Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fine Wooden Panel. Children Scenes. 18. – 19th Century.

2 very attractive, delicately carved wooden panels, later framed and fixed at the reverse side to make it one piece. Also the hanging is newer.

The 2 panels are from the 18th ( may 19th ) century and attract by their high skilled craftsmanship.

The depict 2 scenes with little children. The upper scene is probably a scene of sacrifice with a altar at the centre and a little sheep at the right. The lower one is a harvest scene. While each detail is delicately carved the overall flair has much of the gesture of a painting.

There are no fault, no cracks or defects. The wood has a warm flair.

The object is 7,6 x 5,9 inches. It can be hung right away and sure attracts the attention of anyone looking at it.

More at our CURIOSHOP

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Antique wooden Garuda Sculpture, China. Qing Dynasty

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 ).

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.

More at our CURIOSHOP