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Rare Yoruba Fetish Figure. Statue. Wood. Southwestern Nigeria. Africa.

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    The Yoruba peoples inhabit a large part of southwestern Nigeria. They have been known to place their trust in the powers of the fetish to assist them during times of need. A fetish – aka Nkisi – is a wood carving that the village… Continue reading

Phurba Phurpa in Bronze with Mahakala Head. Buddhism. Nepal

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    A traditionally styled Phurba. This is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. Originally used to mark out the perimeter of the construction of temples and monastery, it is still used in religious and sacred ceremonies.   I have an accompanying older “stunning” case… Continue reading

Gan Bronze. Snake with Rider. Serpent. Carving. Sculpture. Burkinabe People. Burkina Faso. Africa.

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    A lost wax casting and just like others the mold is destroyed every time resulting in a unique and original piece from Burkina Faso. So this is the only piece like this you will ever see.   The Gan ethnic group believe that the serpent possesses protective… Continue reading

Marka / Warka Mask with Brass. Bamara. Cloth hood. Mali. Africa.

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    The largest ethnic group in Mali are the Bamara… about 2.5 million. In the northern region of the Bamara territory are the Marka (aka Warka), known for their unique and artistic masks covered with brass or copper and other adornments.   The masks are generally carved with… Continue reading

Rare Books. Incidents of Travel in Central America. John Stephens. 2 Volumes. 1855 Edition. Leather bound. Engraved Plates. Hard Cover.

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    Incidents of Travel in Central America is a travel work by John Lloyd Stephens, documenting his time travelling through Central America from the early to mid-1800s…. noting the native life and customs. He was an American explorer / writer (trained as a lawyer) who was very important… Continue reading

Antique Shotel Sword with Wood Grip and Leather Scabbard. Ethiopia. Africa.

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    A shotel is a curved double-edged sword originating in Ethiopia or Abyssinia. The Ethiopian swordsmen who were trained in using this weapon were known as shotelai. The curve on the shotel’s blade varies from the Persian shamshir.   Battle use of the Shotel involves “hooking” attacks both against… Continue reading

Unique and Rare Nkondi Nkisi Nail Fetish Statue. Shaman. Nganga. Sculpture. Kongo. DRC. Congo.

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    Created by a shaman or Nganga who gathers spiritual items (organic materials, medicines, etc) which is placed in hollow cavities in the abdomen (and sometime the forehead). In this case, such spiritual items are behind a glass shield. Nails are driven into the statue as a… Continue reading

Dan Peoples Wooden Mask. Zakpai. Runner. Northern Dan. Cote D’ivoire. Africa

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  I love this mask . . . primitive yet so very elegant!   A typical “male” Dan mask (round eye holes) known as the “fire runner” or “zakpai”. They were worn by young men who ran through the villages of the northern Dan tribes dressed in full… 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 Sapphire Infused and Pure Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl. 10″ F Chakra. Heart.

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    This stunning bowl is 99.9% pure crystal with an integration of sapphire crystals along the outside of the bowl. Love, warmth, compassion and joy are located in the center of the chest at the heart level. You will feel the vibrations there as it is tuned… Continue reading
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