18th Century Newari Nepalese Gilt Bronze of Krishna and Radha
Of dual construction technique lost wax casting and repousee work in order to achieve a realistic interpretation of the materials; Particularly the folds of fabric and the separate molding of the figure. The seated, embracing figures have a sense of spatial relation between the two, creating a tension in the composition and resulting in a naturalism of the posture. The upper body, head, hands, and feet are cast. The skirt and folds of fabric in dress is done in repousee. The crown jewels are... Click for details
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Antique Framed Pair of Gold Leaf Manuscripts
A framed pair of Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts, each side covered in golf leaf, with ornate filigree in red, and scenes of dancing people and beasts. With lines of text written in black lacquer pigment. These manuscripts have two holes each to be strung and bound together as a book. Professionally displayed suspended in glass and framed.
Dimensions: 21.25" L x 23" H (entire frame) 22.5" L x 5" H (each manuscript)
18th Century Sanskrit Parabaik Book Covers
Antique Thai/Burmese Sanskrit book fragments, called a "parabaik", which were once majorly used to document societal information through text and drawings. Made from thick sheets of paper, either blackened for text or whitened for colored drawings, which were then glued and folded together. This book fragment has a central black panel, with religious Sanskrit text in gilt, and gilt pigment figures kneeling in prayer on either side.
Antique Thai panel with red and gilt pigments, featuring detailed hand-carvings of two dancing human figures with a monkey over a reticulated ground of various flora.
Dates from the 19th century
Dimensions : 13"L x 2" D x 16.5" H
Antique Set of Betel Nut Cutters
An antique set of four Indonesian betel nut cutters. Three of the smaller cutters are made with mixed metals and iron; One with the head of a goose, one with the head of a serpent, and one shaped as a peacock. The largest of the set is hand-carved into a playful dog.
The practice of betel nut chewing is common in many parts of South Asia. Slices of the areca nut would be wrapped in betel leaves and chewed, giving a mild stimulant effect. Sometimes tobacco and slaked lime would be... Click for details
Antique Indonesian Silver Betel Nut Box
Antique Sumatra / Indonesian sterling silver betel nut box. Its sides are decorated by impressions of flowers and vines, as well as the corners of the lid with top handle. There are four lidded compartments and one open compartment inside with patina from use and remnants of slaked lime. Embossed silver hallmark on bottom of box.
The practice of betel nut chewing is common in many parts of South Asia. Slices of the areca nut would be wrapped in betel leaves and chewed, giving a mild... Click for details
Antique Indonesian Silver Betel Nut Box
Antique Sumatra / Indonesian sterling silver betel nut box, with incised scalloped edges and inlay of flowers, draping vine handles, raised on four small legs, original key included. The interior houses four compartments with a small oval box and two spoons, as well as a small container with white residue of slaked lime. The practice of betel nut chewing is common in many parts of South Asia. Slices of the areca nut would be wrapped in betel leaves and chewed, giving a mild stimulant effect.... Click for details
Tibetan Gilt Bronze Wrathful Yabyum Deities on Garuda
Tibetan gilt bronze Buddhist statue, of a wrathful deity assumed in the tantric Yabyum position with his female consort. Below the pair is a Garuda vehicle, devouring the Naga (snake), while a human figure is crushed underneath. They are all raised on a lotus platform, with mixed metal bottom and floral impression.
Mid 20th century
Size: 12" L x 7.5" D x 13" H
Antique Pair of Thai Male Attendant Statues
Antique pair of Thai male attendants (Nats), finely rendered out of teak wood, with polychrome traces of pigments. These funerary effigies would be kept close to an ancestral altar in order to help lead their spirits into the afterlife. Highly realistic detailing and form, this pair of statues are raised on pedestals for sturdy display.
Early 20th century
Size: 11" L x 10.5" W x 42.5" H
Antique Thai Chofa Temple Roof Adornment
Unusual Thai architectural sculpture known as a chofa. These beast-like ornaments embellish temple and palace rooftops as a symbol of power and protection. Natural patina and remnants of red and gilt lacquer show antiquity. A photo is shown to demonstrate how a chofa would look while still in place on a temple roof. The temple shown is in Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally rich city in Thailand.