Mask of the "Nuo" esoteric theater, with strong features, representing the character of Tudigong, the God of the Soil and of Cereals. Lacquered wood. Cotton thread is affixed under the nose and around the chin to represent the mustache and the beard. China, early 19th century. Height: 10" (25,3 cm). The mask is nicely mounted on a custom stand. Very good condition. NOTE: This rather rare mask belongs to the type of masks which were made by the Yao ethnic group, located South-West ...click for details
Temple or palace architectural element, of corner shape, representing Garuda, the Hindu celestial being, in relief, wearing wings and holding the Snake. Strongly eroded wood. Nepal, 15th to 16th century. Height: 12 1/4" (31 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. good condition. NOTE: this piece is rather heavy, so we recommend to consult us for shipping cost.
Small statue of Buddha sitting on a double lotus throne, his hands in "bhumisparsa mudra". Copper, with traces of the original silvering in the recesses. Tibet, 18th century. Height: 2 3/16" (5,6 cm). Erosion, otherwise good condition. NOTE: this type of statue was carefully kept in a small portable altar by a Tibetan Bhuddist devotee.
Small statue of a standing Buddhist monk, his hands in prayer posture. Bronze with remnants of the original girding, green and reddish patina. China, Tang Dynasty period. Height: 2 1/4" (5,7 cm). The statue is nicely mounted on a custom plexi stand. Erosion, otherwise good condition.
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.
Fire lighting implement consisting of a piece of iron, pieces of fabric and a fragment of flint stone, the whole set being contained in a rattan box. This implement belonged formerly to a member of a tribe located in Palawan Island, South West of the Philipino Archipelago. Such tribe, like a few others in this island, has in some aspects remained in the Stone Age. It was put under the protection of the Philipino Government some 40 years ago. The closed box length is 7 5/8" (19,2 cm). The bo ...click for details
Mask which was used for the protection of a household against evil spirits. Wood, fine dark brown glossy patina. Nepal, early 19th century. 11 3/16" (28,4 cm). Old accidents (visible on photos), otherwise 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).
Samurai sword guard ("Tsuba") with relief design on both sides of an intricate mountainous landscape. Iron, with traces of the original gilding and silvering. The tsuba is signed, though the signature is partly erased. Japan, early Edo period. Height: 2 1/2" (6,4 cm). Oxidation, otherwise very good condition.
Unusual nine prong "vajra" with stylized lotus and round knob at the center. Bronze, fine dark-green patina in the recesses. Tibet, early 19th century or earlier. Length: 13 cm. Very good condition. NOTE: the "vajra" or "dorge", is a ritual instrument which was used by Tibetan lamas during tantric Buddhism ceremonies. With its nine prongs, this particular vajra belonged to a high ranking lama.
Sutra book cover carved all over its surface with, in the center, a Bhaisajyaguru Buddha ("The Master of Healing") sitting on a lotus throne in a niche, and Tibetan characters on the rest of the surface. On one side, a monster head surrounded with floral designs is carved. Wood with fine dark-brown glossy patina and remnants of red pigments. Tibet, 15th century. Length: 53.5 cm. Erosion and chips, otherwise good condition.
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
Jeweler's mould, used to make gold or silver jewelry, decorated in relief inside to represent a dancing Hindu female deity ("deva"). Bronze with nice green and reddish patina. India, early 18th century. Diameter: 2 4/8" (6,7 cm). Very good condition.
Tsuba with openwork design of a falcon resting on the branch of an old pine tree. Iron, with remnants of gilding on the falcon eye and on the tree leaves. The tsuba is unsigned. Japan, early Edo period. Height: 3 3/8" (8,7 cm. Oxidation, otherwise very good condition.