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Tanagra Terracotta Woman Figurine. Himation Robe. Vase. Hellenistic Greek Period. Boeotia Greece

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    In the 1860s, Greek field peasants unearthed hundreds of clay figurines in ancient graves near the town of Bratsi, in the region of Boeotia, 40+ miles north of Athens. The more they dug, the more they unearthed beautifully made small terracotta statues. They seemed to be… Continue reading

Pre Columbian Teotihuacan Clay Bust. Figure. Statue. Teotihuacan Culture. Mesoamerica. Mexico

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    Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican city located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. The city – which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 – was settled in early 400 B.C. and evolved into a powerful and influential city by 400 A.D. However, when the… Continue reading

Pre Columbian Seated Clay Figure. Statue. Classic Veracruz. Idol. Veracruz. Mexico

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    Classic Veracruz culture refers to a cultural area in the north and central areas of the present-day Mexican state of Veracruz, a culture that existed from roughly 100 to 1000 AD.   This particular statue is from the Late Classic Period or between the 6th and 8th Century… 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

Bronze Winged Garuda. Winged Bird. Buddhism. Anthropomorphic. Statue. Figure. Tibet

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    Garuda is a mythological bird of the dharma protector and Astasena in Buddhism. King of birds with an anthropomorphic form. Protector with power to go anywhere at anytime. Sometimes depicted with a snake or demon in their mouths.   Redpoll is commonly associated with this… 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

Extremely Rare. Original & Guaranteed. Nuchu Wooden Shaman Medicine & Healing Figure. Nele. Kuna Guna. Panama

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  This is a representation of a medicine man (Nele). A spirit is summoned from the figure and the soul of the patient is placed within. To aid in the healing process, the shaman chants and the burning of cacao beans in a clay censer beneath the… Continue reading

Old Solid Sandstone Parvati. Gauri. Bust. Head. India

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    Parvati is a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children and devotion. Add to that: divine strength and power . . . which seems to sum up what is positive in the world today.   The main thing to know is that Parvati is… Continue reading

Large Antique Weeping Buddha Statue. Wood. Asia

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    There is an ancient legend about the two warriors who fought with each other in many battles. In one such battle, the older warrior killed the younger. When he removed the mask of the dead warrior, he saw that it was his son….. leading to torment… Continue reading

Rare and Powerful Zigua Peoples Mummy Figure. Wood. Tanzania. Africa.

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    The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani Region and southern Tanga Region.   Zigua art, like most art from Tanzania, is poorly understood… and frequently misidentified. They absolutely have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings. Their “mummy” figures are thought… Continue reading
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