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Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #655483 (stock #62-33)
Silk Road Gallery
This low folding table from Tibet is covered on three sides with intricate gesso in foliage and textile patterns, giving it richness and depth. The wear on the table suggests it was used in a monastery as an altar since the gesso work shows minimal wear but the top obviously was heavily used over a long period of time. Folding tables such as this also traveled with monks and nomadic families although this one does not appear to have spent time lashed on the back of a yak...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #654371 (stock #61-39)
Silk Road Gallery
The graceful musician in this Rajasthani miniature gazes at birds while she plays a stringed instrument. The painting, from the late 20th century, is in a style that originated in the Kishangarh area of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is done on heavy old parchment and includes two lines of calligraphy in Urdu above the painted area. A signature in the lower left indicates the painter was Yogya Pralash. The miniature is in very good condition...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1800 item #639466 (stock #62-34)
Silk Road Gallery
This 18th century Tibetan painted table has three collapsible sides that fold under the top, making it portable and practical for a way of life built around long pilgrimages. The spirit of monks and whole families traveling across mountain passes is evoked in the design and still-vivid colors of this table. It may have been the only item of furniture owned by a nomadic family. Or it may have been carried on the back of a yak with monks on their way to visit remote villages...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1920 item #639372 (stock #61-44)
Silk Road Gallery
From Rajasthan, painted in the Mewar style, this miniature depicts two members of a royal household on a picnic. They are attended by three servants--one whisking away flying insects, one pouring wine from a flask and the third holding another flask. The seated couple are sharing a cup of wine. All five figures stand out in stark contrast to the dark gray/green forest that surrounds them. Two lines of Urdu calligraphy float in gold-colored paint across the top of the miniature...
Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Ritual Objects : Pre 1900 item #623708
The Zentner Collection
Beautiful Indian silver repouse bowl decorated with scenes from the life of Shiva in deeply hammered bas relief, 19th century. Weight 201 grams. Size: 11 1/2" wide x 8" high
Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Ritual Objects : Pre 1920 item #600680 (stock #T110)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This is a Tibetan Ritual Celestial Crown also know as a Diadem or Ringga. It is worn by a necromancer or oracle during rituals. The "crown" consists of 5 separate paintings on paper and each painting is backed with thin cardboard for stiffness. The sections are connected with string. When worn, the crown is tied around the head with string. The sections are painted with the five Dhayani, celestial Buddhas, each painted with his traditional color and gesture...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #578963
Gandhara Kingdom stucco head of Buddha mounted, 3/4th Century, condition: good, left ear damaged and a few inconsequential nicks, common considering the age of this fine sculpture, size" H. 12cm x W. 8cm x D. 11cm. The idealized style is reminiscent of Greek Hellenistic sculpture which strongly influenced the Buddhist imagery of Central Asia and in particular of Gandharan artists.
Indian Subcontinent : India : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #569168
Fine Stucco head of Buddha mounted on base, Gandhara Kingdom, 3rd/4th Century AD.,size: H.15cm x W. 8cm x D. 8cm.
Indian Subcontinent : India : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #558522 (stock #61-40, 43)
Silk Road Gallery
The splendor and sophistication of the Delhi court 300 years ago are reflected in this pair of Indian miniatures of a king and queen of Delhi. These portraits were painted in the mid-19th century and memorialize Delhi's past rulers in classic Mughal style. The king, dressed in gold, purple and peach finery, is shown holding a small red book. Two panels above the portrait repeat images of his elaborate headpiece and the book. Panels below show his royal slippers and two flowers...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #551034 (stock #3632)
Hawkes, Asian Art
A splendid carved and painted marble sculpture of the Hindu deity Vishnu in the form of the avatar Narasimha, half-lion, half-man. From northern India, mid 19th century.

“Lord Vishnu then emerged as a half lion, half man from the pillar which was neither inside the house nor outside, and the time was evening, neither night nor day...

Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #542737 (stock #6024)
The China Coast
From an old collection - (1) One Nepalese manuscript delicately painted with nine Hindu and Buddhist deities including Ganesha and Avalokitesvara, ink and pigment on paper; comprising nine sheets with paintings - out of total of approx. 49 sheets, with frontis sheet. 19th century or earlier. 6" x 2 3/4". (2) Together with a Bengali manuscript, ink on palm leaves comprising approx. 40 leaves; probably 18th/19th century. 14 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #538845 (stock #41-48)
Silk Road Gallery
This early 19th century Tibetan cabinet is painted with flowers and foliage that revealed original deep colors as we painstakingly removed layers of soot from the surface. A combination of the high Himalayan climate and soot from yak butter lamps has the fortunate result of protecting colors on painted Tibetan furniture. The inside of this piece still retains the wonderful exotic odor of burning lamps...
Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #507795 (stock #3554)
Hawkes, Asian Art
Compact and attractive carving of the much beloved Indian god Ganesha. Dates from the 19th century. In excellent condition with much of the paint remaining.

2.1/2 inches (6.4 cm) high.

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Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1800 item #495812 (stock #3532)
Hawkes, Asian Art
An Indian bronze libation vessel in the form of a conch shell. It has a wonderful old patina and dates at least from the 18th century...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Handicrafts : Pre 1800 item #492239 (stock #3514)
Hawkes, Asian Art

The bird, possibly a parakeet, forms the oil reservoir of a small suspended oil lamp. Similar birds are illustrated in Mark Zebrowski’s “Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India”, some dating as early as the 16th century. This seems to be a very old example also and so a possible dating to 17th to 18th century seems cautious but fair.

4.1/4 inches long. The ring that the bird stands on is broken and deformed in one place but with no...

Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #448436 (stock #3493)
Hawkes, Asian Art

The large silver frame of a shape reminiscent of a radiator grille from a Rolls Royce motorcar, engine-turned decoration and with the enamelled crest of the Indian Princely State of Orcha. The frame is of English manufacture and was hallmarked in Birmingham in 1931. It is very likely that this was commissioned by Maharaja Vir Singh II, perhaps one of a number that became gifts to visiting luminaries.

37cm hi...

Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1910 item #427080 (stock #61-31)
Silk Road Gallery
An important example of early 20th century workmanship of India's Jain minority, this sterling silver necklace is designed around iconic figures in high relief. Krishna, the central figure, is depicted as a cowherd leaning against one of his cattle as he plays his flute. A three-headed serpent hovers over the deity and he is flanked by ten finely detailed peacocks that curve upward to form the sides of the necklace. Five hanging clusters of beads give lightness and movement to the piece. This in...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #418264 (stock #61-21)
Silk Road Gallery
Fine silver wire braided into three ropes gives texture to this mid-20th century sterling bracelet from India's remote Western outpost city of Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert. Three disks, each with an embossed flower, are affixed to three of five bars that clamp the ropes together. This elegant, understated piece of jewelry is in excellent condition. About 70 years old, it was made by the Jain people, a minority group in India who practice Janism, an ancient belief system that includes elements fr...
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