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Bronze Japanese Warrior Bookends. Momoyana Period.  Sculptor Milo.  Pair.  Spain 

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    Detailed from a recent casting from my Spanish foundry group.    Beautiful brown patina with late 16th Century warrior pose  . . . to hold your heaviest books upright.   The headgear on these two warriors are worth noting.   With the decline of… Continue reading

Miniature Troy Greek Warrior Helmet.  Stand.  Greece

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    A detailed replica of the iconic helmet.  Very heavy . . . could be brass or bronze.  Wood base.  Sorry, glass stand not included.  

Maitland-Smith Bronze Monkey Card or Candle Holder.  Singerie.  Philippines

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    Singerie, a visual arts depiction, can be found back in ancient Egypt but more popular in France over the last couple of centuries.  The word – singerie – is the name given to a visual arts genre depicting monkeys imitating human behavior.  Such monkeys are often… Continue reading

Antique Desktop Duo Inkwell.  Bronze.  Greek Mythology.  High Relief.  Pen Tray.  France.

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  Wonder who used this over 100 years ago?     Wings of a bird and body of a lion…. the description of a sphinx in Greek mythology.   The sphinx apprears in the legends, myths and dramas of Oedipus . . .  by poets like Homer,… Continue reading

Bronze Griffin Sculpture Statue.  Figure.  Gryphon.  Greek.  Mythological Creature

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    These protomes replicas appear more frequently from various global locations.  They all point back to decorative adornments displayed in ancient Greek architecture, sculpture and pottery.  Yes, there are many Greek heads (some with upper torsos) of humans, animals and mythological creatures, but this one has a… Continue reading

Bronze Catamount.  Large Cat.  Sculpture. Wildlife Figure. Beijing China

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    An excellent casting of a med-sized or large wild cat . . .  cougar, cheetah, leopard, panther . . .  I don’t know but I will bet you do.   Hand cast from a foundry near the Beijing Sino Sculpture company, in Gaoliying Town Shunyi District of Beijing

Bronze Passport Mask.  Igbo Tribe.  Lost Wax.  Igbo-Ukwu. Nigeria.

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    The people of Igbo-Ukwu (southeast of Onitsha), ancestors of present-day Igbo, were proficient in metal working art in the 9th century (+ or – years depending on what expert you speak with). They are thought to be the earliest smithers (hammering, bending, twisting & incising) of copper and… 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

Vintage Maitland Smith Bronze Pair of Monkeys Carrying a Dish.  Business Card.  Candle.   Singerie. Statue.  Figure. Casting.  Philippines.

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    A new word for some of us:  Singerie.  Not sure what the Maitland Smith folks had in mind when they created this casting of monkeys, carrying a dish- like-object on two poles.  But it has a history.   Singerie, a visual arts depiction, can be… Continue reading
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