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"The Nations who have to collaborate in a peaceful solution are not only the 'free people.' Such expression is a subtle form for the exclusion of a part of the members of the U.N., the collaboration of whom is indispensable for the achievement of the goal..." - Important letter by Einstein on his inclusive vision for world peace.
Silver Shivalingam set with a Single, Massive 189-carat Emerald Lingam, India; 19th C.
This extraordinary and extraordinarily rare shivalingam comprises a high-grade chased silver yoni base, and a lingam made of an exceptionally large single emerald. The emerald weighs 188.88 carats. To put this in context, in 2015, London's Victoria & Albert Museum exhibited jewels from the Al Thani Collection of Indian jewels and this included several massive Mughal-style emeralds. The largest of these was 84.8carats (see Stronge, 2015, p. 54-55). Most probably, the lingam has been polished down from a large, natural hexagonal emerald crystal.


Aquamarine in Muscovite
This beautiful specimen is notably rare. Seldom do you find such a massive number of terminated aquamarine crystals in such a concentrated area. This specimen with a weight of 7 pounds (3.18 kg), measures 10 inches (25 cm) by 8.5 inches (21.3 cm) has a total of 58 terminated crystals that are sharp, well defined and clear. They are imbedded in a cluster of bladed muscovite crystals, a name given to the mineral due to its use in medieval Russia as a cheaper alternative to glass in windows. This specimen was discovered in Pakistan.
Yeats, William Butler - Photograph Signed, c. 1900
One of the earliest known signed photos of William Butler Yeats. A rare gelatin silver print bust portrait of Yeats as a young man, signed and inscribed by Yeats to U.S. politician and later U.S. secretary of state Bainbridge Colby: "To Mr. Bainbridge Colby with kind regards from WB Yeats March 1904." Inscribed in ink on the flush board mount beneath the photograph.


Early Ayutthaya/U-Thong Style Gold Buddha, mid-14th C.
Ayutthaya, Thailand. This fine, museum-quality, early example of a gold Buddha plaque is larger than most and with better defined and crisper features than is usual. The plaque if of thick, hammered solid gold sheet and the gold content tests at higher than 18 carats.
Large, Silver Filigree Betel Box, circa 1700
Dutch East Indies, or possibly India. This unusually large and heavy silver filigree lidded box was originally intended to serve as a betel box, probably for use by a senior Dutch colonial official. The original silver sheet dividing compartments to allow the box to be used for betel are still inside (usually, these are no longer present, having been melted down over the intervening centuries.)


Abbot, John; Smith, James Edward - The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia, 1797
The earliest book ever published on American butterflies and moths; complete with 104 stunning hand-colored folio engravings. A beautiful copy in Riviere & Son binding. Bound by Riviere & Son, with binder's stamp on front free endpaper of each volume. Text in English and French. Later issue, as usual, with most plates with 1822 watermark on J. Whatman Turkey Mills wove paper.
Lapis Lazuli
The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was richly inlaid with Lapis, as were other burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens. Lapis Lazuli is one of the most sought after stones in use since man's history began. Its deep celestial blue remains a symbol of royalty, honor, wisdom, and truth. It is a rock formed by many minerals, mostly Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite.


Silver Shivalingam Shrine with Attendant Nandi, set with Carnelian & Pearls, 19th C.
South India. This rare silver shrine is portable ans was made to be carried on pilgrimages and journeys. It comprises a silver shivalingam set with a carnelian or agate lingam. A silver cobra rises over the lingam. The shrine includes a nandi carved from basalt set within a silver mount, attending the shivalingam. The shrine includes a wide, curved, bevelled foot set with ten bunches of small pearls with each pearl being attached to the shrine by means of a silver post.
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