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This especially curated page draws on some of the finest & most interesting items that we have in stock right now.

Each piece is of museum quality, and has sound provenance. Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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8530

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    Unusual Colonial Parcel-Gilt Silver Filigree Box

    India or the Dutch East Indies
    circa 1720

    width: 10.7cm, depth: 10.3cm, height: 5.8cm, weight: 372g

    Provenance

    UK art market

    8562

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      Nepalese Gold & Gilt Amulet Box showing the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha, & set with Precious Stones

      Nepal
      19th-early 20th century

      width: 8.2cm, length: 7.9cm, depth: 2cm, weight: 128g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      7325

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        Rare, Nepalese Inscribed & Gilded Copper Buddha’s Footprints Buddhapada Portable Mandala Plaque

        Nepal
        17th-18th century

        diameter: approximately 27cm, weight: 669g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        8484

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          Outstanding & Rare Javanese Gilded & Bronze Standing Shiva Mahadeva

          Central Java, Indonesia
          circa 9th century

          height: 16.8cm, width: 5.2cm, depth: 5.4cm, weight: 380g

          Provenance

          from the estate of the private collector John Bartlett, England, with an old collection label attached indicating that the piece entered the collection in 1967.

          7256

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            Maori Trolling Lure Fish Hook (Pa Kahawai)

            Maori People, New Zealand
            18th-19th century

            length (without cord): 14.8cm, width: 2cm, weight: 20g

            Provenance

            UK art market; UK private collection.

            6911

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              Wobe or We (Ngere) Wooden Face Mask

              Wobe or We (Ngere) People, Ivory Coast
              early 20th century

              height: approximately 27.5cm, width: 20.5cm, depth: 18.5cm, weight: 1,700g

              Provenance

              private estate collection, UK.

              8425

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                Superb, Published Tibetan Temple Conch Shell Trumpet with Gilded Copper Mounts & Inset with Turquoise

                Tibet
                circa 1800 or earlier

                Length: 40cm, width: 30cm

                Provenance

                private collection, UK; Collection of Nicole Schindler, London (1970s); exhibited in the Tantra exhibition, Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1971; and published in the exhibition catalogue.

                7331

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                  Impressive Pair of Nepalese Hanging Incense Burners

                  Nepal & Tibet
                  19th century

                  height of incence burners (without the chains): 38cm, width (between handles): 27cm, combined weight: 4,947g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  7198

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                    Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Silver Bezoar Stone Box

                    West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
                    circa 1700

                    height: 6cm, diameter: 4.5cm, weight: 45g

                    7299

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                      Maluku Gold Pectoral or Forehead Ornament

                      South Maluku, (Moluccas), Eastern Indonesia
                      19th century

                      width of mask: 10.8cm, length of seedpod-like elements: approximately 5.2cm, weight: 28g

                      Provenance

                      Estate Collection of Tom White MBE; lot 222, 'Gold: Important ancient and ethnic jewellery and works of art in precious metal', Hapsburg, Feldman, Geneva, Switzerland, May 14, 1990.

                      6727

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                        Massive Indian Silver Presentation Footed Bowl & Stand

                        Madras, India
                        dated 1898

                        height of bowl: 35cm, width (handle to handle): 53cm, depth: approximately 41cm, overall height (with stand): 55cm, weight of bowl: 4,586g

                        Provenance

                        private collection, UK

                        5943

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                          Maharaja’s Enamelled Heavy Gold Bracelet set with Rubies, Diamonds & an Emerald

                          India, probably Hyderabad
                          circa 1750 or earlier

                          overall length: 17.5cm, dimensions of enamelled plaque: 4cm x 3.2cm, total weight: 137g, diameter as worn: approx. 6cm

                          Provenance

                          private collection, UK

                          7119

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                            Pair of Mounted, Large, Gilded Silver Lucknow Fish Elements

                            India, probably Lucknow
                            18th-19th century

                            width (individually): approximately 45cm, height: approximately 28.5cm; display stand's width: 48cm, depth: 20cm, height: 44cm

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            5364

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                              Early Javanese Unusually Large Cast Bronze Buddha

                              Java or Sumatra, Indonesia, but most probably imported from northern India
                              Classical Period, 8th century

                              height (without stand): 21.9cm, width: 17.1cm, depth: 11.8cm, weight: 2,576g

                              Provenance

                              Private Collection, London, UK.

                              6505

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                                Rare Pair of Wooden Supports Carved as Sri Lankan or South Indian Chetties or Ascetics

                                South India or Sri Lanka
                                circa 18th century

                                height of each: 98.7cm

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                7032

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                                  Parcel-Gilt Copper Shrine of Padmapani Lokeswara Shrine set with Coral

                                  Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
                                  circa 1850

                                  height: 38cm, width: 28.4cm, depth: 14cm

                                  Reserved

                                  Provenance

                                  UK art market

                                  7236

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                                    Early Srivijaya Standing Bronze Buddha

                                    Srivijaya Empire, Sumatra or Malay Peninsula
                                    7th-8th century

                                    height: 22.5cm, height (with stand): 27.8cm, weight (without stand): 1,155g

                                    Reserved

                                    Provenance

                                    private collection, London, UK

                                    7017

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                                      Pair of Large South Indian Chettiar Gold, Diamond & Ruby Ear Studs (Thodu)

                                      Chettiar Community, Tamil Nadu, South India
                                      19th century

                                      width: approximately 2.6cm, depth: 2.7cm, combined weight: 19g, combined weight of diamonds: 0.88 carats

                                      Provenance

                                      Chettiar family - private collection, South England

                                      6775

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                                        Pair of Large, Indian, Princely, Parcel-Gilded & Enamelled Garuda Figures

                                        Rajasthan, India
                                        circa 1800

                                        heights (without stands): 23.8cm, width: 12.4cm, height (with stands): 32.5cm, combined weight: 2,475g

                                        Provenance

                                        German private collection, bought by the father of the previous owner in Germany in 1971 at the sale of a Rajasthan Maharaja's possessions

                                        6611

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                                          Portuguese-Thai Lacquered Box with Braganza Cross Mother-of-Pearl & Glass Inlay

                                          Thailand, probably Ayutthaya, & Portugal
                                          17th-18th century

                                          length: 26.6cm, depth: 14.8cm, height: 13.2cm, weight: 936g

                                          Provenance

                                          Portuguese art market

                                          6773

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                                            Exceptional, Early Tanimbar Ancestor Figure

                                            Tanimbar, Southeast Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia
                                            18th century

                                            height: 16.4cm, width: 5.4cm, depth: 4.5cm

                                            Provenance

                                            Private Collection, Northern England; acquired by the previous owners from an antiques fair, York, England, circa 1980

                                            6762

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                                              Pair of Aristocratic Balinese Doors Carved in High Relief with Gilding

                                              Bali, Indonesia
                                              late 19th century

                                              length: 184.4cm, width (of the pair): 71cm

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              6888

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                                                East Javanese or Madurese Ceremonial Rattan & Wood Ceremonial Rice Basket

                                                East Java or Madura, Indonesia
                                                19th century

                                                diameter: approximately 26cm, height: 22cm, weight: 480g

                                                Provenance

                                                art market, France.

                                                6697

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                                                  Magnificent & Large Sri Lankan Cobra Demon (Maha Raksa) Dance Mask

                                                  Sinhala people, Coastal Sri Lanka
                                                  19th century

                                                  height: approximately 79cm (without stand), width: 62cm

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  6728

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                                                    Historically Important Colonial Silver Standing Cup Relating to the British Conquest of Java, 1811, Inscribed & Dated

                                                    colonial silversmith either in India, probably Calcutta, or Batavia, East Indies.
                                                    circa 1810

                                                    height: approximately 55cm, width: 38.5cm, depth: 26cm, weight: 5,550g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    private collection, UK; previously sold at Sotheby's London, 1991.

                                                    6605

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                                                      Pair of Indian Parcel-Gilt Matthew Boulton-Style Silver Filigree Candle Vases

                                                      Made in India for the English Market
                                                      circa 1770

                                                      heights: 21.2cm, combined weight: 1,324g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      US art market

                                                      6528

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                                                        Exceptional Dutch Colonial Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Fine Silver Mounts

                                                        Dutch Colonial East Indies, either Malay, Sumatra or Batavia (Indonesia today)
                                                        18th century

                                                        height: 8.1cm, length: 19cm, depth: 13.3cm

                                                        Provenance

                                                        UK art market

                                                        6521

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                                                          Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

                                                          Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
                                                          circa 1900

                                                          indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

                                                          Provenance

                                                          private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

                                                          4115

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                                                            Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

                                                            Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
                                                            14th-15th century

                                                            diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

                                                            Provenance

                                                            UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

                                                            6389

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                                                              Rare, Indo-Portuguese Ceremonial Gilded Silver Filigree Flower Basket

                                                              Indo-Portuguese Goa, India
                                                              second half of the 17th century

                                                              height: 10.2cm, diameter: 6.6cm, weight: 136g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              previously in a private house, Bangkok, Thailand

                                                              6388

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                                                                Magnificent, Pierced, Chased, Miniature Silver Thai Manuscript (Dharma) Cabinet

                                                                Thailand
                                                                circa 1920

                                                                height: 32cm, width: 20.5cm, depth: 14cm, weight: 1,729g

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private collection

                                                                6251

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                                                                  Exceptional, Rare & Large Dutch East Indies Pandan-Shaped Silver Filigree Toiletry Set, Box, Cover & Tray

                                                                  Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
                                                                  18th century

                                                                  diameter of tray: 28cm, diameter of box: 19.5cm, height of assembled set: 15.8cm, weight: 2,254g (2.254kg)

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  private collection, London; acquired in London prior to that.

                                                                  6243

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                                                                    Rare & Large Pair of Chinese Export Silver Bowls by Wang Hing

                                                                    Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
                                                                    circa 1890

                                                                    heights: 11cm, diameters: 24.5cm, weights: 1,083g & 1,087g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    from an important private collection, UK.

                                                                    6423

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                                                                      Indian Red-Stained Gold Bracelet set with Rubies

                                                                      Madras, India
                                                                      circa 1850

                                                                      external diameter across: 7.4cm, internal diameter: 4.3cm, weight: 41.6g

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      UK art market

                                                                      6492

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                                                                        Very Rare & Early Yoruba Shango Priest’s Costume with Leather & Mirrors

                                                                        Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                        circa 1850

                                                                        length: 96.5cm, width: 54.5cm (approximately)

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.

                                                                        6238

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                                                                          Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Luen Wo

                                                                          Maker: Luen Wo, Shanghai, China
                                                                          late 19th century

                                                                          diameter: 26cm, height: 15cm, weight: 1.437kg

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          private collection, UK

                                                                          6230

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                                                                            Chinese Export Silver Centre Piece by Tuck Chang with original Carved Blackwood Stand

                                                                            Maker: Tuck Chang, Shanghai, China
                                                                            circa 1900

                                                                            height (with stand): 40cm, without stand: 32cm, diameter: 27cm, weight (without wooden stand): 1,428g

                                                                            Provenance

                                                                            private collection, UK

                                                                            6113

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                                                                              Colonial Vizagapatam Ivory-Inlaid Portable Writing Box

                                                                              Vizagapatam, India
                                                                              1720-30

                                                                              width: 43.6cm, depth: 34cm, height: 11.4cm

                                                                              Provenance

                                                                              private collection, London.

                                                                              6184

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                                                                                Fine, Carved Hippopotamus Tooth & Horn Tumbok Lada Dagger

                                                                                North Sumatra, Indonesia
                                                                                19th century

                                                                                length: 34cm, weight: 475g

                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                private English collection; private Japanese collection.

                                                                                5840

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                                                                                  Mongolian Polychrome Dancing Citipati Group

                                                                                  Mongolia
                                                                                  19th century

                                                                                  height: 60cm, width: 53cm

                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                  Private collection, England.

                                                                                  6069

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                                                                                    Pair of Bhuta Cow Figures (Nandigona)

                                                                                    Karnataka, India
                                                                                    19th century

                                                                                    lengths; 21cm, heights: 11.6cm, combined weights: 2,244g

                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                    4872

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                                                                                      Collection of 145 Ethiopian Silver Crosses (Yangat Masqal)

                                                                                      Ethiopia
                                                                                      19th-early 20th century

                                                                                      approximate total combined weight: 2.2kg

                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                      private collection, UK.

                                                                                      6479

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                                                                                        Large Yemeni Bridal Gilded Silver & Coral Necklace (Lazim)

                                                                                        Bedouin People, Khawlan Sanaa Region, Yemen
                                                                                        early 20th century

                                                                                        total length: 67cm, circumference: 39.3cm, weight: 575g

                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                        European art market

                                                                                        5217

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                                                                                          Two Mughal Engraved Gilded Silver Boxes inset with Tortoiseshell Panels

                                                                                          North India
                                                                                          circa 1740

                                                                                          length of largest box: 9.5cm, width: 8.8cm, height: 3.3cm, weight: 183g; length of smaller box: 7.5cm, width: 6.7cm, height: 1.8cm, weight: 98g

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          Scottish art market

                                                                                          5252

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                                                                                            Superb Pair of Silver Spiked Cuff Bracelets (Azbi n’Iquorrain)

                                                                                            Ait Atta Berber People, South-Eastern Morocco
                                                                                            early 20th century

                                                                                            external diameter: 13cm, internal diameter: 6.7cm, thickness: 3.7cm, combined weight: 1,116g

                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                            UK art market

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                                                                                              Model of a Peacock, Gilded, Enamelled & set with Turquoise & Pearls

                                                                                              China
                                                                                              circa 1920

                                                                                              height: 45cm, total weight: 863g

                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                              5076

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                                                                                                Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Pierced Silver Bezoar Stone Box

                                                                                                West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
                                                                                                circa 1700

                                                                                                length: 5cm, diameter: 4.4cm, weight: 48g

                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                private collection, UK

                                                                                                4078

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                                                                                                  Rare Agate Box with Chased Silver Mounts

                                                                                                  India, perhaps Goa
                                                                                                  circa 1700

                                                                                                  height: 13.3cm, length: 14cm, depth: 10.1cm, weight: 1,127g

                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                  UK art market; European collection.

                                                                                                  4052

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                                                                                                    Unusually Large, Silver Filigree Betel Box

                                                                                                    Dutch East Indies, or possibly India
                                                                                                    circa 1700

                                                                                                    length: 22.3cm, width: 16cm, height: 10cm, weight: 1,675g

                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                    Private London collection (estate)

                                                                                                    3575

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                                                                                                      Superb Balinese Palace Door & Frame

                                                                                                      Bali, Indonesia
                                                                                                      18th-early 19th century

                                                                                                      height: 178cm, width: 110cm

                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                      private collection, Ireland.

                                                                                                      3589

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                                                                                                        Ottoman Armenian Woman’s Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab) with Engraved Silver Mounts

                                                                                                        Armenian People, Ottoman Turkey
                                                                                                        19th century

                                                                                                        length: 24cm, height: 12.5cm

                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                        from the collection of the family of John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford, Bowdon Old Hall, Cheshire, UK. The family of Lord Lee has occupied Bowdon Old Hall since 1919 and the clogs formed part of the contents of the house. The wife of Baron Lee is of Armenian descent.

                                                                                                        3026

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                                                                                                          Rare Indian Lucknow Enamelled Silver & Leather Hookah Base

                                                                                                          Lucknow, India
                                                                                                          18th century

                                                                                                          height: 20.2cm, diameter of base: 14.8cm, weight: 611g

                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                                          2218

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                                                                                                            Rare Yoruba Carved Wooden Processional Staff

                                                                                                            Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                                            19th-20th century

                                                                                                            length/height: 108cm

                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                            private collection, London; and previously, a private European collection.

                                                                                                            1449

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                                                                                                              Two Very Rare Parcel-Gilded ‘Cadogan’ Style Copper & Silver Ritual Wine Ewers

                                                                                                              Nepal
                                                                                                              18th-19th century

                                                                                                              height: 12.5cm & 13cm; width: 16cm & 17.5cm; weight: 270g & 284g

                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                                              1010

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                                                                                                                Sri Lankan Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Engraved, Parcel-gilt Silver Mounts

                                                                                                                Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                late 18th century

                                                                                                                length: 16cm, width: 12cm, height: 5.2cm, weight: 305g

                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                                                848

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                                                                                                                  Rare, Finely Carved Coconut Money Box with Silver Mounts (Alcancia)

                                                                                                                  Spanish Colonial Guatemala
                                                                                                                  18th century

                                                                                                                  height: 18cm, length: 19cm, weight: 437g

                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                  European antiques market.

                                                                                                                  2181

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                                                                                                                    Life-sized Sepik Ancestor Figure

                                                                                                                    Sepik Region, New Guinea
                                                                                                                    late 19th century

                                                                                                                    height: 165cm

                                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                                    Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the first half of the 20th century.

                                                                                                                    1323

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                                                                                                                      Massive Tibetan Silver Prayer Wheel (‘Khor)

                                                                                                                      Tibet
                                                                                                                      18th-19th century

                                                                                                                      length: of wheel and handle: 106cm, diameter of wheel: 19cm, thickness of wheel drum: 9cm

                                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                                      formerly in the collection of Henry Brownrigg, London.