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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.   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 the humorous statue of monkeys, carrying a dish- like-object on two poles . . .  fashionably attired and copying human behavior.   This… Continue reading

Chiang Rung – styled Buddha Statue.  17/18th Century.  Shan.  Bronze.  Northern Thailand.  Laos.

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    Typical of Northern Thai Buddhas, this stunning statue lacks many of the ornate designs seen in many Buddha statues as seen earlier and more recently.  Simplicity is better because it allows followers to concentrate more on the spirituality aspect.   Acquired 30 years ago in The golden… Continue reading

Extra Fine Senufo Kepeli-yehe Mask.  Bronze.  Stand.  Korhogo.  Côte d’Ivoire Ivory Coast.  Africa

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    The Senufo people – numbering between 1 to 1.5 million and aka Siena, Senefo, Sene, Senoufo, and Syénambélé – is a West African ethno-linguistic group consisting of diverse subgroups.   Their masks are varied with a range of materials.   By far the most profound and valuable are… Continue reading

Stunning Sculpted Bronze Elephant Bookends.  Lost Wax.  Spain

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    These are my third set from the famous European sculptor, Milo.  I am in contact with the Spanish foundry who allows me to purchase some of first units from the fresh molds . . .  yielding exceptional detail.   Using the lost wax casting process, these… Continue reading
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