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Bronze Sculpture – Horse & Swallow – Ma ta fei yan Statue, China

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Detail: The running horse with its right hind hoof on a swallow is a familiar cultural relic from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 to 220 AD). I have seen many of these over the last 20 years but I especially like this one with its elegant and delicate… Continue reading

Primitive and Old Brass Dokra / Dhokra Woman / Animal Statue, East India

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Detail: Dokra / Dhokra is a tribal Indian handicraft. Thought to be the oldest form of metal casting (lost wax process). What makes these pieces so popular is a “varied designs” issue and because of its primitive simplicity. Images of ritual deities were popular with these… Continue reading

Bronze Stylized Horse or Dog Incense Burner / Censer with Champlevé Enamel, China

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Champlevé is a technique where enamel paint is applied to a concave (lower) or convex (higher) area of the item. I have seen a few of these in Christie’s auctions and also in Orientations Magazine. Most are incense burners or censers and in the form of an animal… Continue reading

Royal Animal – Shaped (Chinthe) Coin Weight, Burma

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Detail: Made from high quality silver and nickel, this highly detailed weight was made for Burmese royalty in the 19th Century. The history of such weights began before regular currency when transactions in the bazaars were made by weighing out lumps of metal, ganza (basket or metal canister)… Continue reading
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