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Chiang Rung – styled Buddha Statue. 17/18th Century. Shan. Bronze. Northern Thailand. Laos.

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    Typical of Northern Thai Buddhas, this stunning statue lacks many of the ornate designs seen in many Buddha statues as seen earlier and more recently. Simplicity is better because it allows followers to concentrate more on the spirituality aspect.   Acquired 30 years ago in The golden… Continue reading

Dan Poro Ceremonial Mask. Wood. Spiritual realm. Secret Society. Wood. Liberia. Africa

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The Dan people – an ethnolinguistic grouping – has presence in the mountainous areas of Côte d’Ivoire and adjacent areas of Liberia. This particular mask is from Liberia and specifically used by the Poro . . . a secret society where only males are admitted.   As… Continue reading

Unique Rencong Knife. Weapon of Nobility. Aceh. Northern Sumatra. Indonesia.

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    Aceh is a semi-autonomous Indonesian province on the northeast tip of the island of Sumatra. The ethnic group there – the Acehnese – use the Rencong to fight off invaders during the frequent conflicts especially in the mountainous wilderness areas.   Engagement techniques vary depending on the… Continue reading

Extremely Rare. Original & Guaranteed. Nuchu Wooden Shaman Medicine & Healing Figure. Nele. Kuna Guna. Panama

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  This is a representation of a medicine man (Nele). A spirit is summoned from the figure and the soul of the patient is placed within. To aid in the healing process, the shaman chants and the burning of cacao beans in a clay censer beneath the… Continue reading

Old Solid Sandstone Parvati. Gauri. Bust. Head. India

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    Parvati is a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children and devotion. Add to that: divine strength and power . . . which seems to sum up what is positive in the world today.   The main thing to know is that Parvati is… Continue reading

Rare Bamun Brass Sheathing Mask. Bamileke People. Cameroon. Africa

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    Sharing stylistic traits with the Bamileke, Tikar and other Western Grassland Cameroon tribes, this particular mask illustrates the complexity of the transfer of styles… through migration and various artists’ interpretations… even as far back as the migrations of the 17th Century.   That is what makes this mask… Continue reading

Mid-1900 Suku Horned Helmet Mask. Yaka Influence. DRC. Congo. Africa

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  One of the most complex and intriguing Suku mask that I have every seen!   The Suku (aka Basuku) are people from SW Congo and Northwest Angola. They speak a derivation of the Bantu language of the Niger-Congo group of languages. Suku women cultivate a root vegetable… Continue reading

Dehua White Porcelain Kwan-yin Statue. Buddha. Guanyin. Lotus blossom. China.

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    Guanyin . . . the Bodhisattva known as Avalokitesvara… the Buddhist icon associated with compassion.   A stunning statue from the world famous Dehua kilns, located in the vicinity of the town of Dehua Xian, Fujian Province. Most of my Dehua porcelain comes from a specific… Continue reading

Dayak Iban Native Pottery. Vase. Container. Tajau. Sarawak. Borneo. Malaysia

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    Iban Dayak pottery (aka Tajau) is a symbol of status, wealth and power. Even though the Dayak used the pottery for a variety of “daily” things (rice, water, wine, jewelry), it is also passed down through generations as a symbol of their familial beliefs. Occasionally, it… Continue reading

Bronze and Copper Hanging Monastery Incense Burner. Censer. Hand Crafted. Master Temple Quality. Sherpa Monastery. Sherka. Rare. Tibet. Northeast Nepal.

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  I have located yet another of these rare burners / censers – although a bit smaller – but just as fascinating!   Around the turn of the 19th Century and into the 20th Century, little is known or recorded about the monasteries that were built by the Sherpas in… Continue reading
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