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Magnificent Carved Hindu Architectural Corbel.  Fragment.  Temple.  Tamil Nadu, India

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    An antique – at least – carved architectural temple fragment.   It is populated by Hindu deities . . .  many hard for me to identify.  I am reasonably sure that Vishnu is in the center shown with multiple arms.  The raised arm is a… Continue reading

Cast Fragment. Buddha Head.  Face. Clay or Stone Composite. 

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    I found this in an estate sale in Southern California and instantly loved it!   The face, the expression, the texture!   I acquired a simple metal stand that does not distract from this face.  And, it’s included.  

Buddha Head Fragment.  Bronze.  Buddhist.  Thailand

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    What can I say?  Nothing . .  that would adequately describe this Buddha head.   The crown of hair (aka Ushnisha) – one of the most iconic features of Buddhist art – is fully in tact with the common peppercorn-like curls (representing freedom) and moving upward… Continue reading

Hand Carved Southeast Asia Architectural Fragment.  Wood.  Indonesia

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    I was very confident with my assessment of this fragment before I acquired it from a Maryland estate sale.   But…. I am not as confident now.  The face and hairdo/covering says Indonesian or Malaysian.  The body posture reminds me of an Indian Shiva…. Or a… Continue reading

Fragment Terracotta Attendant / Servant Head.  Han Dynasty. Henan Province.  Central China.

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    This piece was unearthed in Henan, a province in central China’s Yellow River Valley, almost a century ago.  Often recognized as the place where Chinese civilization originated, this piece is from the Han Dynasty (circa 200 B.C.).  This period was the golden age of Chinese culture,… Continue reading

Dignitary Fragment.  Sarbi / Xianbei People.  Clay Figure.  Northern Qi Dynasty.  Shan Dong / Shan Tung Province.  NE China

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    The Sarbi (Xianbei) were an ancient nomadic people who once resided in – what is known today as – inner Mongolia.  In 550 – 577, this area was part of the Northern Qi Dynasty . .  within the Shan Dong province.  The dynasty was founded… Continue reading

Authentic Cartonnage Fragment.  Hierogyphics. Coffin linen & papyrus.  Circa 300 B.C. Sais, Ancient Egypt 

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    Cartonnage is an Egyptology and Papyrology term used to describe plastered layers of fiber or papyrus . . . flexible enough (when wet) to mold around irregular surfaces such as a body, cases, coffins, masks during the funerary process.  Such a finished flat surface allowed for painting… Continue reading

Authentic Cartonnage Fragment Winged Isis. Coffin linen.  Circa 300 B.C. Papyrus.  Ancient Egypt 

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  Cartonnage is an Egyptology and Papyrology term used to describe plastered layers of fiber or papyrus . . . flexible enough (when wet) to mold around irregular surfaces such as a body, cases, coffins, masks during the funerary process.  Such a finished flat surface allowed for painting of… Continue reading

Pharaonic Painting on Clay Fragment.  Aswan. Egypt.

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    Original and authentic 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.   This painting depicts an… Continue reading

Egyptian Queen Nefertiti Head.  Bust.  Limestone Fragment.  Aswan. Egypt

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    Bust carved into a piece of limestone.  Stunning.    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… Continue reading
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