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Auction Description for Lempertz: Asian Art: Session 1
Viewing Notes:
30th November 10am to 4pm. 1st December 11am to 3pm. 2nd - 4th December 10am to 5.30pm. 5th December 10am to 4pm.
Sale Notes:
www.lempertz.com

Asian Art: Session 1

by Lempertz

Platinum House

144 lots | 143 with images

December 6, 2013

Live Auction

Neumarkt 3

Cologne, 50667 Germany

Phone: +49 221 92 572917

Fax: +49 221 92 57296

Email: info@lempertz.com

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A Hadda type terracotta male head. Ca. 3rd century

Lot 1: A Hadda type terracotta male head. Ca. 3rd century

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Description: A Hadda type terracotta male head with almond-shaped eyes, a curved moustache and strands of hair shaped into curls above the forehead and along the sides. Mounted on a perspex base.

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A Central Indian sandstone female torso. In style of the 12th/13th century

Lot 2: A Central Indian sandstone female torso. In style of the 12th/13th century

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Description: A Central Indian reddish sandstone female torso with ornate headdress, earrings, a necklace and string of beads around the neck, a beaded belt around the hips and beads along the thighs. In style of the 12th/13th century.

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A Gujarat  bronze figure of Pashvanatha. 11th century or later

Lot 3: A Gujarat bronze figure of Pashvanatha. 11th century or later

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Description: A Gujarat bronze figure of Pashvanatha seated in meditation on a lotus above a base on six legs, in front yaksha Dharanendra and yakshini Padmavati and the nine planets, a naga snake spreading its hood (damaged) behind the jina. 11th century or later.

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A small South Indian brass figure of Gomateshvara. 16th century or later

Lot 4: A small South Indian brass figure of Gomateshvara. 16th century or later

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Description: A small South Indian brass figure of Gomateshvara, vines growing up his legs as a sign of his deep meditation. Feet missing. Mounted. 16th century.

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A South Indian bronze figure of Suparshvanatha. 16th/18th century

Lot 5: A South Indian bronze figure of Suparshvanatha. 16th/18th century

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Description: A South Indian bronze figure of Suparshvanatha standing on a flat base, a naga rises behind the figure and spreads its five heads above the jina's head. 16th/18th century.

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An Orissa brass figure of a seated deity. 17th century

Lot 6: An Orissa brass figure of a seated deity. 17th century

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Description: An Orissa brass figure of a seated deity, the right hand held in mudra, with ornamental necklace, girdle and a crown, the eyes, the srivatsa and one of the necklaces of silver. 17th century.

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A Gujarat brass figure of Parshvanatha. Dated 1637

Lot 7: A Gujarat brass figure of Parshvanatha. Dated 1637

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Description: A Gujarat brass figure of Parshvanatha seated in meditation on a cushion above a base with an inscription, dated 1637. A naga spreads its hood with seven heads behind the jina.

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A Rajasthani or Gujarat brass Jain altarpiece. 16th/17th century

Lot 8: A Rajasthani or Gujarat brass Jain altarpiece. 16th/17th century

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Description: A Rajasthani or Gujerat brass Jain altarpiece cast in openwork with the principal image of a tirthankara seated in meditation on a cushion supported by lions, flanked on either side with yakshas, beneath a canopy supported by elephants. Inscription at the back. Eyes, srivasta, and a few ornaments inlaid in silver and copper. 16th/17th century.

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A Gujarat/Rajasthani brass Jain altarpiece in two parts. Dated 1435

Lot 9: A Gujarat/Rajasthani brass Jain altarpiece in two parts. Dated 1435

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Description: A Gujarat/Rajasthani brass Jain altarpiece in two parts, with jina Adinatha seated in meditation on a cushion on a lion throne, in front of him a small seated bull, in separately cast parikara, surrounded by numerous jina, at the base the nine planets. Inscription at the back "samvat 1492 varshe jeshtha vadi 11" (1435 AD).

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A Gujarat/Rajasthani brass Jain altarpiece. 18th century

Lot 10: A Gujarat/Rajasthani brass Jain altarpiece. 18th century

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Description: A Gujarat/Rajasthani brass Jain altarpiece with jina Adinatha seated in meditation on a cushion, his bull in front of him and surrounded by numerous other jinas, surmounted by a canopy, the nine planets and the wheel of the law at the base. Inscription dated "samvat 1321 varshe visa (kha?) sud 11" (1264 or 1764 AD). 18th century.

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Lot 11: A small bronze model of a yoni lingam. 17th century or later

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Description: A small bronze model of a yoni lingam on a stepped round pedestal, an inscription to the base. 17th century or later.

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A Karnataka brass Hanuman altar piece. 17th/18th century

Lot 12: A Karnataka brass Hanuman altar piece. 17th/18th century

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Description: A Karnataka brass Hanuman altar piece in three pieces, showing Hanuman with a long tail on a plinth inserted into a richly ornamented pedestal. The prabhavali with a naga spreading its five heads above Hanuman and makara face at the top. 17th/18th century.

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A Karnataka brass figure of Durga. 18th century

Lot 13: A Karnataka brass figure of Durga. 18th century

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Description: A Karnataka brass figure of an eight-armed Durga standing on a tiger above an ornate base, in her eight hands various attributes and weapons, inserted backplate with a seven-headed naga and a makara head at the top. 18th century.

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Two brass figures. Probably 18th century

Lot 14: Two brass figures. Probably 18th century

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Description: Two brass figures, a) of Krishna playing a flute and standing on a lotus base with a separately cast headdress, and b) a dancing female standing on a lotus base with a long shawl around the shoulders. Probably 18th century. (2)

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A brass mask of Bhairava. 18th/19th century

Lot 15: A brass mask of Bhairava. 18th/19th century

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Description: A Maharashtra brass mask of Bhairava with a fierce expression and an open mouth showing two rows of teeth. 18th/19th century.

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A set of brass accoutrements of a Jangam.  Andra Pradesh. 18th century

Lot 16: A set of brass accoutrements of a Jangam. Andra Pradesh. 18th century

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Description: A set of brass accoutrements of a jangam consisting of a domed medallion with three eyelets surmounted by a hooded naga, a lion mask with visible tongue and three eyelets on the head and two masks of Shiva with a third eye and a naga as a crown. Andra Pradesh. 18th century.

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Three brass/bronze Maharashtra betel cutters. 19th century

Lot 17: Three brass/bronze Maharashtra betel cutters. 19th century

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Description: Three brass/bronze Maharashtra betel cutters, a) with a parrot and concentric circles, b) with two peacocks and ornaments partly filled in with red lacquer, and c) with peacocks and mythological animals. 19th century. (3)

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A very large Kerala bronze bowl. 19th century

Lot 18: A very large Kerala bronze bowl. 19th century

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Description: A very large Kerala bronze bowl with two handles and a heart-shaped ornament underneath. A flat round base on four low feet. 19th century.

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A steel dagger in a sheath. 19th century

Lot 19: A steel dagger in a sheath. 19th century

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Description: A steel dagger in a sheath of silver, displaying thin bands of silver wire and a flower, ivory handle. 19th century.

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An Omani jambia. 19th/Early 20th century

Lot 20: An Omani jambia. 19th/Early 20th century

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Description: An Omani jambia, the blade of steel, the hilt of rhinoceros horn, the sheath with an exaggerated curve of wood, cotton and leather, covered partly by silver with decorations of silver wire, granules and small plates. 19th/Early 20th century.

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A Persian gold and enamel pendant. Possibly 19th century

Lot 21: A Persian gold and enamel pendant. Possibly 19th century

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Description: A Persian gold and enamel pendant set with coloured stones and hanging pearls. Both sides with floral enamel decoration. Losses to the enamel and modern pendant loop. Possibly 19th century.

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A Rajasthani thewa brooch. Second half 19th/20th century

Lot 22: A Rajasthani thewa brooch. Second half 19th/20th century

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Description: A Rajasthani thewa brooch displaying a hunting scene in gold foil on dark green enamel mounted on silver and surrounded by flowers and scrolls of silver filigree. Probably Pratabgarh. Tiny damage. Second half 19th/20th century.

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A Mughal gold and turquoise bracelet

Lot 23: A Mughal gold and turquoise bracelet

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Description: A Mughal gold and turquoise bracelet with flower heads joined by a double wire-coiled cord. Three turquoises missing and minor damage.

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A Southern India gold necklace with pendant

Lot 24: A Southern India gold necklace with pendant

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Description: A Southern India gold necklace with a heart-shaped pendant with ornamental border work of twisted wires and granules, two birds in repoussé and a central green glass stone and four other smaller ones. Two eyelets for the necklace consisting of alternating round and oblong indented beads.

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Three signets of silver and gold. Persia or India. 19th century

Lot 25: Three signets of silver and gold. Persia or India. 19th century

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Description: Three signets of silver and gold with floral scrolls and a wreath as a handle. Persia or India. 19th century. (3)

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A Rajasthani pichvai showing Shri Nathji. 20th century

Lot 26: A Rajasthani pichvai showing Shri Nathji. 20th century

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Description: A Rajasthani pichvai showing Shri Nathji standing with the left arm raised and the right hand at the hip with lotus and a garland of lotus buds in front of a wine-coloured background with a floral border. Colours and silver on cotton cloth. Lined with thin cotton with minor damage. 20th century.

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An oil painting by Ram Kumar (born 1924)

Lot 27: An oil painting by Ram Kumar (born 1924)

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Description: A painting by Ram Kumar (born 1924), titled "Labyrinth of a Town", oil on canvas, signed Kumar Ram and dated 1964. Gallery label on the back. Framed. Ram Kumar, born in Shimla, belonged to the PAG (Progressive Artists´ Group, also known as the Bombay Progressives), which was founded in 1947 by Francis Newton Souza and M.F. Hussain, among others. The group wished to encourage a break with the traditions of Indian art, and look to the future in order to express the reality of Indian life in a new, modern way.

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An oil painting by Laxman Pai (born 1926) titled

Lot 28: An oil painting by Laxman Pai (born 1926) titled "Warm Lips"

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Description: A painting by Laxman Pai (born 1926) titled "Warm Lips", oil on canvas, signed Laxman Pai 1970, inscribed on the reverse of the canvas "Warm Lips"/ Oil- 1970 (25" x 31")/ Laxman Pai.

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A Mandalay bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. Burma. 20th century

Lot 29: A Mandalay bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. Burma. 20th century

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Description: A Mandalay bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni seated in meditation, the right hand in bhumisparsha mudra the left hand in dhyana mudra. The hair locks lacquered black, small damage to the back of the head. Burma. 20th century.

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A Burma lacquered and gilded bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. 18th/19th century

Lot 30: A Burma lacquered and gilded bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. 18th/19th century

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Description: A Burma lacquered and gilded bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni seated in meditation on a plane base to which three small figures of monks with hands folded in prayer are attached. The right hand in bhumisparsha mudra, the left hand in dhyana mudra above the feet. Small locks of hair cover the head and ushnisha, surmounted by a flame-shaped jewel. 18th/19th century.

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A wood Shan style figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. 20th century

Lot 31: A wood Shan style figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. 20th century

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Description: A wood Shan style figure of Buddha Shakyamuni seated in meditation, the right hand in bhumisparsha mudra, the left hand in dhyana mudra above the feet, with a high crown and ornaments behind the ears. 20th century.

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A Mandalay alabaster figure of Buddha. Burma. 20th century

Lot 32: A Mandalay alabaster figure of Buddha. Burma. 20th century

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Description: A Mandalay alabaster figure of Buddha seated in meditation on an undecorated plinth, the right hand in bhumisparsha mudra, the left hand in dhyana mudra. The garment painted reddish-brown over black lacquer. Burma. 20th century.

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A Thai Lopburi style bronze Buddha Shakyamuni

Lot 33: A Thai Lopburi style bronze Buddha Shakyamuni

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Description: A Thai Lopburi style bronze Buddha Shakyamuni seated in meditation on a four-lobed base on four feet, the right hand in bhumisparsha mudra, the left hand in dhyana mudra above the feet. Remains of a black lacquer patina. Wooden stand.

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A small Thai bronze figure of a monk in prayer. 17th/18th century

Lot 34: A small Thai bronze figure of a monk in prayer. 17th/18th century

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Description: A small Thai bronze figure of a monk seated in meditation, the hands held in prayer. The hair partly covered with black and red lacquer, the eyes of mother-of-pearl. 17th/18th century. Wooden stand.

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Two small Cambodian bronze figures. 12th/13th century

Lot 35: Two small Cambodian bronze figures. 12th/13th century

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Description: Two small Cambodian bronze figures both standing on a plinth. a) Prajnaparamita, both hands in vitarka-mudra and wearing a sampot and jewellery, b) a four-armed Lokeshvara, holding lotus, prayer beads and a book in three hands, the left arm broken. 12th/13th century. Both mounted. (2)

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A Lopburi style bronze figure of deity

Lot 36: A Lopburi style bronze figure of deity

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Description: A Lopburi style bronze figure of a deity standing on a plinth, the right hand raised in abhaya mudra, the left hand hanging down in mudra, the uttarasangha is held together by a wide belt, a high crown on the head. Blueish-green patina and some corrosion at the back. Mounted.

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A small bronze figure group of Buddha Mucalinda. Cambodia. 12th/13th century

Lot 37: A small bronze figure group of Buddha Mucalinda. Cambodia. 12th/13th century

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Description: A small bronze figure group of Buddha Mucalinda seated in meditation on a naga which spreads its heads protectively over Buddha's head, to his right a four-armed Lokeshvara, to his left Prajnaparamita with attributes in both hands. All three figures set into a rectangular base. Minor damage. Cambodia. 12th/13th century.

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An Ayutthaya style bronze figure of a standing Buddha. 18th/19th century

Lot 38: An Ayutthaya style bronze figure of a standing Buddha. 18th/19th century

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Description: An Ayutthaya style bronze figure of a standing Buddha, both hands in abhaya mudra, the uttarasangha covers both shoulders and arms while the hem of the antaravasaka is clearly visible at the waist. Small conical locks of hair cover the head and the ushnisha with an inserted (and replaced) ketumala. Left hand broken, the right thumb missing. 18th/19th century. Mounted.

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A Ratanakosin lacquered and gilded bronze figure of Buddha. 19th century

Lot 39: A Ratanakosin lacquered and gilded bronze figure of Buddha. 19th century

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Description: A Ratanakosin lacquered and gilded bronze figure of Buddha, both hands in abhaya mudra, the robe exposing the right shoulder and decorated with an overall floral pattern. Ketumala replaced. Restoration to the back. 19th century. Mounted.

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A Thai ivory figure of Buddha. Late 19th century

Lot 40: A Thai ivory figure of Buddha. Late 19th century

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Description: A Thai ivory figure of Buddha seated in meditation on a lotus base, both hands in dhyana mudra above the feet, the finely carved face with Chinese features. Cracks at the back and a missing part at the base. Late 19th century.

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A Mandalay ivory figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. Late 19th century

Lot 41: A Mandalay ivory figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. Late 19th century

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Description: A Mandalay ivory figure of Buddha Shakyamuni seated in meditation on an hourglass-shaped base, the right hand in bhumisparsha mudra, the left hand in dhyana mudra above the feet. Late 19th century.

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Two small Thai ivory pieces. 19th/Early 20th century

Lot 42: Two small Thai ivory pieces. 19th/Early 20th century

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Description: Two small Thai ivory pieces, a) a square stupa on a lotus base with a Buddha in meditation on each side, traces of gilding, and b) a Buddha in meditation on a double lotus base in an architectural niche, traces of gilding and green pigments. 19th/Early 20th century. (2)

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A group of four Thai silver figures of Buddhas

Lot 43: A group of four Thai silver figures of Buddhas

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Description: A group of four Thai silver figures of Buddhas seated in meditation, three of them with the right hand in bhumisparsha mudra and the left hand in dhyana mudra, one figure representing Maitreya with a fat belly. Weight 395 g. (4)

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Two Burmese or Thai silver salt and pepper shakers. Early 20th century

Lot 44: Two Burmese or Thai silver salt and pepper shakers. Early 20th century

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Description: Two Burmese or Thai silver globular salt and pepper shakers with a lion, flower and scrolls in relief. Weight 50 g. Early 20th century. (2)

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A Thai knife with an ivory handle. 19th century

Lot 45: A Thai knife with an ivory handle. 19th century

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Description: A Thai knife with an ivory handle and a silver sheath with flowers, leaves and patterns in engraving. 19th century.

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A Bali kris. 19th century

Lot 46: A Bali kris. 19th century

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Description: A Bali kris, the steel blade with 12 luk and pamor, the sheath covered with brass, the wood wrongka of gayaman type, the handle of ivory carved with flowers. 19th century.

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A Vietnamese block of coins. Possibly 15th century

Lot 47: A Vietnamese block of coins. Possibly 15th century

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Description: A Vietnamese block of coins shaped into a vase-shaped block. Green patina. Possibly 15th century.

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A Tibetan thangka of Vaishravana. Gouache on cloth. 18th/19th century

Lot 48: A Tibetan thangka of Vaishravana. Gouache on cloth. 18th/19th century

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Description: A Tibetan thangka of Vaishravana, sitting on a snow lion, accompanied by the eight yaksha generals on horses. Vajrapani above him in the sky. Gouache on cloth. Slightly damaged. Framed and glazed. 18th/19th century.

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A Tibetan thangka of Amitayus. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. 18th century

Lot 49: A Tibetan thangka of Amitayus. Gouache and gold paint on cloth. 18th century

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Description: A Tibetan thangka of Amitayus sitting in vajrasana on a lotus throne, in his hands the vase containing the nectar of immortality. In the corners the deities Ushnishavijaya, Sitatara, Hayagriva and Vajrapani. Gouache and gold paint on cloth over board, framed. 18th century.

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A Tibetan thangka of Shadakshari-Lokeshvara. 19th century

Lot 50: A Tibetan thangka of Shadakshari-Lokeshvara. 19th century

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Description: A Tibetan thangka of the four armed Shadakshari-Lokeshvara on a lotus flower over a lake. His main hands held in the gesture of greeting, in his other hands the rosary and the lotus flower. The lower part with Manjushri and Vajrapani. Gouache on cloth. Framed and glazed. Mounting slightly damaged. 19th century.

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