Superb and well hollowed-out blue striped agate snuff bottle. The stopper is made of bronze, with a beautifully shaped coral top. The spoon is made of bronze. China, 19th Century. Height (without stopper): 2 1/8" (5,4 cm). Tiny chips on rim of neck and base, otherwise very good condition.
A very finely cast statue of Bodhisattva Manjusri wearing diadem and formal attire, holding a book in his left hand, his right hand in argumentative posture. Manjusri is sitting cross-legged on an elevated lotus throne resting on the back of a stylized lion, itself standing on a rounded base. Bronze with dark-green patina. Traces of an original lacquering and gilding. China, early Ming Dynasty. Height: 6 1/4" (16 cm). Tiny part of diadem missing, otherwise very good condition.
A very fine mask of the esoteric "Nuo" theater, representing the character of Tudigong, the God of Cereals, wearing an official cap, his face illuminated by a large smile. Wood, with polychrome colors. China, early 19th century. Height: 11" (28 cm). The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Very good condition.
Mask of the "Nuo" esoteric theater representing the character of Bao Gong, or Judge Bao, also named "King of Inferno" because he also goes down to visit the Inferno to inquire about the souls. The mask was carved on wood on which lacquer and polychrome pigments were painted. China, mid-19th century. Height: 12 1/4" (30,5 cm). Old insect damage (no more danger), otherwise good condition.
Ceramic bowl of flat shape, light celadon/cream color, with a lotus incised design inside and a foliage incised design outside. China, Song Dynasty period (Ca. 12th century). Diameter: 6 5/8" (17 cm). Traces of the original silver cover on the rim. Very good condition.
Ceramic bowl of flat shape, nice celadon color, with a lotus incised design inside. China, Song Dynasty period (Ca. 12th century). Diameter: 6 9/16" (16,6 cm). Traces of the original silver cover on the rim. Very good condition.
Very fine and rare statue of smiling Liu Hai dancing on a square base, with his three-legged toad at his feet. He is holding a vase in his left hand and a half coin in his right hand. Bronze, nice, partly encrusted green patina. China, Ming Dynasty. Height: 5 1/4" (13,3 cm). Very good condition.
Fragmentary statue of Buddha, in monk's robes, sitting cross-legged, his hands in bhumisparsa and dharmachakra mudras. Bronze, with dark-green patina and traces of the original gilding. China, early Ming Dynasty (Ca. 14th/15th century). Height: 5 3/4" (14,6 cm). The statue is nicely mounted on a custom plexi stand. Provenance: old British collection.
Head of Buddha, its face with eyes almost closed reflecting a profound inner serenity. Wood, with numerous layers of polychrome pigments, lacquering and gilding. China, early 18th century, probably earlier. Height: 32 cm. The head is not mounted. Some flaking, otherwise very good condition.
Mask of the "Nuo" esoteric theater representing the character of Heshang, the Buddhist monk, with very expressive features. The mask was carved on wood, then paper was affixed all over its surface, on which polychrome pigments were painted. China, early 19th century, probably earlier. Height: 9 13/16" (25 cm). The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Paper partly flaked, and consequently the colors, otherwise very good condition.
Mask of the "Nuo" esoteric theater representing the character of Master Jiang, a respected professor. Polychrome wood, with animal hair under the nose and around the chin to represent mustache and beard. China, early 19th century. Height: 9 3/8" (24 cm). The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Very good condition. Publications: "Le Masque de Chine" by Yves Crehalet Actes Sud Publisher, France, 2007 (p. 148).
Pendant of circular fetal form ending in the shape of a pig or boar head. This type of pendant is called "pig dragon" pendant not only because of its form but also because it is the first representation of the dragon in Chinese art history. This piece is made of light green jade, with light beige and brown inclusions. It dates back to the Neolithic Period, Hongshan Culture, Ca. 3500-2500 BC. Its height: 2 1/8" (5,4 cm). Some light erosion, otherwise very good condition. Ex. Old Eu ...click for details
Pendant plate decorated with a silkworm carved in relief. Jade with traces of soil encrustations. China, Zhou Dynasty (11th to 8th century B.C.). Dimensions: height: 2 1/8" (5,3 cm), width: 1 7/8 " (4,7 cm). Some erosion, otherwise good condition. Ex. old European collection.
Rare half-mask of the esoteric Nuo theater representing a demon. Wood, with numerous perforations around the top of the forehead, above the eyes and below the nose in order to represent the hair, eyebrows and mustache. The mask was lacquered originally. It suffered an old accident which split it in two from top to bottom, but was restored a long time ago and locally with resin. Though the mask is more fragile than a mask without any accident, it is nevertheless strong enough now. The piece is ve ...click for details