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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

Rare Master Quality Handcrafted Tantric Oracle Cap.  Crown. Tibet.

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    Tibetan Oracles?  Well, before Buddhism, there were Bons.  Bons were a particular type of priest who performed rituals to gain the favor of local spirits and ensure the well-being and safety of the dead in the afterlife.  Much, much later and under the influence of… Continue reading

Old Spiritual Dan People Mask.  Wood.  Liberia. Africa

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    Dan masks are so very intriguing!   In the 9th Century, the Dan people migrated from western Sudan region to the north which is part of (present day) Mali.  Then, because of conflict, they migrated to Cote D’Ivoire . . .  and – present day –… Continue reading

Rare Clay Tomb Figure.  Clay.  Tang Dynasty.  Luoyang China

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    Uncovered over a century ago by an anthropologist who – in turn – passed it on to his family . . .  ending up in a collector’s hands in Connecticut USA.   Tang Dynasty, circa 900 C.E.(A.D.).  From a site in Luoyang (Henan province).   Such… Continue reading

Spirit Figure / Hook / Staff.  Sepik River.  Middle Sepik.  Iatmul people.  Tambaran.  Suspension Hook. Papua New Guinea

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  The middle Sepik Region of New Guinea is populated primarily by the Iatmul people, inhabiting small villages along the banks of the Sepik River and its tributaries.  Life in these villages centers around the Spirit House (Haus Tambaran).  Within its walls are a vast display of masks,… Continue reading

Antique Museum Quality Handcrafted Marble Guanyin.  Kwan-yin. Hardwood Stand.  China

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    Hand-carved marble head of Guanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion.  The expression is priceless and the headgear / crown with an engraved Buddha is a real bonus.   Acquired from a jeweler in Beverly Hills California who has had it since the 1970s, when he… 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

18 Eighteen Arhats Lohan Disciples. Buddha.  Dehua Porcelain.  Fujian Province.  China.

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    When you enter the esotericstuff.com hall of a Buddhist temple in China, you will see two rows of figures . .  . one row on the east side and one row on the west side.  Usually, the figures are labelled and numbered, and as a group… Continue reading

Antique Old Master Healing Metal Singing Bowl. Chakra A. 11.5” Diameter. Tibet

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Hand hammered.  Seven metals.  Tuned to the Third Eye Chakra energy center, “A”, center of forehead.  Associated with issues of intuition, understanding, visualization and inner vision.  This is an older bowl with a delightful dark bronze patina.  Engraved with traditional Tibetan symbols. New pillow and… 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.
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