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Silver / Nickel Composite Tara Avalokiteswora Statue, Buddha, Nepal / Tibet

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  This is a gorgeous and highly detailed Avalokiteswora of the Buddhist Pantheon.  Believed to protect human beings while they cross the ocean of existence.  Precious ornaments adorn her body.   The sealed bottom shows an engraved design that I believe is the crossed-Vajra, symbolizing the principle of… Continue reading

Hand Carved Shan Buddha. Fragment. Gilt.  Wood. Late 18th Century.  Burma

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    The Shan States – a territorial part of Burma –  developed their own distinct artistic style.  During the 18th century, Shan Buddha sculpture became particularly sophisticated and elegant. Finely and realistically molded, the face exudes sweetness and serenity.   The Shan States were created by the… Continue reading

Kumanthong / Kuman Thong.  Phantom Ghost. Religious Artifact.   Authentic.  Thailand.

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    Kuman Thong is an effigy or statue that is revered in Thailand by Animists (folks who believe that natural physical entities – including animals and plants – possess a spiritual essence, IF given the proper respect). If so, statues such as this bring good luck and fortune to… Continue reading

Vintage Carved Stone Christian Crucifix.  Wall hung.

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    Very Unique.   I am sure that the metal-looking parts are not Celtic in design.  And, I am pretty sure that the design is not the timeless elegance of a fleur-de-lis.  Unless, of course, the elements are an artist’s own creation.   But, there is something… Continue reading

Tang Dynasty Painted Clay Burial Tomb Figure. Ceramic. China

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      I guess I could spend a few hundred dollars having a thermoluminescence test done on this to validate the Han Dynasty claim but I have some doubts about the outcome.   The pose and stance is not Han Dynasty.   It is likely a Tang Dynasty… Continue reading

Handcarved Shan Buddha. Fragment. Gilt.  Wood. 18th Century.  Burma

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    Though territorially part of Burma, the Shan States developed their own distinct artistic style.   During the 18th century, Shan Buddha sculpture became particularly sophisticated and elegant. Finely and realistically molded, the face exudes sweetness and serenity.   The Tai-Shan (Tai Yai) people are believed to have… Continue reading

Magnificent Carved Hindu Architectural Corbel.  Fragment.  Relief. Temple.  Tamil Nadu, India

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    Carved architectural temple fragment/corbel/relief.  It is populated by Hindu deities . . .  many hard for me to identify.  I am reasonably sure that Vishnu is in the center shown with multiple arms.  The raised arm is a sign of reassurance.   Above is… Continue reading

Terra Cotta Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Court Lady.  Tang Dynasty.  China.

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  A pottery figure of a Chinese court woman with up-swept hair and standing in a simple draped robe, typically seen in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).   Women at the Chinese imperial court were highly trained in fashion, manners, etiquette but also music, dance and other pleasing arts. … Continue reading

Rare wrapped Zigua Mummy Figure.  Statue.  Tanzania.  Africa

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    The ethnic Zigula/Zigua are from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga  Regions of Tanzania.  Their art is poorly understood and frequently misidentified.   They have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings . . . such as their “mummy” figures.  Some are wrapped in cloth and… Continue reading

Nail Fetish Statue.  Yombe.  Maternal Figure.  Carving.  Congo.  DRC.  Africa.

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    The vast Yombe area – the forested region of the Lower Zaire River – represents an important geographic chapter in the artistic history of black Africa.  It has the greatest, most prolific and finest concentration of maternity figures and stone statuary.   The Yombe female phemba statues… Continue reading
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