The sale on June 10 taking place in Cologne, will feature paintings, porcelain and ceramics from India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal and China.

On June 11, stop off at Japan with woodcuts, paintings, ceramics, porcelain, netsuke pieces, lacquer and Sagemono objects and swords.

blog.php-504 Statue of Amitayus, ormolu, decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral, Kangxi period, circa 1680-1700.

The Amitayus Buddha is a ''figure of immeasurable luminescence,'' this form of true enlightenment is highly revered in East Asia. He is one of the five great transcendental Buddhas and is considered the incarnation of the absolute truth.

blog.php-505 A large gilded and lacquered wood figure of Guanyin, 17th/18th century

Guanyin is one of the most important figures of East Asian Buddhism. Originally a male god, the figure became a female bodhisattva of compassion.

blog.php-506 An unusually large octogonal cloisonné enamel vase with gilded edges, late 18th/19th century.

blog.php-507 A large blanc de Chine figure of Guanyin, Dehua, 20th century

blog.php-508 Green jade vase and cover, Qianlong period (1735-1796)

blog.php-512 A very large black lacquer cabinet, the front displaying a landscape with palaces, boats and figures strolling through the coastal landscape, second half of the 16th century.

The lacquer painting is a Chinese invention that was made there around 3 000 years ago. The raw material for the coating which was used to decorate furniture and decorative arts comes from trees. The trend also reached Japan and later Arabic countries. In the 16th century lacquer ware came to Europe where it was most popular during the 18th century, when Chinoiserie was a big interior design trend. In various locations factories for objects with lacquer decoration were built. As the raw materials from trees used for lacquer could not be imported without spoiling, European craftsmen created their own version.

blog.php-511 A sandstone figure of a standing Buddha with traces of red color, Northern Qi dynasty

blog.php-510 Figure of the dragon-girl Longnu, 17th/18th century

The "dragon-daughter" Longnu is one of the two main scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism, which are the the "Lotus Sutra" and the "Avatamsaka Sutra."She is described as full of wisdom and is said to have experienced instant enlightenment.

blog.php-509 A bronze figure of a deified emperor seated on a wooden bench, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Check out the full catalog on Barnebys here.

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