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Museum Quality Chokwe Ceremonial Bird Mask. Angola / DRC. Africa.

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    An object d’art wooden bird mask, with a quality suitable for a museum exhibit. Superbly carved by Chokwe artisans to honor divine ancestors.   Acquired from a Pretoria South African Gallery whose owner has direct access to chiefs in the Congo. Based on my purchases and… Continue reading

Stunning Guro Horned Mask. Bird Motifs. Wood. Cote d’Ivoire. Africa

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    The Guro of Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) have handmade colorful masks for generations. These masks are similar to the Baule….. but the similarity ends there.   The Guro (Kweni) are ancient hunters (more recently farmers) in the valley regions of the Bandama River.   The daily life… Continue reading

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

Silver Buddha Face and Body with Bird Wings / Other Features Statue, Tibet

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Detail: Our Tibetan agent found this in a private home / estate sale. This is an interesting representation. On the one hand, it has many similarities of a common Tibetan Garuda. Composition is a silver / nickel (nickel for strength and weight) composite, typical of many… Continue reading

Bronze Bird / Owl Vessel with Shang Dynasty-stylings, China

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Detail: This is a ceremonial bronze vessel shaped as an owl tsun, similar to others used in the Shang Dynasty, 11th Century B.C. It is cast in the shape of a bird whose “owl head” forms a removable lid, held in place by a stepped-in flange. Nicely… Continue reading

Bronze / Brass Bird Zun Cooker Vessel, China

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Detail: A zun is an ancient vessel that contained wine. This has the Tsun styling of the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD). Lots of detail with snakes (in a wing formation) and other birds. Unidentifiable signature on bottom. Features are more pronounced than the owl Tsun… Continue reading
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