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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

Old Tribal Bakongo Double-Faced Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Old Tribal Bakongo Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Vintage Rich Yellow Cloisonne Enamel Bowl / Jar. Lid. Peony. With Stand. China.

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    Cloisonne, cloisonné, cloisonné . . . how simply gorgeous. The detail – with copper wire forming the partitions – is just stunning. And don’t get me started on the enamel work!   This piece is from the early 1950s and is in perfect condition. … Continue reading

Very old Porcelain Ming-Dynasty Blue / White Double Dragons Crackled Porcelain Incense Burner / Bowl. China

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    This burner appears to be very old, judging by the nature of the cracks, depth of color, and residue at the bottom of the inside.   Acquired from a wealthy family’s estate in Nanyang in Henan Province. Wonderful ambiance. Stand not included

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

Very Old Bakongo Death Mask. DRC. Congo. Africa.

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    The solidarity of the Bakongo people has a long history based on the dynamics of the Kongo Kingdom, first discovered in the fifteenth century by a Portuguese explorer.   There are numerous subgroups / tribes that make up the cultural and spiritual complex. Examples: the Vili,… Continue reading

Old and Antique Handcrafted Brass Tantrik Phurba. Nepal.

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    Phurba, also Phurwa, is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. It was originally used to mark out the perimeter of a sacred building (temple or monastery). Since that time, it was used in ritual and sacred ceremonies.   The three sided… Continue reading

Crystal Singing Bowl. 8” diameter. Chakra C. Root. Meditation. Healing. Tibet/China

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  Singing bowls have been used since 560 B.C. to invoke a deep state of relaxation, meditation and spiritual well-being.   Here is a 99.9% pure quartz crystal singing bowl with a Chakra C. The official name of this chakra, muladhara, comes from the words Mula, which means root… Continue reading

Old Shrine Vessel. LP Thad Alms / Offering Bowl. With lid. Ayutthaya. Thailand

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    This is an old authentic shrine alms bowl used to celebrate Luang Phor Tuad (aka LP Thaud), a legionary high priest of Buddhism. His story starts from the Kingdom of Ayutthaya period (circa 1580 A.D.) and he lived during the reign of King Maha Dhammaraja. LP… Continue reading
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