Global Art & Artifacts

mythology

1940s Kabuto Samurai Helmet. Bronze. Miniature. Japan

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    Kabuto is a type of helmet worn by ancient Japanese warriors, samurai . . . who basically ruled Japan for over 600 years. Yes, they protected warriors but there was a psychological factor: power and might. The higher the Samurai rank the more… Continue reading

Bronze Dragon Sculpture. Lost Wax. Fisher Original. Spain.

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    European and Asian mythology portrays dragons in different forms. European dragons are most often winged and Asian dragons have an abundance of scales and resemble large snakes. The artist (Fisher) created a hybrid with a row of dorsal spines, wings, scales and the head of an… Continue reading

Carved Wooden Temple Yali Dravidian Statue, India

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Detail: Dravidian architecture is a style of southern India and evolved around the 6th century A.D. Part of that architecture involved the use of Yali mythological creatures seen in many Hindu temples such as: the Yali pillars of the Rameshwara Temple and the Agoreshwara Temple at… Continue reading

Royal Animal – Shaped (Chinthe) Coin Weight, Burma

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Detail: Made from high quality silver and nickel, this highly detailed weight was made for Burmese royalty in the 19th Century. The history of such weights began before regular currency when transactions in the bazaars were made by weighing out lumps of metal, ganza (basket or metal canister)… Continue reading

Huge Jade Unicorn or Sin-you, China

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This is a huge, 78-pound stunning piece that is either a Chinese unicorn with styling from the Ming Dynasty or a Sin-you that is symbolic of justice and truth. Sin-you’s are mythological creatures from East Asia. Hand carved from nephrite and was in a private home… Continue reading

Blue / White Porcelain Kylins, Pair from China

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Detail: These are a stunning pair of porcelain statues. From China and fully hand painted. Circa the early to mid-1900s. Great detail. Kylins / Qilins / Kirins are part of ancient Chinese mythology. They bring luck and protection mainly to children. Also represent… Continue reading
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