Embellished with horse hair and ritualistic papers, the mask was used to repel evil spirits.
Ceremonial knives like this one were used to frighten away malevolent spirits by stabbing or shaking it as a rattle.
Carved from one block of wood, painted gold and seated in earth-witnessing position.
With a serene face and lovely flowing lines, the figure rests on its separate base.
The daily and ceremonial life of the Hmong is depicted through painting and inlaid metal lines visually separating the various symbols and stories into sections.
Buddha's two major disciples, one known for his magic, the other for his vast knowledge of the Buddhist Dharma.
With unusually detailed robe and headdress.
Vertical half with a fine shape and patina, this naturally grown giant palm tree seed is unique to the Seychelles.
Of a very rare extraordinarily large size, this mask has an articulated mouth, leather ears and a natural fiber beard.
Chinese opera came to villages via the puppet stage.
Unusual large stamp used in ceremonies to create paper offerings to the gods and ancestors of the Taoist pantheon. The turtle is a potent and beloved symbol of longevity.
Sliding the stands closer or farther apart along a wooden bar inserted through the hole in each stand enabled the weaver to wind the weft yarn to a particular measurement.
The auspicious, energetic and clever monkey was a popular subject for hand-carved toggles that suspended the tobacco box at the hip, much like Japanese netsuke.
A rare chip-carved box with slide opening probably used to store ritual or very important personal objects.
A Heger Type III bronze drum with stacks of frogs at the four compass points of the tympan and elephants and snails climbing up the side seam. Some stains and repairs.
In flowing dress and holding his walking stick and prayer beads; with fine facial features and general detail.
Worn or carried during rituals, masks like these frightened away malevolent spirits.
Large wood Buddha, Siam, Ratanakosin period, sits atop Burmese manuscripts, circa 1900, surrounded by Tai Yai Buddhas, Shan, Burma, in front of a painting on cloth from Laos of past, present and future Buddhas, early 20th century.