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Antique Chinese Nephrite Jade Carving
DHARMAPALA
Nio Belt Buckle

Origin: China. Circa: 19th Century or earlier
H 2.25 in.(5.7cm) X W 2 in.(5cm) X D 1in.(2.5cm)
Condition: Excellent!

Dharmapalas (Lokapalas) are warrior guardians of Buddhist temples. They were introduced to China in the mid-seventh century by a Cingalese Buddhist monk Pu Kung. Soon became popular temple guardians and protectors from attacks of evil spirits. As shown here. This is a horrific yet delightful belt buckle between worlds. Central is three large bulging eyes, opened jaws in a menacing expressions. The provocative character is fused with broad strokes and definitive cuts, rounded edges and smooth touch in a tactile nephrite jade of celadon green with a semi-translucent hue. Despite the apparent simplicity, a few minor scratches and a chipped tooth, this rare Dharmapala buckle is gleaming with a buoyant and powerful presence.

Estimated Value $300
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