The Vajra Gallery collection is an eclectic array of special artwork and rare antique objects, which have been gathered together by virtue of their depth, potency and presence, and their power to inspire and transform.
Please take some time to peruse the entire collection, and feel free to request further information, condition reports, or larger file photographs.
Also from Tibet is perhaps the most mysterious object in the entire collection(S0065), and one which has confounded everyone who has seen it - from museum curators and experienced collectors to Tibetan Rinpoches. I was told it is petrified dinosaur bone which was carved around the 12th century. We welcome any input that may help to further clarify the identification of this, and any other object shown on the site. Other stand-outs among our special pieces include:
A very early image of Christ the Pantocrator, in encaustic on wood panel, that exudes a palpable depth and spiritual presence. A rare Hindu holy object from the Narmada River in India - a Shiva linga with the mouth of the goddess Kali.
ware including rare and early bowls (chawan) from the renown collection of Sir W. C. Van Horne, the Canadian RR magnate, pieces he gathered in the late 19th and very early 20th centuries.
We also have several special pottery pieces by the 19thC Japanese Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu, a 12-13C Song Dynasty Hare's Fur Tenmouku bowl from China, as well as a blue and white Kangxi period bowl and a 17-18C Irabo-Korai Korean bowl.
In addition, we have a very rare example of 12th-14th century Vietnamese pottery: a covered tea-dust-celadon glazed jar, with sgriffito incised foliate decoration, which was deaccessioned from the Saigon museum in the middle of the last century.
[ Native American Items ]
From the Western hemisphere, we have some very special ritual items associated with the Native American Church; a prayer staff and bone whistle from a ceremonial peyote roadman's estate, as well as gourd rattles, prayer fans and early peyote-inspired jewelry pieces. Select Navajo rugs and blankets, Pueblo pottery by the Hopi, Cochiti, Zia, and other tribes, and special pieces of antique Southwestern Native American jewelry.