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Antiquities, Artifacts, Art

An eclectic collection gathered by family members and the curators of the Collection



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Native American Relics

American Colonial

Asian Art

Civil War Relics


& Roman Artifacts

Misc. Collectibles


Paleolithic Neolithic Artifacts

"Old World"

Pin Back Buttons

South Pacific Items


Cap Guns

Model Trains


Other Creekbed Websites

The Cuyamaca /

Mountain Cameras

Sherilton Valley  Weather Station



Japanese Vase

Family heirloom, history unknown.


This vase came from Polly Horne and had been originally converted into a lamp. Has been in the family forever and my first memory was in the late 60's when I took off the lamp appliance.


Ho Tai (Laughing Buddha)

Ho Tai is widely referred to by non-Buddhists as the "laughing Buddha" or "happy Buddha". Many believe he is an incarnation of a Buddha who will appear in the future and might properly be called bodhisattva.

Ho-Tai was a Chan monk who lived in Southern China around the 9th century CE. He worked in a monastery kitchens and loved his food and was always happy with his menial tasks. Ho-Tai probably would have been totally forgotten, but for his habit of visiting local villages to distribute sweets to the children and poor. Ho-Tai could produce a toy for a sullen child, or bring a bowl of sweetened rice to the impoverished. Ho-Tai was a local legend, and after his death his fame spread widely across China. The interesting thing is that Ho-Tai is regarded by many Buddhists as a Bodhisatva (not a Buddha), but he was elevated to divinity by the Taoists. By the time Westerners came into China, Ho-Tai was the God of Good Luck and Laughter. He was the "patron saint" of children, somewhat like Santa Claus. Small statues of Ho-Tai found their way into Western collections and were often mistakenly identified as statures of the Buddha.

This bronze statue is 10-1/4" high and depicts Ho Tai pulling a bag which legend says was full of toys for village children. It may have been a gift to Polly Horne from John O'Brien who probably picked it up while serving in Korea during the 50's. Been in the family as long as I can remember.


Elephant Bells

The bells are cast in factories in a small town called Jalesar. This is a town in a northern state of India, called Uttar Pradesh; an area well known for brass work. The cloisonn-like coloring is done in another town situated close by, called Moradabad. The bells are hung about the elephant's necks so the Mahouts can locate their animals while they are out in the jungles .

The style of these bells has not changed since the 17th century as can be seen on Mughal paintings from that period.



Brass Cigarette Case

Etched Dragon 







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