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Indonesia

Wayang Golek Rod Puppet. Sundanese Culture. West Java. Indonesia

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    There is still little known about the wayang golek puppets but historians have speculated that they most likely originated in China and arrived on the north coast of Java (Pasisir region) around the 17th Century. Through a series of cultural adoptions over a couple of hundred years,… Continue reading

Old Madura Keris Kriss Kris Dagger. Centipede. Madura. Indonesia.

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    Directly from Madura, this Keris was passed on through 2 generations. Madura is an Indonesian island off the northeast coast of Java and is inhabited by 3.65 million Madurese.   Keris have been produced for centuries. It is divided into three parts: blade (wilah), hilt… Continue reading

Iban. Dayak. 34″ Fertility Staff. Gawai Melah Pinang. Ritual. Ceremony. Indonesia

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    Sure, the Ibans / Dayaks were renowned for practicing headhunting to further territorial expansion. They had a fearsome reputation until the Europeans arrived with their colonization in the 1800s. Some headhunting episodes were reported into the mid-1900s.   There were rituals, ceremonies and festivals all… Continue reading

Indonesian Ceremonial Dance Mask. Wood. Hand Painted. Cirebon. Java. Indonesia

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    This mask was used in a dramatic form of Indonesian dance called Topeng. Such masks are used to interpret traditional stories concerning fabled kings, heros and myths.   Hand made and hand painted in the mid-1900s and acquired in Cirebon in West Java (about 200 miles east… 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. I’m sorry, this item has been sold.

Wood Garuda Statue, Indonesia

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Detail: Well known in Hindu religion, this statue was hand carved in Indonesia. My best guess is Java. Nice details and also a gold gilt in various places on the statue to add good contrast and definition. Circa mid-1900’s. From a “Garuda” collector… Continue reading

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

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Detail: 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… Continue reading

Large West Java Beetle for the Coleopterology and Entomology Lovers, West Java Indonesia

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Detail: THIS IS NOT ASIAN ART! Sure it is . . . Esoteric Asian Nature Art. Need a trophy to fit on a smaller shelf? Here is a Javanese beetle (Chalcosoma Caucasus) that is really eye-catching. Add him/her to your “cool” collections of… Continue reading

Two Giant Mantis Bugs – Entomology, Indonesia

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Detail: What the……??? This pair is not likely to be found in your bed unless you are living in a certain part of Java Indonesia. YIKES! One green and one yellow Eurycnema Versirubra. Fascinating and a bit scary. These would look great mounted in… Continue reading

Javanese Dried Bat – Taxidermy – Non-Sport Bat Collecting, Indonesia

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Detail: Say what? This bat is predominately from Indonesia: Eonycteris Spelaea. These are cave roosting species that feed on nectar and pollen of night flowering plant species. A perfect specimen. The bat is safe and has been fumigated and mounted by a… Continue reading
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