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Head of Buddha
Bronze; Wood
Thailand
c. 16th - 18th century?

The flame finial on top of the rounded protuberance is associated with the transcendent quality of the Buddha. The Maltwoods purchased this small Thai head in the Sukhothai style, from F. W. Margrett in Bangkok on January 19, 1931.

Bibliography: The Maltwood Far Eastern Collection exhibition catalog, 1982.
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Head of Buddha
Bronze; Wood
Thailand
c. 16th - 18th century

This head of Buddha is thought to have been made in Thailand between the 16th and 18th centuries (Ayuthya School ?). The Buddha is shown wearing a crown. This is a form that developed in the the late Pala-Sena Mahayana Buddhist art of India, and was also found in Southeast Asia by the 12th century.

This head was purchased by the Maltwood in London (Yamanaka on Bond Street ) in July 1926.

Bibliography: The Maltwood Far Eastern Collection exhibition catalog, 1982.
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Prayer or Meditation Mala
Amber; Jade; Coral; Glass; Metal; String
Tibet
n. d.

The quality and materials of this meditation mala suggest it may have once belonged to Tibetan Buddhist royalty. The date and place the Maltwoods acquired it is not known, but notes from their files include the following information: "Beads counted while saying a mantra. Largest bead in centre is Guru bead, 3 other hanging strands represent Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, with group of students (monks or nuns). Beads are amber, jade, and coral."
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Benten Shrine
Lacquer; Wood; Brass; Gilding
Japan
c. 1900?

There was once a figure painted on the inside of each door, but have almost completely come off , leaving a shiny unoxidized area against the door. The identity of the central figure is not certain. It is possibly an esoteric image of the Japanese Shingon or Tendai sect. The Maltwoods purchased this item from Nakaya (location unknown) in 1920.

Bibliography: Conservation Report in Document File; The Maltwood Far Eastern Collection exhibition catalog, 1982.
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Travelling Shrine
Lacquer; Wood; Brass; Gilding
Japan
n.d.

This small shrine has hinged doors which open to show a standing figure before a flaming mandorla. Small figures are shown on the lower part of the inside wing of each door, although these are now in poor condition. The figure in the shrine might represent Jizo (Jisu, Kshitagarbha), the patron of travellers. He became especially popular in the Kamakura and Muromachi periods. Further research is required to determine where and when the Maltwoods acquired this piece.

Bibliography: The Maltwood Far Eastern Collection exhibition catalog, 1982.
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Shrine
Brass
Japan
n. d.

Additional research is required on this small brass shrine. Two doors open to reveal the image of a standing figure. A silk tassel is tied through a ring at the top of the portable shrine
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Figure on Elephant (Samantabhadra?)
Balsa wood; Pigment
Chinese, attr. c. 1368-1644

Katharine and John Maltwood acquired this figure from the Artificers Guild, London, on March 3, 1923. It has variously been described as “Figure on Elephant,” “Buddha on Elephant,” and “Samantabhadra (?).” The date for its creation is claimed as Ming Dynasty China. Restoration reports in the document file indicate the materials are somewhat unusual for a Ming Dynasty work. Another suggests it may have been among the mass produced religious artifacts of the period, although made from a perishable and unusual material.

Bibliography: Somers, Conservation Report, n. d.; Chechik, Conservation Report, 1980 (both in Document File)
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Head of Jisu (Jizo)
Wood
Japan, c. 1184-1334 (Kamakura Period)

This black lacquered wooden head is probably a 13th century Japanese carving. There are traces of an opening on the back of the head, probably where dedication inscriptions were once placed. It is not known if this deposit area still might retain these, as they may have been removed before the Maltwoods boughtthe sculpture in July 1920, in London (Yamanaka on Bond Street).

Bibliography: Correspondence (Document File)
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Kylins; Stands
Ceramic; Glaze; Wood
China
c. 1368-1644

Pair of male and female kylin pottery figures from the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Each has green glaze with gold and brown representing fur. Further research might reveal how and when the Maltwoods acquired these pieces.
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Kylins; Stands
Ceramic; Glaze; Wood
China
c. 1368-1644

Pair of male and female kylin pottery figures from the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Each has green glaze with gold and brown representing fur. Further research might reveal how and when the Maltwoods acquired these pieces.
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Figurine
Wood
China
n. d

This figurine probably represents one of the Taoist immortals on a stag. It belonged to the Maltwoods, but other information about its provenance will require additional research.