Of exquisite gilt lacquer on wood, the sitting Buddha on the extraordinary Dragon Altar Chair are of 19th century manufacture. Together they provide a glimpse into the majesty of Vietnamese craftsmanship and devotion.
A sublime 18th c. golden nanmu wood figure, of a Mother who sits with her two suckling children; emblematic of the blessing of many children. The marvelous chair stand is of a different wood and of later date. China. 13 x 21 inches
The recumbent camel is fashioned out of nephrite, jade of a buttery golden color; the result of the outer "skin" of the original jade pebble. Bactrian camels were a familiar sight along the trade route known as the "Silk Road". 5 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 19th c. China.
A wonderful bronze censer in the charming form of a magical creature; the Qilin. A combination unicorn, flaming dragon with hooves and the spindly legs of a giraffe. The head tilts open in order to accept the burning incense. Stands 11 inches tall and 7 inches in length. 17th century China www.instagram.com/reel/CmFmWFsgBsE/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y%3D
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.
Jadeite carved into the form of a squirrel astride a bunch of grapes as symbols of abundance in fortune and offspring. Further embellished with symbols for longevity in the form of Lingzhi (immortal fungi) 2 1/2" tall.
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!
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.
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.
I had this head examined at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles about 25 years ago. They were kind enough to pull out a very old reference book containing nearly identical images of this basalt head from Costa Rica. It was dated to from 300-100 BCE and identified as the representation of a Shaman wearing the diagnostic Shaman hat. 5 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Provenance: Dean Flora Collection
This remarkable late Ching Dynasty Long Life brush wash, is carved in Afghan Lapis Lazuli in the form of a butterfly, echoed by an image of the creature meticulously carved in low relief on the underside. 5" x 1 3/4" x 2 3/4"
This 19th century Chinese carving in Afghan Lapis Lazuli, gracefully depicts a dragon in motion. Note the stars incised onto the Dragon. They are emblematic of magic, hence the name Magical Dragon.
2"long x 1" high
This extraordinary multicolor carving in jadeite exhibits the poetry of Chinese sensibility. The crane, the peach and the fungus of immortality are emblematic of long life. When together in a carving the wish and blessing of a long and fruitful life becomes more potent for the wearer. These elements are carved here out of a russet skinned jadeite pebble. Two naturally occurring veins of color. The carver created a charming two sided pendant. One side is of the orange to russet to deep red color of the pebble's "skin" while the other side is of the rather celadon green interior of the pebble with spots of apple green.
2 3/8 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 inch
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)
The 19th c. sensitively wrought, castiron subject appears to be sleeping. Due to its noteworthy heaviness (estimated 150 lbs.) I find the head/bust is best served in the reclining position as shown here. The piece measures 7.5 x 13.5 x 9 inches