Global Art & Artifacts

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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

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

1940s Kabuto Samurai Helmet. Bronze. Miniature. Japan

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    Kabuto is a type of helmet worn by ancient Japanese warriors, samurai . . . who basically ruled Japan for over 600 years. Yes, they protected warriors but there was a psychological factor: power and might. The higher the Samurai rank the more… Continue reading

Old and Rare Single Horned Sin-you with Ruyi Sceptre in Mouth. Paperweight. Bronze. China.

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  Chinese mythology is full of fantastic supernatural and mythical creatures. While Westerners are most familiar with dragons and the phoenix, throughout Asia there are numerous less-known mythological beings.   So to start with, this is not a Kirin, Qilin, Tiam Lu, Pixiu, Zheng, or a number of other hybrid… 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

Bronze Gilt Statue. Figure. Lama Tsongkhapa. Scholar and Saint. Tibet

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    The history of Buddhism in Tibet has been turbulent, going through periods of revival and decline. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born in the Tsongkha Valley of Amdo province, northeast Tibet. He was a Buddhist scholar and saint who lived in Tibet during a time when Buddhist teachings… Continue reading

Phurba Phurpa in Bronze with Mahakala Head. Buddhism. Nepal

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    A traditionally styled Phurba. This is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. Originally used to mark out the perimeter of the construction of temples and monastery, it is still used in religious and sacred ceremonies.   I have an accompanying older “stunning” case… Continue reading

Gan Bronze. Snake with Rider. Serpent. Carving. Sculpture. Burkinabe People. Burkina Faso. Africa.

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    A lost wax casting and just like others the mold is destroyed every time resulting in a unique and original piece from Burkina Faso. So this is the only piece like this you will ever see.   The Gan ethnic group believe that the serpent possesses protective… Continue reading
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