Gorgeously executed painting in fine detail on paper mounted on Chinese scroll.
Portrait of a civil servant couple with lovely detail in the background screen, altar table and clothing.
The master who produced this unusual and beautifully executed yantra on stiffened cotton cloth used vegetal pigments and natural ink. In lieu of Buddha sitting at the center of the drawing and the symbolic center of the cosmic universe, there is a cross containing powerful sacred gatha (chants) and representing Mount Meru. The overall effect of the combination of 28 Buddhas alternating with cabalistic squares is one of dimension. Elegantly drawn deva, spirits or angels, guard each cardinal direction, giving a contradictory impression of being anchored to the central mandala and of ethereal flight. This magical drawing invites respect for Buddha and his teachings and invokes compassion, support and protection from all directions. 42” x 42”
A rare painting by a very fine hand of a Chinese Lohan in liquid gold on a persimmon background. Artist unknown.
Detail from a set of three paintings of Boddhisattvas, China, early 19th century.
A rare oversized portrait of a nobleman painted on silk and mounted on a Chinese scroll.
Ink and pigment on cotton cloth depicting Taoist gods and ancestors. Mounted on cloth stretched on a wood frame.
A piya yantra for compassion and affection, filled with charms and full of charm, probably for a man who intended to win the heart of a woman, it features double-tailed geckos, a half-horse deva (spirits or angels), and an earth goddess at the center of the cosmos. Within circles are the peacock and the hare representing the sun and the moon. The eight circles represent the eight major and minor compass points, assuring the the magic will travel in all directions. 2'3" x 2' 2.5" mounted on cloth stretched over a wood frame. (Reference: Chinalai, "Sex and Spirit in Magical Yantra")
Pigment on paper mounted on a Chinese paper scroll.
Pigment on paper, mounted on a Chinese scroll.
Group portrait in fine detail, highlighting the family's formal dress and rank badges. Painted on paper and mounted on Chinese scroll.
Buddha is flanked by two women, most likely the goddesses of earth and water, presenting him with respectful gestures. Buddhism dominates this drawing but combines with animistic figures to promote support and compassion between members of the opposite sex. Mounted on cloth stretched on wood frame.
Paintings of Bodhisattvas, with rich mineral pigments on canvas-backed paper, each approximately 20" x 90".
Rare fine painting of Guan Yin in pigment on paper, mounted on a Chinese scroll.
A detail of one of the nine judges of the underworld from a painting on paper mounted on a Chinese scroll.
Thirty-six hsien, dragons and the Pa Kua are painted on cloth in this charming Yao ceremonial painting.
Paintings on long swaths of cloth were hung in Buddhist temple pavilions as visual aids for monks to teach the laity about Buddhism. They usually depicted the last ten lives of the Buddha before enlightenment.