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Bone Arrow / Spear / Weapon Handcarved from Nimo Tribe, Aria River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies. It’s head is made of bone. The original owner is a member of the Nimo Tribe located on the Aria River, a tributary of the May River. Specifically used to hunt HUMANS, but not that… Continue reading

Goddess – perhaps Rice Goddess – Statue, Thailand

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Detail: I believe this is a representation of Thailand’s Rice Goddess. Made from a composite of buffalo bone and resin. Hand finished and polished to a dark burgundy tone. Gorgeous. From a private collector in San Francisco. Circa mid- to late-1900’s. Perfect condition.

Dayak Buffalo Bone Scrimshaw Shaman Magic Powder Container with Wood Plug, Borneo / Kalimantan

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Detail: Exceptional hand-etched and carved buffalo bone with wood finial plug. Used by Dayak tribal shamans to store herbs, magic powders and betal lime. The scrimshaw work on this piece is representative of animals that provide good luck. . as well as the ancestor on the… Continue reading

Happy Laughing Buddha / Budai in Bone, China

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Detail: Crafted in a Longhorn Bone composite. The Happy or Laughing Buddha is representative of “contentment” as well as luck and prosperity. Age and origin is unknown.

Bone Calendar & Diary, Indonesia

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Detail: Likely a water buffalo rib, this was used as a diary and calendar by tribes. Note the geckos, serpent and figure drawings. Likely from Borneo. Circa mid-1900’s or earlier. Very good condition. Quite a remarkable piece and very hard to find. Sorry, this… Continue reading

Ox Bone Handcarved Elderly Man with Cane & Large Hat, China

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Detail: Netsukes were popular in Japan in the 17th Century. We have a few of them from China that are hand carved from ox bone and really unique. Circa late 1900’s. Very good condition. This one is of an elderly man with cane and… Continue reading

Ox Bone Handcarved Elderly Woman with Hat and Basket, China

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Detail: Netsukes were popular in Japan in the 17th Century. We have a few of them from China that are hand carved from ox bone and really unique. Circa late 1900’s. Very good condition. This one is of an elderly woman carrying a hat and basket. This item has been sold.

Ox Bone Handcarved Elderly Man with Basket, China

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Detail: Netsukes were popular in Japan in the 17th Century. We have a few of them from China that are hand carved from ox bone and really unique. Circa late 1900’s. Very good condition. This one is of an elderly man carrying a basket… Continue reading

Batak Piso Halasan Sword / Knife, Sumatra

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Detail: Hilt and scabbard are carved from bone or from some resin composite material (although I have never seen a resin composite come out of Sumatra that is this old). ASO (human-like) traditional figures are carved at both ends and insects, geckos and plant life are carved on… Continue reading

Kris Badik Knife / Dagger, Indonesia

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Detail: This is a traditional Malay dagger used as a weapon of defense or for more domestic purposes. The blade has Holy verses from the Quran. The scabbard and hilt are made of bone and decorated with silver plated metal. Good condition. Circa early- to mid- 1900’s. This item is no longer available.
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