Hinduism

A religion, moral code and religious order, Hinduism embraces a widely diverse range of traditions and philosophies. Described as a “family of religions” and “a way of life,” and believers’ moral conduct governs their present and future as they strive to live a moral life of good conduct in which all living creatures are sacred. Major tenets are reincarnation and that one’s karma determines their cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Hindus generally worship a single deity but believe in many others and in multiple ways to reach the divine. The most significant of the huge pantheon of Hindu deities are the Trimurti deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and their respective consorts, the Tridevi deities, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati and Parvati’s’ son Ganesh. All are complex, identified by physical traits and symbolic implements and often ride their specific animal mount (vahana) such as Nandi.

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  • Antique Hindu Garuda Prayer Bell, India (9545XLC) $295

    $295.00
    H: 10”  Dia: 3.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This Hindu prayer bell was likely placed on a home or temple altar and in daily puja rituals. This simple yet elegant bell has a smooth and undecorated body with only incised parallel rings circling plain surfaces and is topped by a pair of Garudas sheltered by a hood of Nagas. Garuda, the mythical winged bird that is Vishnu’s mount, and Naga, a seven-headed hooded serpent, are natural enemies and when they are represented together, they symbolizes  peace, a very appropriate adornment for the tranquility and serenity elicited by the pleasing sounds of a prayer bell.

     

     

    Martin Lerner an Steven Kossak, The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Harry Abrams, New York, 1991.

     

  • Antique Hindu Votive Oil Lamp and Ladle, India (1204BHE) $450

    $450.00
    H: 5.5”  W: 13.75”  D: 3” | FREE SHIPPING

    This graceful South Indian cast brass oil lamp with attached spoon was used for Hindu prayer rituals.  It has an oil reservoir in the center, a shallow yoni shaped burner at the front, a finial at the end and it is mounted on a flared circular foot. The top surface is decorated with incised floral motifs.

     

  • Antique Majapahit Miniature Terracotta Head, Indonesia (1137EHA) $195

    $195.00
    Ht: 2.75”  W: 1.375”  D: 1.125” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This terracotta head was crafted during the Majapahit Empire in Java and was either part of a bas-relief frieze or made as a freestanding figurine. Most figures found are small decapitated heads with no bodies, and it is very rare to find a complete figure with a naturalistic facial expression. As with many heads, this one displays Javanese facial features, hairstyles and ear ornamentation typical of the period. It has a naturalistic facial expression and wears large round coiled earrings, possibly suggesting it represented someone of the upper classes. It is in very good condition given its age and use and is mounted on a metal stand. This item pairs with Majapahit Miniature Terracotta 1138.

     

     

  • Antique Majapahit Miniature Terracotta Head, Indonesia (1138EHA) $195

    $195.00
    Ht: 4”  W: 1.5”  D: 1.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This terracotta head was crafted during the Majapahit Empire in Java and was either part of a Hindu bas-relief frieze or made as a freestanding figurine. Most figures found are small decapitated heads with no bodies, and it is very rare to find a complete figure with a naturalistic facial expression. As with many heads, this one displays Javanese facial features, hairstyles and ear ornamentation typical of the period. It has a naturalistic facial expression and wears large round coiled earrings, possibly suggesting it represented someone of the upper classes. It is in very good condition given its age and use and is mounted on a metal stand. This items pairs with Majapahit Terracotta Head 1137.

     

     

  • Antique Silver Ganesh Pendant with Four Arms and Sweets (22043BLE) $395

    $395.00
    Ht: 5.125   W: 3.75″ D: 0.625″ | FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S.

    This massive, heavy silver pendant represents a four armed Ganesh seated within a betel shape frame wearing a crown and reaching for modak, a rice flour sweet dumpling filled with coconut that is his favorite treat.  Ganesh pendants are worn for good luck as he is the God who removes the obstacles in devotees’ lives.

     

     

  • Antique/Vintage Framed Glass Painting of a Peacock, India (3982MCE) $395

    $395.00
    H: 16″  W: 13 ” D:  1″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This glass painting of a peacock with Krishna Playing his Flute (3983MCE) was one of a pair of inset panels in a highly decorative antique Indian cabinet or chest. Beautifully painted with reflective silver accents it is a vibrant an d remarkable wall hanging.  As both panels were originally displayed together, we recommend they be kept as a pair. Peacocks, the national bird of India, are an integral part of Hindu and Indian art and culture depicted in spiritual and decorative art.

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  • Antique/Vintage Framed Glass Painting of Krishna Playing his Flute, India (3982MCE) $395

    $395.00
    H: 16″ W: 13″ D: 1″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This vibrant glass painting of Krishna along with the painting of a Peacock (3983MCE) were insets in a highly decorated Indian wood cabinet or chest. Krishna is one of the most popular Hindu deities, beautifully depicted here in a bright yellow dhoti, peacock feather crown, and jewels in serenading his adoring gopis with his engaging flute. The unique frame complements the paianting’s richness and vintage feel.

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  • Antique/Vintage Silver Pendant of Ganesh with Parvati, India (22059XHE) $295

    $295.00

    Ht: 2.75”. W: 2.5” D: 0.25” 1.3oz.  |  FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.!

    This rare pendant of Ganesh and his mother Parvati seated on a throne is framed within a betel shape with scalloped edges. It is finely crafted heavy silver piece with a top round suspension loop that mirrors the ovule on the bottom. Used as a protective amulet, it shows signs of wear that give it a smooth fine patina.

  • Vintage Hand Carved Dewi Sri, Hindu Rice Goddess, Indonesia, Bali (3045DLK) $265

    $265.00
    H: 14.5″  W: 6.625″  D: 2.375″ | FREE SHIPPING

    This very fine and very beautiful vintage woodcarving of Dewi Sri , Devi Sri or Sridevi in Java, the Balinese Hindu goddess of rice and prosperity, is in excellent condition considering it is a much used vintage piece. Personally collected in Bali in the 1970s, it reflects the offerings made to Dewi Sri placed in the rice fields to protect the rice harvest. She is depicted here as a young, attractive and fertile woman wearing a striking, highly detailed and decorative headdress similar to those worn in Balinese dances leaving her upper forehead bare and framing her oval face with high curved eyebrows, wide-open eyes and beautiful pursed lips. With its flat back it can be mounted on a wall.

  • Vintage Terracotta Shiva Lingam with Parvati, India (11325JLK) $165

    $165.00
    H: 8”  W: 6”  D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING

    This colorful terracotta image devotional image of Shiva and Parvati was used for daily puja in a Hindu home. Shiva is represented by a lingham, a symbolic phallus, while Parvati is portrayed as a female deity figure. The dark green tree behind them highlights both of them and a garland of colorful flowers draped over the dark Shiva lingham emphasizes the importance and power of Shiva. The orange and black snake at the apex of the garland is Vasuli, the charm Shiva usually wares around his neck who represents Shiva’s power and fearlessness, while Parvati reaches across to the lingham to designate Shiva as the central focus of the composition.

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