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Archaic Cloisonne Enamel Incense Burner.  Foo Dog Lid.  China

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    A real prize.  A sizable early censer with a bronze protective foo dog / lion lid.   Chinese enameling technique features carved or chiseled depressions in a brass vessel . . . and then filled with enamel, fired and polished.   Red, blue, white designs, animals (on… Continue reading

Terracotta Soldier Warrior Head. General.  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 100… Continue reading

Yaka Ndeemba Mask.  n-khanda / Mukanda Ceremonial.  Northern Yaka.  Northern DRC Congo

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  After a long history of forced migration and union with other groups, the Yaka have been an independent society since the 19th century.  Living in the northern Congo, the Yaka are primarily hunters, although they also practice small scale farming.  The Yaka has a tight-knit control… 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

Vintage Rich Yellow Cloisonne Enamel Bowl / Jar. Lid. Peony. With Stand. China.

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    Cloisonne, cloisonné, cloisonné . . .  how simply gorgeous.  The detail – with copper wire forming the partitions – is just stunning.  And don’t get me started on the enamel work!   This piece is from the early 1950s and is in perfect condition. … 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

Raku Mask.  Original Artist.  Oregon USA

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    Raku is a pottery technique that has its origins in 16th century Japan. It might have been developed by Korean potters (under Japanese rule). The raku technique, like other pottery techniques such as salt glazing and pit firing, primarily revolves around it’s firing process. Traditional raku and our… Continue reading

Egyptian Museum Quality Replica. Amarna. Akhenaten Rule. Harpist Head. Sculpture. Egypt / Australia

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Amarna is an Egyptian archaeological site. About 1300 BC, Pharaoh Akhenaten built a capital city on that site.  It is about 200 miles south of Cairo. This piece is a limestone / quartzite composition replica of the original harpist head currently residing in the Louvre (in wood).  This… 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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