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Terra Cotta Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Court Lady.  Tang Dynasty.  China.

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  A pottery figure of a Chinese court woman with up-swept hair and standing in a simple draped robe, typically seen in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).   Women at the Chinese imperial court were highly trained in fashion, manners, etiquette but also music, dance and other pleasing arts. … Continue reading

Rare wrapped Zigua Mummy Figure.  Statue.  Tanzania.  Africa

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    The ethnic Zigula/Zigua are from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga  Regions of Tanzania.  Their art is poorly understood and frequently misidentified.   They have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings . . . such as their “mummy” figures.  Some are wrapped in cloth and… Continue reading

Nail Fetish Statue.  Yombe.  Maternal Figure.  Carving.  Congo.  DRC.  Africa.

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    The vast Yombe area – the forested region of the Lower Zaire River – represents an important geographic chapter in the artistic history of black Africa.  It has the greatest, most prolific and finest concentration of maternity figures and stone statuary.   The Yombe female phemba statues… Continue reading

Antique Tibetan Shakyamuni Buddha. Bronze.  Patina.   Bhumisparsa. Himalayan Foothills. Nepal

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    Although there are various Buddhas with many names, forms and who play multiple roles . . . . it is the Buddha Shakyamuni that we refer to when we say “the Buddha.”   Historically, Shakyamuni Buddha was a spiritual master who lived and taught in modern day India… Continue reading

Huge Natural Green Jade Chi-Lin Statue.  Sculpture.  Figure.  Qilin.  Kylin.  Feng Shui.  Nephrite.  Xiu.  Hand Carved.  Wood Base.  Xiuyan City. China

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    Skilled craftsmen created this highly detailed Chi-Lin (aka Dragon Horse) from a special category of Nephrite jade, also known as Xiu or Xiuyan jade.  Not quite as hard as other Nephrites, it was mined from Xiuyan City in LiaoNing Province in NE China.   Harder nephrite is… Continue reading

18th Century Hand Carved Wooden Corbel.  Hindu.  Temple.  Architectural.  Wenge Wood.  Sculpture. Tamil Nadu. India.

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  A stunning and sizable corbel hand carved in Wenge wood with a horse riding deity (most likely Shiva) and a subordinate horse below.  It reminds me of the monolithic pillars with sculptures of riders on the backs of wild horses  . . . trampling their enemies below.… Continue reading

Rare.  Mummy Figure.  Protective Statue.  Wood & Fabric.  Tanzania.  Zigula. Pwani / Tanga Regions. Africa.

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  The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga regions.   To say their art is poorly understood is an understatement.  Their “wrapped mummy” statuary is used in secret rituals that protect their owners from evil spirits and power.   The… Continue reading

Wooden Statue.  Guan Yu. Fierce Warrior.  Boxwood.  Handcarved.  Polished.  Qiantang River.  China

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    Guan Yu (162 – 219 AD) was one of the best known historical and warrior figures in China’s ancient history.  He was a military general serving under Liu Bei (a warlord) during the Eastern Han dynasty.  Playing a significant role, Guan Yu helped to bring an… Continue reading

Kalao Bird Figure / Statue.  Hornbill Sculpture.  Senufo.  Ivory Coast, Africa

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    A stately and rare African sculpture of a Kalao / Hornbill from the Senufo people of northern Cote d’Ivoire.   Only ancestral specialized artisan tribal members dedicate their lives to creating art for the Senufo.   Sculptures are hand-carved from a solid piece of wood and clad with… Continue reading

Rare Clay Tomb Figure.  Clay.  Tang Dynasty.  Luoyang China

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    Uncovered over a century ago by an anthropologist who – in turn – passed it on to his family . . .  ending up in a collector’s hands in Connecticut USA.   Tang Dynasty, circa 900 C.E.(A.D.).  From a site in Luoyang (Henan province).   Such… Continue reading
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