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Rare and Powerful Zigua Peoples Mummy Figure. Wood. Tanzania. Africa.

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    The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani Region and southern Tanga Region.   Zigua art, like most art from Tanzania, is poorly understood… and frequently misidentified. They absolutely have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings. Their “mummy” figures are thought… Continue reading

Dayak Iban Native Pottery. Vase. Container. Tajau. Sarawak. Borneo. Malaysia

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    Iban Dayak pottery (aka Tajau) is a symbol of status, wealth and power. Even though the Dayak used the pottery for a variety of “daily” things (rice, water, wine, jewelry), it is also passed down through generations as a symbol of their familial beliefs. Occasionally, it… Continue reading

Bronze and Copper Hanging Monastery Incense Burner. Censer. Hand Crafted. Master Temple Quality. Sherpa Monastery. Sherka. Rare. Tibet. Northeast Nepal.

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  I have located yet another of these rare burners / censers – although a bit smaller – but just as fascinating!   Around the turn of the 19th Century and into the 20th Century, little is known or recorded about the monasteries that were built by the Sherpas in… Continue reading

Achuar Indians Spear and Small Knife. Remote Pastaza River. Chonta Palm. Ecuador.

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    One of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin, straddling the borders of Ecuador and Peru. Specifically, this spear / knife came from a remote village along the Pastaza River (a large tributary to the Marañón River) The Maronon River is joined by the Ucayal River… Continue reading

Iron Phurba. Kila. Ritual Dagger. Exorcise Evil. Tibet

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    A three sided peg, stake, knife or nail like ritual object that is/was used to stake out sacred and monastery sites to obstruct or repel evil. Also does wonders to nail down those life distractions such as greed, desire and envy.   The most precious of Phurbas… Continue reading

Oinochoe-styled Vessel. Reproduction. Athletes. Greece

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    Accurate replica and a quality reproduction of a 500 B.C. vessel by a Greek artist, Pvaglis in the mid-1900s, in Greece. Of course, hand painted. Recreated from actual pieces found during an archaeological excavation.   Acquired from a NYC collector who commissioned Pvaglis to produce a… Continue reading

Handcrafted 1000 Arms Bodhisattva Guanyin Buddha Statue. Boxwood. China

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    Handcrafted by skilled and traditional artisans in a village (on the Bai River) outside Nanyang, southwestern Henan Sheng province.   Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) Bodhisattva began His / Her Bodhisattva career by helping sentient beings (those ascribing to matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness) and vowing: “Should He ever… Continue reading

Antique Buddha. Wood with Gilt. 18th Century. Thailand

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    This is a rare find!   Acquired from the Hunt Slonem’s collection, an American painter and sculptor. Interestingly enough, one of his most well-known quotes is: “I would say my whole life could be summed up by the word ‘exotica’”. Wonder what the rest… Continue reading

Antique Chi Lin. Classic Feng Shui. Mythical Hooved Chimerical Creatures. Qilin. Kirin. Bronze. Brass. China.

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    Absolutely NOTHING beats an antique pair of these creatures with the head of a dragon, body of a horse and scales of a carp fish. The energy, the detail and the workmanship is spectacular!!   It is believed that if you look into the eyes of the… Continue reading

Bronze Gilt Statue. Figure. Lama Tsongkhapa. Scholar and Saint. Tibet

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    The history of Buddhism in Tibet has been turbulent, going through periods of revival and decline. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born in the Tsongkha Valley of Amdo province, northeast Tibet. He was a Buddhist scholar and saint who lived in Tibet during a time when Buddhist teachings… Continue reading
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