Yao priest or shaman's wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.
Yao priest or shaman's wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.

Embellished with horse hair and ritualistic papers, the mask was used to repel evil spirits.

Yao priest's or shaman's iron dagger with cloth adornment, China/northern Thailand or Laos, 19th century.
Yao priest's or shaman's iron dagger with cloth adornment, China/northern Thailand or Laos, 19th century.

Ceremonial knives like this one were used to frighten away malevolent spirits by stabbing or shaking it as a rattle.

Shan wood Buddha, Burma, late 19th century.
Shan wood Buddha, Burma, late 19th century.

Carved from one block of wood, painted gold and seated in earth-witnessing position.

Bronze standing Buddha, Laos, 1827-1893.
Bronze standing Buddha, Laos, 1827-1893.

With a serene face and lovely flowing lines, the figure rests on its separate base.

Hmong (Miao) painted buffalo horn drinking vessels, South China, 19th century.
Hmong (Miao) painted buffalo horn drinking vessels, South China, 19th century.

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.

Sculpted polychromed wood heads of Mogallana and Sariputta, Burma, 18th/19th century.
Sculpted polychromed wood heads of Mogallana and Sariputta, Burma, 18th/19th century.

Buddha's two major disciples, one known for his magic, the other for his vast knowledge of the Buddhist Dharma.

Rare adorned bronze Buddha, Laos, 1520-1777.
Rare adorned bronze Buddha, Laos, 1520-1777.

With unusually detailed robe and headdress.

Coco de mer, Seychelle Islands, late 19th century.
Coco de mer, Seychelle Islands, late 19th century.

Vertical half with a fine shape and patina, this naturally grown giant palm tree seed is unique to the Seychelles.

Polychromed wood foo dog processional mask, China, 18th/19th century.
Polychromed wood foo dog processional mask, China, 18th/19th century.

Of a very rare extraordinarily large size, this mask has an articulated mouth, leather ears and a natural fiber beard.

Wood puppet heads, China, circa 1900.
Wood puppet heads, China, circa 1900.

Chinese opera came to villages via the puppet stage.

Yao ceremonial wood stamp, China, northern Thailand or Laos, early to mid 20th century.
Yao ceremonial wood stamp, China, northern Thailand or Laos, early to mid 20th century.

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.

Pairs of painted and lacquered wood weft tying stands, Cambodia,
Pairs of painted and lacquered wood weft tying stands, Cambodia,

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.

Wood and horn toggles, China, late 19th to early 20th century.
Wood and horn toggles, China, late 19th to early 20th century.

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.

Yi wood storage box, South China, 19th century.
Yi wood storage box, South China, 19th century.

A rare chip-carved box with slide opening probably used to store ritual or very important personal objects.

Bronze ceremonial 'rain' drum, Burma, 18th/19th century.
Bronze ceremonial 'rain' drum, Burma, 18th/19th century.

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.

Polychrome wood monk, Burma, 19th century.
Polychrome wood monk, Burma, 19th century.

In flowing dress and holding his walking stick and prayer beads; with fine facial features and general detail.

Yao priest or shaman's ceremonial wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.
Yao priest or shaman's ceremonial wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.

Worn or carried during rituals, masks like these frightened away malevolent spirits.

Silver temple bell, India. mid 20th century.
Silver temple bell, India. mid 20th century.
Buddhas, Buddhist manuscripts and painting of Buddhas, Siam, Burma, Laos, circa 1900 to early 20th century.
Buddhas, Buddhist manuscripts and painting of Buddhas, Siam, Burma, Laos, circa 1900 to early 20th century.

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.

Yao priest or shaman's wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.
Yao priest's or shaman's iron dagger with cloth adornment, China/northern Thailand or Laos, 19th century.
Shan wood Buddha, Burma, late 19th century.
Bronze standing Buddha, Laos, 1827-1893.
Hmong (Miao) painted buffalo horn drinking vessels, South China, 19th century.
Sculpted polychromed wood heads of Mogallana and Sariputta, Burma, 18th/19th century.
Rare adorned bronze Buddha, Laos, 1520-1777.
Coco de mer, Seychelle Islands, late 19th century.
Polychromed wood foo dog processional mask, China, 18th/19th century.
Wood puppet heads, China, circa 1900.
Yao ceremonial wood stamp, China, northern Thailand or Laos, early to mid 20th century.
Pairs of painted and lacquered wood weft tying stands, Cambodia,
Wood and horn toggles, China, late 19th to early 20th century.
Yi wood storage box, South China, 19th century.
Bronze ceremonial 'rain' drum, Burma, 18th/19th century.
Polychrome wood monk, Burma, 19th century.
Yao priest or shaman's ceremonial wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.
Silver temple bell, India. mid 20th century.
Buddhas, Buddhist manuscripts and painting of Buddhas, Siam, Burma, Laos, circa 1900 to early 20th century.
Yao priest or shaman's wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.

Embellished with horse hair and ritualistic papers, the mask was used to repel evil spirits.

Yao priest's or shaman's iron dagger with cloth adornment, China/northern Thailand or Laos, 19th century.

Ceremonial knives like this one were used to frighten away malevolent spirits by stabbing or shaking it as a rattle.

Shan wood Buddha, Burma, late 19th century.

Carved from one block of wood, painted gold and seated in earth-witnessing position.

Bronze standing Buddha, Laos, 1827-1893.

With a serene face and lovely flowing lines, the figure rests on its separate base.

Hmong (Miao) painted buffalo horn drinking vessels, South China, 19th century.

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.

Sculpted polychromed wood heads of Mogallana and Sariputta, Burma, 18th/19th century.

Buddha's two major disciples, one known for his magic, the other for his vast knowledge of the Buddhist Dharma.

Rare adorned bronze Buddha, Laos, 1520-1777.

With unusually detailed robe and headdress.

Coco de mer, Seychelle Islands, late 19th century.

Vertical half with a fine shape and patina, this naturally grown giant palm tree seed is unique to the Seychelles.

Polychromed wood foo dog processional mask, China, 18th/19th century.

Of a very rare extraordinarily large size, this mask has an articulated mouth, leather ears and a natural fiber beard.

Wood puppet heads, China, circa 1900.

Chinese opera came to villages via the puppet stage.

Yao ceremonial wood stamp, China, northern Thailand or Laos, early to mid 20th century.

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.

Pairs of painted and lacquered wood weft tying stands, Cambodia,

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.

Wood and horn toggles, China, late 19th to early 20th century.

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.

Yi wood storage box, South China, 19th century.

A rare chip-carved box with slide opening probably used to store ritual or very important personal objects.

Bronze ceremonial 'rain' drum, Burma, 18th/19th century.

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.

Polychrome wood monk, Burma, 19th century.

In flowing dress and holding his walking stick and prayer beads; with fine facial features and general detail.

Yao priest or shaman's ceremonial wood mask, China/northern Thailand or Laos, late 19th century.

Worn or carried during rituals, masks like these frightened away malevolent spirits.

Silver temple bell, India. mid 20th century.
Buddhas, Buddhist manuscripts and painting of Buddhas, Siam, Burma, Laos, circa 1900 to early 20th century.

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.

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