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    • Dancer with Veil

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    • Coral figurine depicting female dancer with veil, on wood base. The figure is one of the handmaidens of Hsi Wang Mu, the Taoist Mother of the West, who lived in a palace in the K'un Lun mountains.
    • Guanyin

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    • Carved amber figurine depicting Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) on rosewood base.
    • Nephrite Jade Garuda

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    • Garuda is a legendary man-bird creature primarily associated as a charger for the Hindu deity Vishnu. The Garuda is familiar not only in Indian lore but througout Southeast Asia. This jade piece shows the hands of Garuda in namasta position...
    • Mei Jin (Flower Princess)

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    • Ivory sculpture depicting Mei Jin (Flower Princess) who holds a lotus blossom and bud; she has a phoenix in her coiffure; the sculpture sits on a carved wood base.
    • Landscape within Sea Shell

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    • Carved ivory 10-tiered pagoda tops a scene depicting a paradise world enclosed by a sea shell. The 3-arched bridges have figures crossing who depict progressive stages of life. The bridges spanning a waterfall connect dwellings and show activities...
    • Brush Holder

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    • Carved Ivory Brush Holder (a) depicts: Man with long flowing hair is a god crossing a river by standing on leaves; Seated man with bamboo fishing pole and line in hands is prime minister of Chou dynasty. One interpretation: He fishes with...
    • Figure of Shou Xing

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    • Ivory carving of Shou Xing, the Taoist Stellar Deity who represents the God of Longevity. He carries a basket and a staff as his emblem. On wood base.
    • Two-Tiered Sculpture of Four Legendary Persons

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    • Ivory carving. The upper tier is of two sisters, Ch'ang O and Ch'ang Ei, who were banished to the moon after Ch'ang O stole the Elixer of immortality. She holds a hare which is associated with the moon. On the lower level, Wu Kang, an artist, is...
    • Ivory Clamshell With Mountain Scene Within

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    • Ivory sculpture depicting a mountain scene enclosed in a clamshell with waterfall (on back of carving), possibly indicating cycle of life. The symbolic importance of the static feature of the mountain enclosed in the sea shell combined with the...
    • Fan-shaped Carving

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    • Ivory fan-shaped slab with relief carving of Shaivite figures and followers on one-half and Vishuites on other half. On modern wood stand. Similar slabs are sometimes seen on Hindu palace or temple doors.
    • Figure of Li T'ieh-Kuai

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    • Ivory sculpture of one of the Eight Taoist Immortals, Li T'ieh-Kuai, depicted as a beggar leaning on an iron staff. Legend states that he had the ability to separate his spirit from his body. Once when summoned to the Celestial Region, he left his...
    • Figure of Zhongli Quan

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    • Ivory carving of Taoist Immortal, Zhongli Quan, holding a fan on which 4 characters are inscribed. The 4 characters are a proverb loosely translated as "pure breeze blows gently." On wood base. Zhongli Quan is thought to have lived sometime during...
    • Figure of Han Hsiang-Tzu

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    • Ivory sculpture of Han Hsiang-Tzu, a Taoist Immortal who is patron of music and always carries a flute. The Eight Immortals are legendary Taoist persons with supernatural powers. Each Immortal represents a different condition in life. On a wood...
    • Prayer Wheel

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    • Drum of carved ivory; human bone handle. The carved ivory drum with coral and turquoise insets encloses a prayer which is activated whenever the wheel is rotated, each turn sending this prayer heavenward. NOTE: Ivory drum has a bad crack which...

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