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.
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)
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!
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