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Eternity Masterpieces Fall 2013

by Eternity Gallery


414 lots with images

November 17, 2013

Timed Auction

PO Box 16031

Tampa, FL, 33687-6031 USA

Phone: 727-254-3924

Fax: 813-988-4162

Email: usa.eternitygallery@yahoo.com

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Chinese Antique Carved Wood with Han Yu poem (Tang Dyn), 9 pieces;

Lot 1: Chinese Antique Carved Wood with Han Yu poem (Tang Dyn), 9 pieces;

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Description: Chinese Antique Carved Wood with Han Yu poem, 9 pieces; Weight: 90.13 g; Length: 195 mm = 7.75 inch; This is a beautiful wood carving of Tang dynasty poem by the poet Han Yu. References: Han Yu (traditional Chinese: ??; simplified Chinese: ??; pinyin: Hán Yù) (768-824), born in Nanyang, Henan, China, was a precursor of Neo-Confucianism as well as an essayist and poet, during the Tang dynasty. The Indiana Companion calls him "comparable in stature to Dante, Shakespeare or Goethe" for his influence on the Chinese literary tradition (p. 397). He stood for strong central authority in politics and orthodoxy in cultural matters. He is also among China's finest prose writers, second only to Sima Qian, and first among the "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song". Song Dynasty poet Su Shi praised Han Yu that he had written prose which "raised the standards after 8 dynasties of literary weaknesses" (??????). Provenance: Ex. collection of General Joseph Warren Stilwell (1883-1946), via his granddaughter. General Joseph Warren Stilwell (March 19, 1883 - October 12, 1946) was a United States Army four-star General known for service in the China Burma India Theater. His caustic personality was reflected in the nickname "Vinegar Joe". Although distrustful of his allies Stilwell showed himself to be a capable and daring tactician in the field but a lack of resources meant he was continually forced to improvise. He famously differed as to strategy, ground troops versus air power, with his subordinate, Claire Chennault, who had the ear of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. George Marshall acknowledged he had given Stilwell "one of the most difficult" assignments of any theater commander. Stilwell with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang Kai-shek Disagreements with Chiang and the Allies After Stilwell left the defeated Chinese troops that he had been given nominal command by Chiang Kai-shek (Chinese generals admitted later that they had considered Stilwell as an 'adviser' and sometimes took orders directly from Chiang), he escaped Burma in 1942,[25] Chiang was outraged by what he saw as Stilwell's blatant abandonment of his best army without orders and began to question Stilwell's capability and judgment as a military commander.[26] Chiang was also infuriated at Stilwell's strict control of U.S. lend lease supplies to China. But instead of confronting Stilwell or communicating his concerns to Marshall and Roosevelt when they asked Chiang to assess Stilwell's leadership after the Allied disaster in Burma, Chiang reiterated his "full confidence and trust" in the general[27] while countermanding some orders to Chinese units issued by Stilwell in his capacity as Chief of Staff. An outraged Stilwell began to call Chiang "the little dummy" or "Peanut" in his reports to Washington,[28] ("Peanut" originally being intended as a code name for Chiang in official radio messages[29]) while Chiang repeatedly expressed his pent-up grievances against Stilwell for his "recklessness, insubordination, contempt and arrogance" to U.S. envoys to China.[30] Stilwell would press Chiang and the British to take immediate actions to retake Burma, but Chiang demanded impossibly large amounts of supplies before he would agree to take offensive action, and the British refused to meet their previous pledges to provide naval and ground troops due to Churchill's "Europe first" strategy.[31] Eventually Stilwell began to complain openly to Roosevelt that Chiang was hoarding U.S. lend lease supplies because he wanted to keep Chinese Nationalist forces ready to fight the Communists under Mao Zedong after the end of the war with the Japanese,[32] even though from 1942 to 1944 98 percent of U.S. military aid over the Hump had gone directly to the 14th Air Force and U.S. military personnel in China.[33] Stilwell also continually clashed with Field Marshal Archibald Wavell, and apparently came to believe that the British in India were more concerned with protecting their colonial possessions than helping the Chinese fight the Japanese. In August 1943, as a result of constant feuding and conflicting objectives of British, American, and Chinese commands, along with the lack of a coherent strategic vision for the China Burma India (CBI) theater, the Combined Chiefs of Staff split the CBI command into separate Chinese and Southeast Asia theaters. Stilwell was infuriated also by the rampant corruption of the Chiang regime. In his diary, which he faithfully kept, Stilwell began to note the corruption and the amount of money ($380,584,000 in 1944 dollars) being wasted upon the procrastinating Chiang and his government. The Cambridge History of China, for instance, also estimates that some 60%-70% of Chiang's Kuomintang conscripts did not make it through their basic training, with some 40% deserting and the remaining 20% dying of starvation before full induction into the military. Eventually, Stilwell's belief that the Generalissimo and his generals were incompetent and corrupt reached such proportions that Stilwell sought to cut off Lend-Lease aid to China.[34]

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Chinese carved stone antique chop stamp seal with 4 characters

Lot 2: Chinese carved stone antique chop stamp seal with 4 characters

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Description: Chinese carved stone antique chop stamp seal with 4 characters. There 4 Chinese characters, engraved at the bottom; Weight: 25.29g; Height: 14 mm; Base: 25 x 23 mm; Age: unknown; Material: Marble? Jade? Provenance: bought from a serious collector of Chinese culture in Florida, who aquired it from China many years ago

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Chinese carved stone antique double sided chop stamp seal

Lot 3: Chinese carved stone antique double sided chop stamp seal

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Description: Chinese carved stone antique double sided chop stamp seal There are 2 Chinese characters, engraved on 2 opposite sides; There are 2 holes for a thin string (cord, lace) to carry it on the neck. Weight: 7.65 g; Height: 10 mm; Base: 16 x 14 mm; Age: unknown; Material: Marble? Jade? Provenance: bought from a serious collector of Chinese culture in Florida, who acquired it from China many years ago

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Antique Chinese rectangular jade seal, with 2 characters, Height -68 mm

Lot 4: Antique Chinese rectangular jade seal, with 2 characters, Height -68 mm

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Description: Antique Chinese rectangular jade seal, with 2 characters, Height -68 mm Weight: 250 g = 10 oz. Height: 2.75" = 68 mm; Base: 37 mm x 36 mm; Condition: very good, no cracks, no chips; Provenance: Bought at auction in Toronto, Canada

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Chinese antique Jade Foo Dog stamp seal, 63mm

Lot 5: Chinese antique Jade Foo Dog stamp seal, 63mm

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Description: Chinese antique Jade Foo Dog stamp seal, 63mm Height: 63mm; Base: 17mm x 17 mm; Weight with cover: 43.92 g; Weight without cover: 42.26 g; Weight of the cover: 1.68 g; Provenance: Bought from estate collection in Florida

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Four Chinese Bronze Worriers, Qin dynasty style

Lot 6: Four Chinese Bronze Worriers, Qin dynasty style

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Description: Four Chinese Bronze Worriers, Qin dynasty style. Attributed to Qin dynasty (221 to 206 BC) 1. Tallest soldier with 2 hair nodes - Weight: 1480 g = 3lb 4 oz , Height: 14 in. = 35 cm 2. Middle soldier with 1 small hair node Weight: 3lb 8 oz=1600g Height: 13.5 = 34 cm 3. Middle soldier with 1 big hair node - Weight: 3lb=1400g Height: 13.25 in.=33.5 cm 4. Kneeling soldier with 1 small hair node Weight: 3lb 8 oz=1600g; Height: 10.5 = 26.5 cm Total weight: 14 lb. = 6 kg

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Pair of framed Chinese Sik Forbidden Stitch Embroidery Sleeve Cuffs, 19th c

Lot 7: Pair of framed Chinese Sik Forbidden Stitch Embroidery Sleeve Cuffs, 19th c

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Description: Pair of framed under glass Chinese Embroidery: Flowers, birds, butterfly. Size of the frame: 17.5 inches x 9.5 inches = 44 cm x 24 cm. Total weight: 3.25 lb. = 1.5 kg; All the Embroidery is Forbidden Stitch / Peking Knot. Bordered with embroidered trim & fabric matte. Mounted in a simple vintage gild painted wood frame with glass. Condition: fine, no damage, some scratches on wooden frame;

Condition Report: fine, no damage, some scratches on wooden frame, covered with glass

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Chinese ceramic chess players, 20th century

Lot 8: Chinese ceramic chess players, 20th century

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Description: Chinese ceramic chess players, 20th century Length: 9 in. = 22 cm Weight:1 lb. 10 oz. = 730 g Condition: very good no defects

Condition Report: very good no defects

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Qing/Ming pair of Chinese porcelain blue & white vases, 15.5

Lot 9: Qing/Ming pair of Chinese porcelain blue & white vases, 15.5"= 39 cm

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Description: Pair of Chinese porcelain blue & white vases, 15.5 in.= 39 cm tall. Attributed to Qing/Ming dynasty. Height: 15.5 inches = 39 cm Width: 8 in. = 20 cm. Upper gorge diameter: 6.5 in. = 16 cm. Base diameter: 5 in. = 12.5 cm Approximate Weight: 6 lb. x 2 = 12 lb. = 5-6 kg

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Lovely Chinese Hand-painted Porcelain Table-screen, signed

Lot 10: Lovely Chinese Hand-painted Porcelain Table-screen, signed

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Description: Lovely Chinese Hand-painted Porcelain Table-screen, signed. Height: 8 ½ in. =22 cm; Length: 11 ¾ in. = 29.5 cm. Weight: 1 lb. 6 oz. = 600 g Age: 20th century? Condition: excellent, no defects

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TREE OF LIFE WOOD CARVING MPINGA BLACKWOOD /EBONY FROM TANZANIA 17 1/2

Lot 11: TREE OF LIFE WOOD CARVING MPINGA BLACKWOOD /EBONY FROM TANZANIA 17 1/2"

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Description: TREE OF LIFE WOOD CARVING MPINGA BLACKWOOD /EBONY FROM TANZANIA 17 1/2" MADE OF AFRICAN BLACKWOOD EBONY STUNNING POLISHED FINISH THE DETAILED CARVING ON THIS PIECE INCLUDES MEN/WOMEN INTERTWINED AND SITTING ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. SOME ARE CARRYING BASKETS, TOOLS, THE VERY TOP IS A BASKET OF FULL OF COAL (?) CARVING IS HOLLOW BETWEEN THE FIGURES, TO HOLLOW CENTER, MANY HOURS MUST HAVE BEEN SPENT ON THIS STUNNING SCULPTURE! WEIGHT: 1300g = 2 lb. 13 oz. HEIGHT: 17 ½ in.; TALL THE BASE IS: 4 in.; D FROM THE MAKONDE, - A TRIBE FROM SOUTHERN TANZANIA KNOWN FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL WOOD CARVING VERY GOOD CONDITION

Condition Report: very good

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Set of three Chinese porcelain vases, Shunzhi Emperor (1644 to 1661) mark

Lot 14: Set of three Chinese porcelain vases, Shunzhi Emperor (1644 to 1661) mark

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Description: Set of three Chinese porcelain vases, Shunzhi Emperor (1644 to 1661) mark DESCRIPTION: Up for sale lot of 3 Antique Chinese Porcelain with 17th Century Qing Dynasty Shunzhi Emperor (1644 to 1661) mark 1. Large Vase: Height - 8 ½ in. = 20.8 cm Width: 7 in. wide = 17.5 cm Opening: 3 5/8 in. = 9.2 cm Weight 2 lb. 14.4 oz. =1300 g 2. Lidded bowl: Height - 2.5 in. = 5.8 cm Height with lid by 4.5 in. = 10.5 cm Weight 1 lb. & 9.2 oz. = 700 g 3. Lidded jar: Height without lid: 3 7/8 in. = 6.5 cm. Height with lid - 4 in. = 10 cm Width: 3.25 in. = 8.5 cm Weight: 9 oz. = 240 g Condition: all in good condition no chips or cracks, some wear at the bottom, beautiful natural crazing.

Condition Report: all in good condition no chips or cracks, some wear at the bottom, beautiful natural crazing.

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Song Dynasty(?) Lovely Antique Chinese Celadon Crackle Glaze Vase

Lot 15: Song Dynasty(?) Lovely Antique Chinese Celadon Crackle Glaze Vase

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Description: Song Dynasty(?) Lovely Antique Chinese Celadon Crackle Glaze Vase or Jar w/ Stand. This is a 2-tone thick porcelain or pottery vase, jar or storage vessel. It has a crackle celadon glaze with dark stains in areas. Vase comes with a simple Chinese wood display stand. With an old dealer price tag that reads: "MING 1450 $495.00 ". Age: Although exact age is unknown, but it does appear to be antique and likely of Song dynasty (1115-1368) Width: 4.1 in. = 10 cm. Height without stand: 4.5 in. = 11 cm. Height with stand: 5.5 in. tall. Weight: 12.8 ounces total = 300 g.

Condition Report: Good overall condition with wear, spots, glaze stains, base rim restoration. Vase is, obviously, handmade and the shape is not proportional.

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Massive Chinese Jade Rhinoceros, 2.5 kg

Lot 16: Massive Chinese Jade Rhinoceros, 2.5 kg

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Description: Massive Chinese Jade Rhinoceros Length: 8.25 in. = 21 cm Height: 5 in. = 12 cm; Weight: 6 lb. = 2.5 kg; Condition: Normal age wear, back leg was repaired with glue

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Antique Tibetan Chinese bronze Buddha statue as Avalokitesvara

Lot 49: Antique Tibetan Chinese bronze Buddha statue as Avalokitesvara

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Description: Antique Tibetan Chinese bronze Buddha statue as Avalokitesvara Height: 8 in. = 20 cm Width: 5.5 in. = 14 cm; Weight: 3 lb. = 1400 g

Condition Report: Nice old patina, upper part of the decoration, coming from left arm is missing

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Chinese Bodhisattva carved stone head, 6th century AD

Lot 50: Chinese Bodhisattva carved stone head, 6th century AD

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Description: Chinese Bodhisattva carved stone head, 6th century AD A 6-th Century Chinese Stone Head Of Buddha, carved stone Bodhisattva head with serene expression, downcast eyes and full lips flanked by elongated ears, the Buddha with tiara, with hole 17-mm deep to head back. There are two birds, sitting on each brow. Birds may have meaning of purity and high spiritual values, which Bodhisattva achieved during meditation. Age: Attributed to Southern and Northern dynasties 386-589 AD or Sui Dynasty 581-618 AD; Height: 4 ½ in. = 11.5 cm; Width; 3 ½ in. = 9 cm; Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz. = 800 g;

Condition Report: fine, some wear and insignificant scratches. There is a fixed stable horizontal crack at the base of the head, all the way around the neck.

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Carved stone Buddha Head, 18kg, Qing dynasty or earlier

Lot 51: Carved stone Buddha Head, 18kg, Qing dynasty or earlier

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Description: Carved stone Buddha Head, very heavy 40 lb. = 18kg, Qing dynasty or earlier. Height x Width x Depth: 12" x 8" x 8"= 30cm x 20cm x 20cm. Weight: 40 lb. = 18 kg. Condition: very good, to natural patina, scratches, insignificant chips all over (refer to photos). Age: Unknown, looks more than 200 years old We suggest in USA - UPS ground, FEDEX ground International shipping is available, ask for the rates

Condition Report: very good, to natural patina, scratches, insignificant chips all over (refer to photos)

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Small Antique Chinese carved stone Buddha Head, 3 lb.,

Lot 52: Small Antique Chinese carved stone Buddha Head, 3 lb.,

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Description: Small Antique Chinese carved stone Buddha Head, 3 lb., 5 inches. Approximate weight: 3 lb. = 1300g. Height: 5" =12.5 cm. Age: more than 100 years old

Condition Report: Very good, normal stone aging wear, some small chips

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Chinese carved stone Buddha -wheel of life, N. Qi dynas

Lot 53: Chinese carved stone Buddha -wheel of life, N. Qi dynas

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Description: Chinese carved stone Buddha head with wheel of the life on the forehead. Height: 6 ½ inches = 17 cm. Weight: 10 lb. = 4.5 kg. Condition: overall good, some small chips on the nose and hair (refer to the photos). Age: attributed to Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD).

Condition Report: overall good, some small chips on the nose and hair (refer to the photos)

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Masterpiece carved stone Buddha Head, Qing or earlier

Lot 54: Masterpiece carved stone Buddha Head, Qing or earlier

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Description: Masterpiece carved stone Buddha Head, great patina, great patina, Dimensions: 7.5 in. x 5 in. x 5 in.= 19cm x 12cm x 12cm; Weight: 12 lb. = 5.4 kg. Age: Unknown, looks more than 100 years old.

Condition Report: perfect for the age, refer to natural patina, insignificant chips and scratches

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Carved stone head of Guan Yin, 35 lb

Lot 55: Carved stone head of Guan Yin, 35 lb

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Description: Carved stone head of Guan Yin, 35 lb. =16 kg, 14"=35cm. Material: carved stone, -marble(?) with original reddish paint. At the base of the statue, one could see crystals, shining on the sun. Origin: Tibet, China? Age: Qing dynasty (?) Weight: 35 lb.= 15.75 kg. Height: 14 inches = 35 cm. Shipping in USA: FEDEX or UPS. International shipping is available, ask for rates.

Condition Report: Fine, no defects

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Chinese stone Buddha Head, 7 wheels of life, Tang dynst

Lot 56: Chinese stone Buddha Head, 7 wheels of life, Tang dynst

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Description: Black carved stone Buddha Head, Heavy, with 7 wheels of life on the head. Size: 9.7 in. x 7 in. x 7 in. = 24 cm x 17 cm x 17 cm; Weight: 24 lb. = 10.8 kg; Age: attributed to Tang dynasty (618-907 AD)

Condition Report: Condition: refer to 3 deep chips: 1) of the left ear, 2) behind the left ear (6 x 2 cm), 3) at the occipital part (2 x 1.5 cm)

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Chinese Carved stone Buddha head with red seal, 10 lb.,

Lot 57: Chinese Carved stone Buddha head with red seal, 10 lb.,

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Description: Chinese Carved stone Buddha head with red seal, 10 lb., 7.5 in. Weight: 10 lb. = 4.5 kg; Height: 7.5 inches = 17.5 cm; Age: unknown

Condition Report: very good, no chips or cracks, great old patina

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Chinese carved jade Buddha Head, 5 lb., 6.5 inches

Lot 58: Chinese carved jade Buddha Head, 5 lb., 6.5 inches

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Description: Chinese carved jade Buddha Head, 5 lb., 6.5 inches Weight: 5 lb. = 2.25 kg Height: 6.5 inches; =16 cm Condition: there is a chip 2 cm long, on the forehead Age: unknown

Condition Report: There is a chip on the forehead (refer to the photos). Otherwise perfect condition

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Chinese carved wooden statue of Guan Yin, Qing or earli

Lot 59: Chinese carved wooden statue of Guan Yin, Qing or earli

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Description: Chinese carved wooden statue of Guan Yin, Qing dynasty or earlier. Height: 30" inches = 75 cm. Base: 12" x 8" inches = 30 cm x 20 cm. Weight: 35 lb. = 15.75 kg. Provenance: bought at the auction in USA, from a big US collection of Oriental antiques.

Condition Report: Overall condition is good for the age with original paint. The paint is partially lost throughout the statue. Right hand, including fingers and wrist, was damaged during transportation and then professionally restored.

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Tibetan carved yak bone antique  praying wheel

Lot 60: Tibetan carved yak bone antique praying wheel

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Description: Buddhist Tibetan Yak bone prayer wheel Height: 3.5 in. = 93 mm Width: 4 in. = 100 mm Weight: 156.92 g Condition: used

Condition Report: fine

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Genuine antique Tibetan wooden printing block, - Lotus

Lot 61: Genuine antique Tibetan wooden printing block, - Lotus

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Description: Antique Tibetan wooden printing block, - Lotus Size: 16.7 cm x 14.6 cm x 2.4 cm = 6.5 x 6 x 1 in.; Weight: 10 oz. = 300g; Age: 16th-19th century

Condition Report: Fine, no defects

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Carved stone Buddha Head, on wooden stand, 20 lb.

Lot 62: Carved stone Buddha Head, on wooden stand, 20 lb.

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Description: Carved stone Buddha Head, on wooden stand, 20 lb. Height x Width x Depth of the head = 10" x 5" x 5"= 25 cm x 12.5 cm x 12.5 cm. Height with wooden stand: 15" inches = 37.5 cm. Weight: 20 lb. = 9 kg. Custom wooden museum mount is included. Age: Unknown, looks more than 100 years old. Origin: Tibet. We suggest in USA - UPS ground, FEDEX ground. International shipping is available, ask for the rates. This Buddha is a pure joy; classical expression carved in solid stone. He came to us from Tibet via China, measuring 16 inches in height and weighing 20 pounds [measurements include display stand]. This is a very classic and serious sculpture of Buddha. It is probably originates from Tibetan monasteries and originally was huge in size and weight. You will not be disappointed! These are becoming more and more difficult to get and prices have escalated.

Condition Report: Very good, nice age natural patina, insignificant chips and scratches

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Rare Old Clay Buddha 3 facets pyramid- bronze cast model

Lot 63: Rare Old Clay Buddha 3 facets pyramid- bronze cast model

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Description: Antique Clay Buddha 3 facets pyramid model for bronze casts, Tibet. This is an exceptional tool for the research of a bronze production in antiquity. Height: 6.75 in. = 17.5 cm; Base: 10.5 cm x 8 cm x 8 cm; Weight: 2 lb. = 950 g; Condition: clay model has a lot of natural cracks, although it is stable, stands on its own on the base; Age: several hundred years old;

Condition Report: clay model has a lot of natural cracks, although it is stable, stands on its own on the base;

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Gandhara Carved Stone 19cm Buddha Head 200-300AD

Lot 64: Gandhara Carved Stone 19cm Buddha Head 200-300AD

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Description: Astonishing Stone Large 7.5" Buddha Head Gandhara/Gandharan, 200-300 AD!!! Presumably, this stone head was a part of the Buddhist Temple carved in a solid rock Height: 7.5 inches = 19 cm Width: 4.5" = 11.25 cm Depth: 4.5" = 11.25 cm Weight: 10 lb. = 4.5 kg Material: Schist stone (?) Condition: Small chips all over, including tip of the nose, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). No restoration; original condition

Condition Report: Small chips all over, including tip of the nose, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). No restoration; original condition

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Gandhara, carved stone altar Buddha & 3 devotees, 300AD

Lot 65: Gandhara, carved stone altar Buddha & 3 devotees, 300AD

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Description: Carved Stone altar composition: Buddha & 3 devotees, Gandhara Kingdom, 200-300 AD!!! Presumably, this stone head was a part of the Buddhist Temple carved in a solid rock. This sample is original, not restored or altered in any way. Height: 8.5 inches = 22 cm; Width: 7.5 inches= 19 cm; Depth: 1.25 inches = 3 cm; Weight: 7 lb. = 3 kg; Material: Schist stone(?). Provenance: from private collection (more info is available on demand);rnAdditional photos of several Gandhara items are available on demand, so you can create a composition (combination) of several carved figures, which will make collection more full. Gandhāra (Sanskrit/Hindi: गन्धार Gandḥārā, Urdu/Punjabi: گندھارا, Pashto: ګندارا,'; also known as ویهیند Waihind in Persian),[citation needed] is the name of an ancient kingdom (Mahajanapada), located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Gandhara was located mainly in the vale of Peshawar, the Potohar plateau (see Taxila) and on the Kabul River. Its main cities were Purushapura (modern Peshawar), literally meaning City of Man and Takshashila (modern Taxila). rnThe Kingdom of Gandhara lasted from the early 1st millennium BC to the 11th century AD. It attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Buddhist Kushan Kings. The Hindu term Shahi is used by history writer Al-Biruni to refer to the ruling Hindu dynasty that took over from the Turki Shahi and ruled the region during the period prior to Muslim conquests of the 10th and 11th centuries. After it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 CE, the name Gandhara disappeared. During the Muslim period the area was administered from Lahore or from Kabul. During Mughal times the area was part of Kabul province.

Condition Report: Condition: Small chips all over, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). No restoration; original condition

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Gandhara, 3 Devotees with gifts to Buddha, carved stone

Lot 67: Gandhara, 3 Devotees with gifts to Buddha, carved stone

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Description: Carved Stone 3 devotees, bringing gifts to Buddha, Gandhara Kingdom, 200-300 AD; Presumably, this stone head was a part of the Buddhist Temple carved in a solid rock. This sample is original, not restored or altered in any way. Height: 8.75 inches = 22.5 cm; Width: 7.5 inches = 19 cm; Depth: 2 inches = 5 cm; Weight: 8 lb. = 3.6 kg; Material: Schist stone (?) Condition: Small chips all over, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). No restoration; original condition; Additional photos of several Gandhara items are available on demand, so you can create a composition (combination) of several carved figures, which will make collection more full. Provenance: from private collection (more info is available on demand) Gandhāra (Sanskrit/Hindi: गन्धार Gandḥārā, Urdu/Punjabi: گندھارا, Pashto: ګندارا,'; also known as ویهیند Waihind in Persian),[citation needed] is the name of an ancient kingdom (Mahajanapada), located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Gandhara was located mainly in the vale of Peshawar, the Potohar plateau (see Taxila) and on the Kabul River. Its main cities were Purushapura (modern Peshawar), literally meaning City of Man and Takshashila (modern Taxila). The Kingdom of Gandhara lasted from the early 1st millennium BC to the 11th century AD. It attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Buddhist Kushan Kings. The Hindu term Shahi is used by history writer Al-Biruni to refer to the ruling Hindu dynasty that took over from the Turki Shahi and ruled the region during the period prior to Muslim conquests of the 10th and 11th centuries. After it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 CE, the name Gandhara disappeared. During the Muslim period the area was administered from Lahore or from Kabul. During Mughal times the area was part of Kabul province.

Condition Report: Condition: Small chips all over, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). No restoration; original condition

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Gandhara carved stone, 1 Devotee with gift to Buddha

Lot 69: Gandhara carved stone, 1 Devotee with gift to Buddha

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Description: Carved stone 1 devotee, bringing gifts to Buddha, Gandhara Kingdom, 200-300 AD!!! Presumably, this stone head was a part of the Buddhist Temple carved in a solid rock. This sample is original, not restored or altered in any way. Height: 7.25 inches = 18.5 cm; Width of the base: 2.5 inches= 6.5 cm ; Depth of the base: 2 inches = 5 cm; Weight: 2 lb. 4 oz. = 1 kg; Material: Schist stone (?) Condition: Small chips all over, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). No restoration; original condition. Provenance: from private collection (more info is available on demand) Additional photos of several Gandhara items are available on demand, so you can create a composition (combination) of several carved figures, which will make collection more full. Gandhāra (Sanskrit/Hindi: गन्धार Gandḥārā, Urdu/Punjabi: گندھارا, Pashto: ګندارا,'; also known as ویهیند Waihind in Persian),[citation needed] is the name of an ancient kingdom (Mahajanapada), located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Gandhara was located mainly in the vale of Peshawar, the Potohar plateau (see Taxila) and on the Kabul River. Its main cities were Purushapura (modern Peshawar), literally meaning City of Man and Takshashila (modern Taxila). The Kingdom of Gandhara lasted from the early 1st millennium BC to the 11th century AD. It attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Buddhist Kushan Kings. The Hindu term Shahi is used by history writer Al-Biruni to refer to the ruling Hindu dynasty[4] that took over from the Turki Shahi and ruled the region during the period prior to Muslim conquests of the 10th and 11th centuries. After it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 CE, the name Gandhara disappeared. During the Muslim period the area was administered from Lahore or from Kabul. During Mughal times the area was part of Kabul province.

Condition Report: This sample is original, not restored or altered in any way. Overall very good condition, note some chips.

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Gandhara Carved Stone Buddha head, 200-300AD, 22cm

Lot 71: Gandhara Carved Stone Buddha head, 200-300AD, 22cm

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Description: Astonishing Stone Large, 22cm, 4.5 kg, Buddha Head, Gandhara Kingdom, 200-300 AD!!! Presumably, this stone head was a part of the Buddhist Temple carved in a solid rock. Height: 8.5 inches = 22 cm; Width: 5.5 inches = 13.5 cm; Depth: 4 inches = 10.5 cm;rnWeight: 10 lb. = 4.5 kg;rnMaterial: Schist stone. Condition: Small chips all over, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). Restored area (3 x 2 cm) in forehead, otherwise original condition; Provenance: from private collection (more info is available on demand). References: Gandhāra (Sanskrit/Hindi: गन्धार Gandḥārā, Urdu/Punjabi: گندھارا, Pashto: ګندارا,'; also known as ویهیند Waihind in Persian),[citation needed] is the name of an ancient kingdom (Mahajanapada), located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Gandhara was located mainly in the valley of Peshawar, the Potohar plateau (see Taxila) and on the Kabul River. Its main cities were Purushapura (modern Peshawar), literally meaning City of Man[1] and Takshashila (modern Taxila). The Kingdom of Gandhara lasted from the early 1st millennium BC to the 11th century AD. It attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Buddhist Kushan Kings. rnThe Hindu term Shahi is used by history writer Al-Biruni to refer to the ruling Hindu dynasty that took over from the Turki Shahi and ruled the region during the period prior to Muslim conquests of the 10th and 11th centuries. After it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 CE, the name Gandhara disappeared. During the Muslim period the area was administered from Lahore or from Kabul. During Mughal times the area was part of Kabul province.

Condition Report: Condition: Small chips all over, but good preservation, considering age (1700 years old). Restored area (3 x 2 cm) in forehead, otherwise original condition; The last 2 photos show the original damage on the forehead before restoration.

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Chinese carved wooden door lintel Qing dynasty(?)

Lot 73: Chinese carved wooden door lintel Qing dynasty(?)

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Description: Chinese carved wooden door lintel Qing dynasty(?) from Buddhist Temple, Museum quality with original paint. Weight: 12 lb. Length: 39.5 inches = 100 cm. Height: 13 inches. Age: Attributed to Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Provenance: Acquired on the auction in Florida before 2010

Condition Report: fine, some loss of paint

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Chinese carved gilt wood seated Buddha, Qing/Ming, 107cm

Lot 74: Chinese carved gilt wood seated Buddha, Qing/Ming, 107cm

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Description: Chinese carved gilt wood seated Buddha, Qing/Ming dynasty(?) Buddha is seating on pedestal, in royal ease posture, ready to help those in need. Real gold gilt with red and black paint showing through. Height: 42.75 in. = 107 cm; Base: 27 in. x 17 in. = 67 cm x 42 cm. Weight: 150 - 200 lb. Provenance: from the private collection of the Lawyer from Florida, acquired in 1950s-1960s. Shipping in USA: Freight UPS or FEDEX - $800-$1600; Shipping overseas (international): $2000-$3500.

Condition Report: Overall very good condition for the age, partial loss of gilt and paint, several vertical age splits and cracks, missing pieces, on the left side of the head, lower part of the body, and especially at base.

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Masterpiece - Wooden Guan Yin, Indo-Chinese, 150 cm

Lot 75: Masterpiece - Wooden Guan Yin, Indo-Chinese, 150 cm

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Description: Masterpiece - Wooden carved Guan Yin Statue, Indo-Chinese. It is not just a carved statue, - it is a masterpiece. Just look at the golden proportions, flowing folds of the skirt, gracious movements of the body, beauty of young girl, mesmerizing Egyptian eyes, etc. Weight: approximately 40-60 lb. = 20-30 kg; Height: 5 feet = 60"inches = 150cm = 1.5 m; Provenance: Has been brought in 1960's from Indo-China by a husband as a present to his wife in Florida. Age: 100-200 years old; Origin: Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Laos, any country of Indo-China; Condition: Very good for age, some loss of gilt.

Condition Report: Very good for age, some loss of gilt.

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Chinese carved basalt stone Buddha head, 18 lb., 10 in.

Lot 76: Chinese carved basalt stone Buddha head, 18 lb., 10 in.

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Description: Chinese carved basalt stone Buddha head, 18 lb., 10 in. Weight: 18 lb. = 8 kg Height: 10 in. = 24.5 cm Age: Unknown Condition: overall good, a chip on the nose

Condition Report: overall good, a chip on the nose

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carved wooden SRI GANESH Mask, Katmandu, Nepal, 30

Lot 77: carved wooden SRI GANESH Mask, Katmandu, Nepal, 30"

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Description: Original design hand carved wooden SRI GANESH Mask, Katmandu, Nepal, 30" This is a great Mask for it's unique and distinctive carving. It is a wonderful 'one of a kind' rendition of SRI GANESH. Ganesh, the Elephant Head Deity is the most loved deity of the Hindu Pantheon of Gods. He is the son of Shiva, the head guy. I am particularly fond of him because he is considered the 'protector of travelers' and I travel often. He is also known as the student 'God of wisdom' and the 'bringer of good husbands'. Lastly, he is renowned as the 'remover of obstacles'. His belly is round as he enjoys the good things in life. He is happy-go-lucky and easy to approach as Deities go. This beautiful handcrafted Wooden Mask comes from skilled craftsmen in Nepal. In Nepal, Ganesh is very popular among both Hindus & Buddhist, so you fine many Ganesh images there. Age is unknown. It comes from Himalayan Mask Center on Jochen Tole in the old Durbar (Palace) Square district of Kathmandu. My friend Prakash told me that he travels to villages in the Himalayas between Kathmandu and Tibet to find these masks. Size is quite big measuring 30" tall x 10" wide x 4" deep Weight: 1600 g = 3 lb. 10 oz.

Condition Report: Very good

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Ritual HIMALAYAN TIBETAN SHAMAN'S wooden carved mask

Lot 78: Ritual HIMALAYAN TIBETAN SHAMAN'S wooden carved mask

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Description: Four faces ritual HIMALAYAN TIBETAN SHAMAN'S wooden carved mask This is a great old mask that looks like it came alive right out of a tree. It has four faces representing different Deites. On the tip is Padmasambhava, the Shaman' Priest revered for bringing Buddhism to the Bonpo Shaman's of Tibetan. Below is an Animal Deity like a buffalo. On each side of the Buffalo are some protection support Deities like Mahakala. The whole piece carved out of big chunk of wood and measures 14 inch tall by 10 inch wide with a depth of 6 inches. It is a wonderful original piece of Himalayan wood working in the Tibetan Bonpo Shaman traditions. It is an antique piece, but I do not know how old. We got it a number of years ago at an Antique shop in Kathmandu, Nepal. Condition is excellent with no cracks and only minor wear and tear as you would expect from an older piece. Weight: 1200 g = 2 lb. 10 oz. Height: 14 inches = 35 cm; Width: 10 inches = 25 cm; Depth: 6 inches = 15 cm.

Condition Report: Condition is excellent with no cracks and only minor wear and tear as you would expect from an older piece.

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Carved Wooden Buddhist Tibetan Lama Mask, 31 cm

Lot 79: Carved Wooden Buddhist Tibetan Lama Mask, 31 cm

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Description: Carved Wooden Buddhist Tibetan Lama Mask; Height: 11.5" = 29.5 cm. Width: 7" = 18 cm. Depth: 3" = 7 cm. Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. = 550g. Condition: Perfect, high quality. You can tell this is original native mask (not for tourists). There are still remnants of original blue and green colors, although the main color brown. The meaning of the colors you can read below. Tibetan masks such as this quality and age are often offered between $ 1500 and $ 2500 Qiang Mu and Tibetan drama follow some patterns in using masks. Since Tibetan people are all Buddhism followers, showing infinite piety to Buddha, the facial makeup imitating Buddha are not simply objects. They remain Buddhist idols, such as Dharmaraja, protective divinities and thunderbolts. Therefore, homage to masks is actually showing a respect to the deities. In particular, the facial makeup of the angry-looking type and fierce-looking type are esteemed, because they are powerful enough to deter evil spirits. Each time to fetch the masks for Qiang Mu and Tibetan drama performances, people would first recite sutras. When the performances are ended, they would recite sutras before putting the masks back to cases or hanging them on walls. This is a ritual that must be followed to fetch masks in all temples of Tibetan Buddhism. Qinghai Tibetan masks are sculpted under rigid formats. Qiang Mu and Tibetan drama characters are largely introduced from Buddhims stories. The facial makeup is generally made to follow the original versions in Image Measurement Scripture, Notes to Buddha on Image Measurement Scripture, Painting Measurement Scripture, Painting Treasure, and Origins of Craftsmanship. They are mainly produced by temple lama artisans and folk craftsmen, including some with superior skills. For example, Jiancuo, a master of art from Regong, Tongren County, is a best to produce solid pullover masks, famous in the Tibetan areas. Although Tibetan masks follow the Image Measurement Scripture in the Buddhism sutras, the temples might vary in exact moulds of the facial makeup. The differences originate from how the craftsmen understand Buddha statues and their actual skills in productions. As a result, the facial makeup art shows extraordinary splendor. In the early years, rough blank masks were made of red earth, paper pulp, gesso, white cloth, paper, and paste. They were smeared two to third times, and finally brushed with tung oil and lacquer for two times. Along with process of the time, the materials and processing technologies are upgraded. Loose clay and marble of fit sizes are adopted to have a rough mask engraved. After that, thin cloth is torn into small pieces to be pasted on the mould for many layers with the help of bone glues and facial glues, till they reach considerable thickness. When the cloth embryos are dried, chop the surface smooth with a sharp knife, and daub concentrated "clay paste" upon the cloth embryo (smear after it is dried for many rounds). When the mire is dried, come to the He Zuo Da Er working procedure (first rub it smooth with coarse and fine cloths, and then polish it slowly with millstone). Fix up the interior of the mask with thin bamboo strips and rubber colts. In the end, paint it with colors, brush lacquer upon the colors, finalize the design, and decorate it with all sorts of ornaments. Leading deity masks may be extended in sizes along to the positions of the deities and respects from the people. The bigger ones may reach several feet in length. Dyes are applied under strict specifications. In the early stage, stone colors were used. Confined by economic conditions, the regions with poorer economy would apply modern ads colors, while the well-off regions would adopt pure gold powder and mineral pigments imported from Germany and the United States. The masks are painted while the pigments are abraded. The most favored colors are pure red, pure yellow, pure blue, pure green, pure black and white. Half tints are seldom used. The colors must look simple, keen and gorgeous. The patterns must be decorative, showing sharply contrasted colors. The lacquer-smeared surface will look shiny, foiling imposing, stately and mysterious manners. Facial makeup is a genre of the Tibetan Buddhism painting art. The colors are of religious symbolic implications. They are painted with specific colors according to their roles in the tenets. This is a tradition criterion to be followed. Buddhism sutras say the eyes are keen to four colors, which are green, yellow, red and white, the cardinal colors in Tibetan paintings. Tibetan masks follow same principles to use colors with Tibetan paintings. Red is a main color to express the three virtues of authority, tranquility and indignation in Buddhism. When it is applied to women, red denotes love, passion and joy. Monk cassocks, monk cassock decorations, sea of flames supporting divinities, Nirmanakaya countenance, and Dakini body are largely shown with the red color, to deliver stateliness, awe and fervor. Yellow symbolizes mercy, widsom, prosperity, and merits and virtues. Buddhism paintings are generally drawn with the yellow color, particularly the faces and exposed limbs of deities and Buddhas, their crowns, and background color of palace roofs. In order to pop out the tenet connotations of yellow and strengthen color effects, pure gold is also applied as dye. The technique has been perfect to apply gilt to a surface. Blue represents power, bravery and awe. It is used in protector deity statues and Buddha figure backgrounds. The architecture door frames are also decorated with blue. Green implies infinite mercy, and expresses sweet dew, cool breeze, saving other living creatures, great deeds, and good conducts. Green is indispensable to paint Buddha and Bodhisattva background, Green Tara, and foil the main objects. Black is largely used to express evils and darkness. It is sometimes applied to incarnate extraordinary protective guardians pledging allegiance to the power of Buddha. White is adopted to reflect good karma. It is to reveal innocence, holiness, mercy, and geniality. The Longevity Statue, Four-armed Bodhisattva Guanyin, and five Longevity Fairies are decorated largely in white, with artistic effects. However, Tibetan masks in the conspicuous Taer Temple seek flowery colors. They are different in the habits of using colors from the symbolic meanings of colors in Tibetan drawings. Here, red symbolizes power and sublimity. Yellow symbolizes solemnness and faith. Blue symbolizes might and justice. And black symbolizes fierce and evil.

Condition Report: Perfect, high quality. You can tell this is original native mask (not for tourists). There are still remnants of original blue and green colors, although the main color brown. The meaning of the colors you can read below. Tibetan masks such as this quality and age are often offered between $1,500 and $2,500.

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Lot 80: 17" Old Tibetan Wood Carved Green Tara Goddess Mask

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Description: 17" Old Tibetan Wood Carved Green Tara Goddess Mask Material: Wood Carved; Condition: Excellent condition. Origin: Tibet; Weight: 800g = 1.5 lb Height: 42 cm = 17 inches. This is an Old Tibet Tibetan Wood Carved Green Tara Goddess Mask. As you view in the images, it was very nicely finished and complete with many fine details. Very particular and infrequent. It is a great piece of valuable collection or a very good present. Our items are guaranteed to be authentic and bear the identification. Green Tara: Good Luck Goddess. This is one of the most worshipped figures in Tibetan Buddhism who is known as the GREEN TARA. She is considered to be very lucky and is possibly the founder to the term "lady luck". There are 21 forms of this Saviouress. Tara is known as the great liberator from eight kinds of danger or fears. The blessings of this female goddess will eliminate all demoniac and karmic obstacles, eradicates disaster and lengthens one's life span. It is believed by the Buddhist shaman that her blessings will infuse with the needs and wishes of the new owner to purify with positive forces, provide good luck and to help dissolve negative energies that may be stopping you from your dreams and wishes in life. So please note: there is so much positive energy here you want to make sure she is always protected from anyone wanting to steal this beautiful positive power away from you ------- Green Tara is the gentle and heartfelt Bodhisattva Tara, born from the tears of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. She offers us a hand to lift us up to a mountain of enlightenment qualities. Tara belongs to the Karma family of unobstructed compassionate activity, symbolized by her green color and is the Wisdom Consort of the Transcendental Buddha Amogasiddhi. In a previous eon, in the presence of the Buddha Nga Dra, the beat of the Drum, she took the vow to only incarnate in a female form to ceaselessly protect beings from the fears of samsaric life and to guide them upon the path of enlightenment. She is known as the Swift One, due to her immediate response to those who request her aid. She is none other than the mothers of the Buddhas of the past, present and future; the Great Mother, the Prajnaparamita, the matrix of ultimate truth itself, Shunyata. She sits on a lotus flower with her left leg resting on her right thigh and her right leg steps down gracefully out in front of her. Her left hand is held in front of her heart with palm outward, thumb and ring finger touching so the other three fingers point upwards in the mudra of granting refuge. Her right hand rests on her right knee with the palm facing upward in the mudra of generosity.

Condition Report: Excellent, normal age wear, some loss of paint

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Chinese bronze mirror Buddha on lotus flower, Rare

Lot 81: Chinese bronze mirror Buddha on lotus flower, Rare

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Description: Chinese bronze mirror with sitting Buddha on lotus flower, 15.8 cm; Rare. Weight: 1 lb. 9 oz. = 710 g; Diameter: 6.2" inches = 15.8 cm; Thickness of the rim: 5 mm; Rim: steeply inclined; Side: steeply inclined inward; Material: bronze ; Outer section: Raised circle; Inner section: Sitting Buddha; Mirror side: concave with preserved remnants of original polish; Age: presumably Qing or Ming dynasty.

Condition Report: Worn by natural aging, authentic patina, no defects

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Lotus Bronze mirror with Buddhist symbols and Chinese inscriptions ???????

Lot 82: Lotus Bronze mirror with Buddhist symbols and Chinese inscriptions ???????

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Description: Lotus Bronze mirror with Buddhist symbols and Chinese inscriptions ??????? Diameter: 70 mm = 2 ¾ in. Weight: 129 g = 4 oz. Knob: 4 mm high, open Mirror surface is flat and has 2 types of inscriptions The words"???????" come from the buddhist scripture calling"????", which are the rules to obey being a true Buddha. "???????" = There are so many things disturbing us,- Men should calm their heart and improve themselves References The swastika (Sanskrit: ????????) is an equilateral cross with four arms bent at 90 degrees. The earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, Ancient India as well as Classical Antiquity. Swasikas have also been used in various other ancient civilizations around the world. It remains widely used in Indian religions, specifically in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, primarily as a tantric symbol to evoke shakti or the sacred symbol of auspiciousness. The word "swastika" comes from the Sanskrit swastika - "su" meaning "good" or "auspicious," "asti" meaning "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. The swastika literally means "to be good". Or another translation can be made: "swa" is "higher self", "asti" meaning "being", and "ka" as a suffix, so the translation can be interpreted as "being with higher self".

Condition Report: used, but fine. no defects

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5 Sacred Mountains Pass, Chinese square bronze mirror

Lot 83: 5 Sacred Mountains Pass, Chinese square bronze mirror

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Description: Authentic Chinese square bronze mirror, 5 Sacred Mountains Pass, Qing dynasty; This is a Chinese Qing dynasty bronze mirror; Bronze mirror with pictographic writings at the back; Weight: 1 lb. 9 oz. = 730 g; Size: 5 x 7 in. = 13 x 18.5 cm; Total length with a handle: 12 in. = 30 cm; Rim: 3 mm thick, rectangular; Mirror surface: flat, polished, could be used as a mirror; Material: bronze; Condition: Nice patina all over, excellent condition References: These characters existed in the history for more than 2000 years old. The lines or strokes of each of the character resemble the altitude view or map of the peaks of the five mountains in China. Geographically, used as a map to travel around these 5 mountains. Religiously, it was used as a pass by the immortals or believers to travel safely within mountains / forests without being harmed by evils, spirits, monsters, animals and etc. This link will point you to the five mountains that I mentioned: http://www.maps-of-china.net/a_sacredm.html The Eastern Mountain-Taishan Mountain Towering in the central part of Shandong Province, Mt.Taishan, with its elevation of 1545 metres above sea level, is the first of China's five sacred mountains and one of the national major famous scenic areas. In1987,MtTaishan was listed in the World Natural and Cultural Heritages by UNESCO. In history, emperors and many scholars stepped on the mountain to view its magnifi cent scenery,having left quite a many famous poems and inscriptions. The main scenic spots are Wangmu ( Heavenly Mother ) Pool, Doumu Palace, Jingshi ( Sutra Rock ) Valley, Heilong (Black Dragon) Pool, Shanzi (Fanshaped) cliff, Changshou (Longevity)Bridge. Daimiao Temple, situated in Tai'an City at the southern foot of the mountain, was first built in the Han Dynasty, and large-scale additions were made during the Tang and Song Dynasties. It is a key cultural heritage under state protection. The Western Mountain-Huashan Mountain Standing in Huayin County , 120 km east of Xi'an City , the mountain is noted for its sheer cliffs and tower ing peaks.It is one of the five great mountains in China and the sacred mountain to Taoists . It is known as the Western Sacred Mountain . Mt. Huashan has five famous peaks , namely, East Peak West Peak , South Peak , North Peak and Central Peak , of which South Peak soaring 2200 metres above sea level , is the highest. The peaks are connected by a series of sharp ridges , generally only wide enough to accommodate one person at a time Along the touring route , tourists can visit many amazing ancient buildings perched on the knife-sharp edges . The Northern Mountain-Hengshan Mountain Situated in the central part of Hunan Province, Mt.Hengshan is known as the Southern Sacred Mountain, one of the five great mountains in China, and has been praised as lithe first for its beauty among the five famous mountains". It boasts beautiful natural sceneries, with peaks rising one upon another. Among the 72 towering peaks, Zhurong Peak is the highest, rising to 1290 metres above sea level. Mt. Hengshan has ancient cultural origins. According to historical records, there were nine emperors of the past dynasties visiting Mt. Hengshan and many scholars also made their tours of the mountain having left many inscriptions and poems. The main scenic spots include Grand Nanyue Temple, Zhusheng Temple, Huangting Taoist Temple, Nantai Temple, Sutra Hall and Yehou Academy,the earliest academy well preserved. The Central Mountain-Songshan Mountain Located in the northwest of Dengfeng County and reputed as the Central Sacred Mountain among China's five sacred mountains, Mt. Songshan Stretches more than 60 km across from east to west. It consists of two mountains-Taishi and Shaoshi,with 36 Deaks alto ether.

Condition Report: Mirror surface: flat, polished, could be used as a real mirror;

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Newari altar bronze mirror,-right thought, Nepal

Lot 84: Newari altar bronze mirror,-right thought, Nepal

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Description: Newari altar bronze mirror,-right thought, Kathmandu, Nepal. This old mirror is a sacred symbol representing right thought. It reflects things as they really are, & can be seen on both Tibetan & Newari altars. This belonged to a Newari in Kathmandu, & is in excellent condition, nice patina. Width: The face is 7 inches across = 17.5 cm. Height: it stands 12 inches tall = 30 cm. Weight: 170 g. Newa people The Newa (Nepal Bhasa: नेवाः Newā(h), Classical Nepal Bhasa: नेवार Newār or नेवाल Newāl) (Nepali: नेवार जाति) are the indigenous people of Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. The valley and surrounding territory have been known from ancient times as Nepal Mandala. Newars have lived in Nepal Mandala since prehistoric times, and immigrants that arrived at different periods in its history eventually merged with the local population by adopting their language and customs. Newars are a linguistic and cultural community of mostly Tibeto-Burman and some Indo-Aryan ethnicities. Scholars have also described the Newars as being a nation. Scholars in this field have consensus that prehistoric Newar (Newari) were originally interconnected to the ancient Kirat people (Kiratis). Stone Age, prehistoric Kirat tools found by Dr. A. Y. Shetenko (Leningrad Institute of Archaeology) date back to 30,000 years ago, matching prehistoric tools unearthed in China's Gobi Desert and Yunnan. According to Nepal's 2001 census, the 1,245,232 Newars in the country are the nation's sixth largest ethnic group, representing 5.48% of the population.

Condition Report: Very good condition, original patina, no defects

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Chinese oracle bone, Neolithic period 5000 BC, Banpo symbols

Lot 85: Chinese oracle bone, Neolithic period 5000 BC, Banpo symbols

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Description: Ancient Chinese oracle bone, Neolithic period 4th-5th millennium BCE, Banpo symbols Weight: 30.79g. Length: 153 mm. Age: 4000-5000 BCE, Species: mandibula of the dog or fox

Condition Report: Age related changes to the bone

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Chinese Neolithic(?) carved jade turtle, Inner Mongolia

Lot 86: Chinese Neolithic(?) carved jade turtle, Inner Mongolia

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Description: Chinese Neolithic(?) carved jade turtle statue with a bird, Inner Mongolia. Length: 8 ½ inches = 21.5 cm; Width: 5 ½ inches = 14.5 cm; Weight: 2 lb. 15 oz. = 1340 g = 1kg 340g; Age: presumably 2000-4000 BC; Condition: very good for the age; there is minor stable hairline natural crack 3" long at the right posterior area (refer to the photos), which do not affect the integrity of the statue. This crack goes only to the center and then stops

Condition Report: very good for the age; there is minor stable hairline natural crack 3" long at the right posterior area (refer to the photos), which do not affect the integrity of the statue. This crack goes only to the center and then stops

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Genuine Chinese Neolithic Earthenware Vase/Jar 2000 BC

Lot 87: Genuine Chinese Neolithic Earthenware Vase/Jar 2000 BC

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Description: Exceptionally Well Preserved Genuine Ancient Neolithic Earthenware Vase/Jar 2000 BC with Impressed Design CLASSIFICATION: Impressed Design Earthenware Jar/Vase. ATTRIBUTION: Pre-Dynastic Ancient China, about 4, 000- 2,000 B.C. SIZE/MEASUREMENTS: Height: 124 millimeters (5 inches) Diameter: 90 millimeters (3 2/3 inches) at belly; 81 millimeters (3 1/4 inches) at top lip; 61 millimeters (2 1/2 inches) at base. CONDITION: Exceptional! Entirely intact and unrepaired. Unblemished notwithstanding the assorted bumps, warts, dimples, pits, bruises, and scratches consistent with hand construction and wear due to ancient usage and then burial since ancient times. Impressed vertical design distinguishable. DETAIL: A splendid, well preserved medium sized impressed earthenware jar seemingly attributable to the late third or early second millennium B.C. It's a nice-sized piece, it would hold about one liter (quart) of fluid. The term "impressed" means that a design was impressed into the still wet vessel before it was fired. More often than not this involved rolling the vase over a fiber mat, impressing a design into the clay. In this case it is rather faint, it seems as if worn down by use, but the impressed design is in the form of vertical lines. What's really remarkable is that despite its age, it remains entirely intact and unrepaired. Consider the fact that these jars are generally not recovered intact, typically they are found shattered into fragments (shards). There's some assorted insignificant blemishes from ancient use - the typical blemishes one would expect to find of a household artifact which was used in ancient times and then buried. And there are the normal potting blemishes (warts, dimples, pimples and pits) one expects with earthenware crudely fashioned by hand. There are some light soil accretions which could be gently brushed or washed off with a little patience. Notwithstanding these blemishes (entirely normal for such an artifact), it has emerged from the soil in wonderful condition! Disclaimer According to our research it is Pre-Dynastic Ancient China, about 4, 000- 2,000 B.C. Judging by the style it is likely considerably older, but only a $900 thermo luminescence test would establish this conclusively (and even then the reliability and accuracy of such testing is still debated). However whether an antique several centuries old, or an antiquity several millennia old, this is a valuable and collectible piece of art. The jar/vase is not flawless or perfect, but it is entirely intact, and that is the exception for such ancient earthenware artifacts, certainly not the norm. One would expect some blemishes evidence of the trial of burial, such little "battle scars" are virtually obligatory. And this piece does not disappoint in that respect. However on the other hand, there are no significant blemishes worthy of singling out - just the evidence of being buried. Overall it is a very attractive piece, a nicely preserved intact specimen of the ancient Chinese art of pottery. If you'd like an authentic ancient/antique earthenware vase to proudly display, you could not go wrong with this one. It is solidly shaped, nicely featured, and nicely proportioned. Filled with dried flowers for display, it would be a very handsome piece. You could showcase this with great pride either at work on your desk or at home. Either way, it will certainly generate curiosity and perhaps even a little envy! HISTORY OF CHINESE EARTHENWARE: The first Chinese ceramics archaeologists have found date back more than 10,000 years. These were earthenware, which means they were made from clay and fired at the kind of low temperatures reached by a wood fire or simple oven. In China, most ceramics made before the Tang dynasty (600 A.D.) are earthenware. They may be glazed or unglazed, and are occasionally painted, often brightly colored. Stoneware ceramics are harder and less porous than earthenware and are fired at hotter temperatures-between 2100°F and 2400°F. At these high temperatures, the surface of the clay melts and becomes glassy. Although stoneware is usually waterproof, most stoneware ceramics are glazed for decoration. The glazes often contain ash, which allows the glaze to harden at stoneware temperatures.

Condition Report: Exceptional! Entirely intact and unrepaired. Unblemished notwithstanding the assorted bumps, warts, dimples, pits, bruises, and scratches consistent with hand construction and wear due to ancient usage and then burial since ancient times. Impressed vertical design is distinguishable.

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Neolithic(?) Chinese Mystical Jade Statue, 1250g, 14cm

Lot 88: Neolithic(?) Chinese Mystical Jade Statue, 1250g, 14cm

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Description: Neolithic(?) Antique Chinese Mystical Jade Statue, 1250g, 14cm; Height: 6 in. = 14 cm; Width: 7 in. = 18 cm; Depth: 1.5 in. = 3.5 cm; Weight: 1250 g = 2 lb. 12 oz.; Age: unknown

Condition Report: Fine, no cracks, some natural age wear

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