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Terracotta Soldier Warrior Head. Officer.  Replica.  Qin Shi Huang.  Xi’an City.  China

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    In the early spring of 1974, workers sinking a well in Xiyang Village suddenly discovered an ancient bronze weapon and pieces of broken terracotta armored warriors.  That was the start.  Within two years, three pits were found and within 8,000 terracotta warriors, horses and more than… Continue reading

Maitland-Smith Brass Griffin.  Gryphon. Brulee finish.  Penshell inlay.  8173-10. Philippines

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    Whoa….   This is certainly one of Maitland Smith’s most creative and sophisticated mythological and decorative creatures.  If the definition of a griffin is true to form, then this piece is the epitome of courage and boldness… with a massive helping of beauty and elegance.   This… 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

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

Antique “The Dead” Wooden Dance Mask.  Patron. Guatemala.

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  A very old and authentic Patron mask from  Nahuala Solola in west central Guatemala.   For you who know about Guatemalan masks, this is a gem in a museum quality condition . . .and very rare.   In fine condition.  Circa late-1800s to early 1900s.   For… Continue reading

Very Rare and Old Tibetan Bronze Hanging Temple Incense Burner / Censer, Tibet

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Authentic.  Heavy and old pot censer with great detail.  From the Drigung Thil Monastery, Lhasa. For the Serious Collector.

Authentic Ming Dynasty Terra Cotta Carnival Performer Statue, China

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Detail:  Temple fairs are a Chinese tradition, especially in Beijing.  Dating back to the Liao Dynasty, city folk and peasants from outlining areas would gather at these fairs and buy/trade clothes, jewelry, birds, fish and insects . . . and attend the many events and carnivals.  During… Continue reading

Large Metal Religious Figure / Statue, Tibet

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Detail:  The style looks very familar to me but I cannot put my finger on its identity.   This might be a more contemporary-styled statue . . . in metal with a unique rust texture  and color covering.  The face and headdress looks… Continue reading

Authentic Rare Antique Brass Lengguai. Betel Nut. Borneo

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Found in most homes, the Lengguai is traditionally a serving tray for daun Sirih (betel nut) . . .  a stimulant.  The more wealthy families owned the highest quality brass Lengguais, like this one.   In this case, I would guess – based on the designs and… Continue reading

Authentic Spear / Blowpipe / Blowgun. Rare. Orang Asli. Taman Negara. Malaysia

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An old and impossible-to-find artifact. From the Orang Asli tribe in the Taman Negara, one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Most likely early 1900’s. Hole on the blow end has been sealed with a wax or resin. The other end – near the spearhead – is open. The… Continue reading
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