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Russian Hot Tea Podstakannik and Stakin.  Cut Crystal.  Vladimir Russia

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    Handled tea glass holders were considered essential in many Russian households since the 1800s. Having started off as an ingenious tool to avoid touching a hot glass, the podstakannik (glass holder) soon evolved into a tableware item for the elite and rich. Precious metals, filigree design, and exquisite… Continue reading

Bronze Passport Mask.  Igbo Tribe.  Lost Wax.  Igbo-Ukwu. Nigeria.

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    The people of Igbo-Ukwu (southeast of Onitsha), ancestors of present-day Igbo, were proficient in metal working art in the 9th century (+ or – years depending on what expert you speak with). They are thought to be the earliest smithers (hammering, bending, twisting & incising) of copper and… Continue reading

Brass Sculpture Statue of Alexander the Great.  Majestic. Italy.   

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    Alexander the Great:  I’ve spent almost a year now researching him, his family, his enemies (who turned allies), his horse, his motivations, his mental state, his death, his art, his monuments and homes… and a lot more.   Complex, intriguing, fascinating . . . with many “no… Continue reading

Framed Metal Art.  Head of Buchephalus.  A Parmakelis creation.   Alexander the Great.  Greece

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    Alexander the Great:  I’ve spent almost a year now researching him, his family, his enemies (who turned allies), his horse, his motivations, his mental state, his death, his art, his monuments and homes… and a lot more.   Complex, intriguing, fascinating . . . with many “no… Continue reading

Rare Telsum Protective Tribal Necklace.  Silver Metal.  Borama Oromo Tribe. Ethiopia.

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    Crafted by the Borama Oromo tribe in southern Ethiopia.   For an engagement or just protection from the evil eye, this is a true collector’s piece and honors traditional Ethiopian heritage.  Each telsum box or triangle is forced individually by hand, making this one unique and one-of-a-kind.… Continue reading

7.5” Metal Hand Hammered Singing Bowl.  Chakra F.  Heart.

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    Used since 560 B.C. to invoke a deep state of relaxation, meditation and spiritual well-being, this singing bowl is hand-hammered and left unpolished.   The chakra is that of the Heart.  The frequency of this bowl is 365.5 Hz (F is the musical note) and is associated… Continue reading

Coptic Christian Cross.  Prayer.  Blessing. Handmade.  Abyssinian.  Ethiopia

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  This Abyssinian Cross reflects the elaborate style of Ethiopian crosses. The history of Christianity in Ethiopia is longstanding, dating back to the fourth century A.D.. At that time, King Ezana, ruler of Aksum, made it the court religion.   Ethiopian monarchs gave notable monasteries larger crosses,  but just… Continue reading

Large Desktop Prayer Wheel.  Handmade and Hand Crafted. Buddhist.  Paper Scroll.  Nepal

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Prayer wheels are Tibetan Buddhist praying instruments, with the mantra engraved:  Om Mani Padme Hum, Avalokitesvara’s mantra.  Prayers are also printed on a paper scroll rolled inside the metal cylinder.  Very powerful.   Prayer wheels are fixed to the walls of monasteries, grouped around stupas, found in… 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

Bronze Sculpture – Horse & Swallow – Ma ta fei yan Statue, China

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Detail:  The running horse with its right hind hoof on a swallow is a familiar cultural relic from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 to 220 AD).  I have seen many of these over the last 20 years but I especially like this one with its elegant and delicate… Continue reading
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