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Punu Lumbo Okuyi Mask.  Funerary.  Ancestral.  Ogooue River region.  Gabon

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    Well known for white-faced masks (Okuyi), the ethnic group that this was acquired from (Mpongwe) has two separate uses for masks like this.   Costumed ceremonies include rites of passage and funerary events.   This mask was used for the later.  The typical Okuyi performer wears a… Continue reading

Egyptian Goddess Isis Mask.  Stone.  Valley of Kings.  Egypt.

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    Original pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   Isis (aka Aset) – a major… Continue reading

Small and Authentic Dayak Orang Ulu Shaman Carrier Container. Kayan. Kalimantan. Borneo.

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  A Orang Ulu shaman carrier / container is primarily used to store medicine, herbs, roots and other plantation items. The carrier is adorned with the naga motif, the common Buah Berinjan vines, two ancestral Dayak warriors on the two poles and accented with the woven vine / rattan material… Continue reading

Authentic Master Quality Bronze and Crystal Tantrik Kapala.  Handcrafted.  Nepal.

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  A true tantrik (a doctrine of enlightenment of the oneness of one’s self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras, mudras and exotic rites; especially influential in Tibet).  Kapala were made from a human skull bone / cap,… Continue reading

Phenomenal Bronze Garuda Mask.  Hinduism.  Buddhism. Deity. Tibet. Nepal.

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    The mythical deity – Garuda – has a ton of spiritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism.  In Hinduism, Garuda is most often found mounted on the back of Vishnu, as the god’s protector.   Here the Garuda – with a snake in its beak – symbolizes the… Continue reading

Khotan Hetian Nephrite Jade Sculptures.  Pair.  Cockeral. Cock. Rooster. China.

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    This nephrite jade comes from the head waters of the Yurungkash River (Kulun Mountains), just north of the Hotan in the Xinjiang Province in western China.  It’s color is a whitish green celadon.   Artisans carve and polish to a semi-opaque tone…. and then hand polish with… Continue reading

Wood Garuda Statue, Indonesia

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Detail:  Well known in Hindu religion, this statue was hand carved in Indonesia.  My best guess is Java.  Nice details and also a gold gilt in various places on the statue to add good contrast and definition.  Circa mid-1900’s.    From a “Garuda” collector… Continue reading

Older Vintage / Antique Walking Stick / Cane. Carved Dragon Handle. Indonesia

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This was purchased from an estate sale in Montana a few years ago.  I think it is over 70 years old and was probably hand carved in Indonesia . .  . perhaps Java or Bali.  36.5” long with – what looks like – a rubber tip (most… Continue reading

Unique and Stylish Copper, Brass and White Metal Bracelet, Kathmandu Nepal

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Detail:  This is really a nice cuff or bracelet made of intertwined wires of copper, brass and white metal.  Bracelet is about 7.5” length and can be easily adjusted for a tighter or looser fit.  This is a new piece and made by craftsmen in the late… Continue reading

Recent, Large Hand Carved Bud Rosewood and Boxwood Chess Pieces, India

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Detail:  This is a newer complete set – 26 pieces – of hand carved chess pieces.  The king is a tall 5.75”, the queen is 4.75” and a pawn is 2.375”.  The dark pieces are carved from bud rosewood, considered one of the most beautiful woods for… Continue reading
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