Global Art & Artifacts


Terra Cotta Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Court Lady.  Tang Dynasty.  China.

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  A pottery figure of a Chinese court woman with up-swept hair and standing in a simple draped robe, typically seen in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).   Women at the Chinese imperial court were highly trained in fashion, manners, etiquette but also music, dance and other pleasing arts. … Continue reading

Rare.  Mummy Figure.  Protective Statue.  Wood & Fabric.  Tanzania.  Zigula. Pwani / Tanga Regions. Africa.

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  The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga regions.   To say their art is poorly understood is an understatement.  Their “wrapped mummy” statuary is used in secret rituals that protect their owners from evil spirits and power.   The… Continue reading

Stone Scorpion Scarab.  Amulet.  Paperweight.  Figure.  Heliopolis.  Egypt.

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    This large amulet is not really a scarab, even though the scorpion is strongly associated with scarabs.  The reason is that scorpions are common on the belly side of scarab beetle figures.   Scorpions like this are associated with the Egyptian goddess of Serket.  She was… Continue reading

Rosewood General Guan Gong / Guan Yu Warrior Statue, China

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Detail:  Guan Yu or Guan Gong played a significant role in the civil war that lead to the collapse of the Han Dynasty and the establishment of the Shu Han.  Many countries regard him as the God of Wealth or God of Protection but he is mostly known… Continue reading

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