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Batak Shaman Spiritual Staff. Simalungun People. Lake Toba. Sumatra

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    Sumatra is just one island of the 17,000 islands in the chain called Indonesia. The cultures specific to different islands have long been isolated from one another resulting is significant diversity. Sumatra – one of Indonesia’s largest islands – it is home to the Batak tribes.   Shamen… Continue reading

Rare Telsum Protective Tribal Necklace. Silver Metal. Borama Oromo Tribe. Ethiopia.

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    Crafted by the Borama Oromo tribe in southern Ethiopia.   For an engagement or just protection from the evil eye, this is a true collector’s piece and honors traditional Ethiopian heritage. Each telsum box or triangle is forced individually by hand, making this one unique and one-of-a-kind.… Continue reading

Wayang Golek Rod Puppet. Sundanese Culture. West Java. Indonesia

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    There is still little known about the wayang golek puppets but historians have speculated that they most likely originated in China and arrived on the north coast of Java (Pasisir region) around the 17th Century. Through a series of cultural adoptions over a couple of hundred years,… Continue reading

Richly Carved Spear. Staff. Wood. Blackwater River. Shaman. ESP. PNG New Guinea

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  I have seen many spears from this region of New Guinea during my 50 years of collecting but not quite like this one. The intricate wood carving with its design and detail is quite spectacular.   I believe it is carved from Black Palm. Black Palm 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

Erte. Romain De Tirtoff. Oriental Tale. Art Deco. Lithograph. 1987

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  (Titled) Oriental Tale by Tirtoff (1892-1990) depicted a woman wearing voluminous pants and pointed shoes. She is wearing a vibrant headdress rendered in hues of orange and yellow. Her form is outlined in red with a hand holding a paint brush to the lower left corner. A figured… Continue reading

Scarab Paperweight. Hieroglyphics. Handmade. Steatite. Egypt.

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    A scarab is a dung beetle. In Egypt, it is part of its ancient religion. The beetle was associated with the divine manifestation of the early morning sun.   Likenesses of the beetle were frequently made of steatite (talc within a rock – think soapstone). Heiroglyphics… Continue reading

Large Desktop Prayer Wheel. Handmade and Hand Crafted. Buddhist. Paper Scroll. Nepal

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Prayer wheels are Tibetan Buddhist praying instruments, with the mantra engraved: Om Mani Padme Hum, Avalokitesvara’s mantra. Prayers are also printed on a paper scroll rolled inside the metal cylinder. Very powerful.   Prayer wheels are fixed to the walls of monasteries, grouped around stupas, found in… Continue reading

Very Large Ammonite Fossil. Cleoniceras. Large. 153mm. Cut and Polished. Two Halves. Whole. Tulear. Madagascar.

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Way more than a simple decor piece!   Ammonites are anywhere from 75 to 450 million years old. Their closest living relatives are: octopus, squid, cutterfish and the chambered Nautilus. Ammonites got their name from the spiral shape . . . resembling tightly coiled rams’ horns.… Continue reading
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