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Large Bulu  Boulou Gorilla Ape Statue. Sculpture.  Carved Figure. Simian.  Museum Quality.  Cameroon

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    Simian sculptures and figures from the equatorial forest of West Africa have been a mystery to anthropologists and sociologists for years. What is their purpose?   It only takes some imagination to realize the historical relationships and interactions with lowland gorillas and this tribe.   Bottom line: … Continue reading

Bronze Griffin Sculpture Statue.  Figure.  Gryphon.  Greek.  Mythological Creature

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    These protomes replicas appear more frequently from various global locations.  They all point back to decorative adornments displayed in ancient Greek architecture, sculpture and pottery.  Yes, there are many Greek heads (some with upper torsos) of humans, animals and mythological creatures, but this one has a… Continue reading

Maitland-Smith Brass Griffin.  Gryphon. Brulee finish.  Penshell inlay.  8173-10. Philippines

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    Whoa….   This is certainly one of Maitland Smith’s most creative and sophisticated mythological and decorative creatures.  If the definition of a griffin is true to form, then this piece is the epitome of courage and boldness… with a massive helping of beauty and elegance.   This… Continue reading

Stone Scorpion Scarab.  Amulet.  Paperweight.  Figure.  Heliopolis.  Egypt.

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    This large amulet is not really a scarab, even though the scorpion is strongly associated with scarabs.  The reason is that scorpions are common on the belly side of scarab beetle figures.   Scorpions like this are associated with the Egyptian goddess of Serket.  She was… Continue reading

Marble Falcon of Horus.  Hand Carved.  Statue.  Figure.  Nile Valley, Aswan, Egypt

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    The Falcon of Horus – wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt – is an image of divine kingship. The king was associated with the sky god as the “Living Horus,” and he was thought to represent the rule of the gods on earth. Horus is… Continue reading

Bronze Catamount.  Large Cat.  Sculpture. Wildlife Figure. Beijing China

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    An excellent casting of a med-sized or large wild cat . . .  cougar, cheetah, leopard, panther . . .  I don’t know but I will bet you do.   Hand cast from a foundry near the Beijing Sino Sculpture company, in Gaoliying Town Shunyi District of Beijing

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

Ancestor Figure. Lower Sepik. Wood statue. Papua New Guinea.

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    Well carved and in good condition.  Acquired from a retired mechanical engineer who was stationed in PNG on a gold mining operation.   Authentic.       From the 1940s.   Hard to find in this condition.

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
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