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Large Antique Mummy Human Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Funerary Figure. Private Collection. Terracotta. Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended to act as a surrogate of the deceased owner to undertake menial tasks in the afterlife. Ushabti is translated to “answerer”.   From a very large… Continue reading

Large Antique Anubis Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Funerary Figure. Private Collection. Terracotta. Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended to act as a surrogate deceased owner to undertake menial tasks in the afterlife.   From a very large collection from an Egyptian family. This statue… Continue reading

Antique Tin-Glazed Faience Canopic Jars. Clay. Stone. Set of four. Egypt

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    Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process. Internal soft organs of the deceased to be mummified were stored in these jars . . . away from the body. Lungs were stored in a jar representing Horus’s son, Hapi (baboon); the… 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

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

Old and Rare Naga Snake Mask / Statue. Lersi Hermit Monk. Sage. Clay. Ayutthaya, Thailand

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    The Lersi hermit tradition reaches back to before Buddha when holy men visited baby Buddha. They were elderly, with long hair and beards . . and wearing tiger skins. They are most often depicted carrying malas with huge beads and with walking sticks embellished with… Continue reading

Elegant & Antique Wooden Gothic-flavored Bowl. Hardwood & Brass. Family Shield. France.

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    Certainly a design classic with brass handles and rim. Perhaps a fruit bowl or container to hold the family jewels. Obviously from a wealthy family who had this handmade with their family crest.   Look at the details and condition. Quite spectacular. Dated… Continue reading

Hand Carved Male Spirit Figure, Keram River, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a representation of the sacred cockatoo bird man from Papua New Guinea. Hand carved. Museum quality and in very good condition. Circa mid-1900s. From an antiquities dealer / collector in Noosa Head Australia. Stunning! For the Serious Collector. I’m sorry, this item has been sold.

Dehua Porcelain Guardian Deity / Figure, China

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Detail: Many Chinese put this type of statue in the hallways or entrances of their home to guard and bless the family. Solid feeling and smooth are two of the indicators of Dehua porcelain. Dehua is located in the Fujian Province of China and is one… Continue reading

Bronze Foo Dog and Ram Ashtray / Bowl, Asia

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Detail: I have had this forever to hold miscellaneous office things. It is old and unique. Two faces appear: one is a ram and the other – with mouth open for the smoke to flow – is a foo dog face. Circa late-1800s to… Continue reading
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