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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

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

Very Old Bakongo Death Mask. DRC. Congo. Africa.

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    The solidarity of the Bakongo people has a long history based on the dynamics of the Kongo Kingdom, first discovered in the fifteenth century by a Portuguese explorer.   There are numerous subgroups / tribes that make up the cultural and spiritual complex. Examples: the Vili,… Continue reading

Sarcophagus Wooden Mummy Mask. Ptolemaic Kingdom Era. Wood. Ptolemaic Kingdom. Egypt

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    An amazing amount of paint / detail left on this Egyptian sarcophagus mask. Carved in detailed relief, including the sensitive eyes and longer nose, typical of this period. All the detail is there and depending on the viewing angle, you can see different expressions. You… Continue reading

RARE BOOK: Majapahit Terracotta Art. Hilda Soemantri. New. Dust Cover. 1997

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  This very hard to find book explores the terracotta art of the Majapahit Kingdom (1293 – 1527 AD) with a range of cultural and political influence that included Indonesia, Malaysia and foreign entities such as Malayu, Thailand, Champa and Kampuchea.   Chapters include: Majapahit – A Historical Survey;… Continue reading

Rare and Very Fine Ornate Ashanti Cast Bronze Kuduo Pot. Lid. Funerary. Ghana. Africa.

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    The Asanti or Ashanti live in central Ghana in the rainforests of West Africa approximately 150 miles away from the coast. The Ashanti are a major ethnic group of the Akans (Ashanti and Fanti) in Ghana, formerly known as the Gold Coast. The Ashanti are best known… Continue reading

Video / VHS: The Haunted Kingdom of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Detail: I don’t need to tell you about Angkor Wat. This is a 50 minute VHS video about this famed Kingdom. Great as a young person’s gift or to re-introduce yourself to this special place. Still sealed so all you need is a VHS player. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy. 1996
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