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Rare. Maitland Smith Catalogs. Furniture.  Porcelain and a lot more!  Furnishings. Volumes 1, 2, 3

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    If you are interested in thumbing through world-class quality products with superb innovative design, then here are over a 1000 pages that you will just love.   Maitland-Smith – founded by a well-known London antique dealer and designer – acquired and reproduced world class and quality products. … Continue reading

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

Chariot Caparisoned Horse.  Konark Temple.  Statue.  Sculpture.  India.

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      The Konark temple – located in the small town of Konak, Puri district, state of Odisha, India –  was conceived in the 13th Century as a huge and colossal stone chariot drawn by a team of seven horses depicted in the galloping mode. The horses were… Continue reading
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