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Old Solid Sandstone Parvati. Gauri.  Bust.  Head.  India

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    Parvati is a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children and devotion.  Add to that:  divine strength and power . . .  which seems to sum up what is positive in the world today.   The esotericstuff.com thing to know is that Parvati is… Continue reading

Iban.  Dayak.  34″ Fertility Staff.  Gawai Melah Pinang.  Ritual. Ceremony.  Indonesia

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    Sure,  the Ibans / Dayaks were renowned for practicing headhunting to further territorial expansion.  They had a fearsome reputation until the Europeans arrived with their colonization in the 1800s.  Some headhunting episodes were reported into the mid-1900s.   There were rituals, ceremonies and festivals all… Continue reading

Rare and Museum Quality  Lord Ganesh Sawankhalok Stoneware / Pottery Statue. Porcelain.  16/17th Century.  Thailand.

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The best known of all traditional Thailand ceramics are those named and from Sawankhalok.  Such stoneware is decorated in a rich brown glaze and decorated with an opaque glaze. The finely crackled surface of the glaze is lightly speckled from ash residue deposits during the low temperature glazing process.… 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

Large Sculpted Silverback Gorilla Head.  Signed Sandra Brue.  1997.  USA.

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    LIFESIZE!  Majestic!  Very Detailed!     . . .  and now, very rare.   This is the second sculpture I have owned of this piece.  I am so enamored with its magnificence.   It reminds me of the behavioral studies I did… 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.

Buddhist Ritual and Ceremonial Dragon Chu-srin Bugle / Horn, Nepal

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This is a handmade ceremonial musical instrument that depicts the Tibetan Chu-srin or Makara – a sea dragon – that is a mix of a dragon and a mythical sea creature.  It is made of copper, parts of which are plated in gold.  There is a brass chain… Continue reading

Camphor Wood Folk Deity Statue, China

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I don’t have a lot of detail on this piece but I really like the flowers and tassles.  It is probably from the mid-1900’s.  These types of statues were usually handcarved by village artisans and placed within worship altars in private homes.  This one was well cared… Continue reading

Antique Bronze Buddhist Temple Oil Lamp, China

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Temple lamp from an Ambassador’s Private Collection. With various barrel shapes forming the body, there is no mistaking the dragon’s head forming a fluted spout. The efficiency of this lamp is based on how the oil passes through various small holes . . . and finally into the cup to… Continue reading

Framed 1898 Map South China and Southeast Asia

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Really a remarkable find.   In 1898, a Citizens Atlas was printed by John G. Bartholemew of Edinburgh.  It is multi-colored and printed on quality 100# paper stock.  It covers China south and Southeast Asia . . . to New Guinea and the Philippines.  I had it… Continue reading
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