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Handcrafted 1000 Arms Bodhisattva Guanyin Buddha Statue. Boxwood. China

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    Handcrafted by skilled and traditional artisans in a village (on the Bai River) outside Nanyang, southwestern Henan Sheng province.   Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) Bodhisattva began His / Her Bodhisattva career by helping sentient beings (those ascribing to matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness) and vowing: “Should He ever… Continue reading

Antique Buddha. Wood with Gilt. 18th Century. Thailand

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    This is a rare find!   Acquired from the Hunt Slonem’s collection, an American painter and sculptor. Interestingly enough, one of his most well-known quotes is: “I would say my whole life could be summed up by the word ‘exotica’”. Wonder what the rest… Continue reading

Antique Chi Lin. Classic Feng Shui. Mythical Hooved Chimerical Creatures. Qilin. Kirin. Bronze. Brass. China.

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    Absolutely NOTHING beats an antique pair of these creatures with the head of a dragon, body of a horse and scales of a carp fish. The energy, the detail and the workmanship is spectacular!!   It is believed that if you look into the eyes of the… Continue reading

Bronze Gilt Statue. Figure. Lama Tsongkhapa. Scholar and Saint. Tibet

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    The history of Buddhism in Tibet has been turbulent, going through periods of revival and decline. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born in the Tsongkha Valley of Amdo province, northeast Tibet. He was a Buddhist scholar and saint who lived in Tibet during a time when Buddhist teachings… Continue reading

Large Balinese Garuda with Vishnu Riding. Hindu. Temple Art. Wood. Ubud. Bali. Indonesia

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  Truly Stunning!   By now you know the significance of this Hindu deity riding between the Garuda (protector) wings. If not, ask me. I have books on the symbolism .   Carved in the 1940s -1950s in the town of Ubud in the… Continue reading

Pre Columbian Chimu Blackware. Stirrup Vessel. Peru

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    The Chimu Kingdom culture – a large adobe city in the Moche Valley near the present day city of Trujillo – began their rise in 900 AD. They were masters in crafting black pottery in various shapes and forms.   I started being interested in their rather… Continue reading

Batak Shaman Spiritual Staff. Simalungun People. Lake Toba. Sumatra

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    Sumatra is just one island of the 17,000 islands in the chain called Indonesia. The cultures specific to different islands have long been isolated from one another resulting is significant diversity. Sumatra – one of Indonesia’s largest islands – it is home to the Batak tribes.   Shamen… Continue reading

Natural Green Jade Chi-Lin Pair. Statues. Qilin. Kylin. Feng Shui. Xiu or Nephrite. China

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  Chi Lin – or the Dragon Horse – is a classic feng shui protection cure and mythological creature. Loyal to its owner and a protector to the owner’s house, the Chi Lin is of a royal status than other guardians.   Xiu Jade – aka Xiuyan… Continue reading

Rare Salampasu / Basalampasu Warrior Mask. Mukinka. Kasai River. Congo DNC / Angola

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    There are about 60,000 Salampasu people who live east of the Kasai River (bordering the DRC and Angola). History reveals that they are viewed with terror by adjacent tribes (e.g. Chokwe and Lunda). The Salampasu are governed by territorial leaders who, in turn, supervise village chiefs.… 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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