Tibet, China. Qing Dynasty. Gilded Bronze of Tsongkhapa.
3 x 4,2 x 2 inches. 236 gram. It has the original cover of the socket, authentic content as it has never been opened.
The gilding is slightly hackneyed, small parts have been painted ( later ? ). No missing parts or other faults to be mentioned.
He is depicted with his hands in the position known as dharmachakramudra which means turning the wheel of the law.
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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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