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Elegant 1899 Solid Sterling Silver Letter Opener.  Mother of Pearl.  Maker’s Mark. London England

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    Genuine London Sterling Silver ferruled opener with a hand carved cylindrical shaped mother of pearl handle and mirror polished steel blade.  WOW!   Cap and ferrule are fully hallmarked with the letter “d” denoting 1899.  The lion passant, leopards head and maker’s mark (As& Hn) fully… 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

Vintage Relief Khepri Scarab. Hand carved. Paperweight.  Atum.  West Nile Delta Egypt.

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      Khepri was the god of creation, the movement of the sun, and rebirth.  This large replica of an authentic and ancient scarab.  It was hand carved near the city of Sais, in the West Nile Delta.   Ancient Egyptians believe that scarabs (beetles) came out… Continue reading

Batak Hand Carved Wooden Scale Box.  Gold.  Halangan North Sumatra

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    Batak tribes are well known for their carved medicine containers like this (see C-7734, for another).  This one is less artistic and more functional, but using the traditional motifs of the Singa (protective creature) and ASO (human-like heads).   Functional?  This particular container was used (lightly)… Continue reading

Boxwood Hand Carved Female Celestial Mythological Fairy Statue.  Figure. Lute.   China

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  What an incredible piece…. hand-carved in great detail and then hand-rubbed to a fine finish.  Only skilled craftsmen who have spent their lifetime can carve these exquisite pieces.   Carved in a village outside Beijing.   On its own base.  Just gorgeous.  Will be delivered… Continue reading

Majestic Large and Old War Elephant Sculpture. Wat Photharam Temple.  Hand Carved.  Teak.  Thailand.

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    Located in the Rattanakosin Kingdom (the traditional center of power), Wat Photharam  (currently called Wat Pho) consists of a Buddhist temple complex.  The complex is associated with King Rama I, who in 1782 rebuilt and expanded on an existing temple.  Today the temple complex houses… Continue reading

Antique Reclining Sleeping Buddha.  Hand Carved. Wood.  Mirror & Gems. 24 K Gilt.  Nepal

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    The reclining Buddha represents Shakyamuni.  It is said that the Buddha knew death was approaching and asked his disciples to prepare a couch for him in a grove of trees.  He lay there, reclining on his right side, facing west, with his head supported by his… Continue reading

Very Sacred & Old Tibetan Human Bone Mala – Kapala – Necklace, Tibet

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Detail:  There is no question in my mind that these very spiritual human bone beads – carefully hand cut – are authentic and quite old.  People donate their own reesotericstuff.coms to nearby temples and the bones are converted into beads that form a very, very powerful spiritual mala.… Continue reading

Older Vintage / Antique Walking Stick / Cane. Carved Dragon Handle. Indonesia

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This was purchased from an estate sale in Montana a few years ago.  I think it is over 70 years old and was probably hand carved in Indonesia . .  . perhaps Java or Bali.  36.5” long with – what looks like – a rubber tip (most… Continue reading
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