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Chiang Rung – styled Buddha Statue. 17/18th Century. Shan. Bronze. Northern Thailand. Laos.

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    Typical of Northern Thai Buddhas, this stunning statue lacks many of the ornate designs seen in many Buddha statues as seen earlier and more recently. Simplicity is better because it allows followers to concentrate more on the spirituality aspect.   Acquired 30 years ago in The golden… Continue reading

Dan Poro Ceremonial Mask. Wood. Spiritual realm. Secret Society. Wood. Liberia. Africa

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The Dan people – an ethnolinguistic grouping – has presence in the mountainous areas of Côte d’Ivoire and adjacent areas of Liberia. This particular mask is from Liberia and specifically used by the Poro . . . a secret society where only males are admitted.   As… Continue reading

Extra Fine Senufo Kepeli-yehe Mask. Bronze. Stand. Korhogo. Côte d’Ivoire Ivory Coast. Africa

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    The Senufo people – numbering between 1 to 1.5 million and aka Siena, Senefo, Sene, Senoufo, and Syénambélé – is a West African ethno-linguistic group consisting of diverse subgroups.   Their masks are varied with a range of materials.   By far the most profound and valuable are… Continue reading

Stunning Sculpted Bronze Elephant Bookends. Lost Wax. Spain

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    These are my third set from the famous European sculptor, Milo. I am in contact with the Spanish foundry who allows me to purchase some of first units from the fresh molds . . . yielding exceptional detail.   Using the lost wax casting process, these… Continue reading

Chieftain Face Mask. Bena Lulua People. Lulua River. DRC / Zaire

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    The Lulua people – who migrated from western Africa – are made up of small regional chiefdoms. They in turn often elect a common leader . . . a village chief.   Masks – like this one – are used in rituals and ceremonies related to agriculture,… Continue reading

Majapahit Kingdom Sandstone Head Fragment. Estate find. Bali.

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    A Majapahit Kingdom – one of the last major Hindu empires of the Malay archipelago – in eastern Java from 1293 to around 1500. The Majapahit society developed a high degree of sophistication in both commerical and artistic activities . . . yielding a cosmopolitan population… Continue reading

Stately Metal Griffin Statue. Gryphon. Figure. Bookend. Egypt.

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    Looks great at the end of a long line of books . . . or nestled up to a stack.   Typical of the mythological hybrid from ancient Egypt (and Persia), the beast with wings and head/beak of an eagle dates back to 3000 B.C.   Griffins… Continue reading

Unique Rencong Knife. Weapon of Nobility. Aceh. Northern Sumatra. Indonesia.

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    Aceh is a semi-autonomous Indonesian province on the northeast tip of the island of Sumatra. The ethnic group there – the Acehnese – use the Rencong to fight off invaders during the frequent conflicts especially in the mountainous wilderness areas.   Engagement techniques vary depending on the… Continue reading

Extremely Rare. Original & Guaranteed. Nuchu Wooden Shaman Medicine & Healing Figure. Nele. Kuna Guna. Panama

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  This is a representation of a medicine man (Nele). A spirit is summoned from the figure and the soul of the patient is placed within. To aid in the healing process, the shaman chants and the burning of cacao beans in a clay censer beneath the… Continue reading

Old Bon Jhakri Tantric Phurba. Wood. Banjhakri. Nepal.

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    You all know about the use of this Phurba… how it is and was used in the construction of sacred buildings to drive away hatred and demonic obstacles.   But here is a new twist to its formation. Banjhakri are “forest or wilderness” shamanic deities. They… Continue reading
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