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2. An antique Thai, Ratnakosin School, head of Buddha Shakyamuni with serene expression and downcast eyes inlaid in ivory and horn. This stylized visage has classic features with arched eyebrows that surround the incised eyes and flow into the aquiline nose. The snail's curl headdress tiers to the symbolic ushnisha that is surmounted by the flame of enlightenment. The elongated earlobes elude to the princely origins of Shakyamuni (the incarnate Buddha of the Shakya Clan) and have become associated as a symbol of wisdom in the far east. Wood with gold leaf. Circa 1850.

Measuring 27" high, including custom steel base.

 

         
         
 
 

3. An antique Chinese carved hardwood portrait sculpture of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Infinite Compassion, seated in the posture of Royal Ease holding a ‘Mala’ prayer beads, where she recites prayers for the cessation of suffering for all sentient beings. Her kind and gentle countenance is highlighted by delicate inlaid eyes. Beside her on a scholar’s rock are her associated attributes of the books of wisdom and the sacred vile of healing waters. The sculpture still bears traces of its traditional lacquered seal to protect the wood and is mounted on a carved hardwood base of stylized rocks and gnarled pine, symbols of wisdom, strength and endurance. China, mid 1800’s. 

Measuring 15 ¾” high by 12 ½” wide by 7” deep, including original base. 

 

         
         
 
 

4. A remarkably engaging portrait sculpture of Jurojin, the Shinto God of Wisdom. Jurojin is also recognized in historical China as a Taoist Immortal. It is said that his holy staff or 'shaku' carries a scroll that contains all the wisdom of the world. His wise and kindly face and right hand are in a bisque finish. While his flowing robes with shoes, fan and staff are glazed in a beautiful translucent pale green celadon. Japan, early Showa Period, circa 1930's.

Measuring 21 ¾" high.

 

         
         
 
 

5. Serenity, is the very persona of this antique Chinese Portrait sculpture of the renowned Tang Dynasty teacher / monk ‘Priest Bukong’. He is seated in lotus pose on a raised dais, wearing formal diaphanous robes, his soft downward gaze symbolic of a deep state of Samadhi. Ming Dynasty, early 1400’s.

Measuring 21 ½” high by 15” wide by 10’ deep.

 

         
         
 
 

6. A beautiful antique narrative sculpture of bronze, wood and ivory that exemplifies the nurturing role of the grandfather in the traditional Japanese rural family. In historical Japan the extended family resided together and it was the grandparents who largely took on the role of raising and mentoring the children while their parents were working to support the family. Here the artist depicts an attentive young lad assisting his grandfather in sawing a limb for firewood. Beautifully detailed with expressive faces and sense of movement. Signed Kazuoshi. Circa 1890.

Measuring 6” high by 10” diameter, including fitted wood base.

 

         
         
 
 

7. An antique Japanese Negoro lacquer sculpture of the mythical storm god Fugen. This dynamic sculpture portrays Fugen striding across rolling clouds holding a falcon feather fan with which to fan the winds. Furled around his neck is the bag from which he conjures great gusts. He wears a bearskin loincloth with a tao tie mask apron. Tied to his sash at his back hangs his saké gourd. Meiji Period 1867-1912.

Measuring 11 ¼" high.

 

         
         
 
 

8. An antique Thai, Ayutthaya style Buddha standing resolute in samabhanga stance with both hands in Abhaya Mudra, the mudra of dispelling fear, sometimes considered a gesture of conveying blessings. His compassionate countenance with arched eyebrows, incised eyes and gentle meditative expression is a very classic portrayal of this beloved icon. He stands upon a double lotus dais and wears monks' robes with a traditional snails curl headdress finishing in a flaming usnisha, symbol of enlightened consciousness. Circa 1720.

Measuring 32 ¾" high.

 

         
         
 
 

9. A finely carved antique Japanese icon of Aizen Myo-o, seated on a raised double lotus dais with six arms holding attributes and hands held in various mudra. He is surrounded by a circular nimbus containing celestial flames that pronounce his divinity as ‘Vidyaraja’ – King of Light. He is the deity of amorous passion, transmuted in esoteric Buddhism into an unwavering desire for awakening. Among the Japanese people, he is the deity of conception, and like the Greek God Eros, carries a bow and arrow. This deity is strongly associated with the Shingon and Tendai Sects of Buddhism, however, he is also a popular deity amongst artists and geisha. Meiji / Taisho Period, circa 1910-20.

Measuring 13 ¼” high.

 

         
         
 
 

10. A bronze image of the Goddess Sri Devi, the consort of Visnu, stands on a lotus base above a decorative plinth; her left hand holding a lotus (padma) and wearing her characteristic horizontal breast band (Kucha-bhanda). Her right hand hangs to her side, a bright expression on her face, one hip thrust to the side in a slight Tribhanga pose. South Indian, late 18th Century.

Measuring 12 ¾" high by 5" square.

 

         
         
 
 

11. An antique Japanese bronze sculpture of a highly spirited ‘Karashishi’, or Buddhist lion dog. He takes a playful stance – tail up, paws down, gripping a peony branch in his jaws, enticing us to join him in his happy reverie. This mythological hybrid animal originates from the ancient tradition of serving as the guardian of a Buddhist temple and was the inspiration for the development of the temple dog breeds of Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. Lost wax cast with engraved details. Signed Sho’un. Meiji period (1867-1912).

Measuring 9” high 10 ½” wide by 7” deep.