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Antique SilverMix Handicraft Box.  Footed Metalwork.  Container.  Persia.  Cairo Egypt

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    Egyptians used silver as early as the Predynastic Period (ca. 4400–3100 B.C.) and was important – as was gold – for personal ornaments and decorative/religious objects in Egypt through Roman times.   Since Egypt essentially had no silver from its lands, sources were from neighboring countries specifically Persia… Continue reading

Vintage Gilt Brass Green Glass Pedestal Compote Bowl.  Gryphon.  Griffin Handles.  France

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    A truly stunning piece.    Here we have an emerald green sectioned glass bowl snugly fitted with a gilt brass mounted frame with a pedestal base with concave designs around it.   I was particularly struck with the elegance and detail on the gryphon handles.  Awesome!… Continue reading

Vintage Maitland-Smith Rectangular Pedestal Porcelain Vase.  Thailand

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    A rare formed vase that seems to float on the heads of four lions.  Fired in a small kiln, finished and hand painted.   The birds, foliage, scenery, colors and shape make this a splendid vase in the hallway or entryway.   Maitland Smith – founded by… Continue reading

Pharaonic Wood Box with Shabti/Ushabti.  Hand Painted.  Luxor.  Egypt.

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    Original pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   Pharaonic figures painted on a small… Continue reading

Small and Authentic Dayak Orang Ulu Shaman Carrier Container. Kayan. Kalimantan. Borneo.

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  A Orang Ulu shaman carrier / container is primarily used to store medicine, herbs, roots and other plantation items. The carrier is adorned with the naga motif, the common Buah Berinjan vines, two ancestral Dayak warriors on the two poles and accented with the woven vine / rattan material… Continue reading

Batak Hand Carved Wooden Scale Box.  Gold.  Halangan North Sumatra

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    Batak tribes are well known for their carved medicine containers like this (see C-7734, for another).  This one is less artistic and more functional, but using the traditional motifs of the Singa (protective creature) and ASO (human-like heads).   Functional?  This particular container was used (lightly)… Continue reading

Genuine Roman Terracotta Squat Oinochoe Jug.  Italy

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    Oinochoe (aka oenochoe) is a greek term for a wine or other functional jug.  The pouring spout and the handle rising from the jug is very typical of such jugs made between 50 B.C. and 100 A.D..  Some terracotta oinochoes are painted, have reliefs along the… Continue reading

Dayak Iban Native Pottery.  Vase.  Container.  Tajau.  Sarawak. Borneo.  Malaysia

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    Iban Dayak pottery (aka Tajau) is a symbol of status, wealth and power.  Even though the Dayak used the pottery for a variety of “daily” things (rice, water, wine, jewelry), it is also passed down through generations as a symbol of their familial beliefs.  Occasionally, it… Continue reading

Oinochoe-styled Vessel.  Reproduction.  Athletes.  Greece

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    Accurate replica and a quality reproduction of a 500 B.C. vessel by a Greek artist, Pvaglis in the mid-1900s, in Greece.  Of course, hand painted.  Recreated from actual pieces found during an archaeological excavation.   Acquired from a NYC collector who commissioned Pvaglis to produce a… Continue reading

Pre Columbian Chimu Blackware.  Stirrup Vessel.  Peru

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    The Chimu Kingdom culture – a large adobe city in the Moche Valley near the present day city of Trujillo – began their rise in 900 AD.  They were masters in crafting black pottery in various shapes and forms.   I started being interested in their rather… Continue reading
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