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Dayak Buffalo Bone Scrimshaw Shaman Magic Powder Container with Wood Plug, Borneo / Kalimantan

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Detail: Exceptional hand-etched and carved buffalo bone with wood finial plug. Used by Dayak tribal shamans to store herbs, magic powders and betal lime. The scrimshaw work on this piece is representative of animals that provide good luck. . as well as the ancestor on the… Continue reading

Antique Brass Betel Nut Container, Borneo

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Detail: Betel is the leaf of a vine that is valued as a mild stimulant and for its medicinal properties. Wrapping leaves and stuffing them into the Areca nut – itself a stimulant – is called, at least to those in Southeast Asia, Betel Nut. This antique brass container is… Continue reading

Old Medicine Buddha Statue in Marble, China

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Detail: Huge marble garden Medicine Buddha seated on a lotus blossom displaying the Dhyana mudra. Acquired by one of our agents in the Hubei Province (south central China). Circa early- to mid-1800’s. A few chips are missing around the base but generally this statue is in very good condition. Additional… Continue reading

Carved Toba Batak Shaman Pole / Staff, North Sumatra

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Detail: Shaman’s staffs (Tunggal Panahuan) were used in magic ceremonies to protect against the actions of enemies. In addition, these staffs were used as a prophetic tool for diagnosing the spiritual causes of a disease. They derive their power from a specially prepared ritual substance called Pupuk. Pupuk attracts ancestor… Continue reading

Batak Medicine Horn / Container, Sumatra

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Detail: From Batak tribes of Northern Sumatra. Wood and buffalo horn. Naga / Singa head in front with ASO heads (human-like ancestor spirits) on the back and on the tip of the horn. A Cicak (a small nocturnal lizard found in most houses) is carved into the horn representing deities… Continue reading

Dayak Tribal Medicine Box, Sumatra

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Detail: This medicine container was used by the Batak Tribes in Sumatra. Carved from one piece of wood. Singa (mythical protective creatures) heads are looking up on each end of the box. An ASO (human-like head) adorns the top of the lid. These boxes are used to store medicines or… Continue reading

Dayak Medicine Carrier / Container, Indonesia

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Early 1900’s or older. Extremely rare and museum quality. Shaman’s carrier. 17 Dayak figures adorn the carrier. It appears that there are figures corresponding to illness and medical conditions. Teeth and boar tusks are original as well as the coins that are embedded near the rim. Most likely lightweight items… Continue reading

Very Rare Curved Antler and Tusk, Borneo

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Detail: Carved deer antler at one end and joined with a curved tusk from a wild boar. Such artifacts are very rare and were found almost exclusively in shaman’s medicine packs. Museum quality. Early- to mid-1900’s in age. For the Serious Collector. This item is no longer available.

Toba Batak, Medicine Statue, Sumatra, Indonesia

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Carved from hardwood with intricate and traditional motifs. Storage box for jewelry and/or medicine. Crafted in the mid-1900’s.   This item has been sold. Thanks S.C !!

Tibetan Censer / Incense Burner Vessel, Tibet

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Detail: Bronze vessel with lid from Tibet and used in rituals for burning incense, wood and other medicinal substances. Lots of detail such as dragons, birds, sheep and a wheel at the top. This is much larger than other Tibetan vessels I have seen.
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