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Cat Mummy Statue. Figure. Bastet. Funerary. Afterlife. Linen Wrapped. Egypt.

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    Several Egyptian gods took the form of a cat . . most notably, Bastet. Bastet, half feline, half woman, was the goddess of the home, women’s secrets, fertility, childbirth…. and cats. In many ways, cats became a religious icon and as well as household… Continue reading

Authentic Judaic Terra Cotta Oil Lamp, Israel Middle East

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Oil lamps appear in the Torah and other Jewish sources as a symbol of “lighting” the way for the wise and righteous. Oil lamps and the light they give were important household items as well as being used in many spiritual rituals. I have had this single nozzle terra… Continue reading

Silver / Nickel Tara Avalokiteswora Statue, Nepal / Tibet

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Detail: 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… Continue reading

Old and Rare 18th Century Alabaster Chinese Warrior / Guardian Temple Statue / Head, China

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This is indeed a special Warrior / Guardian Head. It is a typical image used at the entrances of Chinese temple compounds. Well carved with a fierce expression and detailed features. Alabaster stone. On a museum mount. Certainly one of a kind and in perfect… Continue reading

Terracotta Majapahit Empire 16th Century Naga – Dragon – Head, Eastern Java near Trawulan

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Detail: Excavated in eastern Java, near the once-capitol city of the Majapahit Empire, Trowulan. Other examples of Majapahit terracotta can be found in the National Museum in Jakarta, The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Princess Hof Ceramic Museum in Leeuwarden plus in a superb book titled Majapahit Terracotta… Continue reading

Rare and Authentic 14th Century Majapahit Empire Hanuman Terracotta Head, East Java near Trowulan

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Detail: Excavated in a cavern in eastern Java, near the once-capitol city of the Majapahit Empire, Trowulan. This particular piece was part of the Van de Hout collection. Maurius van den Hout was an official with the Dutch Indonesian government in the years prior to WW… Continue reading

Wooden 17th Century Shan Burmese Temple Buddha, Shan States of Northern Burma / Myanmar

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Detail: This unbelievable 17th Century Buddha is a classic Shan Buddha from the Shan States. The detail and coloring are superb and the iconography is accurate for a late 17th Century date. This Buddha sits on a throne in the Bhumisparsa mudra posture calling the earth to… Continue reading

19th Century Mandalay Clay / Stone Head of Buddha, Thailand / Burma

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Detail: This have been part of my private collection for many years. Acquired from a long-time art dealer in Denver Colorado. The evident damage to the chin and nose does not detract from the elegance of this historic piece. Circa 1850’s to 1880’s. On a metal stand. For the Serious Collector.

17th Century Bronze Shan Burmese Buddha with some Gold Gilt Remaining, Northern Thailand

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Detail: This statue is a museum quality mid-17th Century Shan Buddha with its “classic” style of simple lines and features. Much less “decorative” than the Buddhas of the late 18th and 19th Centuries. This particular Buddha was found buried in a temple garden in Mai Sai in… Continue reading

Hu Dynasty – Styled Brass Urn / Vessel, China

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Detail: I really liked this piece when I bought it from a Toronto art dealer in 2000. Unfortunately, he could not give me much information on the vessel. It has a lot of qualities found in Hu Dynasty urns . . . but I’m not really… Continue reading
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