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Rare and Authentic 14th Century Majapahit Empire Hanuman Terracotta Head, East Java near Trowulan

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Detail: Excavated in a cavern in eastern Java, near the once-capitol city of the Majapahit Empire, Trowulan. This particular piece was part of the Van de Hout collection. Maurius van den Hout was an official with the Dutch Indonesian government in the years prior to WW… Continue reading

Old Canister with 2 Compartments and Lid, Java / Lombok Area, Indonesia

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Detail: This is really a unique and cool canister made from metal. It has a larger lower compartment with a lid that has another smaller compartment (with lid). Very unique and ornate from a geographic area that is known more for carved bamboo canisters. Circa early-… Continue reading

Barbed Arrow / Spear / Weapon, Handcarved from the Nimo Tribe, Arian River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies . . . enemies who might have stolen livestock or crops from another. Used infrequently but ONLY for the purpose of killing a person. The head of the arrow is about 14” long and an inch… Continue reading

Bone Arrow / Spear / Weapon Handcarved from Nimo Tribe, Aria River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies. It’s head is made of bone. The original owner is a member of the Nimo Tribe located on the Aria River, a tributary of the May River. Specifically used to hunt HUMANS, but not that… Continue reading

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

Wood Cermonial Water Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a “safe passage” mask and it is displayed in ceremonies to placate and pacify dangerous water spirits (whirlpools, upsetting canoes, pulling paddlers out of the boat, etc.). Shell eyes and orange accents with a very high forehead and the connection of the nose to… Continue reading
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