Handmade Jewish Sefer Altar Curtain

This beautiful dark red curtain with gold details is a handmade Jewish Sefer altar curtain made in Argentina for a Sephardic family. Scholar Avi Gold tells us that, “The text in Hebrew says that the curtain was dedicated by a Mr. Isaac Salem and his sons in memory of his

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Russo-Japanese War & WWII Sake Cups

Russo-Japanese War and WWII Japanese Sake Cup Collection spanning from circa 1905 to 1930 with nine porcelain sake cups one lacquer sake cup. There are two Russo-Japanese War cups (1905) and the others are from around 1930, with Navy cups and a rare fortress gunner’s cup. Most of the cups

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Gilt-Copper Alms Bowl

A monumental repoussé gilt-copper alms bowl (thaibek) of deep rounded form, decorated in high relief with cartouches containing Jataka scenes, interspersed by foliate scrollwork, above further bands of foliate scrollwork. From c.1850 to 1930, a period starting with the growing British annexation of Burma (Myanmar) and ending with a national

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Liturgical Manuscript – Irmalogion

Slavonic liturgical manuscript on paper. Beautifully executed manuscript Irmalogion, a liturgical work of the Russian Orthodox church based upon the works of St. John of Damascus, executed by scribe Abbot Aristarch of Bogoljubovo Monastery, with his notation to front fly-leaf. The Svyato-Bogolyubsky Monastery was originally founded by Grand Prince Andrey

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Sandstone Head of Buddha

History of the Ayutthayan period, 1351–1767 The Ayutthaya kingdom — about 55 miles (90 km) north of present-day Bangkok—lasted more than 400 years. During the Ayutthayan period the Tai consolidated their position as the leading power in what is now central and north-central Thailand, as well as throughout much of

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A Schist Stupa Base with the Buddha

The architecture of Gandhara, like its sculpture, combines local characteristics with elements derived from both Indian and western precedents. The major archaeological sources for the architecture and sculpture of Gandhara are the remains of religious establishments such as stupas and monasteries. Stupas are reliquary structures in monasteries that are the

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A Polychromed Clay Mahakala Head

A polychromed clay Mahakala head. Mahakala is a deity common to Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism. In Buddhism, Mahakala is regarded as the sacred Dharmapala (“Protector of the Dharma”), while in Hinduism, Mahäkala is a fierce manifestation of the Hindu god Shiva and the consort of the goddess Mahäkält; he most

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Greek Hymnal – Byzantine Chant

Greek Hymnal, Byzantine chant.

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Ethiopic Prayerbook, Manuscript with Illuminated Miniatures

Ethiopic Prayerbook, Manuscript with Illuminated Miniatures.

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An Indian Carved and Painted Wood Figure

An Indian carved and painted wood figure, possibly from a festival cart, depicting a solidly built bearded figure in elaborate garb, holding a bow in one hand, mounted to a later acrylic stand.

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