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  • Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 200 to 400 CE. A lovely pair of gold and silver earspools; front section solid high-karat gold, each decorated with twin joined birds in dancing pose; reverse solid silver rounded plugs. Includes custom stand. Size: 1.5" L x .75" H (3.8 cm x 1.9 cm)

    Provenance: Ex-private Toronto, Canada Collection; ex-private Los Angeles, CA collection.

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    Nazca Gold / Silver Ear Spools - Matched Pair

  • Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona, ca. 1000 CE. These pendants are made of pale greenstone and look abstractly like a small bat head flanked by long, narrow wings. There are simple carvings at the end of each wing. The heads have an open space, probably to run a string through. Bat-wing pendants served as grave goods and are very common in the Tairona region. For example, in a burial from the Venezuelan Andes (which was culturally close to Tairona), archaeologists found a bat-wing pendant interred alongside raw materials of serpetinite and steatite. Size of largest: 5.5" L x .25" W x .75" H (14 cm x 0.6 cm x 1.9 cm)

    Provenance: Ex-Denenberg Fine Arts; ex-David Bernstein, acquired 1985.

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    Two Fine Tairona Stone Bat-Wing Pendants - Ex Bernstein

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    Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. 16th to 17th century CE. Near monumental in scale, this head of Buddha of the Thai Ayuthia period was expertly carved from gray sandstone. His face displays an expression of the utmost serenity with downcast eyes below gracefully arched eyebrows, a noble nose, and gently smiling lips, clearly a visage that could inspire hours peaceful meditation. The head of the Buddha is perhaps the most significant element of the deity as it represents the immense body of knowledge and wisdom of Buddha along with the tranquil nature that emanates from its expression. Oversized as we see in this example with a large Ushnisha, the cranial lump on the head, the Buddha's head symbolizes the wisdom and knowledge acquired after attaining enlightenment. Furthermore, the curled, short hair of the Buddha signifies the nobility of Buddha. Beyond the multi-layered meaning embodied in the iconography of this piece, the technique executed to create the meticulously carved coiffure and ushnisha comprised of countless neat curls and the absolute smoothness of the contours of that face is paramount, and the artistry is simply remarkable! A rare and sublime piece of history that has survived many centuries! Custom wood block base. Size: head itself measures 15" x 8" x 11" (38 x 20.3 x 27.9 cm); 21" high on base

    Condition: Losses to ushnisha, rashmi, and ears. Chips, abrasions, and scratches in stone surfaces consistent with age.

    Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection.

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    Huge 16th C. Thai Sandstone Head of Buddha

  • Far East, China, found in the Philippines, ca. 16th century CE. This is a group of porcelain from a a Ming period Chinese shipwreck off the coast of Busuanga, Philippines. It contains a large porcelain platter with a blue on white orchid design and two bowls with blue and white floral motifs on the interiors and exteriors. There are also Sanskrit characters on the bowl, which would have been a symbol of Buddhism. These were found in 1997. Ming Dynasty China (1368 to 1644) is known as one of the longest periods of social and and governmental stability in human history. During this time period, China's was the great naval power of the East, with technology that surpassed anything that Europe had yet developed; this was the time of Zheng He and China's role as an international trader from the Mediterranean to the south Pacific. As the Ming period progressed, and the political conditions that had held the overland Silk Route together deteriorated, a Maritime Silk Road became more important to Chinese trade. Interestingly, many of the elements of these porcelains -- which would have been produced in China, under the control of the Imperial Court maintained Bureau of Design that ensured uniform standards in the production of ceramics -- had been inspired by Islamic art from further west trading opportunities. These come with two beautiful wooden stands for the small bowls. Size: Platter is 12-1/2" diameter x 2-1/2" H (32 cm x 6 cm); bowls are 5-3/4" diameter x 3" H (15 cm x 8 cm). Published in Arts of Asia, Volume 28, Number 3, May/June 1998: 76-88.

    Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection, ex-Orientations Gallery, San Francisco, under the authority of the National Art Museum of the Philippines.

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    Group of Chinese Ming Dynasty Shipwreck Porcelains

  • Japan, 19th century CE. This is a lacquered, painted, and gold-leafed wooden shrine depicting the Lotus Sutra as performed by two fully robed Buddhas seated atop lotus blossoms. Behind them are golden mandralas, and on the mandralas is written Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, which means, "Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra or Glory to the Sutra of the Lotus of the Supreme Law", a chanted mantra in Nichiren Buddhism (a predominant Japanese form of the religion). The color of the paint on this piece is excellent, especially on the lotus flowers and the Buddhas; the decoration on their robes is exquisite. The piece is also much lighter than expected, giving it a delicacy. Size: 13-1/4" H x 10" W x 3" L (34 cm x 25 cm x 8 cm).

    Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection.

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    19th C. Japanese Lacquered Wood, Gold Buddhist Shrine

  • Japan, 19th century CE. This is a lacquered wooden shrine decorated with gold leaf. It has Japanese writing on the front of the doors and a phrase on the interior mandala: Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, which means, "Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra or Glory to the Sutra of the Lotus of the Supreme Law", a chanted mantra in Nichiren Buddhism (a predominant Japanese form of the religion). The shrine is of the Lotus Sutra, and depicts two fully robed Buddhas with their hands in the anjali mudra pose, which means "to offer" or "to salutate". There is a figure of Tenkai Nankobo, a monk who attained the highest level of priesthood in the early Edo period, seated on a throne in the center of the shrine. This zushi has a large amount of detail, including on the outside, where all of the clasps and hinges have delicate carving. Size: 7-1/2" L x 20" W x 12" H (19 cm x 51 cm x 30-1/2" cm).

    Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection.

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    19th C. Japanese Lotus Sutra / Tenkai Nankobo Shrine

  • Japan, Edo Period, early 18th century (ca. 1720 CE). This is a wooden sculpture of a Buddha seated in the Dhyana mudra, the gesture of meditation, also called the full lotus position. He is covered in black lacquer over a gesso base coat. He has a red jewel embedded beneath his ushnisha (the bump on top of his head that symbolizes a part of his enlightenment) and crystal painted glass eyes. He was made out of several blocks of wood put together. The Buddha figure is seated on a 19th century CE wooden throne in the form of a lotus flower with a mandrala behind his head; it seems likely that this throne was originally made for another figure, but the size suits him well. This piece comes from the Edo Period in Japan, when the country was closed to almost all foreigners and enjoyed political stability for 250 years, allowing artwork to flourish. A piece like this would have been produced by a master craftsman in a workshop and sold to the general public or put into a shrine or temple. The level of carvedd detail on both Buddha and base is impressive. Size: 11" H x 9-1/2" W x 8" diameter at base (28 cm x 24 cm x 20 cm).

    Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection.

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    18th C. Japanese Wood Dhyana Buddha

  • Latin America, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. An antique Mexican retablo depicting Saint Isidore the Labourer (San Yaidro Labrador), a patron saint of farmers. Saint Isidore was a simple farmer who, following an epiphany, took time to pray and commune with God while working in his master's fields. When Isidore's fellow labourers complained that he was neglecting his work, Isidore's master came to the fields to observe him. He was amazed to see Isidore, kneeling in prayer, while angels plowed the fields for him. Here we see Saint Isidore at the center, relatively large in scale relative to the other figures in the painting, rays of light emanating from his head with right hand over his heart. Perhaps the artist intended to capture the moment of Isidore's epiphany. Notice the tiny figures with cattle in the fields below, and at the lower right, an angel and cow working the soil beneath a large raincloud. Icons like these were placed above household altars to venerate the saints (retablo literally means "behind the altar"). The retablo became wildly popular in the 19th century due to the introduction of tin as an affordable medium. Custom mat and frame. Size: retablo itself measures 14" x 10" (35.6 x 25.4 cm); framed 18-3/4" x 14-1/4" (47.6 x 36.2 cm)

    Provenance: Ex-private Jones collection, New York, NY

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    Antique Mexican Retablo - Saint Isidore

  • Latin America, Mexico, Spanish Colonial, ca. 1800 to 1900 CE. A small oil on tin retablo contained within a tin-box frame depicting San Francisco de Paula. Saint Francis is revered as the patron saint of fires, plagues and the blind. As we see here he is almost always depicted as an elderly man wearing the simple robes of his order, holding a rosary and staff, with a sacrificial lamb emerging from a fiery oven and the word "Caritas" (Charity) illuminated from above. Size: 6-1/4" x 4-3/4" x 1-1/4" (15.9 x 12.1 x 3.2 cm)

    Provenance: Ex-private T. Jones collection, New York, NY.

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    19th C. Mexican Retablo - Francisco de Paula

  • Europe, Italy, ca. 18th to 19th century CE. This is an antique Nativity figure depicting the infant Jesus, hand carved from wood and hand painted. The painted details on the body are impressive, including inlaid glass brown eyes, painted brows, and delicate hands and feet. Works of devotional art have become very popular with collectors in recent years and are often featured in prestigious decor publications such as Architectural Digest and Veranda Magazine. Santos, carved wood painted with gesso, polychrome and in some cases gold "estodfado", are becoming increasingly difficult to find. The technical skills required to carve a wooden figure are quite great, as wood has a tendency to crack and be impacted by changes in the atmosphere. Furthermore, the texture of wood is quite challenging, and great skill is required to capture the subtleties of facial expressions and features. Size: 8-1/4"H x 3-1/2"W (21 cm x 9 cm).

    Provenance: Ex-private T. Jones collection, New York, NY.

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    Italian Antique Carved Wood Nativity Figure