Japanese Buddhists. Tinted Albumen Photo, 1880s. Stillfried
Antique Japan Photograph: 3 Japanese beating gongs and drum. One of them is carrying a tall stand on his back.
Albumen studio-photo, thin paper, fixed on paper with small glue spots at he corners.
5,5 x 3,5 inches, fine condition, app. 1885.
Photo probably by the Austrian Baron Raimund von Stillfried (?).
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Antique Chinese Daoist Ritual Object 19. ct
China, app. 18. Century. Well carved wooden ritual object used to expel ghosts.
At the front side a Daoist (exorcist) with sword, standing on a fire-wheel is carved. At the reverse and side a Daoist formula is engraved – wu lei hao ling (五雷號令).
More Daoist spells at both sides of the object (千千雄兵 萬萬孟將).
6 x 3 x 14 cm, good condition, natural patina, good condition. Scarce.
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Qing Dynasty Buddha Bronze in Ming Style.
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Qing Dynasty Bronze: Seated Buddha Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) with scepter, wearing an openwork crown.
Detailed, fine work, rich ornaments.
According Ming-style the figure has a large head and a gentle smile.
Attractive natural patina. The bronze is approximately 100 years old.
Height: 30,5 cm, width: 21 cm, weight: 3,9 kg. Very good condition.
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Old Buddhist Monastery Seal
Old Chinese seal which has been used in a Buddhist monastery (Shanghai region). Dark green stone, some golden spots.
As actual seal 4 characters have been carved: 佛光普照 Fo guang pu zhao (Buddha’s Brightness illuminates all Things).
The seal is from early last century.
69 x 69 x 37 mm, good condition.
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China, Qing Dynasty: Gilded Buddha Akshobhya.
Qing Dynasty, Chinese Bronze-Buddha Akshobhya, fire-gilded.
3,2 x 2,2 x 4,4 inches (83 x 53 x 110 mm), 290 gram.
The gilding is partly worn out but intact on the larger part of the figure.
The content in the body oft he Buddha is still existent, the base-plate is uneven.
The Object comes from the important Dr. Walter Heihs collection.
Buddha Akshobhya, “the Unshakable”, is the Buddha touching the Earth with his right hand, while his left hand is resting in his lap to accept alms.
This position is known as the Bhumisparsha Mudra.
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Small Thangka Painting Tibet 17 – 18. Ct. Buddha Avalokiteshvara
Tibet app. 17th to 18th century: Small, delicately painted Thangka-painting, depicting am eight-armed Buddha Avalokiteshvara with a 11 headed top.
Small Tibetan characters at the reverse
80 x 104 mm, slightly darkened along the margins, minor aging at upper middle part. Matted and framed it would come out very well.
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18 – 19th century sculpture of a bird-headed Buddhist god: Wooden Garuda with a layer of lacquer, gilded.
7,5 x 7 x 2,8 inches. 548 gram. Fine condition. ( Only minor surface aging which is quite usual for such an old piece – the gold partly rubbed off. No parts missing, no splits ).
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In Buddhism, the Garuda is said to be a huge bird, his wings spanning several miles! He is said to have amazing power, intelligence, strength and wisdom and can change to human form at will. There are some stories which even talk of Garuda kings having romantic dalliances with human women. The Buddha, in the Mahasamyatta Sutra, is shown as making peace, albeit temporarily, between the Nagas (serpents) and the Garudas.
The concept of Garuda is also seen in Indonesian, Thai, Japanese and Mongolian culture. While the Garuda is the national symbol of both Thailand and Indonesia, it is the symbol of Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia.
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Antique Chinese Guanyin Statue, Stone 12″, Qing Period
Antique Chinese stone statue depicting a seated bodhisattva (Guanyin, who is the Bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female). The Guanyin is resting on a Lotus-throne, a scepter (lingzhi ru yi) in her hand.
The smaller end of the ru yi is broken, minor wear. It can be polished easily.
Height: 12.5 inches (32 cm), weight 4.1 kg.
The statue is from the end of Qing Dynasty.
Cinnabar Seal by Feng Kanghou
Attractive, Chinese cinnabar seal, carved by the famous seal carver 馮康候 Feng Kanghou (1901-1983).
Engraved a seal are 8 characters: 按頭跣足不時宜 An tou xian zu bu shiyi. (it is not appropriate to walk barefoot with a hand pressed on the head).
18 x 18 x 74 mm. Fine condition. Better cinnabar stone with long side engraving.
Feng Kanghou was a famous poet, seal carver, calligrapher and painter. His works are sought after in Hong Kong and Macau where he lived in the 1940s.
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collect.at Antiques and unique Collectibles China. Antique Bodhisattva Bronze.: “China, Qing Dynasty: Bronze Figur of a meditating Bodhisattva. Ca. 18.-19. century. Partly gilded.
1.9 x 3.1 x 1.4 inches. Bottom pane missing ( if there ever one existed ).
In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva has the compassionate determination to aid all beings on their quest for the highest state of development, full enlightenment of a Buddha. This type of motivation is known as bodhicitta (‘citta’ means mind).
Remaining in this world of uncontrolled rebirth (samsara), the Bodhisattva has taken the bodhisattva vow to achieve Buddhahood as quickly as possible and thereby be most able to teach Dharma until all beings have likewise achieved enlightenment.”
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