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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 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

Hand Carved Male Spirit Figure, Keram River, Papua New Guinea

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Detail:  This is a representation of the sacred cockatoo bird man from Papua New Guinea.  Hand carved.   Museum quality and in very good condition.  Circa mid-1900s.   From an antiquities dealer / collector in Noosa Head Australia.  Stunning!  For the Serious Collector.… Continue reading

Silver / Nickel Tara Avalokiteswora Statue, Nepal / Tibet

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Detail:  This is a gorgeous and highly detailed Avalokiteswora of the Buddhist Pantheon.  Believed to protect human beings while they cross the ocean of existence.  Precious ornaments adorn her body.  The sealed bottom shows an engraved design that I believe is the crossed-Vajra, symbolizing the principle… Continue reading

Silver / Nickel Seated Namgyalma Buddha Statue, Tibet

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Detail:  Seated in the Dhyana Asana position, this 8-armed Buddha is gesturing with the Dharmachakra (Teaching).  The three faces of this Buddha have similar serene expressions.  Silver / nickel composite.  Great detail especially on the head dress.  Bottom is sealed with a metal cover. … Continue reading

Singh – Mythical Creature – Cast Metal Sculpture / Statue, Thailand

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Detail:  This is a stately medium-sized statue,  spot painted in gold.  It is the classic portrayal of the Singh – a mythological Thai lion / creature.  I acquired it from a New York City collector who acquired it in the mid-1970s from Thailand.  It has… Continue reading

Rare Painted Pottery Tomb Guardian & Earth Spirit Statue, China

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Detail:  This is styled after earth spirits circa 618 – 907 AD.  These pottery tomb guardians usually had an animal’s body and face.  This particular statue has a human face and the long spiky horn and stretched winds – supposedly making it extremely fearsome.  Tomb guardians… Continue reading

Antique, Rare & Consecrated Temple Bronze Buddha with Double Dorje Symbol on base Statue, Tibet / India

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Detail:  I think this is a Tibetan Temple Bronze Statue from the late-1800’s.  A double Dorje or Visha Vajra is stamped or engraved on the metal base.  This double Vajra – representing thunderbolts of enlightenment –  has four points which represent the four Dhyani Buddha’s: Amoghasiddhi… Continue reading

Goddess – perhaps Rice Goddess – Statue, Thailand

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Detail:  I believe this is a representation of Thailand’s Rice Goddess.  Made from a composite of buffalo bone and resin.  Hand finished and polished to a dark burgundy tone.  Gorgeous.  From a private collector in San Francisco.  Circa mid- to late-1900’s.  Perfect condition.

Rosewood General Guan Gong / Guan Yu Warrior Statue, China

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Detail:  Guan Yu or Guan Gong played a significant role in the civil war that lead to the collapse of the Han Dynasty and the establishment of the Shu Han.  Many countries regard him as the God of Wealth or God of Protection but he is mostly known… Continue reading
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