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Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer

Han Dynasty, Shaanxi province, China

Measures: High 31 cm.

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer. The kneeling figure wearing a robe tied at the hips with a red sash hugging the slender body. The loose sleeves revealing a thick white undergarment exposed from the elbow to the wrist, arranged in folds around the neck and visible at the hem gathered to either side of her crossed feet. Her hands held up before her as if holding an object. She is contemplating, her serene face delicately modelled with a serene expression. Extensive traces of pigment remaining.

The fine features and recessed eyes on the face of this figure suggest that it may have been modelled by hand, giving it an almost lifelike presence, unlike the more common type of Han Dynasty ladies which are formed in moulds.

Compare the painted pottery kneeling entertainer in the Han Yangling Museum catalogue, p. 99, fig. 158. and another comparable example, Christie’s London, December 1996, lot 65.


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Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi https://beckerantiques.com/blog/large-black-lacquered-bronze-figure-guandi/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:06:41 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7879

 

Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi

A large black lacquered bronze figure of Guandi

Ming dynasty, China

Measure: Height 38 cm.

Wooden stand.

Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi. Seated firmly in European fashion on a throne with his booted feet apart, both hands posted on his upper legs, wearing various garments including armour, single-sleeved mantle, his right shoulder decorated with a lion epaulet, his face with ferocious expression, beard and whiskers.


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Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-red-pottery-saddled-horse/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:29 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7867

 

Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse

Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)

High 30 cm.
With the original colours.

Excellent condition. An intact (not broken or repaired).

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse. Finely modelled standing foursquare with head turned to the left, the mouth very detailed and ears picked, with hogged mane and docked tail, the saddle covered with a knotted cloth set atop a blanket painted with scrolling foliage.

A similar horse is illustrated in Jacques Barrere, Art d’Extreme Orient, Paris, 1991, pp. 50-51,

 

Please be advised that the figure is genuine – real and original. It has been not compose and made from two or three different horses in one. The polychrome is also original. A perfect piece. The item is describe as it is or your money back.


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Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-gray-pottery-equestrian-figure/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:36:13 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7852

 

Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure

Eastern Wei Dynasty (534-550 A.D.), Shaanxi province, China
With the original colours.
Long 24 cm. High 31 cm.

Excellent condition. An intact (not broken or repaired). Eastern Wei objects are very rare!

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure. The caparisoned horse standing foursquare on a rectangular base with its head tiled forward, the rider seated with both hands raised in a position to hold some object, wearing a high headdress with earmuffs and full-sleeved tunic gathered over loose pantaloons, traces of white and burgundy-red pigment.

Provenance: Kunst en Antiekhandel J S Becker sinds 1969.

A similar equestrian figure was excavated from Eastern Wei tomb dated 547 A.D. in Dongchen (Hebei province) and illustrated in Kaoga, 1977, no. 6, p. 394, fig. 4 (3)

The unusual high headdress with ears muffs is said to have been made of silk gauze and is discussed and illustrated by Scholss, Ancient Chinese Ceramics Sculpture, vol. I, p. 155, fig. 74 where he describes it as being made for both the male and female aristocracy.


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Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony https://beckerantiques.com/blog/female-polo-player-astride-galloping-pony/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:57:26 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7834

Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony

A Rare Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride A Galloping Pony

Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shaanxi province, China

Long 35 cm. Plastic stand

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony, the spirited horse naturalistically and dramatically modelled as in full gallop with all four legs extended and hoofs of the ground. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups. Her body twisted at the waist and dressed in long tight-fitting costume. With her right arm raised to strike, her softly modelled face detailed in black and red pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up into a double topknot, much of the original pigment remaining.

This figure is closely related to the well-known group of four female polo players in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, referred to in the Handbook of the Collections, Kansas City, 1959, p. 208; cf. also M. Medley, Tang Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 41, pl. 51; compare further the polo player exhibited ant the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953-6, Catalogue. pl. 2432, p. 223.


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Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-red-pottery-female-polo-player-astride-galloping-horse/ Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:39:21 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7798

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Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse

China. Tang Dynasty. Very Good

Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shaanxi province, China
With the original colours, very important. Gilt polychrome exceptional and very rare.
Long 30 cm. Plastic stand

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse. The spirited horse covered in a red slip and modelled in full gallop with all four legs extended and in the air. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups, her body twisted to the left at the waist and dressed in a long black and green tight-fitting tunic above black boots. The arms positioned to strike, the softly modelled face detailed in red and black pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up in a knot.

Provenance:
Dutch private collection J. S. Amsterdam.
Acquired in 2011 from Kunst en Antiekhandel J S Becker sinds 1969.

 


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Tang Dynasty Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/tang-dynasty-horse/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:56:33 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7706

Tang Dynasty Horse

Early Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th century.
High 43 cm., wide 44 cm
Grey pottery.

With the original colours.
Very good condition, see photos

A Painted Grey Pottery Figure of Striding Horse with Separate Saddle, Tang Dynasty, Tl Test, H 43 cm.

Tang Dynasty Horse, the figure shown striding, the head well modelled with flare nostrils and expressive eyes below the picked ears. The horse with hogged mane and head turned to the left, the separate saddle cloth with incised border, the figure is covered with a white pigment which is now under the tomb ground.

Note: The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.
A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Provenance: Dutch private collection Geert A. W. Amsterdam. Director Ligne & Partners B.V. Architecten.


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Fine Baule Maternity Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/fine-baule-maternity-figure/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:48:02 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7582

Fine Baule Maternity Figure

From the Kulango area
High 35 cm., total 41 cm.
Wooden base.

Fine Baule Maternity Figure, standing with the child against her abdomen,  the right hand holds its legs and the left supporting its back, with grooved crescent coiffure and keloid scarification on forehead, the triangular face with large circular eyes, dark glossy patina.

* Baoulé people

The Baoulé (or Baule, pron. [ba.u.le] in French, [bawle] in the Baoulé language) are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The Baoulé are traditionally farmers who live in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in a triangle shaped region (the Baoule “V”) between the rivers Bandama and N’Zi. This area broadly encompasses the regions around the cities of Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. The Baoulé have come to play a relatively important role in the recent history of Côte d’Ivoire : the State’s first President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was a Baoulé ; additionally, since the Ivorian cocoa boom of the 1960-70s, the Baoulé have also become one of the most widespread ethnicity throughout the country, especially in the Southern forests (the « Low Coast ») where they are amongst the most numerous planters of cocoa, rubber, and coffee and sometimes seem to outnumber the local native ethnic groups.

Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Côte d’Ivoire under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoulé were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to the Komoe river which they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river. It came to the Queen’s attention that their most valuable possession was her son. The Queen realized that she had to sacrifice her son to the river and threw him in. Upon doing so hippopotami rose from the river and allowed them to cross, saving their lives. After crossing, the Queen was so upset about losing her son that all she could say was “baouli,” meaning: the child is dead. From that point on they were known as the Baoulé

* From Wikipedia


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Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala) https://beckerantiques.com/blog/highly-important-wood-sculpture-fudo-myo-o-acala/ Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:39 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7535

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Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala)

Edo period (1615-1868), early 18th century; high 60 cm.

Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala). The figure shown seated cross-legged modeled with the soft figure of a youth but with a fierce facial expression with the upper teeth and fangs biting the lower lip and the eyebrows embellished with gilt, a lotus crown adorning the figure’s head and the hair swept to one side in a braid down the left shoulder, a kurikara (Buddhist sword) held in the right hand and a weighted rope in the left (both later additions), the robes draped around his waist and over the left shoulder, the eyes inlaid in crystal; with gilt-metal jewelry; a large separately carved flame nimbus emanating from the rear painted in red with gilt highlights, the six-step base decorated in gilt and with a lengthy inscription on the base.

Reference: Similar  polychrome wood figure of Fudo Myo-o (Acala) has been included in the Kamakura Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, p. 54-55,  Ive Covaci; Asia Society Museum in association with Yele University Press, New Haven and London


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Rare Large Bronze Seven Headed Kannon https://beckerantiques.com/blog/rare-large-bronze-seven-headed-kannon/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:58:45 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7515

Rare Large Bronze Seven Headed Kannon

Kannon Bodhisattva (Bosatsu) – Goddess of Mercy
18 century, Edo period, Japan
Height 70 cm.

Rare Large Bronze Seven Headed Kannon. Standing full-length depiction of a female deity holding water jar in the right hand containing Jōsui 浄水, a miraculous elixir that relieves the thirst of devotees and forming an inverted “Fear Not” Mudra with the left hand. Adorned with an ornate crown composed of miniature heads and a standing Buddha. Figure is mounted on a stepped circular base with incised ornament and a calligraphic inscription on back.


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Fine Large Taihu Scholar’s Rock https://beckerantiques.com/blog/fine-large-taihu-scholars-rock/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:35:23 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7492

Fine Large Taihu Scholar’s Rock

Height 55 cm.
China

Fine Large Taihu Scholar’s Rock. The stone of nice dark colour and formed with jagged outcrops and protrusions, with translucent veining providing an attractive contrast.

* Chinese scholars’ rocks , also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars.

Scholars’ rocks can be any colour, and contrasting colours are not uncommon. The size of the stone can also be quite varied: scholars’ rocks can weigh either hundreds of pounds or less than one pound.[2] The term also identifies stones which are placed in traditional Chinese gardens.

History

In the Tang dynasty, a set of four important qualities for the rocks were recognized. They are: thinness (shou), openness (tou), perforations (lou), and wrinkling (zhou).

Chinese scholar’s rocks influenced the development of Korean suseok and Japanese suiseki.

Origin

The origin of the stone is a notable feature.

Lingbi stone from Anhui. Ming Dynasty, 15th century

  • Lingbi stone (Lingbishi) from Lingbi, Anhuiprovince, limestone
  • Taihu stone (Taihushi) from Lake Tai, Jiangsuprovince, limestone
  • Yingde stone (Yingshior Yingdeshi) from Yingde, Guangdong province, limestone

* From Wikipedia

 


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Magnificent Large Baule Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/magnificent-large-baule-figure/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:23:17 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7389

, this finely carved stylized male figure has an exceptional and high abstract face with individualized facial features including a T-shaped straight nose, rectangular open mouth, and a square prognathous chin. His finely carved, high vertical crest coiffure has different elements on each cylindrical neck which rests on squared shoulders. The hips and legs are carved in the round with bent knees above flat feet carved in low relief with ankles and toes indicated. His left arm holds an egg. Dark reddish glossy patina.

* Baoulé people

The Baoulé (or Baule, pron. [ba.u.le] in French, [bawle] in the Baoulé language) are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The Baoulé are traditionally farmers who live in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in a triangle shaped region (the Baoule “V”) between the rivers Bandama and N’Zi. This area broadly encompasses the regions around the cities of Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. The Baoulé have come to play a relatively important role in the recent history of Côte d’Ivoire : the State’s first President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was a Baoulé ; additionally, since the Ivorian cocoa boom of the 1960-70s, the Baoulé have also become one of the most widespread ethnicity throughout the country, especially in the Southern forests (the « Low Coast ») where they are amongst the most numerous planters of cocoa, rubber, and coffee and sometimes seem to outnumber the local native ethnic groups.

Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Côte d’Ivoire under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoulé were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to the Komoe river which they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river. It came to the Queen’s attention that their most valuable possession was her son. The Queen realized that she had to sacrifice her son to the river and threw him in. Upon doing so hippopotami rose from the river and allowed them to cross, saving their lives. After crossing, the Queen was so upset about losing her son that all she could say was “baouli,” meaning: the child is dead. From that point on they were known as the Baoulé

* From Wikipedia

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Rare Lega Several Heads Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/rare-lega-several-heads-figure/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:17:11 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7378

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Rare Lega Several Heads Figure

D.R. of Congo
High 68 cm
Provenance: From the Collection of Mr. G. L. of Clinton, Massachusetts.

Rare Lega Several Heads Figure. This fetish figure was used during initiation ceremonies related to the Bwami secret society. It represents the elephant hunter who calls for help on seeing an elephant.

* Lega people

The Lega people traditionally live in small village groups, with no central authority. Within a community, a chief inherits his position on a patrilineal basis, and his close relatives have highest rank.[1] Counterbalancing this hereditary structure, the Bwami society also regulates social and political life. This society has seven levels for men and four for women and is open to all. An initiate advances through the ranks through a complex system of instruction, payment and initiation, achieving increasing status. A member of the highest level is recognized as a Kindi, a social leader with great moral authority.

The Lega people are polytheistic. Their gods include Kalaga, the promiser; Kenkunga, the reassembler; Ombe, the hidden; Kaginga, the incarnation of evil. Kaginga assists sorcerers, but Bwami membership can protect an individual against the evil doings of witches.

The Lega people originated in what is today Uganda, and started to migrate from there to their present location in the 16th century. They were fierce warriors, conquering the people whose territory they entered and imposing many of their customs.[1] By the mid-1800s the Lega were surrounded by Arab / Swahili slave posts. Although none of these posts was within the Lega territory, they were constantly threatened by slave raids. For most of the period of the Congo Free State, the Lega territory was within the area that Tippu Tip and his successors had reserved. For a period two Arab agents of the Free State, Munie Chabodu and Munie Mtoro, ruled the Lega and collected tribute in the form of rubber and ivory. They established towns at Micici on the Elila, Shabunda on the Ulindi and Mulungu in the mountains.

During the 1890s the Belgians fought a series of campaigns in which they drove away the Arab slavers, and established government posts near Micici and Shabunda. They did not fully occupy the territory until the 1900s. They organized the Lega into chiefdoms, sectors and territories, changes that were neither resisted nor welcomed by the Lega. Catholic missionaries arrived in the 1910s and the first Protestant mission was founded in 1922 in Shabunda.[8] Mining began in eastern Legaland in 1923, with further mines opened in the 1930s, employing many young Lega. Often they took a job only for a short period to earn enough money for some purpose such as Bwami initiation or marriage.

In 1933 the Belgian authorities banned Bwami, and they prohibited the society again in 1948. The Bwami continued underground and was officially recognized again in 1958, but by then much of the tradition of art production had been lost. Zaire became independent in 1960. The regime of Mobutu Sese Seko was harsh and corrupt, and Mobutu was eventually ousted in the First Congo War (1996-1997). This was soon followed by the Second Congo War (1998-2003) in which rebels attempted to throw out his successor, Laurent-Désiré Kabila. The Lega territory was the scene of many violent conflicts during this period.

* From Wikipedia


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Superb Baule Seated Male Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/superb-baule-seated-male-figure/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:48:02 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7369

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Superb Baule Seated Male Figure

Ivory Coast
High 66 cm
Provenance: From the Collection of Mr. G. L. of Clinton, Massachusetts.

Superb Baule Seated Male Figure. With the forearms carved free of the body and the hands holding a drum. Scarification about the face, neck and back, incised coiffure. On tall stool with narrow support. The feet on circular base. Good aged dark patina.

* Baoulé people

The Baoulé (or Baule, pron. [ba.u.le] in French, [bawle] in the Baoulé language) are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The Baoulé are traditionally farmers who live in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in a triangle shaped region (the Baoule “V”) between the rivers Bandama and N’Zi. This area broadly encompasses the regions around the cities of Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. The Baoulé have come to play a relatively important role in the recent history of Côte d’Ivoire : the State’s first President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was a Baoulé ; additionally, since the Ivorian cocoa boom of the 1960-70s, the Baoulé have also become one of the most widespread ethnicity throughout the country, especially in the Southern forests (the « Low Coast ») where they are amongst the most numerous planters of cocoa, rubber, and coffee and sometimes seem to outnumber the local native ethnic groups.

Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Côte d’Ivoire under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoulé were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to the Komoe river which they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river. It came to the Queen’s attention that their most valuable possession was her son. The Queen realized that she had to sacrifice her son to the river and threw him in. Upon doing so hippopotami rose from the river and allowed them to cross, saving their lives. After crossing, the Queen was so upset about losing her son that all she could say was “baouli,” meaning: the child is dead. From that point on they were known as the Baoulé

* From Wikipedia

 


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Fine Baule Seated Male Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/fine-baule-seated-male-figure/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:17:37 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7361

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Fine Baule Seated Male Figure

Ivory Coast
Wood, Cowry Shell and Bead Necklace
High 35,5 cm
Provenance: From the Collection of Mr. G. L. of Clinton, Massachusetts.

Fine Baule Seated Male Figure. With the forearms carved free of the body and the hands resting on his knees. Scarification about the face, neck and back, incised coiffure. On tall stool with narrow support. The feet on circular base. With nice cowry shell and bead necklace.

* Baoulé people

The Baoulé (or Baule, pron. [ba.u.le] in French, [bawle] in the Baoulé language) are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The Baoulé are traditionally farmers who live in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in a triangle shaped region (the Baoule “V”) between the rivers Bandama and N’Zi. This area broadly encompasses the regions around the cities of Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. The Baoulé have come to play a relatively important role in the recent history of Côte d’Ivoire : the State’s first President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was a Baoulé ; additionally, since the Ivorian cocoa boom of the 1960-70s, the Baoulé have also become one of the most widespread ethnicity throughout the country, especially in the Southern forests (the « Low Coast ») where they are amongst the most numerous planters of cocoa, rubber, and coffee and sometimes seem to outnumber the local native ethnic groups.

Legend goes that in the 17th century the Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Côte d’Ivoire under the lead of the Queen Pokou. According to oral tradition, the Baoulé were forced to leave Ghana when the Ashanti rose to power. While they were fleeing for their lives they came to the Komoe river which they were unable to cross. With their enemies chasing them they began to throw their most prized possessions into the river. It came to the Queen’s attention that their most valuable possession was her son. The Queen realized that she had to sacrifice her son to the river and threw him in. Upon doing so hippopotami rose from the river and allowed them to cross, saving their lives. After crossing, the Queen was so upset about losing her son that all she could say was “baouli,” meaning: the child is dead. From that point on they were known as the Baoulé

* From Wikipedia


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Carved Gilded Wood Standing Amida Buddha https://beckerantiques.com/blog/carved-gilded-wood-standing-amida-buddha/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:41:14 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7342

Carved Gilded Wood Standing Amida Buddha

Japan, Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century
High 63 cm., long 26 cm.

Carved Gilded Wood Standing Amida Buddha. In gold lacquered wood representing the Buddha standing on a lotus posed on a hexagonal base with several worked levels, both hands in varada mudra. Backed by a removable mandorla decorated with stylized clouds.

* Amitābha (Sanskrit pronunciation: , also Amida or Amitāyus, is a celestial buddha according to the scriptures of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Amitābha is the principal buddha in Pure Land Buddhism, a branch of East Asian Buddhism. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Amitābha is known for his longevity attribute, magnetising red fire element, the aggregate of discernment, pure perception and the deep awareness of emptiness of phenomena. According to these scriptures, Amitābha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakāra. Amitābha means “Infinite Light” so Amitābha is also called “The Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light”.

* From Wikipedia


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Fine Bronze Figure Zhen Wu https://beckerantiques.com/blog/fine-bronze-figure-zhen-wu/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:28:07 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7333

Fine Bronze Figure Zhen Wu

China, Ming Dynasty, 16th century
High 17 cm.

Fine Bronze Figure Zhen Wu, seated in European fashion on a stepped, throne with to the front the tortoise encompassed by the coiling snake. His right arm in a mudra while the left rests on his upper leg. Wearing wide-sleeved mantle secured with a broad belt, falling in large pleats over the legs revealing his naked feet. His face displaying a sever expression with slit eyes below arched eyebrows that run into the nose-bridge and his hair combed backwards.

  • Xuánwǔ (玄武 “Dark Warrior” or “Mysterious Warrior”) or Xuándì (玄帝 “Dark Deity”), also known as Zhēnwǔ (真武) or Zhēnwǔdàdì (真武大帝 “True Warrior Great Deity”), is a deity in Chinese religion, and one of the higher-ranking deities in Taoism. He is revered as a powerful god, able to control the elements and capable of great magic. He is identified as the god of the north Hēidì (黑帝 “Black Deity”) and is particularly revered by martial artists. He is the patron deity of Hebei, Manchuria and Mongolia. As some Cantonese and Southern Min speakers (particularly Hokkien) fled into the south from Hebei with the Song dynasty, Xuanwu is also widely revered in Fujian and Guangdong as well as among the Chinese diaspora.

Since the usurping Yongle Emperor of the Ming dynasty claimed the help of Xuanwu during his successful Jingnan Campaign against his nephew, he had Taoist monasteries constructed in the Wudang Mountains of Hubei, where Xuanwu allegedly attained immortality.

The Original Story

One story says that Xuanwu was originally a prince of Jing Le State in northern Hebei during the time of the Yellow Emperor. As he grew up, he felt the sorrow and pain of the life of ordinary people and wanted to retire to a remote mountain for cultivation of the Tao.

  • From Wikipedia

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Superb Kwele Mask Gabon https://beckerantiques.com/blog/superb-kwele-mask-gabon/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:47:27 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7319

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Superb Kwele Mask Gabon

Ekuk, with iron stand
Height 52 cm.

Superb Kwele Mask Gabon, with a recessed heart-shaped face framing narrow eyes. Has a triangular nose painted in red. Fine blackened patina contrasting with white kaolin on the facial plane. The residents of the equatorial forest of Central Africa primarily produced art that focused on ritual and cult, rather then objects that convey ideas of power and leadership. Though littel is known about Kwele people who live on the border between Gabon and D.R. of Congo, a legacy of rare masks has surfaced, consisting of highly stylized and abstract works. Ekuk masks were carried and shown to the audience during ceremonies and at the end of mourning periods. They were never worn.


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Gray Schist Figure Seated Buddha https://beckerantiques.com/blog/gray-schist-figure-seated-buddha/ Sat, 20 May 2017 13:53:15 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7293

Gray Schist Figure Seated Buddha

Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
High 26 cm.
Provenance: UK private collection, 1990’s
A Gray Schist Figure of a Seated Buddha

Gray Schist Figure Seated Buddha. Seated in dhyanasana with hands folded in his lap. The deeply incised folds of his sanghati flowing over both shoulders and spilling over his ankles. His face with downcast, almond-shaped eyes, his hair pulled over the ushnisha and secured with a beaded headband, backed by a nimbus.

Gandhara:

Gandhara existed since the time of the Rigveda (c. 1500–1200 BC) and formed part of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BC. As a center of Bactrian Zoroastrianism, animism, and later, Greco-Buddhism, and famed for its local tradition of Gandhara Art, Gandhara attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Kushan kings. The Persian term Shahi is used by history writer Al-Biruni to refer to the ruling dynasty[3] that took over from the Kabul Shahi and ruled the region during the period prior to Muslim conquests of the 10th and 11th centuries. After it was conquered by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1001 AD, the name Gandhara disappeared. During the Muslim period, the area was administered from Lahore or from Kabul. During Mughal times, it was an independent district which included the Kabul province.


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Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/female-polo-player-astride-galloping-horse/ Sat, 20 May 2017 10:37:36 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7283

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Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Horse

Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shaanxi province, China
With the original colours
High 30 cm. Long 39 cm. Plastic stand
Most Rare Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse
The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Horse. The spirited horse covered in a red slip and modelled in full gallop with all four legs extended and in the air. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups, her body twisted to the right at the waist and dressed in a long blue tight-fitting tunic above black boots. The arms positioned to strike, the softly modelled face detailed in red and black pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up in a knot.


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Painted Red Pottery Equestrian Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-red-pottery-equestrian-figure/ Wed, 10 May 2017 09:03:31 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7265
Painted Red Pottery Equestrian Figure

Painted Red Pottery Equestrian Figure

Terracotta with original paint. China
High 34 cm., wide 33 cm. Tang Dynsty
Provenance: Dutch private collection Geert A. W. Amsterdam. Director Ligne & Partners B.V. Architecten.

Painted Red Pottery Equestrian Figure. The rider shown with body inclined back and to the side. His hands positioned as if pulling hard the reins jerking the horse’s head sharply to the side. Wearing a short jacket belted over a tunic and pants. His hair pulled up and bunched above his forehead under a red cloth tied around his head. The face well modelled  with stern expression and a hooked nose, seated astride a saddle with white saddle cloth and black and white saddle blankets. The horse standing foursquare with mouth open. With traces of white, black and red pigment.


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