Antique Thai Manuscript Storage Cabinet Early 19th Century
An antique Thai Manuscript Storage Cabinet made of Teak that was used to store and preserve Buddhist scriptures that were written on manuscripts made of palm-leaf as well as text on Buddhism written on Khoi paper. Often donated by wealthy patrons to monasteries, they housed these venerable writings. It was decorated using a technique called Lai Rod Nam that is gold on a black lacquer ground. The front depicts from bottom to top, the underworld to the protectors of Buddhism to the enlightened... Click for details
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Rare Antique Philippine Barong Sword with Inlaid Scabbard
Antique Philippine barong sword with carved wooden handle and inlaid scabbard. The single sided leaf-shaped blade is attached to a hardwood handle with silver and natural fibers. The scabbard (taguban) is carved of wood, wrapped with rattan and has shell inlay in elaborate Islamic filigree. From the predominately Islamic Sulu Islands of Southern Philippines.
Age: circa early 1900's
Dimensions: 27 1/2" long x 4" wide
Jakarta (Javanese) 19th C. Teak Hardwood Wheeled Trunk
Hard to find Javanese Solid Teak wooden wheeled secure storage trunk from Jakarta. Handpainted with original pigments of green, russet chestnut orange with patterns of foliated flowers and rolling waves. Carved shell located at the lower center of the base. Hardwood teak top hinges open revealing a spacious open storage area. Nobility class furniture.
Jakarta, Indonesia's massive capital, sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java. A historic mix of cultures –... Click for details
Rare Himalayan Hardwood Hinged Storage Chest
A rare Himalayan hardwood storage chest with a simple hinge top lid. Originally from the foothills of the Himalayas this chest would have been used to keep safe storage of dry goods. All hand carved with geometric designs. Hand forged chain that hooks and secures the lid closed. Original finish with natural coloring. Very sturdy and in pristine condition.
Antique Thai figure of seated Buddha Shakyamuni. Made of bronze and seated with his hands folded in meditation (Dhyana mudra). Downcast eyes with lids barely open, a gentle smile on his face, he exudes a sense of calm. With lovely patina and traces of gilt.
Age: Ayutthaya (1350-1767 A.D.)
Dimensions: 10 3/4" high x 7" wide x 2 1/2" deep
Thai Antique Bronze Figure of Garuda
Antique Thai cast bronze figure of Garuda crouched on his haunches, with wings open wide. Garuda is the faithful friend and vahana (vehicle) of Vishnu. He is depicted here in anthropomorphic form, with human body but with wings, beak and and legs of an eagle-like sun bird. Garuda is the personification of courage and the enemy of naga, the serpent.
Age: early 20th century
Dimensions: 7" high x 9 1/8" wide x 4 1/2" deep
Southeast Asian Bronze Buddha with Deer and Wheel of Dharma
Interesting Bronze Buddha seated on lotus throne with wheel of dharma and two male stag deer in attendance below him. The two male deer are Nigrodha and Sakha, part of a specially poignant Jataka Tale helpful with the teaching of the first sermon at the Deer Park in Sarnath. Helpful with the teaching of the eightfold path to escape and end suffering.
Age: First Quarter 20th Century
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Rare Small Bronze Laos Rain Drum
A rare small size bronze Laos rain drum. Would have originally been given as a gift to a wealthy family's children to play. Stunning relief work seen with great detail on all sides. Pair of four frogs sit atop the flat surface. Excellent original condition with beautiful patina consistent with age.
With a lot of respect, if not fearfully, Kmmu played bronze drums for all kinds of ceremonies: to pray for the rain to come or to stop, to protect against animals or thieves in harvest... Click for details
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Thai Antique Gilt Bronze Buddhist Temple Deer
Antique Thai gilt cast bronze figure of a recumbent temple deer. These sika deer are closely associated with the Buddha because of his "Teaching in the Deer Park" in Sarnath. Buddha's teaching, or "Spinning the Wheel of the Law" further links the deer to this sacred event. Thus deer are often depicted with the Wheel of the Law, or Dharmachakra in a temple setting. With one leg bent under his body and one outstretched, the deer turns a long, graceful neck to look back over it's shoulder.... Click for details
Bronze Ayuthaya Period Hand of Buddha, Thailand
Antique bronze hand of Buddha on wooden stand. Hand displays the Abhyaya Mudra, the have-no-fear gesture representing peace, benevolence, and reassurance. Beautiful long tapered fingers. Patina consistent with age.
Age: Ayuthaya Period (17th/18th century)
Dimensions: Hand only: 4" high x 1 1/2" wide x 3" deep. (7" high with stand)