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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

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

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

Fragment Terracotta Attendant / Servant Head.  Han Dynasty. Henan Province.  Central China.

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    This piece was unearthed in Henan, a province in central China’s Yellow River Valley, almost a century ago.  Often recognized as the place where Chinese civilization originated, this piece is from the Han Dynasty (circa 200 B.C.).  This period was the golden age of Chinese culture,… 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

Bronze Japanese Warrior Bookends. Momoyana Period.  Sculptor Milo.  Pair.  Spain 

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    Detailed from a recent casting from my Spanish foundry group.    Beautiful brown patina with late 16th Century warrior pose  . . . to hold your heaviest books upright.   The headgear on these two warriors are worth noting.   With the decline of… 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

Rare Song Dynasty Tomb Panel Tile .  Flying Horse.  Terracotta / Clay.  Houma City.  Shan Xi Province.  China.

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  Tomb panel were common in many dynasties.  In the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD) these panels could be of two types:  a wood panel craved in the tomb itself OR a stone panel that lined the walls or panels within the tomb.   This one is… 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
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