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Auction Description for Auctionata: # 61: Tibetan Art
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Auction Preview Dates/Times: 19/20 May 2014, 9am-6pm
Sale Notes:
Alongside Tantric ritual and sacrificial vessels and a rare, tiger-patterned meditation carpet, the auction also features exceptional bronze figures, including an oversized 20th-century bronze sculpture of a Bodhisattva Manjushri. Further auction highlights include a fire-gilt bronze of the Bhaisajyaguru, the "Medicine Buddha", and a magnificent Arcaya helmet made from part-gilded, repoussé copper. Tibetan art collectors in particular should not miss out on this one!

# 61: Tibetan Art

(120 Lots)

by Auctionata


120 lots with images

May 22, 2014

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Buddha Amitābha made of Dark Patinated Bronze, early 20th C

Lot 1: Buddha Amitābha made of Dark Patinated Bronze, early 20th C

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Description: Bronze, dark patinated Tibet, early 20th century Richly decorated robe with ornate seams Serene expression Beautiful, natural patina Sealed copper base plate with double vajra symbol and collector's number Dimensions: 16.5 x 14 x 11 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan Buddha Amitābha figure was made of dark patinated bronze and is seated in padmasana on a double encircling lotus base. Buddha Amitābha, often referred to as 'The Buddha of Infinite Light' is rendered in deep meditation. His hands are folded in the lap and so he takes the gesture of meditation, called dhyana mudra. A filled kapala is also found in his upward facing palms. Meditative facial features can be seen in the face of the enlightened and his deep neck wrinkles as well as his overly long earlobes emphasize the grandeur. Buddha Amitābha is wearing a richly pleated robe with ornate seams in relief. The head is covered with small curls and an usnisha with a conical ketumala rise above it. The figure is sealed with a copper base plate, decorated with a double vajra symbol and a collector's number. The bronze figure is in good condition natural patina and slight signs of age and wear. Some patina wear and tiny nicks are visible here and there. The height is 16.5 cm, the width 14 cm and the depth 11 cm.

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Green Tara of Partly Gilt Bronze with Gemstones, 20th C

Lot 2: Green Tara of Partly Gilt Bronze with Gemstones, 20th C

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Description: Bronze, partly gilt, coral and turquoise gemstones Tibet, 20th century Decorated with gemstones in the crown Detailed figure with partly open work Garment with finely chased decoration Base with double vajra symbol Beautiful natural patina Dimensions: 23 x 13 x 11.5 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This depiction of a Green Tara was crafted in Tibet from partly gilt bronze. The Green Tara is a symbol of compassion and deemed the protector from all danger. The goddess is also often referred to as Syamatara or Dolma. Here, she is seated on a gold accented lotus throne in the relaxed lalitâsana position, with the right foot supported by a further lotus pedestal. Her right hand is resting on her knee and forms with thumb and forefinger the gesture of explaining, the vitarka Mudra. The raised left hand is performing the prithvi mudra, by holding a lotus stalk between the fingers. On both sides of the shoulder a lotus flower rises and frame visually the figure in their midst with the waving bands of the garment. The slender goddess' body is covered with precious jewelry featuring coral and turquoise stone inlays. The legs and the upper arms are covered by a garment with finely chased pattern. The five-leaved crown displays her mastery of the five elements, behind which a topknot of hair protrudes. Red cold paint accents the back of the crown and the face shows a meditative expression. The base is sealed with a copper plate with double vajra symbol. This Green Tara is in good condition with natural patina and slight signs of age and wear. Gold abrasion and slight scratches are visible. The height is 23 cm, the wide is 13 cm wide and the depth 11.5 cm.

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Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni in Padmasana, 19th / 20th C

Lot 3: Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni in Padmasana, 19th / 20th C

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Description: Darkly patinated bronze Tibet, 19th / 20th century Serene expression Pronounced curls Delicate floral decoration on the garment Chased seams Sealed with a base plate with double vajra symbol Dimension: 31 x 22 x 15 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This historical figure of Buddha Shakyamuni was crafted in Tibet from darkly patinated bronze. He is seated in padmasana on a pedestal, which is decorated with lotus flowers in relief. His soles are turned upwards and the left hand is placed in his lap with the open palm facing heavenwards. Shakyamuni's right hands form the bhumisparsa mudrā, the gesture of touching the earth. His palm is turned inward and his fingers point towards the earth. With this gesture, Buddha calls on the earth to bear witness to the truth of his words. The pleated garment is decorated with delicate floral ornaments, has chased seams and leaves the right shoulder bare. The characteristic features, such as prominent wrinkles on his neck, long earlobes, a peaceful, serene expression and the third eye urna in the middle of the forehead are presented in detail. They signify the majesty of the Buddha Shakyamuni. His pointed curls are crowned by a conical ketumala. The fine bronze figure is in good condition with age-related signs of wear. Slight patina abrasion, small dents on the back and notches are visible here and here. The figure measures 31 cm in height, 22 cm in width and 15 cm in depth.

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Partly Gilt Bronze of the Seated Yogi Milarepa, Tibet, 20th C

Lot 4: Partly Gilt Bronze of the Seated Yogi Milarepa, Tibet, 20th C

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Description: Partly gilded bronze, dark patinated Tibet, 20th century Yogi Milarepa (1040-1123) - Tibetan poet and yogi Finely chased figure Sealed copper bottom plate with double vajra symbol Beautiful, natural patina Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 10 cm (height x width x depth) Very good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This partly gilt Bronze shows a representation of the Yogi Milarepa (1040-1123) and was made in Tibet. The well-known Tibetan poet and yogi is seated on a double, oval pedestal. Beneath him the fur of an antelope is put over the pedestal and the edges. Milarepa is located in the maharaja-lila seat with bent right and laid down left leg. His left hand holds a filled oval cup and it is placed on the calf of the left leg. His right hand is raised to the ear, which is typical for Yogi Milarepa. This position symbolizes listening to the voice of inspiration. The long, rich fold robe covers the left shoulder of the yogi and has decorated seams. Milarepa is wearing big, round earrings, the hair is finely chased and the face has a friendly expression. The bronze figure is in very good condition with hardly any signs of age and wear. Minimal gold abrasion and small nicks can be seen. The figure is sealed with a copper bottom plate with double vajra symbol and has a height of 14 cm, a width of 14 cm and a depth of 10 cm. Yogi Milarepa (1040-1123) Yogi Milarepa (1040-1123) was a Tibetan yogi and poet as well as a popular folk hero and saint of Tibet. He was best known for the rejection of conventional behaviour and is often depicted in a relaxed pose. His right hand is raised to his ear, which should illustrate the listening to the voice of inspiration.

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Tibetan Gau Amulet Box with Silver Front and Brass Body, 19th C

Lot 5: Tibetan Gau Amulet Box with Silver Front and Brass Body, 19th C

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Description: Silver, brass, coral Tibet, 19th century Finely chased floral decorations Decorative coral in the centre Mountings on the side Measurements: 13 x 2.5 cm (diameter x height) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection in Austria This Tibetan amulet box, called ga'u, has a round brass body and a silver front. The front shows finely chased floral decorations with a round coral insert in the centre. The box can be mounted with handles on the side. These prayer boxes are used to store personal amulets and other objects. The shape of Gaus depends on the wealth and gender of the wearer. Larger, round and square boxes are worn by men, while small round, diamond or star-shaped Gaus are worn by women. As these amulet boxes are often set with turquoises and corals, they also served as pieces of jewellery. The Gau amulet box is in good condition with a natural patina and light traces of age and wear. The brass body shows dents and scratches. The amulet box measures 13 cm in diameter and 2.5 cm in height. Tibetan Gaus Tibetan Gaus, portable amulet containers or prayer boxes, are mostly made from metal. They can be worn with a chain around the neck or attached to a hair slide. Gaus usually consist of two parts: the front is made of copper or silver or gold plating, often with finely chased decorations and sometimes set with gemstones. Images of Buddha, Buddhist symbols of good fortune and other deities are often seen. Larger Gaus often have a window-like opening in the centre and have an arched shape in the upper area. The back is often made from copper and sometimes shows fine engravings, symbols or inscriptions.

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Kalachakra Gau Amulet Box of Copper, Tibet, 19th Century

Lot 6: Kalachakra Gau Amulet Box of Copper, Tibet, 19th Century

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Description: Copper Tibet, late 19th century Finely chased mantra on the front Gau of an adept, who was initiated into the Kalachakra Tantra Lotus flower décor Lateral eyelets for opening and mounting Dimensions: 10.5 x 11.5 x 4.5 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan gau amulet box consist of copper and has a slightly upwards curved corpus. The front is decorated by a fine lotus flower décor and the Kalachakra Mantra. The Kalachakra Tantra is the highest initiation level and rendered a melding of micro and macrocosm in a state of total order. The Dalai Lama himself usually performs the consecration of secret tantric teachings. These teachings are the basis for the Tibetan calendar and Tibetan astrology as a whole. This gau belonged to an adept, who was initiated into the Kalachakra Tantra. The shape of gaus depends on the wealth and gender of the wearer. Larger, round and square boxes are often worn by men, while small round, diamond or star-shaped gaus are worn by women. The gau is in good condition with signs of age and wear. Small dents here and there are visible and the back is slightly dent. The height is 10.5 cm, the width is 11.5 cm and the depth is 4.5 cm. Tibetan Gaus Tibetan Gaus, portable amulet containers or prayer boxes, are mostly made from metal. They can be worn with a chain around the neck or attached to a hair slide. Gaus usually consist of two parts: the front is made of copper or silver or gold plating, often with finely chased decorations and sometimes with set with gemstones. Images of Buddha, Buddhist symbols of good fortune and other deities are often seen. Larger Gaus often have a window-like opening in the centre and have an arched shape in the upper area. The back is often made from copper and sometimes shows fine engravings, symbols or inscriptions.

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Copper 'Gau' Amulet Box with a Buddha Figure, Tibet, c. 1900

Lot 7: Copper 'Gau' Amulet Box with a Buddha Figure, Tibet, c. 1900

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Description: Copper, metal, stone Tibet, around 1900 or a little later Curved, adorned opening Small Tsa-tsa Buddha stone statue Mountings on the side Collector's number on the back Dimensions of the Buddha: 7.5 x 5.5 cm (height x width) Dimensions of the gau: 12.5 x 12 x 6 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This amulet box is called 'ga'u' and has a copper body. These amulet shrines are worn by Tibetan men over the breast or under the shoulder. Is in this case a window-like opening gives a view of a small Tsa-tsa Buddha statue, which is made of stone. The opening as well as the container are curved upwards and decorated on the side edges with metal in repoussé work. Lotus leaves, flowers and animals are rendered and frame the Buddha in the window. The gau can be attached by the side handles and it is used to store personal amulets and other objects. The amulet box is in good condition with natural patina and slight signs of age and wear. On the back a collector's number can be seen. The Buddha statue is rubbed, but generally in good condition and has the following dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 cm (height x width). The height of the box is 12.5 cm, the width is 12 cm and the depth 6 cm. Tibetan Gaus Tibetan Gaus, portable amulet containers or prayer boxes, are mostly made from metal. They can be worn with a chain around the neck or attached to a hair slide. Gaus usually consist of two parts: the front is made of copper or silver or gold plating, often with finely chased decorations and sometimes with set with gemstones. Images of Buddha, Buddhist symbols of good fortune and other deities are often seen. Larger Gaus often have a window-like opening in the centre and have an arched shape in the upper area. The back is often made from copper and sometimes shows fine engravings, symbols or inscriptions.

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Rare Gau of a Tulku with Avalokiteshvara, Tibet, 1 H 20th C

Lot 8: Rare Gau of a Tulku with Avalokiteshvara, Tibet, 1 H 20th C

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Description: Silver plated and partly gilt metal, copper Tibet, first half of the 20th century Original filling Unopened! Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is worked in clear relief Dimensions: 15.5 x 12.5 x 5.5 cm (height x width x depth) Very good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This rare Tibetan amulet box is called ga'u and originally belongs to a Tulku. The gau has a rich decorated and silver-plated front with the image of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara with thousand arms and eleven heads. He is flanked by two figures at his feet and is the bodhisattva of compassion. The casket is curved at the top and adapts the form of the figure. The box is original filled and unopened. This Gau amulet shrine is worn across the chest or under the arms. These prayer boxes are used to store personal amulets and other objects. The amulet container is in very good condition with usual signs of age and wear. The height measures 15.5 cm, the width 12.5 cm and the depth 5.5 cm. Avalokiteshvara In Mahayana Buddhism, Avalokiteshvara is known as the Bodhisattva of compassion. Literally translated his name roughly means 'The Lord looking at the world with compassion'. Already at a young age Avalokiteshvara has resolved to support all living creatures and to help them to salvation. He swore an oath never to ease his efforts otherwise he should shatter into a thousand pieces. According to legend he then ranged the world. As he paused to look at his work, he noticed that the suffering of the people did not diminish. This moment let him doubt, so that he broke into a thousand pieces. Immediately countless Buddhas came to him to put him together again. But this time they gave him a thousand arms and eleven heads, so that he could better fulfill his vow. Tibetan Gaus Tibetan Gaus, portable amulet containers or prayer boxes, are mostly made from metal. They can be worn with a chain around the neck or attached to a hair slide. Gaus usually consist of two parts: the front is made of copper or silver or gold plating, often with finely chased decorations and sometimes with set with gemstones. Images of Buddha, Buddhist symbols of good fortune and other deities are often seen. Larger Gaus often have a window-like opening in the centre and have an arched shape in the upper area. The back is often made from copper and sometimes shows fine engravings, symbols or inscriptions.

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Rare Iron Phurbu with Broad Blade and Vajra Handle, 19th C

Lot 9: Rare Iron Phurbu with Broad Blade and Vajra Handle, 19th C

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Description: Iron Tibet, 19th century Partly open work Dimensions: 22.5 x 5.5 cm (length x width) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This rare bronze Bön phurbu was crafted from iron in Tibet during the 19th century. The ritual dagger has a broad blade and forms at the lower end a small tip. Phurbus are used to banish evil spirits. The handle has the form of a vajra, the symbol of indestructibility. The vajra shows partly open work and has seven prongs outside and a prong in the inner. The Bön phurbu shows minor signs of age and wear. Corrosion marks, minor scratches and repair on the surface are be seen here and there. The phurbu measures 22.5 cm in length and approximately 5.5 cm in width. Bön Bön translates literally to 'reality', 'incantation' and 'true teachings' and was the predominant religion in Tibet before the 8th century. The religion was originally strongly characterised by shamanism. This was evidenced by various incantations and sacrificial ceremonies. The Tibetans attempted to influence the unpredictable nature for their own benefit. The increasingly widespread practice of Buddhism led to a mutual influencing and coexistence of both religions. Phurbu Phurbu is often written phur-bu or phur-pa in Tibetan and its original meaning translates to 'needle' or 'tent peg'. The phurbu is a ritual, often triple-sided, knife. It can be made from iron, wood or stone and is divided into three components: the top of the butt with a depiction of the respective deity, a vajra-shaped handle and a triple-edged point.

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Fire Gilt Bronze Phurbu with Hayagriva, Tibet, 20th Century

Lot 10: Fire Gilt Bronze Phurbu with Hayagriva, Tibet, 20th Century

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Description: Partly gilt bronze, iron Tibetan, 20th century Three heads of the deity Hayagriva on top Remains of cold-painting Crowned by a horse's head Open work five prong vajra Large three-sided tip Rich in detail Length: 38.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan phurbu was made from partly gilt bronze during the 20th century. The knob of the ritual knife shows three richly ornamented heads of the deity Hayagriva, a wrathful manifestation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara who has the ability to cure diseases. Hayagriva's appearance is terrifying with glaring eyes, a gaping mouth and protruding fang-like teeth. The hair shows remains of cold-paint in red and is decorated with a crown of skulls and a horse's head in the center on top. The middle part of the phurbu consists of an open work five prong vajra, the symbol of indestructibility and irresistible force. Out of the mouth of the mythical creature Makara, the triangular tip arises at the end of the dagger. This phurbu originally served to protect from demons and is accentuated with anthracite-coloured metal mountings. The phurbu is in good condition with a natural patina and common traces of age and wear, such as some gold abrasion, small nicks and corrosion are visible and the length measures 38.5 cm. Phurbu The phurbu is called phurba or phurpu in Tibetan - a word which translates to pin or tentpole. The phurbu is an often three-sided ritual dagger made of iron, wood or stone. It consists of a top with a god figure, a Vajra-shaped handle and a three-pronged tip.

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'Wisdom sword', tantric ritual object, Tibet, 20th C

Lot 11: 'Wisdom sword', tantric ritual object, Tibet, 20th C

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Description: Iron, copper, bronze Tibet, 20th century 'Wisdom sword' of the Bodhisattva Manjushri Tantric ritual item for cutting the 'attachment from the previous life' Handle in the shape of a vajra Flame wreath at the top Length: 35.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tantric ritual item from Tibet is used to cut the 'attachment from the previous life' and is made of iron, copper and bronze. The sword is an attribute of the Bodhisattva Manjushri and slices unknowingness and the veil of ignorance. In this case the sword has a handle in the form of a nine-pronged vajra made of bronze and a flame wreath of copper decorates the top. The ritual object is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Some corrosion and nicks here and there are visible. The length measures 35.5 cm.

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Tantric Kapala Ritual Cup with Fittings, Tibet, 19th Century

Lot 12: Tantric Kapala Ritual Cup with Fittings, Tibet, 19th Century

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Description: Hand-carved skullcap, metal Tibet, 19th century With eight Buddhist symbols of good luck Inside with double vajra symbol Lateral skull representations in relief Dimensions: 17.5 x 6 cm (length x height) Very good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This tantric ritual vessel was made in the 19th century and is called thod pa in Tibetan and kapala in Sanskrit. In this case it consists of a hand-carved skullcap. The cup is decorated in the inside with the eight Buddhist symbols of good luck. Among other things, the Wheel of Dharma, the two fish, the victory banner, a gri-gug and the endless nodes of happiness are visible. Central a double vajra symbol is rendered. The inside is covered with metal and the outer rim shows revolving skulls in relief. The vessel is in good condition with hardly any signs of age and wear. Light scratches can be seen in the interior and the exterior skulls are in places slightly bent. The length measures 17.5 cm and the height 6 cm. Kapala / Thod pa Kapala is Sanskrit for 'skull'. In Tibetan, these cups are called Thod pa, which also translates to 'skull'. They are ritual cups and are used in both Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. Especially in Tibet, these cups are elaborately decorated with precious metals and jewels or ornately carved by hand.

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Cylindrical Ritual Vessel with Metal Fittings, 19th/20th C

Lot 13: Cylindrical Ritual Vessel with Metal Fittings, 19th/20th C

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Description: Copper, coral, brass- and metal mount ornaments Tibet, late 19th / early 20th century Consists of three parts Decorated with the eight Buddhist symbols of good fortune Chased swastika borders Dimensions: 22,5 x 9 cm (height x diameter) Good condition Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This cylindrical ritual copper vessel was made in Tibet during the late 19th / early 20 th century. It is decorated with brass- and metal mount ornaments. The vessel consists of three pieces: a cover with three small coral inlays a low removable container and a long cylindrical body. The vessel is adorned with the eight Buddhist symbols of good fortune. Chased swastika borders can be found on the body as well as on the lid. The cover is attached to the corresponding vessel with a chain. A round knob is placed on the top and is decorated with stylised lotus leaves at the bottom. The ritual vessel is in a good condition with natural patina and slight signs of age and wear such as scratches and small dents. The dimensions are 22.5 x 9 cm (height x diameter).

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Tantric Sacrificial Vessel, Rock Crystal & Gemstones, 19/20th C

Lot 14: Tantric Sacrificial Vessel, Rock Crystal & Gemstones, 19/20th C

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Description: Rock crystal, fire gilt copper repoussé, rubies, turmaline Tibet, 19th / early 20th century Open work fittings Ornaments in relief Buddhist symbols of good fortune, dragons and snow lions Knob in the form of a vajra Weight: approx. 4.30 kg Dimensions: 22 x 20 cm (height x diameter) Very good condition Provenance: from an important collection This magnificent tantric sacrificial vessel with lid comes from Tibet and consists of rock crystal. On a narrow foot the body of the vessel rises and forms a pronounced shoulder with a mouth of pearl strings. The foot and the shoulder are covered with open work fittings of fire gilt copper repoussé. Rubies and turmaline are found between the Buddhist symbols of good fortune, the lotus flowers and the tendrils. Garlands adorn the lower edge of the fitting. The ornaments show lush repoussé work in relief as well as finely chasing. A lid, decorated with dragons and snow lions, closes the vessel and a knob of rock crystal in the form of a vajra crowned the lid. The sacrificial vessel is in very good condition with hardly any signs of wear. The height with cover measures 22 cm and the diameter is 20 cm. The weight is approx. 4.30 kg.

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Rare Tantric Crystal Skull with Silver, Tibet, 18th / 19th C

Lot 15: Rare Tantric Crystal Skull with Silver, Tibet, 18th / 19th C

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Description: Rock crystal, silver Tibet, 18th / 19th century Meditation object of a lama of the highest initiation stage Teeth decorated with silver Remains of red cold paint Weight: 3.15 kg Dimensions: 11 x 17 cm (height x width) Very good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This extremely rare, tantric crystal skull comes from Tibet. It was originally the object of meditation of a lama from the highest initiation stage. The skull has deep eye sockets and his teeth are highlighted by silver and decorated with remains of red cold paint. The precious rock crystal shows natural inclusions and has a beautiful translucency. The crystal head is in very good condition with little signs of age and wear. The height is 11 cm and the width is 17 cm. The weight is 3.15 kg.

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Hand-painted Cham Dance Mask of a Chitipati, Tibet, 20th C

Lot 16: Hand-painted Cham Dance Mask of a Chitipati, Tibet, 20th C

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Description: Hand-painted wood Tibet, 20th century Smiling expression Decorated with a fine wave pattern Dimension: 27 x 17 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This hand-painted Tibetan Chitipati cham dance mask was made out of wood. Chitipati are dancing skeletons meant to remind us of the impermanence of life. The death dance is practiced in all tantric traditions and also during the Monlam or Great Prayer Festival. The dance is meant to purify negativities. In this case the mask shows a wide grin accented by engraved teeth. The eyes of two circles and as well as the mouth and the recess of the nose are emphasizes with red. A decoration with a fine wave pattern can be seen and at the outer edge mounting holes are visible. The mask is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. Traces of paint abrasion can be found and the original textile headgear is missing. The mask measures 27 cm in height and 17 cm in width. Cham dance Cham is a lively masked costumed dance. It can vary according to the region it is performed in and often portrays different themes. The Tibetan word cham translates literally to 'border' or 'wave'. In pre-Buddhist times, Cham dances were formally fertility rites, used to ward off evil demons, particularly during the turn of the year. Notions of protection and defense play an important role in the Buddhist form of the dance. Protective gods and demons deemed by the laity as being forces of nature and outer enemies are embodied through spectacular masks and robes. They depict spiritual obstacles for the consecrated that must be overcome on the way to salvation.

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Wooden Hand-Painted Bodhisattva Cham Dance Mask, Tibet, 1900

Lot 17: Wooden Hand-Painted Bodhisattva Cham Dance Mask, Tibet, 1900

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Description: Wood, hand-painted Tibet, around 1900 or later Five-leaved crown, added Peaceful facial features Mounting holes in the edges Dimensions: 46 x 23 x 29 cm (height x length x width) Good condition Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This wooden hand-painted Cham dance mask depicts Bodhisattva's face and was made in Tibet around 1900. Literally the word bodhi means "enlightenment" and sattva "essence". Thus Bodhisattva can translate with "enlightened being". His desire is to lead people to enlightenment. On contrary to the enlightened Buddha, a Bodhisattva did not reach the nirvana and remains on Earth. In this case, the Cham dance mask of Bodhisattva has peaceful facial features, emphasized by multicolour paint. A five-leaved crown in front of the forehead and long earlobes complete the face. The mounting holes are located on the border of the mask and enable the mask to be fastened in place using string. The mask is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. The tips of the crown have been fixed and colour abrasion can be seen. The Dimensions are 46 x 23 x 29 cm (height x length x width). Cham dance Cham is a lively masked costumed dance. It can vary according to the region it is performed in and often portrays different themes. The Tibetan word cham translates literally to "border" or "wave". In pre-Buddhist times, Cham dances were formally fertility rites, used to ward off evil demons, particularly during the turn of the year. Notions of protection and defence play an important role in the Buddhist form of the dance. Protective gods and demons deemed by the laity as being forces of nature and outer enemies are embodied through spectacular masks and robes. They depict spiritual obstacles for the consecrated that must be overcome on the way to salvation.

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Hand Painted Papier-Mâché Cham Dance Mask of a Yak, 20th C

Lot 18: Hand Painted Papier-Mâché Cham Dance Mask of a Yak, 20th C

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Description: Hand-painted papier-mâché Tibet, 20th century Gold colored accents Dimensions: 43.5 x 38 x 41 cm (height x width x depth) Very good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This cham dance mask was made in Tibet and consists of papier-mâché. The hand-painted mask shows a representation of a Tibetan yak and is partly accented with gold color. The yak head has a pink-colored open mouth with sharp teeth and a rolled up tongue. The large eyes wide open are underlined by the creature's eyebrows. The latter direct the viewer's eyes onto the curved horns. The cham dance mask is in very good condition with only slight signs of age and wear. The height is 43.5 cm, the width 38 cm and the depth 41 cm. Cham dance Cham is a lively masked costumed dance. It can vary according to the region it is performed in and often portrays different themes. The Tibetan word cham translates literally to "border" or "wave". In pre-Buddhist times, Cham dances were formally fertility rites, used to ward off evil demons, particularly during the turn of the year. Notions of protection and defence play an important role in the Buddhist form of the dance. Protective gods and demons deemed by the laity as being forces of nature and outer enemies are embodied through spectacular masks and robes. They depict spiritual obstacles for the consecrated that must be overcome on the way to salvation.

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Six-Sided, Rich Ornamented Wood Model, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 19: Six-Sided, Rich Ornamented Wood Model, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Hand carved wood Tibet, 19th century Served to decorate sacrifice offerings (torma) Six pages with numerous magic symbols Provided with lateral collector's number Dimensions: 30.5 x 7 cm (height x diameter) Good Condition Provenance: from an important private collection This hand-carved wood model comes from Tibet and was made during the 19th century. The model was originally served to decorate sacrifice offerings, called torma. The model has six sides, which are richly decorated in reddish color. Various representations of animals, symbols or deities can be seen in it. The two ends of the model are provided with hand-carved designs. A collector number is also visible on one side. The wooden model is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. Slight drying cracks and small scratches here and there can be seen. The height is 30.5 cm and the diameter is 7 cm.

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Five Part Cosmic Mandala of Metal in Repoussé Work, 20 C

Lot 20: Five Part Cosmic Mandala of Metal in Repoussé Work, 20 C

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Description: Metal, partly with copper-colored patina Tibet, 20th century Four rings and a stupa tip Decorated with Buddhist symbols of good in relief Fine repoussé work Diameter: 9-15.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This cosmic mandala is made of metal, which is partly accentuated with copper-colored patina and comes from Tibet. The rings have four different sizes, can be filled with rice and arranged one above the other. The stupa tip forms the upper end. Numerous Buddhist symbols of luck can be found in medallions on the wall and show fine repoussé work in relief. The upper and the lower edges of each ring are accented with a border and frame the symbols in the middle. The cosmic mandala is in good condition with natural patina and light signs of age and wear. The diameter of the rings measure from 9 to 15.5 cm. Mandala The word Mandala translates to circle. Mandalas are geometric symbols in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the entire Universe. Mandalas have a central image and branch out in round or square segments. They are used as an aid to meditation, helping to visualise Buddhist teachings as well as deities and symbols.

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Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Tibet, 19th/ 20th C

Lot 21: Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Tibet, 19th/ 20th C

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Description: Partly gilt bronze Tibet, 19th/20th century Richly decorated robe with dragons and tendrils Accentuated seams Lotus throne with leaves in relief and rear Tibetan inscription Beautiful natural patina Sealed with a base plate with double vajra symbol Dimensions: 26.5 x 18 x 13 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This partly gilt bronze figure was made in Tibet and represents Buddha Shakyamuni on a lotus throne with leaves in relief and rear Tibetan inscription. Buddha is seated in the padmâsana position with both soles of his feet turned upwards. His left hand is hereby placed in his lap with the open palm facing upwards. His right hand is lying on his knee and forms the gesture of touching the earth , the bhûmisparśa mudrā. His palm is turned inward and his fingers point towards the earth. With this gesture, Buddha calls on the earth to bear witness to the truth of his words. The richly decorated robe with dragons and tendrils has accented seams and covers both shoulders, only leaves the chest bare. Buddha is rendered in deep meditation with half-closed eyes and a slight smile on his face. The individual curls are precisely crafted and crowned by an usnisha with a small golden ketumala. Beautiful natural patina also provides a special look and the figure is sealed with a base plate with double vajra symbol. The bronze figure is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear such as gold abrasion in some places. The figure measures 26.5 cm in height, 18 cm in width and 13 cm in depth.

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Partly Gilt Buddha Ratnasambhava Bronze Figure, Tibet, 20th C

Lot 22: Partly Gilt Buddha Ratnasambhava Bronze Figure, Tibet, 20th C

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Description: Bronze, partly gilt Tibet, 20th century Gesture of wish granting, varada mudra Lotus throne decorated with leaves in relief Copper plate sealed with double vajra symbol and collectors number Dimensions: 17 x 7.5 x 6 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This partly gilt bronze figure represents the Buddha Ratnasambhava and was made in Tibet. Buddha Ratnasambhava is associated with the southern part of the world and is one of the Adi-Urbuddhas, as the embodiment of the total truth. He stands in samabhanga on a lotus throne, which is decorated with ornate leaves in relief. The base is sealed underneath with a double vajra symbol. Buddha shows with his right hand the gesture of wish granting, varada mudra, whereby his finger-tips are directed towards the earth. The left hand is raised and a round bowl can be found in it. The pleated robe covers both shoulders. The finely engraved seams are accented with gold and border the garment. The deity has a slightly smiling facial expression and the third eye urna, is visible in the middle of the forehead. Small curls cover his head and form an usnisha with small ketmumala. The bronze figure is in good condition with natural patina and slight signs of age and wear. Gold abrasion and a few scratches can be seen. The height is 17 cm, the width 7.5 cm and the depth 6 cm.

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Fire Gilt Dharmapala Vaisravana Bronze with Mongoose, 20th C

Lot 23: Fire Gilt Dharmapala Vaisravana Bronze with Mongoose, 20th C

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Description: Fire gilt bronze, cold paint in red and indigo blue Tibet, 20th century Fine chasing and repoussé work Open work ribbons of the garment Rare Tibetan representation on a snow lion With a gem gambling Mongoose Complex, expressive figure in fine design Sealed copper base plate with double vajra symbol Dimensions: 18.5 x 16.5 x 11 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This bronze figure of the Dharmapala Vaisravana, in India known under the name Kubera, was made in Tibet from fire gilt bronze and cold paint in red and indigo blue. Dharmapala Kubera is the protector of the teachings of Buddha and is venerated as god of splendor since he is holding a mongoose playing with a gemstone in his left hand. The deity is located on an oval lotus plinth, decorated with strings of pearls. Dharmapala Vaisravana is seated on the back of his snow lion in lalitâsana . In the right hand a 'desire gemstone' is visible, which is also piled up in front of the figure. Dharmapala is wearing a wrinkled, rich decorated garment around the hips as well as with lush jewelry and a snake, shown on the chest. A scarf is fluttering around the figure and a crown covers the head, where behind the finely chiseled hair in a high node rises. The accented face shows a haunting expression and the figure is sealed with a copper base plate with double vajra symbol. The bronze statue is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. Some gold and color wear as well as small nicks or scratches are visible here and there. The height is 18.5 cm, the width is 16.5 and the depth 11 cm. Dharmapala Dharmapala translates to 'Dharma-defender' and is the name given to deities in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism that protect the Buddhist teachings. The Dharmapala is supposed to protect believers from inner and outer obstacles, so that they can achieve spiritual enlightenment. There are many Dharma-defenders and they can be an emanation of a Buddha, Bodhisattva or another healing being.

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Fire Gilt Sino Tibetan Bronze of Buddha Amitābha, 20th C

Lot 24: Fire Gilt Sino Tibetan Bronze of Buddha Amitābha, 20th C

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Description: Bronze, fire-gilt China / Tibet, 20th century Opulent adorned robe with dragons, phoenixes and symbols of good fortune Serene expression Sealed base plate with double vajra symbol and collectors number Dimensions: 13 x 9 x 6 cm (height x width x depth) Very good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Sino-Tibetan Buddha Amitābha figure was made of fire-gilt bronze and is seated on a single lotus base, which is decorated on the reverse with several motives. Buddha Amitābha, often referred to as 'The Buddha of Infinite Light' is rendered in deep meditation in padmasana . His hands are folded in the lap -so he takes the gesture of meditation, called dhyana mudra. A filled kapala is also found in his upward facing palms. Meditative facial features can be seen in the face of the enlightened and his deep neck wrinkles as well as the overly long earlobes emphasize his grandeur. Buddha Amitābha is wearing a richly ornamented robe with dragons, phoenixes and symbols of good fortune, which are worked in high relief. The head is covered with small curls and an usnisha with gold accented ketumala rise above it. The figure is sealed with a base plate, decorated with a double vajra symbol. The bronze figure is in very good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Gold abrasion, scratches and tiny nicks are visible here and there. The height is 13 cm, the width 9 cm and the depth 6 cm.

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Tsongkhapa Bronze with Lotus on the Sides, Sino-Tibetan, 20th C

Lot 25: Tsongkhapa Bronze with Lotus on the Sides, Sino-Tibetan, 20th C

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Description: Bronze, patinated China / Tibet, 20th century Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) - Tibetan reformer and founder of the Gelugpa school Figure with partly open work Seated with base plate Fine chased elements Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 13.5 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This patinated bronze was made in the 20th century and depicts Tsongkhapa, Tibetan reformer and founder of the Gelugpa school. He is seated in padmasana on a lotus pedestal with his feet turned upwards on lotus pedestal, whose flowers are worked in sharp relief. The hands are raised to the chest and Tsongkhapa form with each thumb and forefinger the gesture of explaining, the vitarka Mudra. Each hand is also holding a lotus branch, which grows up to the shoulders and shows attributes on its blossoms. The chased garment covers the body of Tsongkhapa and a hat adorns his head. The figure is sealed with a base plate with Chinese inscription. The figure is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Some patina abrasion as well as small scratches on the underside are visible. The figure measures 20 cm in height, 14 cm in width and 13.5 cm in depth. Gelugpa Gelugpa is a school, which is founded in the 15th century and means literally 'school of the virtuous'. At its head is the Dalai Lama. The focus of this school is located on the Buddhist scriptures and the observance of monastic rules. Through this compliance the Gelugpa managed to remove the state power in this century.

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Bronze Lama Set of a Ghanta and a Vajra, Tibet, around 1900

Lot 26: Bronze Lama Set of a Ghanta and a Vajra, Tibet, around 1900

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Description: Patinated bronze, iron Tibet, around 1900 or slightly later Bell with inner Tibetan inscription Ornaments in clear relief Partly open work Five-pronged vajra Dimension vajra: 9.5 x 3 cm (length x width) Dimension ghanta: 16 x 8 cm (height x diameter) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan lama set comprises a bell, named ghanta, and a thunderbolt, called vajra. Ghanta and vajra are considered the most important elements of Vajrayana Buddhism and they embody male and female nature, method and wisdom. Together they are the symbol that shows the path to enlightenment. The bell has a clear sound and a partly open work handle. The upper part of the handle is shaped like a vajra and appears like a crown on the head of the deity below. The body shows vajra images and is adorned with further motives in clear relief. The inner is decorated with Tibetan inscriptions. The vajra is composed of five prongs on each side, four of them representing makaras, mythological creatures that repel evil spirits. The lama set is in good condition with natural patina and light traces of age and wear. Some corrosion on the iron clapper and nicks are visible. The handle of the bell is slightly shifted. The ghanta has a height of 16 cm and a diameter of 8 cm. The vajra measures 9.5 cm in length and 3 cm in width. Dorje/Vajra This item is a Buddhist ritual object, written vajra in Sanskrit and dorje in Tibetan. It is the main symbol of the Vajrayana, a stream of Mahayana Buddhism. In Sanskrit, the word means 'hard' or 'powerful' and in Buddhist philosophy the vajra is a symbol of indestructability, indivisibility and male principle. The vajra is used both as a sceptre and a weapon, with three, five or nine prongs. In tantric Buddhism, the versions with five or nine prongs are most common.

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Prayer Wheel „Khor-lo

Lot 27: Prayer Wheel „Khor-lo" with Bamboo Handle, Tibet, c. 1900

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Description: Hand-painted metal, iron, bamboo Tibet, around 1900 or later Richly decorated with enamel paint Buddhist symbols of luck in relief Dimensions: 43 x 10.5 cm (height x diameter) Good condition Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This handheld prayer wheel, named Khor-lo" or „Kosh-kor",was crafted in Tibet and is spun using by a bamboo handle. The hand-painted body is decorated with different coloured Buddhist symbols of luck in high relief on all sides of the wheel and attached via an inner iron rod. A closed lotus bud is also found on top of the wheel and ocher coloured fittings adorn both ends of the handle. The prayer wheel is brought into motion by a weight that is attached to the round body with a chain. This prayer wheel is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. Some paint abrasion, indentations, scratched and little holes in the bamboo stick are visible. The item is 43 cm tall and has a diameter of 10.5 cm. Prayer wheel The prayer wheel is often also called a Mani wheel due to its shape. In some cases it contains imprinted prayers or mantras and is also decorated with them. The use of prayer wheels in Tibetan Buddhism is connected to mental and physical activity and is supposed to create spiritual thoughts. Through this, all daily life activities should be integrated into the path to enlightenment. Good karma should be accumulated. The desire for happiness and the eradication of pain is another reason for turning the wheel.

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Nomad Leather and Bamboo Prayer Wheel, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 28: Nomad Leather and Bamboo Prayer Wheel, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Bamboo, leather, iron Bronze, copper, metal, imitation turquoise and coral inlays Tibet, 19th century Partially openwork fittings Buddhist symbols of luck Measurements: 46.5 x 12.5 cm (length x diameter) Good condition Provenance: From a significant Austrian private collection This nomad prayer wheel was crafted in 19 υ th century Tibet and consists of a bamboo handle, a leather-covered body and adornments made using various metals. Spinning the wheel should bring about positive reactions, such as the accumulation of good karma. The wheel is decorated with openwork bronze pieces on the top and bottom side of the round body. Floral ornaments and the wheel of life can be seen. Imitation turquoise and coral inlays can be found on the side of the body, as well as a weight attached by a leather string. The wheel is crowned with a stylized lotus flower and the end of the handle is coated with a smooth iron fitting. The prayer wheel is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. Corrosion, indentations and scratches can be made out. It is 46.5 cm long and the diameter of the wheel is 12.5 cm. Prayer wheel The prayer wheel is often also called a Mani wheel due to its shape. In some cases it contains imprinted prayers or mantras and is also decorated with them. The use of prayer wheels in Tibetan Buddhism is connected to mental and physical activity and is supposed to create spiritual thoughts. Through this, all daily life activities should be integrated into the path to enlightenment. Good karma should be accumulated. The desire for happiness and the eradication of pain is another reason for turning the wheel.

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Bronze Altar Prayer Wheel with Encircling Mantra, Tibet, 1900

Lot 29: Bronze Altar Prayer Wheel with Encircling Mantra, Tibet, 1900

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Description: Darkly patinated bronze, wood Tibet, around 1900 Decorated with an encircling mantra in Tibetan inscription in relief Removable cover with knob in the form of a stylized lotus flower On a wooden foot Overall dimension: 46 x 32 cm (height x diameter) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan altar prayer wheel has a body made of dark patinated bronze and stands on a wooden foot rim. The prayer wheel shows an encircling mantra in Tibetan inscription in relief. The cover is decorated with large stylized lotus leaves and flowers. The round foot shows hand carved lotus leaves as well and the lower rim is slightly curved. The spinning prayer wheel is attached to the foot with a spindle on the inside and a wooden cross on the underside. The prayer wheel is in good condition with light traces of age and wear, such as minor scratches and some abrasion of the dark patina. The overall height is 46 cm and the base diameter measures 32 cm. Prayer wheel Prayer wheels are also described as Mani wheels, as traditionally the mantra Om mani padme hum is written on the outside of the wheel. Prayer wheels are used to accumulate good karma and purify bad karma, integrating everyday activities into the path to enlightenment. Prayer wheels are said to be able to transform a place entirely, making it 'peaceful, pleasant, and conducive to the mind', according to the lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

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Bronze Object of Meditation 'Mirror of Pure Spirit', 19th C

Lot 30: Bronze Object of Meditation 'Mirror of Pure Spirit', 19th C

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Description: Bronze Tibet, 19th century 'The mirror of pure spirit' Floral border ornament on the edge Mythical creatures in the lower area On a stepped base Height: 18 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan meditation object is called the 'The mirror of pure spirit' and is made of bronze. On a stepped base, decorated with a string of pearls at the lower area, a mythical creature reveals. Above it the round body of the object of meditation rises. Floral ornament decorates the edge and show partly open work. On the back a curved top eyelet respectively a narrow grip can be seen. The object of meditation is in good condition with natural patina and slight age-related signs of wear. Little loss of material at the lower edge is visible and the height measures 18 cm.

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Rare Meditation Carpet with Tiger Pattern, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 31: Rare Meditation Carpet with Tiger Pattern, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Wool Tibet, 19th century Separate collector's area in the Tibetan Art Beautiful and detailed design Black tiger stripes of yellow ground The only abstracted pattern of the Tibetan Art Dimension: 160 x 92 cm (length x width) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This rare meditation carpet shows the only abstracted pattern in Tibetan art and dates back to the 19th century The black tiger stripes are visible on a yellow ground and can be found in a beautiful and detailed design. This carpet is a separate collector's area in the Tibetan Art and a rare item. The carpet is in good condition with slight traces of age and wear. The fringes of the edge are light thinned out. The length measures 160 cm and the width is 92 cm.

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Carpet of a Tibetan Lama with Central Medallion, 19th Century

Lot 32: Carpet of a Tibetan Lama with Central Medallion, 19th Century

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Description: Wool Tibet, 19th century Central medallion of dragon heads and flower ornaments Decoration with Buddhist symbols on the edge Meander border Brown ground Dimension: 80 x 80 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This carpet of a Tibetan Lama was made during the 19th century. On the brown colored ground a central medallion of dragon heads and flower ornaments is visible. It is encircled by a meander border and the edge show decorations of Buddhist symbols. The carpet is in good condition with traces of age and wear. The fringes of the edge are thinned out and loose threads can be seen here and there. The carpet has a square dimension of 80 x 80 cm.

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Carpet of a Tibetan Lama with Double Vajra Symbol, 19th Century

Lot 33: Carpet of a Tibetan Lama with Double Vajra Symbol, 19th Century

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Description: Wool Tibet, 19th century Double vajra symbol in the center on black ground Buddhist symbols of good luck Edge decorated with garland of flowers Dimension: 69 x 72 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This carpet of a Tibetan Lama was made during the 19th century. On the black colored ground a doube vajra symbol is visible in the round center. It is surrounded by Buddhist symbols of good luck and the edge is decorated with garland of flowers. A narrow blue border surrounds the motives of the carpet. The carpet is in good condition with traces of age and wear. The fringes of the edge are thinned out and loose threads can be seen here and there. The carpet has an dimension of 69 x 72 cm.

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Back of a Throne Carpet of a Monastery Abbot, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 34: Back of a Throne Carpet of a Monastery Abbot, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Wool, fabric Tibet, 19th century Three imperial dragons with five claws in the center Orange colored ground Buddhist symbols of good luck Lower area with stylized Chinese mountain and cloud motifs Dimension: 71.5 x 62 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan back of a throne carpet used to be in the possession of an abbot and dates back to the 19th century. On the orange colored ground three imperial dragons with five claws in the center are visible. They are surrounded by Buddhist symbols of good luck and the lower area show stylized Chinese mountain and cloud motifs as well as blue fabric. The throne carpet is in good condition with traces of age and wear. A repair area on the reverse is visible and the upper edge is thinned out. The height measures 71.5 cm and the width is 62 cm.

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Saddle Carpet of Wool with Two Snow Lions, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 35: Saddle Carpet of Wool with Two Snow Lions, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Wool Tibet, 19th century A white snow lion on a dark blue ground in the center Orange colored edge with dragons and phoenixes Dimension: 118 x 58 cm (length x width) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This detailed Tibetan saddle carpet was made of wool and dates back to the 19th century. It is decorated on each side with a white snow lion on a dark blue ground in the center. The snow lion is originally a mythological Buddhist symbol of luck that comes from China. It stands for dualism of secular and spiritual power and is since the 19th Century the national symbol of the Tibetans and since 1909 the emblem on the Tibetan flag. The orange colored edge shows dragons and phoenixes and a narrow blue border surrounds the motives in the middle. The carpet is in good condition with traces of age and wear. The fringes of the edge show partly stronger thinning and the carpet has length of 118 cm and a width of 58 cm.

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Hand Painted, Trapezoid Wooden Casket with Fittings, c. 1900

Lot 36: Hand Painted, Trapezoid Wooden Casket with Fittings, c. 1900

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Description: Hand-painted wood, brass fittings Tibet, around 1900 or slightly later Depiction of the mythical creature Kirtimukha and the Chintamani wish-fulfilling jewel Trapeze shaped wooden casket Decorated with brass fittings Polychrome painting Dimensions: 15.5 x 26 x 9 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This polychrome painted wooden casket was made in Tibet and shows detailed decorative side. The box has a trapeze shape and the hinge as well as the fittings is made of brass. The sides and the lid are adorned with the flaming wish-fulfilling jewel Chintamani. On the front a representation of the mythical creature Kirtimukha with open mouth and an intense look can be seen. Each motif is surrounded by a border in front of the black colored ground. The interior of the casket is natural and shows the natural grain of the wood. The wooden casket is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Some loss of material is visible here and there. The height is 15.5 cm, the width 26 cm and the depth 9 cm. Kirtimukha Kirtimukha is a mythical creature or demon depicted with a lion head. According to the Hindu mythology this creature ate up themselves until only the head was left. Kirtimukha has huge fangs and a large open mouth. Translated the word Kirti stands for glory and honour and the word mukha is a description of the face. In China the creature is known under the name T'ao t'ieh. Cintamani A Cintamani is a wish-fulfilling jewel within both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In Buddhism, it is often held by the Bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvaras and Ksitigarbhas.

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Hand Painted Wooden Casket with Brass Fittings, 19th / 20th C

Lot 37: Hand Painted Wooden Casket with Brass Fittings, 19th / 20th C

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Description: Hand-painted wood, brass fittings Tibet, 19th / 20th century Depiction of the mythical creature Kirtimukha and the Chintamani wish-fulfilling jewel Rectangular shaped wood casket Polychrome painting Dimensions: 24 x 35.5 x 22.5 cm (height x width x depth) Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection These polychrome painted wooden casket was crafted in Tibet and has a detailed decorative exterior. It has a rectangular shape and hinges made of brass. The sides and the lid are adorned with the flaming wish-fulfilling jewel Chintamani. The front shows a representation of the mythical creature Kirtimukha with black skin, open mouth and intense red eyes. Each motif is surrounded by a border and has a red coloured background. The interior of the casket is natural and shows the natural grain of the wood. The wooden casket is in appealing condition with signs of age and wear. Some loss of colour and drying cracks on one side of the box as well as on the lid are visible. The height is 24 cm, the width 35.5 cm and the depth 22.5 cm. Kirtimukha Kirtimukha is a mythical creature or demon depicted with a lion head. According to the Hindu mythology this creature ate up themselves until only the head was left. Kirtimukha has huge fangs and a large open mouth. Translated the word Kirti stands for glory and honour and the word mukha is a description of the face. In China the creature is known under the name T'ao t'ieh. Cintamani A Cintamani is a wish-fulfilling jewel within both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In Buddhism, it is often held by the Bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvaras and Ksitigarbhas.

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Wooden butter churn with Brass Fittings, Tibet, 19 / 20th C

Lot 38: Wooden butter churn with Brass Fittings, Tibet, 19 / 20th C

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Description: Wood, brass fittings, fabric strap Tibet, 19 / 20th Century Cylindrical body Fabric strap on the side Chased lotus flower on the lid Dimensions: 71 x 11 cm (height x diameter) Good condition Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This Tibetan butter churn was made of wood, decorated with five profiled brass ribbons. The cylindrical body is closed by a stopper with a stem in reddish colour. The lid is decorated with a chased lotus flower on the brass fitting and the end of the handle forms a small tip. On the side a fabric strap for carrying is attached at the top at the bottom of the mountings. With this butter churn the popular Tibetan butter tea was produced, which was mixed with butter, salt and soda. The butter churn is in good condition with natural patina and signs of age and wear. Slight residual humidity and a drying crack to the wood are visible. The brass shows small dents and nicks. The total height is 71 cm and the diameter is 11 cm. Butter tea "Bödtscha" The word Bödtscha consist of the word for tea (tscha) and the old expression for Tibet (böd). The so called Tibetan tea is one of the most consumed beverages of the Tibetans. Bödtscha consists of tea, mixed with butter, salt and baking soda. Up to 30 cups are consumed of this drink. The preparation of this tea is very cumbersome. First, the tea is cooked in hot water. This brew is then called "Tschathang" and gets mixed with soda and salt. Then the mixture is filled into the wooden butter churn. With the stem, the yak butter and the tea are mingled. Because the tea has a great importance for the Tibetans, the making utensils and pitchers for pouring the tea were often elaborately decorated.

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Chhaang Drinking Horn with Brass Fittings, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 39: Chhaang Drinking Horn with Brass Fittings, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Yak horn, brass fittings, leather strap Tibet, 19th century Floral chased fittings Length: 43 cm Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This drinking horn with floral chased brass fittings was made in 19th Century Tibet. The Yak horn has a natural curved shape and a small funnel for filling the horn at the end. The fittings are decorated with wave-and ruyi-ornaments. With large eyelets, bounded with a leather strap, the horn is used for carrying. Chhaang is a Tibetan beer brewed from barley, millet or rice grains and especially popular amongst men. It has relatively low alcohol content and is said to ease the harsh cold of the Himalayan Mountains. The drinking horn is in good condition with usual signs of age and wear. Loss of some material on the fittings and small scratches and nicks are visible. The length is 43 cm.

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Copper Teapot with figural handle and spout, 1st H. 20th C

Lot 40: Copper Teapot with figural handle and spout, 1st H. 20th C

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Description: Dark patinated copper, metal Tibet, 1st half 20th century Partial open work Detailed chasing and repoussé work Handle in form of a dragon Spout in the form of an auspicious Makara Lid with lotus knob Dimensions: 30 x 24 cm (height x width) Good condition Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This teapot dates back to the 1st half of the 20th century to Tibet and has a dark patinated copper body. The teapot is formed in a downwardly tapering body with accentuated shoulders and narrow neck, closed by a lid. The item is decorated with detailed floral chasing and repoussé work, visible on the figural handle and spout. The Handle is in the form of a fire-breathing dragon and the spout is designed in form of an auspicious mythical creature Makara. The lid in shape of a closed lotus bud, is surrounded by a circle of lotus leaves on the bottom. The teapot is in good condition with patina and age-related wear; a small dent on the lid and on the bottom as well as nicks and scratches are visible. The Dimensions are 30 x 24 cm (height x width).

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Chhaang Jug of Brass and Foot of Copper, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 41: Chhaang Jug of Brass and Foot of Copper, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Brass, copper Tibet, 19th century Long spout Hollow-crafted, large handle Dimensions: 19 x 23.5 x 13 cm (height x width x depth) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan Chhaang vessel was made in Tibet during the 19th century and has a copper body. Chhaang is the Tibetan barley beer, which is drunk in large quantities at every celebration due to its low alcohol percentage. It is brewed using marva millets and barley and is especially popular amongst men. The beer is served by the jugs and in this case the latter has a long spout and a hollow-carved, large handle, which is attached to the body by copper fittings. The foot is also made of copper and is dark patinated. The jug shows signs of age and wear. Dents, scratches and nicks as well as slight cracks and repairs in form of soldering traces can be seen. The ring base is fixed with tape. The height is 19 cm, the width 23.5 cm and the depth 13 cm.

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Knife made of Iron with a Handle of Bone, Tibet, 19th / 20th C

Lot 42: Knife made of Iron with a Handle of Bone, Tibet, 19th / 20th C

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Description: Part gilt iron, white metal, wood, bone Tibet, 19th / 20th century Sheath with numerous Buddhist lucky symbols in relief Rear handle for attaching Another symbol on the blade Overall length: 26.5 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan knife is made of iron and has a handle of bone. The sheath and the upper end of the handle are partially gilt and meander borders as well as numerous ornaments adorn these parts. On one side of the sheath Buddhist lucky symbols in relief, like the two golden fish, the sacred white snail, the endless knot and the wheel of dharma can be seen. The back is decorated with engraved tendrils and a handle can be found there. The knob of the handle is also adorned on one side with the two fish and on the other side with lotus flowers in cartouches. Another symbol can additionally be seen on the front of the blade. The knife is in good condition with signs of age and wear. Corrosion, some loss of material on the wood, light scratches and a few nicks are visible here and there. The total length is 26.5 cm and the length of the blade measures 15 cm.

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Noble Three Part Silver Jade Tea Bowl, Tibet, 20th Century

Lot 43: Noble Three Part Silver Jade Tea Bowl, Tibet, 20th Century

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Description: Jade, silver, coral Tibet, 20th century Detailed decorations with Buddhist symbols of good fortune Celadon-colored jade Knob with coral Consists of three parts Dimension: 10.5 x 10 cm (height x diameter) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This Tibetan jade tea bowl is covered with richly decorated silver and consists of a lid, a bowl and a standing foot. The jade bowl has an elegant celadon color with natural inclusions. Artfully crafted Buddhist lucky symbols, representations of animals and lotus flowers can be seen on the mountings. Strings of beads adorn the edges of the lid as well as the foot and lotus leaves in relief are visible. In Buddhism, lotus represents purity and spiritual clarity. The interior of the bowl is also lined with silver and the lid is crowned by a knob in the form of a circular coral. This elegant tea bowl probably used to be owned by a Tibetan nobleman. The tea bowl is in good condition with light traces of age and wear. The silver parts have barely visible dents and minimal loss of material on the edges. The cover shows inside a notch. When assembled, the piece measures 10.5 cm in height and 10 cm in diameter.

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Chased Tobacco Jar and Silver Tsampa Spoon, Tibet, 19th C/ 1900

Lot 44: Chased Tobacco Jar and Silver Tsampa Spoon, Tibet, 19th C/ 1900

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Description: Silver, silver plated metal, coral and turquoise Tibet, 19th century or around 1900 Buddhist symbols of good fortune in relief Fine chasing and floral pattern Weight of the spoon: 50.85 g Length of the spoon: 12.5 cm Dimensions of the box: 10 x 7 cm (diameter x height) Very good condition Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This tobacco box and the tsampa spoon were crafted of silver and silver plated metal. The round box has a stepped, domed lid and is crowned with a small turquoise. The wall is decorated with the Buddhist symbols of good fortune in relief, surrounded by floral ornaments. Grooves and meander borders adorn the edges and on the base is the chased dharmachakra, a Buddhist symbol representing dharma, the teachings of Buddha, can be seen. It can be closed by a hinge on the side. The double-sided tsampa spoon is finely chased and fitted with a coral stone in the middle. This is reminiscent of a flower due to the chased pattern surrounding it. A ring is located on the underside of the spoon. The box and the spoon are in good condition with hardly any traces of age and wear. Small scratches and nicks are visible. The weight of the spoon is 50.85 grams and it has a length of 12.5 cm. The diameter of the box is 10 cm and the height is 7 cm. Tsampa Tsampa is a staple food in Tibet. The corn is obtained from roasted barley and prepared fresh daily. This resilient cereal ripens quickly and is cured by roasting it over an open fire.

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Two Writing Utensil Container and an Inkwell, Tibet, 19th C

Lot 45: Two Writing Utensil Container and an Inkwell, Tibet, 19th C

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Description: Copper, iron, brass, wood Tibet, 19th century Mandala on the lid of the inkwell Floral décor on one container Height of the inkwell: 10 cm Length of the container: 30.5 and 33 cm Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection This writing set was made in Tibet during the 19th century and consist of two iron containers and an copper inkwell. Each container is comprised of two parts and has two eyed on one side. The body of one container is decorated with a groove pattern, while the other wall is adorned with floral ornaments and the ends have a conical shape. The inkwell has a round foot ring on which the body with emphasizes shoulder rises. The neck is closed by a matching lid with a cylindrical knob. Brass fittings are visible at the side of the lid and a chased brass mandala adorns the knob. The plug inside is made of wood. The writing set is in generally good condition with signs of age and wear. Corrosion, dents, scratches and nicks are visible. The inkwell has a height of 10 cm and the lengths of the containers are 30.5 and 33 cm.

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Amulet Necklace of Turquoise and Two Gzi Stones, Tibet, 20th C

Lot 46: Amulet Necklace of Turquoise and Two Gzi Stones, Tibet, 20th C

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Description: Turquoises, Metal, Copper Tibet, 20th century Gzi stone as a lucky charm with supernatural importance and the most highly prized amulet Finely chased gau in the middle of the necklace 23 threaded Turquoises Rear collector's number Length: 67 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This amulet necklace of turquoises was made in Tibet. In the middle of the necklace a finely chased gau is visible where the wearer can store personal items or lucky charms. The turquoises frame on each string a gzi stone. The magical stone is the most highly prized amulet for Tibetans. It has a supernatural importance and serves as protection. Tibetan jewelry has symbolic character and a protective function. Silver is supposed to protect from evil and turquoise should safeguard the soul as well as the psyche. By wearing certain items of jewellery, various dignitaries and ministers could express their status or rank. Jewellery was an investment, used as dowry for marriage and often served as a valuable inheritance. The necklace is in good condition with hardly any signs of wear. Only the gau shows dents here and there. On the back a collector's number is visible and the length of the necklace measures 67 cm. Gzi stone The so-called 'Gzi' or 'Dzi' stones are mystical Tibetan stones that are deemed to be mysterious and supernatural. In Tibet, these stones are more significant than all other materials. Their worth lies in their great ability to protect against magic, evil and illness, which is strengthened through the stone's special pattern. A good stone has a smooth surface, intensive colours - best of all black, white or brown - and as many 'eyes' as possible. Tibetan Gaus Tibetan Gaus, portable amulet containers or prayer boxes, are mostly made from metal. They can be worn with a chain around the neck or attached to a hair slide. Gaus usually consist of two parts: the front is made of copper or silver or gold plating, often with finely chased decorations and sometimes with set with gemstones. Images of Buddha, Buddhist symbols of good fortune and other deities are often seen. Larger Gaus often have a window-like opening in the centre and have an arched shape in the upper area. The back is often made from copper and sometimes shows fine engravings, symbols or inscriptions.

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Silver Temple Pendants with Turquoise and Coral, around 1930

Lot 47: Silver Temple Pendants with Turquoise and Coral, around 1930

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Description: Silver, azure turquoise and coral gemstones, lapis lazuli Tibet, around 1930 Traditional, Tibetan jewelry with symbolic importance Total weight: 137.50 g Length: each 12 cm Very good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This silver Tibetan temple pendants originated around 1930 and they are decorated with azure turquoise, coral and round lapis lazuli. The pendants are made from optically three ornaments, a teardrop shape, a floral element with oval deep red coral in the middle and three curved turquoises on the lower area. Perl strings also adorn the entire outer edge. Tibetan jewelry has symbolic character and a protective function. So silver is supposed to protect from evil, coral ensures physical health and a turquoise should safeguard the soul and psyche. By wearing certain items of jewelry, various dignitaries and ministers could express their status or rank. Jewelry was also an investment, used as dowry for marriage and often served as a valuable inheritance. Since Tibetans believed the soul is located within the head area, this is where they primarily wore their jewelry. The temple pendants are in good condition with usual sign of age and wear. A small missing stone as well as slight natural inclusions are visible. The total weight is 137.50 grams and the earrings are each 12 cm long.

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Amulet Necklace of Gemstones and a Central Silver Gau, c. 1900

Lot 48: Amulet Necklace of Gemstones and a Central Silver Gau, c. 1900

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Description: Coral, turquoise, cornelian, amber and bronze beads Gau made of silver and copper Tibet, around 1900 Renewed threaded with clasp Length of the necklace: 63 cm Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This amulet necklace originates from Tibet and was made around 1900 from different gemstones. On the necklace string threaded coral, turquoise, cornelian, amber and bronze beads can be found. The center is decorated with an finely chased amulet box, called 'ga'u' in Tibetan. The shape of gaus depends on the wealth and gender of the wearer. Larger, round and square boxes are often worn by men, while small round, diamond or star-shaped gaus are worn by women. The boxes are often used as a piece of jewelry or as storage for personal amulets and other objects. The amulet necklace is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear. Natural inclusions in the stones can be seen here and there. The total length of the necklace measures 63 cm. Tibetan Gaus Tibetan Gaus, portable amulet containers or prayer boxes, are mostly made from metal. They can be worn with a chain around the neck or attached to a hair slide. Gaus usually consist of two parts: the front is made of copper or silver or gold plating, often with finely chased decorations and sometimes with set with gemstones. Images of Buddha, Buddhist symbols of good fortune and other deities are often seen. Larger Gaus often have a window-like opening in the centre and have an arched shape in the upper area. The back is often made from copper and sometimes shows fine engravings, symbols or inscriptions.

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Crescent-Shaped Necklace with Oval Cornelian, Zanskar, 19/20thC

Lot 49: Crescent-Shaped Necklace with Oval Cornelian, Zanskar, 19/20thC

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Description: Cornelian, glass beads, bronze bells, wool threads, fabric Zanskar, northern India, 19th / 20th century Richly decorated chest jewelry Dimensions: 25 x 20 cm (width x height) Good condition Provenance: from an important private collection This crescent-shaped necklace was made in Zanskar, a region in north India, and impresses with its imposing design. The necklace is used in this region as breast jewelry and consists of large, round cornelian, which are framed by colored glass beads. Bronze bells can be found at the lower edge and by two threads of wool this piece of jewelry can be worn. The back of the necklace is covers with red fabric. The necklace is in good condition with signs of wear. The fabric is partly light thinned and corrosion on the bell is visible here and there. The width of the necklace measures 25 cm and the height is 20 cm.

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Perak Headdress with Turquoise and Trinkets, 19th/20th Century

Lot 50: Perak Headdress with Turquoise and Trinkets, 19th/20th Century

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Description: Metal, turquoise, cornelians, cowries, fabric, felt Tibet, 19th / early 20th century Precious headdress of a Ladakh women With small turquoises decorated trinkets Dimensions: 71 x 44 cm (length x width) Good condition Provenance: from an important Austrian private collection This perak headdress was made in Tibet an dates back to the 19th / early 20th century. The headdress is worn by Tibetan Ladakh women and consists of felt and fabric. It is adorned with a range of smaller and larger turquoises as well as cornelians and cowries are fixed on it. The colour spectrum of the turquoises ranges from light blue to dark green and orange to red coloured cornelians and small ornamental 'gau' can be seen. The gau was used to store personal items or lucky charms. The end of the headdress is decorated with white cowrie shells. Tibetan jewellery has a decorative and a symbolic function; turquoises protect the psyche and the soul and silver is supposed to protect the wearer from evil. The jewellery shows the wearer's regional background and social position. Jewellery often used as symbol of rank for high officials, ministers and dignitaries. Tibetan jewellery was mostly worn as a kind or protective headdress as the Tibetan culture sees the head as focal point of consciousness and the seat of the soul. It is thus the point of possibility for enlightenment. The headdress is in good condition with age-related signs of wear. Partial soiling on the side and minimal loss of material are visible. The fabric shows wear and discolouration. The item is 71 cm long and 44 cm width.

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