Tongba A Tibetan mug or vessel for a traditional, indigenous, hot, alcoholic beer-like drink called Jaand. These ‘beer tea’ mugs are made of sections of mature bamboo. The inner nodes are carved out and often ringed with metal bands on the exterior. The cover or lid keeps the Jaand hot and […]
2000+ Year Old Kushan Coin Necklaces Part of ‘David Alan Designs’ signature style is to incorporate antiquity into wearable art. This post highlights 17 recently completed necklaces featuring beautifully patinated Kushan copper coins set in sterling silver to create beautifully elegant yet casual necklaces. We invite you to come browse the drawers in our jewelry gallery […]
When this Late 19th century Japanese cha-dansu (tea chest) arrived on a recent shipment from Kyoto, one of our sales associates immediately tagged it “sold” in their name and set it aside until time presented an opportunity for further inspection. When the time came, investigation revealed the top center drawer was jammed, unable […]
The Snow Lion – or ‘Gangs Seng Ge’ in Tibetan, is a powerful celestial animal that resides in the eastern Himalayas. Protector of Buddha, it personifies fearlessness and a cheerful mind. For more than a century it has remained the national emblem of Tibet. The Snow Lion is a common theme in proverbs and folk songs dating back to the 3rd […]
We have been collecting Antique Jizo Statues from the Edo Period of Japan for years. Their aesthetic beauty and symbolism is something we hold dear at David Alan. Along with these rare antique finds, we are happy to announce we have found contemporary Jizo Statues made from both wood and limestone. They are quite amazing! Jizō is a bodhisattva, who has […]
History: From Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Indian Vedic traditions Still used by Buddhists and Shamans in Tibet and the Himalayas, the use of these magical daggers dates back to at least the 7th or 8th century. The Phurba, or Kila in Sanskrit, is linked to a whole cycle of legends and tantric rituals which all focus on dispelling demons […]
In Japan, during the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji periods (1868-1912), all traditional Japanese homes and shops featured a central area called the Irori, or, a sunken hearth. Here, charcoal would be continuously burned for cooking and warming the home. Suspended above the hearth was a Jizai, or self-adjuster, from which a large iron kettle would […]
Singo Barong — The David Alan Collection Indonesia is a fascinatingly diverse country, consisting of over 18,000 islands, numerous official religions, and even more unofficial belief systems. Java, the most populated island on earth was once the home to a large Hindu empire, followed by centuries of Buddhism which built the largest hand carved stone […]
Balinese wood carving, mid 1900’s. From the Hindu epic the Ramayana. This is the the courageous Hanuman, Lord Rama’s devout servant, one who finds contentment and cheer in all things.
17th-18th century wooden Keris hilt from Central Java, Indonesia. Late 19th century bone Keris hilt from Java, Indonesia. Defined by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Education) as a “Masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity”. The kris or keris is a distinctive, asymmetrical dagger from Indonesia. Both a weapon and spiritual […]
It is always a pleasure to see our pieces after they are finished and have found their new home. Here is a photo of a petrified dining table that we modified last year, transforming into this amazing desk. The desk is made from petrified wood tiles, and the base is a mirror polished […]
Thank you to everyone who helped in putting together our upcoming petrified wood advertisement! Making things look and feel simple is sometimes harder than it appears… Looking forward to seeing it in print.