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Indonesian Ceremonial Dance Mask. Wood. Hand Painted. Cirebon. Java. Indonesia

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    This mask was used in a dramatic form of Indonesian dance called Topeng. Such masks are used to interpret traditional stories concerning fabled kings, heros and myths.   Hand made and hand painted in the mid-1900s and acquired in Cirebon in West Java (about 200 miles east… Continue reading

Marka / Warka Tribal Mask. Wood and Copper. Ceremonial. Mali. Africa.

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  About 2.5 million Bambara people for the largest ethnic group in Mali. The Bambara Kingdom was founded in the 17th Century and reached its pinnacle by 1787. It has always been an agricultural society with cattle rearing a secondary source of food.   In the northern… Continue reading

Wood Cermonial Water Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a “safe passage” mask and it is displayed in ceremonies to placate and pacify dangerous water spirits (whirlpools, upsetting canoes, pulling paddlers out of the boat, etc.). Shell eyes and orange accents with a very high forehead and the connection of the nose to… Continue reading

Wood Ceremonial Mei Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik Papua New Guinea

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Detail: Very incised Mei Mask from Iatmul. Lots of painted scrolling ornament on the face and the famous curved nose adjoining the chin feature (with a serpent head at the chin). The red and white pigment is still present over all the mask. These masks (also… Continue reading

Copper / Nickel / Gold Gilt Trigug or Kartika Ritual / Ceremonial Axe, Tibet

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Detail: Ritual axes like this one symbolize disintegration of all worldly good and transformation into a unified positive force. This is much longer than most Trigugs. This axe is a mixture of copper and nickel with a gold plating. I secured it from a Shanghai Tibetan antique… Continue reading

Bronze Bird / Owl Vessel with Shang Dynasty-stylings, China

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Detail: This is a ceremonial bronze vessel shaped as an owl tsun, similar to others used in the Shang Dynasty, 11th Century B.C. It is cast in the shape of a bird whose “owl head” forms a removable lid, held in place by a stepped-in flange. Nicely… Continue reading

Yoruba Sango Gelede Helmet Mask, Nigeria Africa

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Found in Yorubaland (southern Nigeria), this helmet mask represents Sango a royal ancestor of the Yoruba (the third king of the Oyo Kingdom). Facial “Pele” markings on the checks. This is probably a ceremonial mask. Carved from one piece of wood, the incrusted patina and distinctive features put this mask… Continue reading

Necklace, Borneo

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Detail: Ceremonial. Bone and carved Iban figurines. Superb craftsmanship from a people who have been in the Asian Archipelago for 3,000+ years. Sorry, this item has been sold. CONTACT US for other items that have similar characteristics.
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