Rarely depicted in Tibetan figures, Brahma on the hamsa is a copper alloy figure which is mounted onto a fine old wood stand from Japan. From a wonderful sword collection belonging to a Samurai family, this figure is magical. Brahma holds the sun of illumination in his hand. Traces of gilding.
This extraordinary silver Tibetan Buddhist reliquary in the form of a Stupa, set with coral and turquoise, is sealed with prayers by a chase and repousee Padmasambhava. The figures on the lower levels are of those suffering from ignorance. Auspicious symbols assist the aspirants and toward the upper sections, the enlightened ones are depicted and surround the fully enlightened one at the top on either side.
An original and impressive single transparent selenite crystal mounted on a geometric steel base. This represents a collaboration between David Humphrey, Eric Peterson (34stbombers} and Peter Asmar of Asmar Studio. - With thanks.
23 inches tall and 30 inches wide
Note: Does not include the antique Mother of Pearl Inlay Trunk.
19th c. Portable Shrine - Five panels of Indian Miniatures
A charming portable shrine of brass and gilding, which opens to five breath taking Indian miniature paintings decorated further with gold, basra pearls and gems . The panels feature Krishna and Arjun, Shiva and Parvati, Ganesh with Siddhi and Riddhi and Durga astride the tiger.
Due to its age and condition, the paper has been professionally conserved to the extent possible.
7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
Guan Yu - Gilt lacquer on wood - late 19th century
An historical figure turned fierce guardian and object of worship, Guan Yu was a general at the end of the Han Dynasty. Though considered as an emblem of war he is actually venerated as a man of peace who would rather keep violence to a minimum and, as such, he is worshipped throughout China. This monumental figure stands 24 inches and weighs over 30 lbs. He brings the gift of PRESENCE as seen in the images!
Indian Miniature of a Bejeweled Maharani 18th-19thc India
A bejeweled Maharani! This oil measures 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches. It dates to the late 18th to early 19th century and rests in a metal frame shielded by beveled glass, which is slightly chipped at the lower left as can be seen in the 2nd image.
This antique, gilded wood altar, combines the distinctly Asian taste and sensibility of the Vietnamese artists who were most likely commissioned by the Jesuits to create this altar to house a statue of a Catholic luminary.
16 1/2" x 40 1/4" x 18 1/4"
The 18th c. figure of this matador is a striking example of the Neopolitan or Creche sculptural traditions. This sensitive depiction is, most likely, that of a great matador of 18th century Spain. There has been some restoration to the front foot to strengthen stability. Otherwise, since "time and tide wait for no figure", threads in places may be bare, but the strength of the spirit, the "duende" of this matador, remains untouched by the ravages of time.
27 inches tall
The high karat Precolumbian gold breast plate from Veraguas, W. Panama dates to the 15th c. and is of hammered native gold. The animal depicted is most likely the Panamanian crocodile or Largarto Aguja.
13.06 grams 22 karat+ gold
2 11/16" diameter
Provenance: Dale Flores Collection
A Ming glazed stoneware figure of a Seated Boddhisattva
A glazed stoneware figure dated to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), of a seated Boddhisattva holding a ruyi scepter.
8 3/4" tall
This sublime figure has survived for 500 years and but, for some minor chips, has weathered the ages remarkably well.
This dish was found in the Necropolis north of the ancient Punic city of Kerkouane in Tunisia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necropolis_of_Kerkouane The recessed center indicates that the dish was probably used in a woman’s chamber for the application of kohl, the ancient eye cosmetic still in use today in Africa and India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohl The dish measures 8 inches in diameter.
The 5th c. Central Asian treasure jar stands 12 inches high and is decorated in the round with three ferocious beasts and painted with the "eyes that watch" as protection for the valuables that would have been stored in the jar.
This Qing Dynasty (turn of the 20th century) buckle features a large polished, pink tourmaline slice from California and a Burmese "moss on snow" jadeite. The gilt copper buckle features ice crackle decoration behind the transparent pink tourmaline. The Empress Dowager, Tzu-hsi, was the most important patron of California tourmalines during her lifetime and consequently China became its biggest importer in the late 19th century.
This beautiful example of Chinese taste is a 19th century water coupe with a rich flambe glaze. 1 3/4" tall.
"Water coupes were small pots for ornamental as well as functional use by Chinese scholars. Displayed on their desks, they were filled with water for making ink or for refilling the artist's brush washers to clean their writing utensils. Many were delicately carved from a variety of colored jades and agates and were patterned after organic plant forms or animals."
Information courtesy of Lois Thomas, p4A.com editor, April, 2009.
Over 800 years old, this dramatic jaguar head was once attached to a massive metate or corn grinding platform, in the shape of a jaguar. The jaguar head was found in Costa Rica, attached to a mail box by the concrete extension, wood and bolt arrangement seen in the photo below. The entire artifact measures 6 1/2 x 15 inches (including the bolt extensions)
Captured in Time - A spectacular event under the sea
What appears to be red coral is, in fact, the result of overgrowth after the death of a branching, white hard coral; colonized or taken over by a sponge, algae or bryozoan which appears as a red encrustation. Please take note in the additional images where the deep folds of the large clam shell can be seen to which, the coral originally attached itself.