The ‘Joglo’ – Javanese Architecture Featured at David Alan Collection

‘Joglo’ is the architectural vernacular for Javanese structures. Built to last, they are made of teak wood, which is beautiful as well as an enduring outdoor material. They are constructed without nails or screws using a variety of joinery techniques including ‘Mortise and Tenon’, 'Half-Lap' and 'Tongue and Groove'. The four tallest columns or ‘King Posts’ form the central part of the house or pavilion. Consecutively shorter columns extend outward to carry the rest of the sloping roof creating a vaulted central area. It relies on this tall main structure for support rather than the bearing walls of western styles which would inhibit crucial, natural ventilation.

The Joglo House Frame – Beautiful Teak, Post and Beam Style Building Framework. And the DAC crew victorious after a full day spent assembling this beauty in the store front.

‘Joglo’ is the architectural vernacular for Javanese structures. Built to last, they are made of teak wood, which is beautiful as well as an enduring outdoor material. They are constructed without nails or screws using a variety of joinery techniques including ‘Mortise and Tenon’, 'Half-Lap' and 'Tongue and Groove'. The four tallest columns or ‘King Posts’ form the central part of the house or pavilion. Consecutively shorter columns extend outward to carry the rest of the sloping roof creating a vaulted central area. It relies on this tall main structure for support rather than the bearing walls of western styles which would inhibit crucial, natural ventilation.

Our hand carved Joglo waiting for its forever home.
Approximate dimensions: 170″ tall x 138″ x 206″ (~14′ x 11′ x 17′)

Joglo’ is the architectural vernacular for Javanese structures. Built to last, they are made of teak wood, which is known for its beauty as well as for being a sturdy, enduring outdoor material. They are constructed without nails or screws using a variety of joinery techniques including ‘Mortise and Tenon’, ‘Half-Lap’ and ‘Tongue and Groove’.

The iconic Joglo has a simple charm as well as being functionally appropriate in tropical climates. It’s seductive elegance has captured the attention of western architects. It lends itself to many functions – from ultimate stand-alone gazebo or poolside covered patio, to an exquisite open beam, high ceiling framework within a western style home. 
(See some examples at the end of this post)

The four tallest columns or ‘King Posts’ form the framework for the central part of the house or pavilion structure. Consecutively shorter columns extend outward to carry the sloping roof, creating a vaulted central area. The heavy open beam structure provides the main support for the roof rather than the bearing walls of western styles which would inhibit crucial, natural ventilation.

The following images are of a traditional Javanese village joglo – outside view and interior views. It is typically covered with ceramic roof tiles and the framework is left exposed on the inside. The open beam structure is often carved and/or painted for decoration.

The images below, in Bali, are of pages from Seen Unseen, a 2019 book by architect Alejandra Cisneros, on blending the traditional Joglo style with more modern and western designs.

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Vintage Kimonos – A Vanishing Art Finds Its Way Into Modern Fashion

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Kimonos are now seen in the top fashion trends. Brook in a vintage kimono worn as coat

One of the Finest Japanese Traditions, the iconic, ancient kimono has charmed its way into the high fashion and street fashion worlds outside of Japan. We love kimonos and delight in promoting this creative fashion trend. Come see our fabulous Kimono and Obi (kimono belt/sash) collection. We have hundreds of hand made, one-of-a-kind beauties.  
David sources our extensive inventory of authentic vintage kimonos in Kyoto, a city once renowned for its kimono makers.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Justin, David and Yukio preparing for our first Kimono party

It is increasingly popular to wear them as coats, over jeans or skirts, or as robes, all highlighting the fabulous vintage fabrics. (see a previous post on our new line of Vintage Kimono Fabric Bags! and look for more to come.)

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sophie in a red silk haori kimono coat, worn open as a casual light jacket
Brook in a silk haori kimono coat
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Angie’s favorite haori kimono coat with elegant fan design
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Brook in a vintage silk kimono worn as a robe.

Kimonos are exquisite and iconic garments as well as enduring works of art. Like many highly developed and perfected ancient crafts, kimono making is sadly a quickly vanishing trade. The intricate and exceedingly accomplished and centuries old techniques of hand weaving, dying, painting, and embroidering silks are rarely practiced now making the vintage beauties highly sought after. Below – see two gorgeous silk shibori (micro tie die) haori (short kimono) jackets.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sandra and Jean in silk shibori haori coats
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Jean showing hidden lining, often intricately detailed, of a hand embroidered haori coat

Now worn only for special occasions in Japan, one could lament the loss of an elegant tradition that embodied the culture for hundreds of years. But, departure from custom brings a freedom that begs creative movement and propels the past delightfully into the future.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Brook in a vintage silk haori coat
Japanese traditional Fireman's Hanten Coat, or Utility Jacket. It is a heavy durable hand woven fabric and Indigo dyed. It often has a symbol on the back which would be the name of the district's fire brigade. Additional writing on the front would tell more about that brigade. this one is about 70 years old, vintage but unused and in perfect condition.
David wearing a traditional Japanese vintage fireman’s ‘Hanten’ or kimono style jacket.
Japanese traditional Fireman's Hanten Coat, or Utility Jacket. It is a heavy durable hand woven fabric and Indigo dyed. It often has a symbol on the back which would be the name of the district's fire brigade. Additional writing on the front would tell more about that brigade. this one is about 70 years old, vintage but unused and in perfect condition.

David Alan sporting a Japanese traditional Fireman’s ‘Hanten’ Coat, or Utility Jacket. It is a heavy, durable and comfortable fabric which is hand woven and indigo dyed. A fireman’s coat will typically have a symbol on the back which would be the name of the district’s fire brigade. Additional writing on the front would tell more about that brigade. This jacket is about 70 years old, vintage but unused, and in excellent condition.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Jim checking out some silk hakama pants
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Julia in a silk michiyuki kimono jacket
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sophie wearing a silk botanical design haori kimono coat
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sophie wearing a silk kimono as a coat
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Jean in a batik motif silk haori coat

The kimono epitomizes ancient Japan at first glance. For centuries they were the only style of clothing worn. After WWII came western influences that brought shirts and jeans. They were easier to put on, cheaper, much less restrictive and caught on quickly. 

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Two Lovely Ladies in traditional dress at our first Kimono Party, Yukiko (right) who helped organize the event, and friend.
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Trying on Kimonos at the party
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Enjoying a refreshment break while shopping for kimonos

The word kimono literally means garment, and although the word is simple, the garment itself is deeply complex both in form and in representation. There are many different styles, fabric types and patterns which have a language to themselves. One could glean everything from marital and social status, to seasons and the type of activity or event they are designed for. The styles range from extremely formal to casual. Traditionally they are always wrapped left over right except when dressing the dead.
We Also have some children’s kimonos – which are a lot of fun to play in when not being worn in a traditional manner.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Evelyn in a warm padded kimono vest
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Evelyn, back detail
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Julian modeling a silk kimono in front of a full moon carving
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Little Red Silk Kimono
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Red kimono in the garden
The word kimono literally means garment, and although the word is simple, the garment itself is very complex both in form and in representation. The many different styles, fabric types and patterns have a language to themselves. One can glean everything from marital and social status, to seasons and the type of activity or event they are designed for. The styles range from extremely formal to casual. Traditionally they are wrapped left over right except when dressing the dead.
Jayden in a kimono vest

Behind The Scenes: Community Work – A Life Transforming Montessori School In Delhi, India.

A peek into one of the remarkable achievements that embody the humanitarian and visionary nature of the David Alan Collection proprietors, David and Amita Bardwick.
Creating a rare educational opportunity.

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Amita with two of the students in a Cultural Dance program.

In 2003 Amita established Ignite  a non-profit foundation, and she founded the Alpha Montessori School in Mandawali, an impoverished community in East Delhi, India. It is an inspiring story. For in-depth information, please visit www.Igniteafl.org or inquire at The David Alan Collection store.

Alpha Montessori elementary classroom

We have devoted a corner of the store to supporting the school. We sell a special selection jewelry and other handmade items, some made by the students. 100% of those sales go to IGNITE.
(see images of these items further down in this post)

Street view of students in the front of the 3 story school (white and pale green, center building). Dry season in the rapidly growing neighborhood.

The monsoon season makes getting to and from school a daily challenge for three months of each year. They must come and go via rickshaw or be soaked in the dirty water.

Once inside the school, it is a world apart from the street environment. The students are undaunted by the difficulties coming and going. They are eager to arrive at the clean, bright, welcoming and stimulating environment each morning where they breathe in self esteem and knowledge.

The school provides high quality education to very low-income children. They are lovingly and creatively given the skills and confidence to move beyond the rigid limitations of their social class.

Without an extraordinary education like this, these children would be condemned to living and working in the same low wage, back-breaking jobs of their parents and grandparents. The students love their school, are thriving in the Arts as well as in Academics, and will have the chance to elevate their lives.
(at the end of this post, see a collection of images to get an idea of the children’s neighborhood and home environment)

Dancers on the new roof-top garden patio.

Learning about earth science and the solar systems by becoming planets in drama class

Learning math with Number Rods

Studying weights and measures

The Alpha Montessori School is currently equipped to educate 60 children from 3 to 14 years old (pre-K through 8th grade) as well as providing annual medical check-ups for each of the students and their families.

Amita’s ongoing dedication in directing the school, and teaching, has generated wildly positive results. There is no other group conducting this kind of work in that community.

Medical check-ups being given at the school to students and their families.

Building an innovative, modern educational establishment, in an area where many children never make it to school, is a formidable challenge. Basking in the glow of the children’s creativity unleashed, and the beauty of a potential realized is more than worth the bumps and difficulties endured. Hardships have fostered close bonds and confidence between staff, volunteers, students, their families, and the community, that will last a lifetime.

David teaching a ceramics class on the roof-top garden patio.

Music lessons – Learning to play the Indian Harmonium

Theater performance on the rooftop garden patio

And, a daily yoga class.

Founding and successfully maintaining a Montessori school in this environment is a herculean achievement. It is drastically changing the lives of the students, the status of the educated girls, and benefits the community.

If you have visited the David Alan Collection in Solana Beach, CA, you will have noticed the fun, colorful jewelry on a gorgeous large table in the back room of the store’s main level. All purchases here go directly to the school.

Ignite Jewelry. 100% of sales go directly to the school

Handmade necklaces, bracelets, rings, belts, and beaded purses from Bali and India. We now also have earrings and delightful greeting cards made by the students to help support their own school. All sales go to the Alpha Montessori school. $4. to $40.

Beautiful one-of-a-kind Quilled earrings handmade by 12 year old student, Nikhil. $18. pair

A few of the large one-of-a-kind greeting cards.
5 x 7 $6. each. All hand painted by the students.
They also look great framed!

A few of the small one-of-a-kind greeting cards. 4 x 6 $4. each. All hand painted by the students

100% of IGNITE jewelry and card sales goes directly to the school. It is all handmade in Bali and India and is affordably priced from $4. to $40.
They make fun and thoughtful gifts! Please come browse our display and feel good about contributing to a meaningful cause with your purchase. Each dollar makes a difference.

Please visit www.IgniteAFL.org for more on the school’s story, the latest news, videos, images and ways to help.
To make a donation through the website: http://www.igniteafl.org/howtohelp.html
You can also mail a contribution, in any amount, to:
Ignite: A Foundation For Learning
c/o The David Alan Collection
241 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
~ all contributions are tax deductible ~

We greatly appreciate your interest,
David and Amita

David and Amita Bardwick at the jewelry launch at their David Alan Collection store

David, and Amita Bardwick Ph.D. Founder, Director and CEO of Alpha Montessori

The following images of some local businesses and a typical home in the Mandawali neighborhood in Delhi, India are posted below are to help put the school in context.

A local business owner – banana salesman

A woman at work in her Ironing Shop

Another local business owner, a cobbler

Electronics shop owner

A Taylor taking a lunch break in front of his work area. Many businesses are conducted in home and devote precious space to a devotional shrine – shown on left.

A well stocked stationary store

The kitchen in a typical home in Mandawali neighborhood

The family bed. While this child is sick, he gets the bed to himself.

The students of the Alpha Montessori school in Mandawali take nothing for granted. They take full advantage of their opportunity to learn.

Again, we thank you for your interest.

Japanese Kimono Fabric Accessories. From Vintage to Modern – Introducing Our New Line of Custom Designs Bags.

vintage kimono accessory, assorted computer cases, shoulder, clutch and coin purses and travel bags, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca

Vintage Kimono Accessories

We’ve started a cool new project! Japanese kimonos are made of such spectacular textiles we decided to up-cycle some of our favorites for a new line of lively Computer cases, Travel Bags and Shoulder, Clutch and Coin Purses. The vintage textiles add a spirited flair to modern accessories. We are so happy with them, there are more on our design table. The handwoven silk and cotton fabrics are from some of the many authentic, vintage Japanese Kimonos we always have in our gallery store.

vintage kimono accessory, assorted computer cases, shoulder, clutch and coin purses and travel bags, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca

Vintage kimono and obi (kimono sash) fabric clutch purses – folded with two zippered compartments. And small and medium size coin purses. Small coin is ample size for credit card etc..

vintage kimono accessory, assorted computer cases, shoulder, clutch and coin purses and travel bags, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca

Vintage kimono fabric purses in two sizes, with shoulder straps and magnetic clasps. Many more fabrics available. 

vintage kimono accessory, assorted computer cases, shoulder, clutch and coin purses and travel bags, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca

Vintage kimono fabric padded computer and ipad/tablet size cases.

vintage kimono accessory, assorted computer cases, shoulder, clutch and coin purses and travel bags, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca

More computer cases

Vintage, authentic Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and everyday wear. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca

Authentic, vintage Japanese kimonos. This is just the tip of the iceberg from our collection of women’s and men’s, elegant to everyday-wear robes and jackets. Most are silk or cotton. Many are hand embroidered, hand painted and of course some amazing shibori . All price ranges – from $10. to museum quality art pieces.

Vintage, authentic Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and everyday wear. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca

Authentic, vintage Japanese kimonos on our front patio

Tanuki 狸 – The Shape-shifting Prankster Icon of Wealth and Generosity

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 16 1/2" x 13" x 10 1/2", $450., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 16 1/2″ x 13″ x 10 1/2″, $450.

Tanuki have a complex and interesting folkloric history. Although largely unknown in the states, they have been among the most significant characters in Japan since the 16th century.

Contemporary Tanuki are creatures of wealth and whimsy; symbols of prosperity seen outside many temples, shops and restaurants. These vintage statues of modern day Tanuki were designed by Shigaraki potter, Tetsuzo Fujiwara, in the early 1950s (Showa Era). They embody these 8 virtues:
1 Big Hat = protection against trouble
2 Big Eyes = perception for decisions
3 Sake Bottle = virtue
4 Big Tail = steadiness until wealth is attained
5 Big Testicles = financial luck
6 Promissory Note = trust
7 Big Belly = bold decisions
8 Friendly Smile

Tamer than their sinister supernatural ancestors, Tanuki are still magical shape-shifting pranksters that love to play tricks on people.

Shigaraki Tanuki Tea Pot, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 10 1/2" x 11" x 10", $560. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki Tea Pot, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 10 1/2″ x 11″ x 10″,  $560.

Shape-shifted Tanuki illustrating a popular Edo period Folktale (abreviated)
A farmer rescued a Tanuki from a trap and, in gratitude, it transformed into a teapot that he could sell to get money as a thanks for the favor. When the buyer used his new purchase, the tanuki couldn’t stand the heat, so the kettle sprouted a head and legs and tail and ran away.

Shigaraki Tanuki Jug, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 9" x 11", $425. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki Jug, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic,  9″ x 11″, $425.   – another Example of a shape-shifted trickster

In their normal state Tanuki have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they like to use as drums.
Most often portrayed wearing large straw hats and carrying a flask of sake in one hand and a ledger or purse of promissory notes in the other, they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of getting drunk and not paying the tab.

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 19 1/2" x 15" x 12 1/2", $675., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 19 1/2″ x 15″ x 12 1/2″, $675

Tanuki have adapted visually and symbolically to suit modern culture. The anthropomorphized creatures are a departure from their original liminal manifestation. They continue to thrive in modern folklore.
…Keep reading after the images for a more detailed history and origins of ancient Tanuki folklore – it’s pretty wild.

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 15 1/2" x 9" x 8 1/2", $530., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic,  15 1/2″ x 9″ x 8 1/2″, $530.

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 29" x 18" x 16", $1450., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 29″ x 18″ x 16″, $1450

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 18 1/2" x 12" x 10 1/2"", $575., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 18 1/2″ x 12″ x 10 1/2″”, $575.

Shigaraki Female Tanuki, Most are male. Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. (left - 14" x 8 1/2" x 9", $380.); (right - 15" x 9 1/2" x 8 1/2", $325.) thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Two rare female Tanuki with bows and feathers, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic (mid 20th century)                                                                      (left – 14″ x 8 1/2″ x 9″, $380.); (right – 15″ x 9 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, $325.)

Shigaraki Tanuki with green robe and feather, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 18" x 12" x 13 1/2" x 12 1/2", $675., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki with feather wearing green kimono, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 18″ x 12″ x 13 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, $675.

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 15" x 10" x 9 1/2", $375., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 15″ x 10″ x 9 1/2″, $375.

Shigaraki Tanuki with Youngster, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 15" x 10" x 7", $420., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki with youngster, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 15″ x 10″ x 7″, $420.

detail of Tanuki with Youngster
ledger detail of Tanuki with Youngster

Shigaraki Tanuki wearing kimono, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 8" x 10" x 9", $525., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki with fan wearing a kimono, signature stamp, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramics, 8″ x 10″ x 9″, $525.

Tanuki with a fan wearing a kimono, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 19 1/2″ x 15″ x 12 1/2″, $675.

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 22" x 12" x 12" x 11", $775., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 22″ x 12″ x 12″ x 11″, $775.

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 18 1/2" x 11" x 11", $575., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 18 1/2″ x 11″ x 11″, $575.

Shigaraki Tanuki, (unglazed) Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 18" x 8 1/2" x 7 b1/2", $540., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 18″ x 8 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, $540.

Shigaraki Tanuki, (unglazed) Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 23 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 11", $675., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 23 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ x 11″, $675.

Shigaraki Tanuki, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 37" x 19" x 16", $950., (chip in hat) thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki, Vintage Shigaraki Ceramic, 37″ x 19″ x 16″, $950.

 Tanuki dressed as a monk, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 6" x 8 1/2" x 6 1/2", $345. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tanuki with mokugyo bell and prayer beads, dressed as a Monk, mid 20th century, porcelain 6″ x 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, $345.

2 Wooden Tanuki in kimonos with abacus, and calling for good luck, Tanuki have a very complex and interesting folkloric history. While largely unheard of in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant characters in Japan since ancient times. Contemporary Tanuki are primarily a welcoming symbol of prosperity. In the mid 20th century the character was adapted, both visually and symbolically, to suit modern culture and, although they retain much of their prankster persona from the original 16th century creatures, they are much more benign. They have a long list of supernatural powers, most notable shape-shifting. Ancient Tanuki, humorously portrayed in block prints are now mostly found in museums and private collections. Tanuki statues are often found in restaurant or shop windows and outside temples. Famous for getting drunk and not paying their bills, they are usually portrayed wearing a straw hat and carrying a flask of sake and a ledger of promissory notes. Thus they can also serve as cautionary figures against the hazards of overindulging in alcohol. They always have big bellies and humorously large testicles which they use as drums. 5" x 10 1/4" x 7 1/2", sold., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Wooden Tanuki Pair in Kimonos, male with Abacus, female calling for luck, 5″ x 10 1/4″ x 7 1/2″, sold

Some history and origins of the ancient Tanuki folkloric characters. (worth the read)
The character’s namesake is a specie of fox commonly referred to as a raccoon-dog. Mischievous fox characters appear around the world in local indigenous mythologies and Tanuki are no exception. They are said to have a long
list of  preternatural abilities – most notably as masters of shape-shifting.

The original (16th to 18th century) characters were rather sinister, supernatural creatures to be generally avoided. They love to impersonate humans, especially Buddhist monks and political figures. But their shape-shifting abilities are multiform. Not only can they transform themselves into objects; such as stone lanterns, trees, rocks, trains and tea pots, or even the moon, they can also change one object into another.

For instance, they might turn some leaves into paper money, leaving you with a handful of useless forest duff as soon as they are out of sight. They have been known to offer a seemingly alluring meal only to have it turn into manure. …And, they can make people see and hear things that aren’t there – like a fireball or a tunnel in a solid mountainside. They will drum on their big bellies, or other large body parts, to imitate thunder or trains or to make people lose their way, which they really like to do.

Speaking of large body parts, they can expand their scrotum to humorously large proportions for use as a weapon or a tarp-like billowing, multitasking appendage. They are depicted using the versatile appendage for catching fish, as a shade tent on a hot day, as a travois for moving house, as a disguise or a myriad of surprisingly useful applications.
The oniric Tanuki of ancient times can be seen in marvelous old block prints, now mostly in museums and private collections.

More Tanuki Trivia:
Going back into the history of the actual wild Tanuki fox, one will discover the origin of the bizarre proportions of the character version’s scrotum – said to be able to stretch to the size of 8 tatami mats. The wild fox, by the way, has totally normal sized boy parts. The legendary over-sized sack comes from the ancient Japanese goldsmith’s method of using Tanuki pelts (leather) to hammer gold into gold leaf.

As a small gold nougat is pounded impossibly thin, it must be wrapped in something to protect it. That something had to be strong enough to stretch with the gold. While it isn’t clear how Tanuki fox leather was chosen in particular for this task, it became the standard of the trade. It began to be said, that as it could stretch gold, so it could stretch your wealth… and Tanuki scrotum skin wallets became popular. 
We hope you enjoyed our Tanuki trivia !

17th – 19th Century Burmese Marble Buddha Statues

Museum Quality, Hand Carved White Marble

Marble Buddha, Shan Style, 17th century. Hand carved with a smooth finish and painted with gold gilt and red pigment. Museum quality condition, wear is consistent with age. Buddha is sitting in the lotus position (legs crossed with soles of feet up) with hands in 'Bhumisparsha mudra' position - calling the earth to witness his enlightenment. Seated on a Lotus design base. His serene demeanor and monastic robes show great carving skill and artistry. Dimensions: 32" tall x 21.5 wide x 13.5 deep. $34,000.

Shan Style Buddha, 17th century.

Beautifully carved from a single block of marble. A smooth translucent finish gives surface depth and it displays some of its former gold gilt and red pigment. Excellent condition, the wear is consistent with its age. Buddha is sitting in the lotus position (legs crossed with soles of feet up) with hands in ‘Bhumisparsha mudra’ position – calling the earth to witness his enlightenment. Seated on a Lotus design base. His serene demeanor and monastic robes show superior craftsmanship and artistry. Dimensions: 32″ tall x 21.5 wide x 13.5 deep. $34,000.
(see the following 7 images for detail on this piece)

Detail – side/front view – 17th c. Shan Style Marble Buddha

Detail – side view – Shan Style Marble Buddha, 17th century

Detail – head – Shan Style Marble Buddha, 17th century

Detail – lotus base – Shan Style Marble Buddha, 17th century

Detail – garment carving – Shan Style Marble Buddha, 17th century

Detail – gold leaf and red pigment – Shan Style Marble Buddha, 17th century

Detail – gold leaf – Shan Style Marble Buddha, 17th century

19th C. Mandalay Style Buddha

Marble Buddha, Mandalay style, early 19th century. Hand carved in the lotus position (legs crossed with soles of feet up) and hands in 'Bhumisparsha mudra' or calling the earth to witness his moment of enlightenment position. His serene meditative face and monastic robes show great finesse. In excellent condition, wear is consistent with age and use. Dimensions: 9 1/4" tall x 8 1/4 wide x 5" deep

Mandalay Hand Carved Marble Buddha, 19th c.

Marble Buddha, Mandalay style, early 19th century. Hand carved in the lotus position (legs crossed with soles of feet up) and hands in ‘Bhumisparsha mudra’ or calling the earth to witness his moment of enlightenment position. His serene meditative face and monastic robes show great finesse. In excellent condition, wear is consistent with age and use. Dimensions: 9 1/4″ tall x 8 1/4 wide x 5″ deep $2,500.
(see the following 2 images for detail on this piece)

Mandalay Style Hand Carved Marble Buddha

Detail – front/side – Mandalay Style Hand Carved Marble Buddha 19th c.

Mandalay Style Hand Carved Marble Buddha - side view

Detail – side – Mandalay Style Hand Carved Marble Buddha 19th c.

18th c. Shan Style Buddha

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
Burmese shan Style White Marble Buddha 

Burma/Myanmar
18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period
This exquisite ancient Buddha is dressed in a jeweled monastic robe. Green, white and ruby colored jewels set in ribbons of delicate, raised design details line the edges of the robe. The edge of the turban is likewise set with a single row of thin white jewels. Originally painted with gold pigment to detail the robes and body, the coloring is largely worn with some areas remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent.

Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated, on a single, lotus style platform, in the ‘adamantine’ (unbreakable) position, or ‘vajrasana’ (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of ‘bhumisparsha mudra’ that calls the earth to witness at the moment of his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position).

Dimensions: 36″ tall (33 w/o base) x 25″ wide and 19″ deep,
Base is round, wood construction painted black,
$58,000. (SOLD)

Both statues in our collection are certified by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Certificate no.120/2561
(see detail images of this statue below, then following are images for the other, smaller statue)

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
side detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
jewel and relief detail on robe at knee

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
back detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
front angle detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
head profile detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
face detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
face detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
jeweled inlay detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha (larger of the 2) Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by certificate, no.120/2561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 36" tall (33 w/o base) x 25" wide and 19" deep, Base is round, wood construction painted black, $58,000. solana beach, ca,
detail showing statue with base

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by its certificate, no.120/7561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 31" tall (27 1/2 w/o base) x 16" wide and 7 1/2" deep Base is 2 tier, wood construction painted black, $28,000.
Burmese White Marble Buddha

Burma/Myanmar
18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period

Portrayed in monastic robes that understate his status, this Buddha statue is skillyfully carved from a single block of stone, it was originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body. The pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent.

Shan style (see previous statue text)

This antique statue is accompanied by its certificate, no.120/7561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit.

Dimensions: 31″ tall (27 1/2 w/o base) x 16″ wide and 7 1/2″ deep,
Base is 2 tier, wood construction painted black,
$21,000. (SOLD)

(alternate views below)

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by its certificate, no.120/7561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 31" tall (27 1/2 w/o base) x 16" wide and 7 1/2" deep, Base is 2 tier, wood construction painted black, $28,000.
Head detail

 

Side detail

 

White Marble Stone Shan Buddha Burma/Myanmar 18th century, Shan (Tai Yai) Period Beautifully carved from a single block of stone, he is dressed in a monastic robe defying his enlightened status. Originally painted with multi-colored pigments to detail the robes and body, the pigment is mostly worn with some traces remaining. Wear is consistent with age. Overall condition is excellent. Shan style is characterized by the bell shaped turban (usnisa), smooth surface and serene, pure expression. The Buddha is seated on a single, lotus style platform in the 'adamantine' (unbreakable) position, or 'vajrasana' (legs crossed with the soles of both feet facing upwards). His hands are in the gesture of 'bhumisparsha mudra' that calls the earth to witness at the moment of the his enlightenment (the right hand in the earth touching position with the left hand remaining in the meditation position). This statue is accompanied by its certificate, no.120/7561, issued by the Burmese Department of Fine Arts Ministry of Culture in accordance with the export permit. Dimensions: 31" tall (27 1/2 w/o base) x 16" wide and 7 1/2" deep, Base is 2 tier, wood construction painted black, $28,000.
Back detail – Please contact us if you are interested in a piece similar to the ones in this blog post. 

Musical and Ritual Instruments from Southeast Asia – Japan, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Tibet, Vietnam: Sacred, Secular, and Unusual

INSTRUMENTS!!!

Large Drum, with tacks, China, vintage, Wood, metal, hde, paint, 60" x 35", $5500., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Antique Chinese Tiger Drum (side view – alternate views below)

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY BROWSING OUR INTRIGUING COLLECTION OF HANDMADE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Carved, cast and intricately constructed, they are beautiful works of art as well. From across Southeast Asia, vintage to contemporary, tribal folk craft to fine art, every piece was masterfully engineered to produce a particular sound. Each has its own intangible significance – some sacred from temples, shrines or holy spaces, some employed by shaman as both costume and instrument and some for traditional, secular use. Music is a highly evocative, healing and transportive magic that transcends time and spoken language and exists in every culture. Please scroll through these enchanting sound makers. (organized by type of instrument – drums, gongs, bells, strings etc… vs by country)

DRUMS

Musical Instrument, Large Drum, Byo-Uchi-Daiko (drum with tacks), Japan, vintage, Wood, metal, hide, paint, 60" x 35", $, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Vintage Chinese Hanging Tiger Drum (top view), wood, metal tacks, hide, paint, 60″ x 35″, $5500.

 

Musical Instrument, Large Drum, Byo-Uchi-Daiko (drum with tacks), China, vintage, Wood, metal, hide, paint, 60" x 35", $, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Vintage Chinese Hanging Tiger Drum (detail side view)
 

Musical Instrument, Early 19th c Edo Period Taiko Style (tacked down) Japanese Drum, Keyaki wood (Japanese Red Elm), rawhde, red paint metal tacks, ink, 19" x 18", $1250.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style, Nagadou (long body) Drum

Early 19th c, Keyaki (zelkova) wood, hide, red pigment, metal tacks, carved from one piece of wood,  ink, 19″ x 18″, $1250.

Japanese Taiko Style (tacked down) Drum, Japan, 19th c Edo Period, (new head skin and tacks), wood, rawhide, rope, iron rings and tacks, ink/paint, 20" x 24", $1200.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style (tacked down) Drum

19th c, (new head skin and tacks), Keyaki wood, hide, rope, iron rings and tacks, ink/paint, carved from one block of wood; 20″ x 24″, $1200.

Musical Instrument, Edo period Taiko Buddhist Drum, Japan, 18th c, keyaki wood (Japanese red elm), metal panel on side, metal tacks on rawhide skin (missing center of drum head skin on both sides) Metal ring with rope for carrying, 29 1/2" x 34", $2800. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style Nagadou (long body) Drum

19th c, Buddhist Drum, Keyaki (zelkova ) wood, metal panel on side, metal tacks on rawhide skin (missing center of drum head skin both sides) Metal ring with rope for carrying, carved from one block of wood; 29 1/2″ x 34″, $2800.

Musical Instrument, Hanging drum, Japan, wood frame, wood drum, hide head painted with black and gold, with Tomoe symbols (circular, turning motif referring to motion of the earth and play of forces, metal tacks, 18 1/4" x 6 1/2" ; frame - 52 1/2" x 30 1/2"), $650., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood, hide head painted with black and gold ‘Tomoe’ symbol (circular, turning motif referring to motion of the earth and play of forces), metal tacks, 18 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ ; frame – 52 1/2″ x 30 1/2″, $650.

Japanese Hanging Drum, wood and metal frame, rawhide skin tacked down. 21 1/2" x 6", (30" x 27" x 13" with stand), $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood and metal frame, hide skin tacked down. 21 1/2″ x 6″, (30″ x 27″ x 13″ with stand), $750.

Japanese Hanging Temple Drum, wood, rawhide, metal tacks and rings, 22 1/2" x 33", (31" x 33" with frame), $950.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Temple Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood, hide, metal tacks and rings, 22 1/2″ x 33″, (31″ x 33″ with frame), $950. (see top detail image below)

top detail of Japanese Hanging Taiko Style Drum
top detail of Japanese Hanging Drum (previous image)

Temple Drum, Tibet, 100+ years old, Wood, carved and painted polychrome by hand Iron, string, fabric and papier-mâché, decprated with Tibetan symbols. It is played with a curved stick and used for religious ceremonies and for meditation. 44 1/2" x 16 1/2" x 3 1/4", $1100. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tibetan Handheld Temple Drum or ‘Dhyangro’; played with a curved stick

Early 20th c, Hide, Wood – carved and polychrome hand painted, iron, string, fabric and papier-mâché, decorated with Tibetan symbols. Played with a curved stick and used for religious ceremonies and meditation. 44 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $1100. SOLD (see detail image below)

detail of Tibetan Temple Drum

Description Musical Instuments, Drums, wood, paint, hide skin, Indonesia, left to right - 27 1/2" x 16" $295.; white/front- 20 1/2" x 12", $225.; 25 1/2" x 13", $280., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Drums with hide laced head (middle and small size are missing head skins)

Indonesia, Wood, paint, hide, left to right – 27 1/2″ x 16″ $295.; white/front- 20 1/2″ x 12″, $225.; 25 1/2″ x 13″, $280.

Double Headed Drum, Java, Indonesia, hide skin heads with hide lacing and tuning straps. wood and paint with metal rings for carrying strap, contemporary, 21" x 10" (top) x 7 3/4" (bottom); $440. ; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Double Headed Drum

Java, Indonesia, hide skin heads with hide lacing and tuning straps. wood and paint with metal rings for carrying strap, contemporary, 21″ x 10″ (top) x 7 3/4″ (bottom); $440. (side detail see image below)

side detail of Javanese Double Headed Drum

Sumbanese Carved Hornbill Bird Drum, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, hardwood, rawhide, strap and peg style head, The Hornbill is a religious symbol of great antiquity. 22" x 7" x 8"; $1100.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Carved Hornbill Bird Drum

Sumba Island, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, hardwood, rawhide, strap and peg style head, The Hornbill is a religious symbol of great antiquity. 22″ x 7″ x 8″; $1100.

TEMPLE RIN GONG/MEDITATION BELL

Buddhist Temple Altar, Hammered Bronze, Singing Bowl and Cushion Stand, with Wooden and hyde Striker and Striker Stand Japan, 7" x 10" (10 1/2" x 12 1/2" with cuchion, striker - 13 1/2" x 2" (5 1/2" tall with striker stand) $1250., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca,
Vintage Japanese Buddhist Temple Rin Gong or Meditation Bell, Cushion Stand, Striker and Striker Stand

Hand hammered bronze bowl with purple and gold cushion stand, hide wrapped wooden striker, decorative wooden striker stand; Bowl – 7″ x 10″ (10 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ with cushion) striker – 13 1/2″ x 2″ (5 1/2″ tall with striker stand) $1250. (set) 

GONGS

Musical Instrument, Hanging Gong and Striker with wood frame and hand carved stand, Japan, bronze, wood, fabric, rope, gong - 32 1/2" x 36" x 12" (Frame - 17 1/2" x 6"), $2400., thedavidalancollection , solana beach, ca
Japanese Buddhist Temple Gong and Striker

Hand carved wood frame and stand, bronze, rope, cloth, – 32 1/2″ x 36″ x 12″ (Frame – 17 1/2″ x 6″), $2400.

SLIT GONGS or DRUMS

Pair of Tribal Musical Instruments, Anthropomorphic Slit Drum or Gong, Kulkul, Bali, Indonesia, wood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. Left - 39 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7", $950.; Right - 34 1/2" x 7" x 7", $590.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Pair of Balanese Kulkul or Slit Gong or Drum

Bali, Indonesia, wood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. Left – 39 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x 7″, $950.; Right – 34 1/2″ x 7″ x 7″, $590.

Musical Instrument and long distance jungle communication system. Sumba Island, Indonesia, Teak wood, each one of these large gongs is carved from a single piece. This type of gong or drum was developed and used by people in the forested areas as its sound will carry far through the jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower, and used to call villagers to meetings or otherevents by tapping out a signal, base is 33 1/2" square, height is 108" (tallest) www.thedavidalancollection.com solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Slit Gongs and Striker (with stand)

Musical Instrument and long distance jungle communication system. Sumba Island, Indonesia, Teak wood, each one of these three large gongs has been carved from a single piece. This type of gong or drum was developed and used by people in forested areas. Its sound will carry far through the jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower, it was used to call villagers to meetings or other events by tapping out a signal. base is 33 1/2″ square, height is 108″ (tallest) $2800.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum/Gong, depicting Semar and important Javanese God/clown, Indonesia, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 36" x 10" x 12", $750., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Hanging Slit Gong or Drum Depicting Semar – a traditional God-like/clown

Java, Indonesia, Semar is an important God-like/clown, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle. (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 36″ x 10″ x 12″, $750. (see back detail in image below) 

Back detail) -Slit Drum or Gong, Semar (clown), Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 36" x 10" x 12", $750., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
back detail – Javanese Slit Gong or Drum – Semar, the character depicted, is a traditional God/clown (back detail from previous image)

Javanese Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 28" x 64" x 15, $2400. thedavaialancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 28″ x 64″ x 15, $2400.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form with a beautiful age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 12" x 34" x 9", $750. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form with a beautiful age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 12″ x 34″ x 9″, $750.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong with zoomorphic head, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wood, pigment on head, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 9" x 31" x 7", $450.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Hanging Slit Gong or Drum with Carved Zoomorphic Head

Early 20th c, wood, pigment on head, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 9″ x 31″ x 7″, $450. (see image below for detail of head)

detail of head carving, Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong with zoomorphic head, Indonesia, wood, pigment on head, 9" x 31" x 7", thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
detail of head carving, Slit Gong or Drum

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, in animal form, Java, Indonesia, jackfruit wood, paint, brown paint over an older bright blue. with an age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 13 1/2" x 37" x 9", $475. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Jackfruit wood, paint, brown paint over an older bright blue. with an age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 13 1/2″ x 37″ x 9″, $475.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Indonesia, wood, zoomorphic - horse/snake like animal with a beautiful age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 13 1/2" x 43" x 13". $1250., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, horse/snake animal with a beautiful age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 13 1/2″ x 43″ x 13″. $1250.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 9 1/2'" x 30" x 6", $370. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 9 1/2′” x 30″ x 6″, $370.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, in animal form, Java, Indonesia, wood, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. thedavaialancollection.com , solana beach, ca 8 1/4" x 29" x 96", $390. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 8 1/4″ x 29″ x 96″, $390.

Zoomorphic Slit Gong or Drum, Java, Indonesia, Early to mid c, wood, paint, played with a wooden striker. This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal; 10 3/4" x 26 1/4" x 8"; $390.; davidalancollection.com ; solana beach, ca
Javanese Zoomorphic Slit Gong

Zoomorphic Slit Gong or Drum, Java, Indonesia, Early to mid c, wood, paint, played with a wooden striker. This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal; 10 3/4″ x 26 1/2″ x 8″; $390. (see below image for detail of head)

head detail of Javanese Zoomorphic Slit Gong

Tribal Musical Instrument, Ironwood Slot Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Ironwood, red paint, 13" x 58" x 12", $1050., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Ironwood, red paint,
In Kodi, as in the rest of Sumba, the most powerful, sacred music is played on gongs. Played in interlocking rhythms with one or two gongs to a player, the music is closely tied to Marapu ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. 13″ x 58″ x 12″, $1050.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, teak wood, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 6" x 20 1/2" x 5", $145.; thedavicalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanesse Hanging Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Jackfruit wood, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 6″ x 20 1/2″ x 5″, $145.

STRING INSTRUMENTS

Sungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal Musical Instrument, 4 string guitar-like with pegs and strings, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, early 20th c, hardwood, pigment, anthropomorphic figure, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 4" (with stand - 25 1/2" x 5" x 4 1/2"), $460.; thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument with anthropomorphic figure

Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c, hardwood, pigment, anthropomorphic figure, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 4″ (with stand – 25 1/2″ x 5″ x 4 1/2″), $460.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Indonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka, 28 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $360., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with Female Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Early 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description)  28 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $360.

Dunga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Indonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 20 1/2" x 3 3/4" x 2 1/4", (22 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 4 3/4", $375., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 20 1/2″” x 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, (22 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, $375.

Sungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Insonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 19 1/2"" x 4" x 2 3/4", (21 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 4 1/4", $380., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs), Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, (see first Dungga post for full description) 19 1/2″” x 4″ x 2 3/4″, (21 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ , $380.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Musical Instrument, 4 string ukulele-like, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, Monkey-like figure, 14 1/2" x 6 1/2" 2 3/4" (with stand - 16 1/2" x 5 3/4" x 3"), $320., thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs), Primate Figure

Indonesia, Mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 14 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ 2 3/4″ (with stand – 16 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ x 3″), $320.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal Musical Instrument, 4 string guitar-like, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, 2 anthropomorphic figures, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2" x 5 1/4" 2 3/4" (with stand - 26 1/4" x 6" x 4"), $450.; thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with 2 Anthropomorphic figures

Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, (see 1st Dungga post for full description); 23 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ 2 3/4″ (with stand – 26 1/4″ x 6″ x 4″), $450.

Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Guitar, Sumba, Insonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, 4 strings (missing), 25" x 5 1/4" x 4", thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with an anthropomorphic figure

Insonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 25″ x 5 1/4″ x 4″, $380. 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Gambus – A traditional Indonesian tribal instrument.

 Gambus – Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings.
38″ x 8″ x 7″, $425. 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Back detail of Gambus

 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Top detail of Gambus

CHINESE ERHU or VIOLIN

2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" $400., thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu – 2 String Violin (strings and bow missing)

China, Wood, snakeskin, pigment, The Erhu is one of the most important Chinese instruments with a 4000 year history. It is played vertically and is incredibly expressive. It you have a sound associated with China, it is the Erhu. 29 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″,  $400.

detail of resonating box - 2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2", $400.; thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu Violin – detail of resonating box 

detail of top with tuning pegs - 2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". $400.; thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu Violin – detail of top with tuning pegs

BELLS

Musical Instrument, Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $875. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Ganesha Temple Clapper Bell

Nepal, antique, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $875. (see detail images of back and clapper below)

Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $875., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
back detail of Ganesha Temple Bell

Musical Instrument, Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $75. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail of Ganesha Bell

Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
 Temple Bell and Dorje with Face

Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $1300. (see detail of back and clapper in images below)

Detail back view - Musical Instrument, temple bell , Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
detail back view of previous image – Temple Bell with face

detail clapper view - Musical Instrument, temple bell , Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail – Temple Bell with face

Musical Instrument Temple Clapper Bell with Face, Nepal, 100 years old, Bronze, 8 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1100., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Nepalese Temple Clapper Bell with Face

Late 19th to Early 20th c, Bronze, 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $1100. (see image below for clapper detail) 

Musical Instrument Temple Clapper Bell with Face, Nepal, 100 years old, Bronze, 8 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1100., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail – Temple Clapper Bell

Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $900. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Buddhist Temple Clapper Bell and Dorje with Face

Nepal, Late 19th to Early 20th c, bronze – The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $900. (see image below for clapper detail)

detail of Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $900. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Clapper detail of Nepalese Buddhist Temple Bell and Dorje

Bell Gong, Antique Japanese, is played with an unattached striker. Cloth handle strap and tassel, Bronze, 9 1/2" x 6", $1200.
Hanging Clapper-less Bell or Bell Gong

Antique Japanese Bell is played with an unattached striker. Cloth handle strap and tassel, Bronze, 9 1/2″ x 6″, $1200. 

Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Hanging Bell with Clappers

Indonesia, Early 20th c, Teak wood, Rope, carved from single block of wood; 15″ x 42″ x 15″, $1200. (see next two images  below for clapper detail)

Detail - Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Japan, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail of Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Teak Bell with Clappers

Detail, Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Indonesia, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
underside detail of Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Teak Bell with Clappers

Musical Instrument, hand carved, single piece, teak bell, Indonesia, Early 20th c, vintage, clapper missing, 22" x 33" x 12", $425., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Hanging Bell Hand Carved out of Single Piece of Teak

Early 20th c, clapper missing, 22″ x 33″ x 12″, $425. 

Ancient Chinese 'Bo' or Suspension Bells are 80 year old metal alloy reproductions of ones that are thousands of years old. Around 2000 BC, Chinese musicians worked with foundry technicians to cast matched sets of bronze bells of different data-lazy-sizes to produce a range of tones. They developed oval-shaped bells that, depending on where they were struck, produced two distinct pitches with an intentional interval between them. A graduated set of 'Bo' are hung from a beam frame and played with a hammer striker. Dimensions: (from large to small) 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 7" - $650.; 12" x 8" x 6 1/2" - $650.; 9" x 5 1/2' x 3" - $190.; 8 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" - $140.; 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" x 3" - $100.; 6 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 2 3/4" - $90.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Ancient Chinese ‘Bo’ or Suspension Bells (80 year old metal alloy reproductions)

Early 20th c, Vintage reproductions of Bells that are thousands of years old.
Around 2000 BC, Chinese musicians worked with foundry technicians to cast matched sets of bronze bells of different sizes to produce a range of tones. They developed oval-shaped bells that, depending on where they were struck, produced two distinct pitches with an intentional interval between them.
Graduated sets of ‘Bo’ are hung from beam frames and played with a hammer striker.
Dimensions: (from large to small) 12 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ x 7″ – $650.; 12″ x 8″ x 6 1/2″ – $650.; 9″ x 5 1/2′ x 3″ – $190.; 8 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ – $140.; 6 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ x 3″ – $100.; 6 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ – $90. 

Musical Instrument, Small Japanese Bell Gong on Bronze Wreath Motif Mount - Reproduction, Japan, contemporary, cast bronze, plastic base plate, works with an external striker, 6 1/2" x 4" (10 3/4" x 7" w/stand), $80., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese ‘Bonsho’ Bronze Clapperless Bell Gong (contemporary reproduction)

Cast Bronze Bell and Wreath Motif Mount, plastic base plate, Struck with an outside striker, 6 1/2″ x 4″ (10 3/4″ x 7″ w/stand), $80. SOLD

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp with pull stick, Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/2" x 5/8" x 1/8", pull stick - 6 3/4" x 3/8, $65., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp or ‘Gengong’, with pull stick

Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a ‘mind cleaner’ – because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/2″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, pull stick – 6 3/4″ x 3/8, $65.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp (missing pull stick), Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/4" x 1/2" x 1/8", $60, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp, or ‘Gengong’ (missing pull stick)

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, (for full description see 1st Mouth Harp post), 7 1/4″ x 1/2″ x 1/8″, $60.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp (missing pull stick), Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 8 1/4" x 5/8" x 1/8", $60., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp, ‘Gengong’ (missing pull stick)

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, (for full description see 1st Mouth Harp post) 8 1/4″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, $60, 

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp with pull stick, Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/8", pull stick - 4 3/4" x 1/4, sold, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp or ‘Gengong’, with pull stick

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, 7 3/4″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, pull stick – 4 3/4″ x 1/4, $65., Sold

XYLOPHONES

Xylophone or Gambang, Java, Indonesia, early to med 20th c, Wood, hand carved and painted with 14 metal keys resting on pads made from pieces of a rubber flip flop sandals (footwear), played with 2 padded mallets, and oriented with the larger keys to the left of the player. 13 1/2" x 40 1/2" x 6"; $630. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Gambang or xylophone, and mallets

Xylophone or ‘Gambang’, Java, Indonesia, early to med 20th c, Wood, hand carved and painted with 14 metal keys resting on pads made from pieces of a rubber flip flop sandal (footwear), played with 2 padded mallets, and oriented with the larger keys to the left of the player.  The xylophone is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble called a ‘Gamelan’; 13 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ x 6″; $630. 

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 18 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets with the larger keys on the player's left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly carved with a simple motif around a circular hole. 23 1/4" x 52 1/2" x 18 3/4"; $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Javanese Gambang Kayu or Wooden Xylophone

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 18 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets with the larger keys on the player’s left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly carved with a simple motif around a circular hole. The xylophone is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble called a ‘Gamelan’; 23 1/4″ x 52 1/2″ x 18 3/4″; $750.

Traditional Xylophone or Pattala, Burma/Myanmar, Early 20th c, 24 bamboo keys or slats, strung and suspended by a string over the decorated wooden resonating box, played with 2 padded mallets and the longer keys to the players left. It is a key instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble. Its first use dates back to around 150 C.E.; (There are 2 almost identical in our collection) 30" x 54" x 19 1/2" and 29 1/2" x 54" x 19 1/2", $ 2100. each; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala

detail of end riser_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala

detail of end riser top_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser top – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Patalla

detail of side panel_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of side panel – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala

Traditional Xylophone or Pattala, Burma/Myanmar, Early 20th c, 24 bamboo keys or slats, strung and suspended by a string over the decorated wooden resonating box, played with 2 padded mallets. The longer keys oriented to the players left. It is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble. Its first use dates back to around 150 C.E.; (There are 2 almost identical in our collection) 30″ x 54″ x 19 1/2″ and 29 1/2″ x 54″ x 19 1/2″, $ 2100. each

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 20 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets and the larger keys on the player's left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly detailed with a star motif and 3 small circular holes and a monogram on the side panel; it is usually played as part of an ensemble called a Gamelan; 16 1/4" x 49 1/4" x 19"; $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Javanese Wooden Xylophone or Gambang Kayu

Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 20 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets, the larger keys oriented on the player’s left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly detailed with a star motif, 3 small circular holes and a monogram on the side panel; it is an essential part of an ensemble called a Gamelan; 16 1/4″ x 49 1/4″ x 19″; $750.

MORE INSTRUMENTS and NOISE MAKERS – FROM THE SHAMAN COLLECTION:

Dhyango with Phurba Handle Sacred Ritual Drum, Nepal Early 19th
Dhyango or Sacred Drum with Phurba Handle

Shaman Ritual Instrument Drum, Nepal, Early 20th c, hide/skin, wood. Played by Jhakri (shaman) with a curved stick, to enter and maintain the shaman’s trance for the journey into the spirit world. A deity will often reside in the drum during the ritual. 26″ x 14″ x 6′, $900.

Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric This power drum, associated with Shiva, is used for tantric rituals and is played with a twisting motion so the two beaters - attached by cords, hit the drum heads simultaneously. It produces a spiritual sound by which the universe was created and is regulated. The Chopin is typically embroidered with the colors of tantric elements and waves as the drum is played. large - 32" x 11" x 4 ", $700.; small with case
Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric

Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric
This power drum, associated with Shiva, is used for tantric rituals. A cord is tied around the middle where knotted ends make the sound when it is played with a twisting motion so the two beaters hit the drum heads simultaneously. It produces a spiritual sound by which the universe was created and is regulated. The Chopin is typically embroidered with the colors of tantric elements and waves as the drum is played. (large) 32” x 11 ¼” x 4 ½”; $700.; (small) 2” x 5 ¼” x 3” [case 6” x 5” x 3”] $500.

Sacred Ritual Drum, Nepal, Mid to late 19th c., Skin stretched over wood, iron, shaman bells and amulets, To facilitate entering and maintaining a trance state necessary for the shaman to perform rituals 17 ½” x 8” x 8” (plus 7” bell chains), $1400.
Sacred Ritual Drum with Bells

Nepal, Mid to late 19th c., Skin stretched over wood, iron, shaman bells and amulets. To facilitate entering and maintaining a trance state necessary for the shaman to perform rituals 17 ½” x 8” x 8” (plus 7” bell chains), $1400.

Shaman Ritual Apron Belt, Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), THis large belt is an essential part of all Nepalese shaman costumes. The belt/apron is heavy and loud with all its many parts: hide leather, iron chain and hand crafted crotal, and cylindrical bells and bangles and the brass conical bells. The cowrie shells, goat horn and wild boar tusk all are symbolic and spiritual tools. Used in rituals to protect shaman, villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps). 58” x 32” x 3”, $3200
Ritual Apron Belt, Early 20th c, Leather, Iron, Brass, Horn, Tusk, Shell (back view)

Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old),
This large belt is an essential part of all Nepalese shaman costumes. The belt/apron is heavy and loud with all its many parts: leather, iron chain and hand crafted crotal, and cylindrical bells and bangles and the brass conical bells. The cowrie shells, goat horn and wild boar tusk all are symbolic and spiritual tools. Used in rituals to protect shaman, villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over-the-shoulder cross straps). 58” x 32” x 3”, $3200.

Shaman Ritual Apron Belt, Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), An essential part of Nepalese shaman costumes, this heavy apron belt is made of hide leather, iron chains, and hand crafted cylindrical bells and bangles, brass conical and crotal bells. The yak tail, and other amulets which are attached, are powerful spiritual tools. They are worn during rituals and ceremonies to protect shaman and villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps), 44” x 33” x 3”, $3200.
Ritual Apron Belt, Early 20th c, Leather, Iron, Brass, Yak hair (back view)

Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), An essential part of Nepalese shaman costumes, this heavy apron belt is made of hide leather, iron chains, and hand crafted cylindrical bells and bangles, brass conical and crotal bells. The yak tail, and other amulets which are attached, are powerful spiritual tools. They are worn during rituals and ceremonies to protect shaman and villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps), 44” x 33” x 3”, $3200.

Ritual Sword, Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins, darkened patina from use and age An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Used to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword - top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, (left - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (middle - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)
Ritual Swords, with Rattles

Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins, darkened patina from use and age. An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Shaken/rattled to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword – top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, $295. each, (left – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (middle – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)

Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron, patinated with use and age, Used in rituals to subdue evil forces. (small - 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large - 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)
Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron

Patinated with use and age. Used in rituals to subdue evil forces – shaken or rattled to scare away harmful spirits. (small – 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large – 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)

Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red (sometimes blue) streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. This coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. Dimensions (left - 15” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”); (right - 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”) $350. each
Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth

These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red (sometimes blue) streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. This coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. (left sold), Dimensions (right – 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”;  $350.)

 

Shamanic Talismans, Amulets, Healing and Ritual Power Objects – Tribal Indonesia continued!

Since our epic Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes exhibition last fall, we have additional objects to include – healing and power objects and ritual protector figures, that didn’t make it into the show. If you follow our Gallery Blog, no doubt you will see even more of these ancient southeast Asian shaman ritual objects in the future. The pieces below are from tribal Indonesia and are included together in this one post instead of divided by specific island or tribe as in the previous shaman show posts.

Female Magic Figure, Shaman uses this for prayer and to gather healing power to treat people. Kodi village, West Sumba, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c., stone, 14 1/2" x 7" x 6 1/2" without base (16 1/2" with base),
Female Magic Figure

Kodi village, West Sumba, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c., stone, Shaman uses this for prayer and to gather healing power to treat people. 14 1/2″ x 7″ x 6 1/2″ without base (16 1/2″ with base), $850.

Shaman healing object, from near Kodi village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, mid 20th c., jack fruit wood, 11 1/2" x 6" x 5",
Shaman Healing Figure

(near) Kodi village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, mid 20th c., jack fruit wood, 11 1/2″ x 6″ x 5″, $400.

Shaman's ritual dance rattle, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, bone, ceramic beads, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, ~ 13" x 5"
Shaman’s Ritual Dance Rattle

Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, bone, ceramic beads, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, ~ 13″ x 5″, $550.

Shaman's ritual dance rattle, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, metal nail, ceramic beads, glass bead, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, 12" x 7"
Shaman’s Ritual Dance Rattle

Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, metal nail, ceramic beads, glass bead, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, 12″ x 7″, $550.

Shaman Male and Female Figures (pair) Timor Island, Indonesia, used to protect the home and for healing. Early to mid 20th c., stone, cloth, pigment, (male - 7 1/4" x 5 1/4") (female - 7 3/4"x 5"),
Shaman Male and Female (pair) protection and healing figures

Timor Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., stone, cloth, pigment, used to protect the home and for healing, (male – 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) (female – 7 3/4″x 5″), $975. for the pair

Shaman figures used in rituals to make rain, Indonesia, Timor Island, early to mid 20th c., stone, ~ 7" x 5"
Shaman Magic Figures

Timor Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., stone, Used in rituals to make rain. ~ (left – 6 1/2″ x  5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″), (right – 7″ x 5″ x 4 1/2″, $340. each

Pig Hunting Effigy, a shaman's magic talisman to bring a successful hunt. Lamboya village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c. Sentiki wood root, 8 1/2' x 6" x 21 1/2",
Pig Hunting Effigy

Lamboya village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., Sentiki root wood, Shaman empowers the effigy to bring a successful hunt.  (male – 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″), (female – 7 3/4″ x 5″), $380.

Shaman's wooden mortar and anthropomorphic pestle for healing herbs (2 piece set), Besikama village, Timor, Indonesia, mid 20th c., pestle - 12 1/2" x 2 1/2"; mortar - 7 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 4" (set)
Shaman’s mortar and anthropomorphic pestle (set)

Besikama village, Timor, Indonesia, mid 20th c. wood, for healing herbs and substances, pestle – 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; mortar – 7 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 4″, $650. for the set

Shaman's 3-Faced Figure Holy Water Jar Stopper, Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, late 19th to early 20th c., ceramic, 14" x 9",
Shaman’s 3-Faced Figure Holy Water Jar Stopper

Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, late 19th to early 20th c., ceramic, 14″ x 9″, $1200.

Shaman figure - Rare, for healing and divination rituals. Dhoki village, Flores Island, Indonesia, stone, late 19th to early 20th c., This effigy was passed down from father to son. Once a year, it is fed blood to empower it. 14" x 9 1/2" 6 1/2" w/o base (17" with base),
Shaman Figure – Rare

Dhoki village, Flores Island, Indonesia, stone, late 19th to early 20th c., For healing and divination rituals. This effigy was passed down from father to son. Once a year, it is fed blood to empower it. 14″ x 9 1/2″ 6 1/2″ w/o base (17″ with base), $1600.

Shaman's Medicine Jar/Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel. Sumba Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, 23" x 7"
Shaman’s Medicine Jar (see next image for top detail)

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel.  23″ x 7″, $390.

Detail of Shaman's Medicine Jar/Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel. Sumba Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, 23" x 7"
Detail (from previous image) of Shaman’s Medicine Jar

Shaman's medicine jar, for healing herbs and substances. Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c. bamboo, wood, twine, 12" x 4 1/2", $
Shaman’s Medicine Jar

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c. bamboo, wood, twine, for healing herbs and substances, 12″ x 4 1/2″, $280.

Shaman Figure, Anakalang village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, used for healing and protection and to predict auspicious dates for rituals, and possibly to find lost items. Early 20th c., stone, pigment, 15 1/4" x 8",
Shaman Figure 

Anakalang village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., stone, pigment, used for healing and protection and to predict auspicious dates for rituals, and possibly to find lost items. 15 1/4″ x 8″, $1800.

Shaman's Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 2"
Shaman’s Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird (see next image for detail)

Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 2″, $160.

Detail of Shaman's Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 2"
(detail of previous image) Shaman’s Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird

Shaman
Shaman Ritual Healing Object

Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, wood, 13 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 8″, $220.

Shaman 3-Legged Animal/Spirit Creature Healing Talisman, Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., wood, 7 1/2" x 11" x 4 3/4",
Shaman Ritual 3-Legged Animal/Spirit/Creature Healing Talisman

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., wood, 7 1/2″ x 11″ x 4 3/4″, $140.

Shamanism: A Brief History of the Ancient Art of Healing

This introduction and following series of related posts on shamanism serve as an online version of our 2017 fall exhibition, ‘Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes’. We also have a full color photo catalog available of the all the pieces in the show and 12 color postcards of selected pieces. Scroll down to see catalog and cards at end of this post.

You have likely heard the term ‘Shaman’, but who were – or, are they? Shamanism is an intriguing phenomenon.
Since the beginning of humanity, there has been a need to cure the ailing, and to integrate the physical and spiritual worlds. This universal need gave rise to the art of healing or, ‘Shamanism’. A shaman is a highly trained and disciplined, man or woman, who can enter the spirit world at will to communicate with and influence spirits in service to their community. They have been the keepers of knowledge, the healers, the priests, and the philosophers in virtually all societies around the globe.

Animism, the belief that all things have souls, is another globally shared phenomenon and forms the spiritual origins of the rituals and traditions that most of us in the modern western world see as mysterious. But what is art, science or religion without mystery? Art and spirit converge in this show to take you on a journey into the inspiring and enlightening unknown.

All shaman have a unique repertoire of amulets, instruments, and costumes essential to their own culture. This exhibition includes a wide range of  spiritual artifacts personally collected by David Bardwick over the last fifteen years from Nepal, Nagaland and Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, and across the Indonesian Islands.

Shamanism is a matter of curiosity for those unfamiliar with its conventions, but it endures as a universal healing method and path to the spirit world which are integral parts of daily life for billions of people around the world

The catalog includes a dedication and personal forward from the collector, David Bardwick, of the David Alan Collection, and text on the history of Shamanism and of shamanism specific to each of the locations/cultures represented.
Exhibition Catalog from the Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costume. A full color, 72 page catalog of almost all of the Shaman objects in the exhibition. $14. 

Postcards of selected pieces from the Shamanic Objects exhibition at David Alan Collection. they are a collection of pieces from Nepal, Vietnam , Myanmar and from several different islands in Indonesia. They are all authentic, rare objects used by Shaman priests for healing and for other various tribal rituals performed for the good of the community
12 color postcards for $12. Selected shaman pieces from the Balancing The Universe exhibition.

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism on Lombok Island and Bali

Less famous than Bali, Lombok the neighbor island directly to the east and is part of the Lesser Sundas. The indigenous Sasak people are predominantly Muslim after experiencing a long period of Hindu and Buddhist influence. However, as in most of the tribal cultures of Indonesia, ancient traditional ritualistic practices endure and shaman are still highly respected. They are regularly sought out as powerful healers and practitioners of magic to ward off evil and illness as well as to manage many other individual and community issues.

Shaman Healing Fetish Wand Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins. This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400.
Shaman Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins

This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400. (see detail of feet in image below)

Shaman Healing Fetish Wand Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins. This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400.
detail of previous image – feet under the skirt

Magic Ghost Figures, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, smooth patina from use and age. 8 ½” x 5 ¾” x 5 ½”, $790 (sold as pair)
Magic Ghost Figures, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood. 8 ½” x 5 ¾” x 5 ½”, $790 (sold as pair)

Shaman Talisman Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c. Wood, horn, cotton cord, patinated with use and age Held in shaman’s hand, used in healing rituals, hung on the wall in shaman’s house when not in use. 10 ½” x 12” x 11” $580. sold
Shaman Talisman Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c. Wood, horn, cotton cord

Held in shaman’s hand, used in healing rituals, hung on the wall in shaman’s house when not in use. 10 ½” x 12” x 11”, SOLD

Shaman Sacred Water and Herb Scoop, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo, patinated with use and age. Used for scooping holy water and medicinal herbs for healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left - 9 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”, $160.); (rear middle - 9 ¼” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”, $160.); (front middle - 6 ¼” 7 ¾” x 2 ½”, $120.); (rear right - 12 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 3 ½”, $280.); (right front - 11 ½” x 10” x 3 ½”, $160.)
Shaman Sacred Water and Herb Scoop, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo

Used for scooping holy water and medicinal herbs for healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left – 9 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”, $160.); (rear middle – 9 ¼” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”, $160.); (front middle – 6 ¼” 7 ¾” x 2 ½”, $120.); (rear right – 12 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 3 ½”, $280.); (right front – 11 ½” x 10” x 3 ½”, $160.)

Shaman Protection Figure, Indonesia, Lombok Island, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, coins, beads. Protects shaman and client from harmful spirits during rituals, 20” x 7 ½” x 3 ½”, $1100.
Shaman Protection Figure, Indonesia, Lombok Island, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, coins, beads

Protects shaman and client from harmful spirits during rituals, 20” x 7 ½” x 3 ½”, $1100. SOLD

Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber, patinated from use and age. Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits, 15 ½” x 3 ½” 4”, $420.
Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber

Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits, 15 ½” x 3 ½” 4”, $420.

Holy Water Containers, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, ceramic, fiber, pigment. Shaman jar for holy water for purification rituals. Dimensions: (left - 6” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, Sold); (right - 6 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, sold)
Holy Water Containers, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, ceramic, fiber, pigment

Shaman jar for holy water for purification rituals. Dimensions: (left – 6” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, SOLD); (right – 6 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattles, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, metal blade, cloth fiber, patinated with age and use. Used for healing rituals - Shaken to fend off harmful spirits. Dimensions: (left - 12” x 5 ½” x 4”, sold); (right - 14” x 7” x 6”, Sold)
Shaman Healing Fetish Rattles, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, metal blade, cloth fiber

Used for healing rituals – Shaken to fend off harmful spirits. Dimensions: (left – 12” x 5 ½” x 4”, SOLD); (right – 14” x 7” x 6”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Mid 20th c. Wood, shells, patinated with age and use Used for healing rituals 14” x 7” x 6”, Sold
expanded view of shell fetish rattles shown in previous image

Shaman Fetish Hanging Charm, Lombok or Nusa Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, glass, nails, metal, plant fiber, cotton cord. Used for healing rituals, 12” x 14” x 9 ½”, Sold
Shaman Fetish Hanging Charm, Lombok or Nusa Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, glass, nails, metal, plant fiber, cotton cord

Used for healing rituals, 12” x 14” x 9 ½”

Shaman Magic Figure, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, paint. Used for calling spirits and for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 4”, $360.
Shaman Magic Figure, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, paint

Used for calling spirits and for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 4”, $360.

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, bone, cloth, seed pod and shells, patinated with age and use. Used in healing rituals. 12” x 12” x 12”, $1300.
Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, bone, cloth, seed pod and shells

Used in healing rituals. 12” x 12” x 12”, $1300.

'Palalintangnan' - Kamasan Astrological Calendar, Bali, Indonesia Kamasan village, Early 20th c, Cotton cloth, printed and painted Represents gods, goddesses, attendants, animals, and inscriptions which are used for fortune telling. 45” x 51”, $750.
‘Palalintangnan’ – Kamasan Astrological Calendar Bali, Indonesia, Kamasan village, Early 20th c, Cotton cloth, printed and painted

Represents gods, goddesses, attendants, animals, and inscriptions which are used for fortune telling. 45” x 51”, $750.