14thc bronze hand of Buddha in mudra or "fear not" pose. Thailand, Ayudthya period. Measures 8 inches high by 4 inches deep and 2.25 inches wide including the stand. Excellent patina. Purchased for $25 from Edgar Mayhew in 1964 in Isam, north of Bangkok (now in ruins). Appraised in 1992 by Harmer Rooke NY for $150-350. Artist Georgia O'Keeffe had a similar one in her Santa Fe living room by the fireplace. The Ayutthaya Kingdom Thai pronunciation: [ʔajúttʰajaː]; also spelled Ayudhya or Ayodhaya) was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. Ayutthaya was friendly towards foreign traders, including the Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Indians, Japanese, Koreans, Persians, and later the Spaniards, Dutch, English, and French, permitting them to set up villages outside the walls of the capital, also called Ayutthaya. In the 16th century, it was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East. The court of King Narai (1656–1688) had strong links with that of King Louis XIV of France, whose ambassadors compared the city in size and wealth to Paris. By 1550, the kingdom's vassals included some city-states in the Malay Peninsula, Sukhothai, Lan Na and parts of Burma and Cambodia. This part of the kingdom's history is sometimes referred to as "The Ayutthayan Empire".
Antique Chinese Ming style tall stand in original red wash surface. Bamboo, blossom and fence carved sides over "cracked ice" lattice-work bottom shelf. Excellent original condition with a rich reddish-brown surface. Measures 14.5 inches square by 30.5 inches tall.
Antique Moroccan copper kettle with brass and pure silver overlay. 19th century. Measures 11 inches high, 11.5 inches wide across the spout, and 8 inches wide across the body. Excellent condition.
Decorate a table or counter top with this elegant bronze cooking pot from southern India. The antique urli (temple bowl) has a neoclassical shape, wide and shallow with rolled handles on both sides ending in raised heart-shaped cartouches. An urli is a traditional pot suspended over a fire to cook and serve food in temples and at holy sites on festival days. The name urli is derived from the Tamil word "urulai" which means a round bowl. Smaller urlis were used in homes for cooking and in Ayurveda to make medicines. Today many Indians use them to float flowers in. One could also use this as an impressive centerpiece bowl, or as a fountain or planter in an atrium or on a patio. Excellent original unpolished condition. Two firing cracks in base. Measures 32" diameter x 9.5" high.
Pair of Persian Yazd or Iznik faience honey pots, 18th century. Cream color crackle glaze decorated in blue, turquoise, green and brown with birds and flowers. Each is 5.75" high, 4.5 to 4.75" wide. Rim chips and some cracks. Purchased in Yazd prior to 1940.