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Brass Sculpture Statue of Alexander the Great.  Majestic. Italy.   

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    Alexander the Great:  I’ve spent almost a year now researching him, his family, his enemies (who turned allies), his horse, his motivations, his mental state, his death, his art, his monuments and homes… and a lot more.   Complex, intriguing, fascinating . . . with many “no… Continue reading

Stately Metal Griffin Statue.  Gryphon.  Figure.  Bookend.  Egypt.

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    Looks great at the end of a long line of books . . .  or nestled up to a stack.   Typical of the mythological hybrid from ancient Egypt (and Persia), the beast with wings and head/beak of an eagle dates back to 3000 B.C.   Griffins… Continue reading

Rare Bamun Brass Sheathing Mask. Bamileke People.  Cameroon.  Africa

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    Sharing stylistic traits with the Bamileke, Tikar and other Western Grassland Cameroon tribes, this particular mask illustrates the complexity of the transfer of styles… through migration and various artists’ interpretations… even as far back as the migrations of the 17th Century.   That is what makes this mask… Continue reading

Antique Chi Lin.  Classic Feng Shui.  Mythical Hooved Chimerical Creatures.  Qilin.  Kirin. Bronze. Brass.  China.

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    Absolutely NOTHING beats an antique pair of these creatures with the head of a dragon, body of a horse and scales of a carp fish.  The energy, the detail and the workmanship is spectacular!!   It is believed that if you look into the eyes of the… Continue reading

Lovely Finial.  Blue & White “Longevity” Ball.  Lamp. Light. Porcelain.  China.

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    Perfect condition B&W Porcelain “Longevity” finial with brass standard base.

Marka / Warka Mask with Brass.  Bamara.  Cloth hood.  Mali.  Africa.

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    The largest ethnic group in Mali are the Bamara… about 2.5 million.  In the northern region of the Bamara territory are the Marka (aka Warka), known for their unique and artistic masks covered with brass or copper and other adornments.   The masks are generally carved with… Continue reading

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

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

Brass / Bronze Dragon Cane Head.  China.

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  Just pull or saw off your old boring cane head and stick this elegant and cultural head on the end of the cane stick.   The mythological creature called a Dragon – the pattern of royal epithets in history – is believed to symbolize power, strength and fortune… Continue reading

Brass Phoenix Statue.  Sculpture.  In Flight.  High Quality Casting. China.

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  MAGNIFICIENT! Male and female Phoenix’s are called fenghuang and reign over other mythological birds in Asia.  Most likely thought of as “huang” (female) now, their feathers are of five colors:  black, white, green and yellow… corresponding with Confucius’ five virtues:  Ren – benevolence / charity /… Continue reading
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