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BOOK: Rare. “Art of the Ancestors Nias Batak Dayak”. Hardcover. 2009. English. Alliance Francaise de Singapour

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    Indonesian tribal art is among the most intriguing and varied in the world. There are as many styles and expressions as there are ethnic and cultural groups. Each of these groups produces unique objects of great interest and beauty that are used in rituals and ceremonies …. … Continue reading

Cat Mummy Statue. Figure. Bastet. Funerary. Afterlife. Linen Wrapped. Egypt.

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    Several Egyptian gods took the form of a cat . . most notably, Bastet. Bastet, half feline, half woman, was the goddess of the home, women’s secrets, fertility, childbirth…. and cats. In many ways, cats became a religious icon and as well as household… Continue reading

Large 19th Century Lacquerware Alms Box. Buddhist. 3-Piece. Designs. Elephants. Mandalay. Northern Myanmar. Burma.

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    From Mandalay – the city and royal capital of northern Burma.   Elephants, elephants, elephants . . . all around and on the bottom. Elephants are most revered among most animals by Buddhists throughout Southeast Asia . . .and they appear all over this box along… 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

Purple 8″ Frosted 99.9% Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl “B” Chakra. Crown or 7th Chakra. Nepal

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  This crystal bowl is tuned to the key B, the frequency the flows through the Crown or 7th Chakra, seen in light as brilliant white and/or purple.   The crown chakra is the life-force energy center located at the top of the head, the thousand petal (or… Continue reading

Scimitar. Curved Blade Sword. Knife. Sheath. Belt. Ethiopia

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    For you Ornithologists out there, I am not talking about the black scimitar-bill from Ethiopia, I am referring to the Middle Eastern scimitar . . . a sword or knife.   Scimitar is a generic name for a Arabic sword with a curved blade. Its shape is… Continue reading

BOOK: Egyptian Shabtis. H.M. Stewart. Paperback. 2008. Shire Egyptology. Ushabti.

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  The ancient Egyptians believed that the statutory agricultural labor imposed on them in order to use the Nile floods would continue to be imposed after death and into the afterlife. The shabtis / ushabti – small inscribed figures of adult male/female forms – were formed and made of… Continue reading

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
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