rare « court » nuo mask which belonged to the same set as M-T1Q. Very good condition, some lacquer missing (see pix). 24 x 16 cms. 19th C or before. RM 93,145,163; MC 122-125 (see bibliography)