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Chokwe / Tchokwe Chikwekwe Bird Mask.  Angola

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    Chokwe are an ethnic group of Central and Southern Africa, primarily in Angola, Congo and Zambia.  They are regionally famous for their exceptional crafts work, particularly with baskets, pottery, mask carving, statues, stools and other handicrafts. The works of art include utilitarian objects, integrating Chokwe mythologies, oral… Continue reading

Kumanthong / Kuman Thong.  Phantom Ghost. Religious Artifact.   Authentic.  Thailand.

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    Kuman Thong is an effigy or statue that is revered in Thailand by Animists (folks who believe that natural physical entities – including animals and plants – possess a spiritual essence, IF given the proper respect). If so, statues such as this bring good luck and fortune to… Continue reading

Spanish Petroglyph.  Rock engraving.  Three Goddesses.  Oregon USA

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    This is a replica of an ancient design that dates to the Paleolithic age in Spain.  This dates the design to about 20,000 years ago.   We all know that some of the oldest petroglyphs found were located in Spain.  But this rendition of three “beings”… Continue reading

Museum Quality Chokwe Mwana PWO Mask. Congo. DRC.  Africa

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    This stunning mask is from the Chokwe people of the Congo with similar masks coming from Angola.  Mwana Pwo masks are hand carved by a craftsman to represent an ancestral spirit of Pwo or the archetype of womanhood and fertility.  Such efforts are significant given the… Continue reading

Songye Warrior Shield.  Wood.  Woven edge. Congolacerta Lizard. Congo. DRC

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    Songye and Luba origins are shared and can be traced through lineages from the 16th Century.  It is believed that the founders of the Songye emerged from the lake region in the Shaba / Katanga province in the southeast part of the Congo with the Lomami River… Continue reading

Wooden Statue.  Guan Yu. Fierce Warrior.  Boxwood.  Handcarved.  Polished.  Qiantang River.  China

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    Guan Yu (162 – 219 AD) was one of the best known historical and warrior figures in China’s ancient history.  He was a military general serving under Liu Bei (a warlord) during the Eastern Han dynasty.  Playing a significant role, Guan Yu helped to bring an… Continue reading

Kalao Bird Figure / Statue.  Hornbill Sculpture.  Senufo.  Ivory Coast, Africa

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    A stately and rare African sculpture of a Kalao / Hornbill from the Senufo people of northern Cote d’Ivoire.   Only ancestral specialized artisan tribal members dedicate their lives to creating art for the Senufo.   Sculptures are hand-carved from a solid piece of wood and clad with… Continue reading

Antique Greco-Roman Silver Ring with Griffin.  Gryphon etched. Sabac Serbia

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    A stunning ancient replica of a Greco-Roman silver ring.   Acquired from a Greek antique shop in Sabac Serbia.  According to the owner, it was handcrafted in the mid- to late- 1800s in a small silver foundry in Acharnes, on the outskirts of Athens.   A lot… Continue reading

Vintage Maitland-Smith Porcelain Ginger Jar.  Hong Kong.

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    This porcelain jar was made in kilns near the ancient kilns of Wun Yiu village – once the center of porcelain industry back in the 1600s.  It was then hand-painted and refired in Hong Kong.   Maitland-Smith acquired this piece and sold it through their global network… Continue reading

Huge and Rare Yombe Nkisi / Nkondi Three – Faced Statue.  Vili / Loango Tribe.  DRC / Congo.  Africa

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  During the 13th Century, the Kongo people began their expansion into Gabon, Zaire and Angola.  One of the original tribes was called the Vili that now stretches across the coasts of Gabon and parts of the old Zaire.   Nail fetishes (aka Nkondi) are created to carry a… Continue reading
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