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China, circa 1920. This rather extraordinary and well-observed model of a peacock is made from enamelled and gilded (gold-plated) silver and silver filigree. The tail feathers are also inset with large pear-shaped turquoise cabochons and the crest on the head is of pearls beaded onto fine silver wire springs. The body of the peacock is decorated with light and dark blue, light green and cream enamel. The peacock stands on a rocky outcrop which is of black lacquered carved wood. It grasps the rocky outcrop with one gilded silver foot, while the other reaches forward tentatively or perhaps nonchalantly in the way that peacocks do. Such extraordinary follies were created in China in the 1920s largely for the export market. It is purely decorative.
Egyptian Limestone Round top Stele For Amun Seramun and his wife Tjent-Tjertjer, New Kingdom, Ramesside Period, 1292 - 1069 BC

 

Fine Roman Bronze Standing Goddess Aphrodite Anadyomene, circa 1st to 3rd century
Rare Clay & Polychrome Portrait Image of the Jonang Lama Dolpo Pa, Tibet, 19th century

 

Cast Bronze Head of Buddha, Thailand, circa 17th-18th century

 

Bronze Seated Buddha or Disciple, Thailand, late 18th century.
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