Prominent local and international antique galleries will bring some of the finest work from the region to the Hong Kong International Arts and Antiques Fair (HKIAAF). Images of Faith from London's Rossi & Rossi is a private collection of Himalayan sculpture and ritual objects dating from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Among the highlights is a pair of 17th-century Tibetan bumpa, or ritual vases, of silver and gilt copper, and a vajra or water knife, so called because its wavy blade resembles flowing water. The collection also includes several gilt bronze sculptures from Tibet, such as the 14th-century Akshobya Buddha, and a Mongolian late 17th or early 18th-century gilt copper sculpture of an 11-headed, eight-armed Avalokiteshvara. New York gallery Carlton Rochell Asian Art will display a group of Buddhist artworks from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, many of which hail from European and American private collections. Carlton Rochell chose to bring the works to the HKIAAF as a response to the increased interest among Chinese buyers in Buddhist art from the Himalayas. The market has broadened to include not only gilt bronzes which have historically appealed to the Chinese aesthetic, but also more esoteric material such as early Indian Buddhist bronzes from Gandhara, Kashmir, Nepal and Tibet. Robert Hall of London will show rare Chinese snuff bottles dating from 1720 to 1910, in glass, porcelain and precious stones. Highlights include an 1898 snuff bottle with a river scene painted on the inside by Ding Erzhong, the most sought after artist in this medium. Other bottles show celebrated poets, sages, officials and more humorous pieces such as a chalcedony bottle, with an agate silhouette, carved to reveal a monkey with a smiling face. Danon Gallery has showrooms in New York, Paris and Rome and specialises in rare antique carpets including collections from China, India, East Turkestan and Tibet. It will present Imperial Court carpets including a silk Qing dynasty (1644-1911) dragon carpet and a red lotus carpet, made of silk and metal threads, from the Guangxu period (1875-1908). Both carpets were made in the Imperial Workshops in Peking. Tokyo's Kankodo gallery will exhibit Chinese works of art dating from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties. Highlights include a cloisonne enamel tripod censer and cover dating from the Qianlong period (1736-1795) and a finely carved fulushou white jade boulder from the Qing dynasty.