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Kalao Bird Figure / Statue.  Hornbill Sculpture.  Senufo.  Ivory Coast, Africa

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    A stately and rare African sculpture of a Kalao / Hornbill from the Senufo people of northern Cote d’Ivoire.   Only ancestral specialized artisan tribal members dedicate their lives to creating art for the Senufo.   Sculptures are hand-carved from a solid piece of wood and clad with… Continue reading

Archaic Cloisonne Enamel Incense Burner.  Foo Dog Lid.  China

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    A real prize.  A sizable early censer with a bronze protective foo dog / lion lid.   Chinese enameling technique features carved or chiseled depressions in a brass vessel . . . and then filled with enamel, fired and polished.   Red, blue, white designs, animals (on… Continue reading

Rare Master Quality Handcrafted Tantric Oracle Cap.  Crown. Tibet.

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    Tibetan Oracles?  Well, before Buddhism, there were Bons.  Bons were a particular type of priest who performed rituals to gain the favor of local spirits and ensure the well-being and safety of the dead in the afterlife.  Much, much later and under the influence of… Continue reading

Rare Clay Tomb Figure.  Clay.  Tang Dynasty.  Luoyang China

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    Uncovered over a century ago by an anthropologist who – in turn – passed it on to his family . . .  ending up in a collector’s hands in Connecticut USA.   Tang Dynasty, circa 900 C.E.(A.D.).  From a site in Luoyang (Henan province).   Such… Continue reading

Dignitary Fragment.  Sarbi / Xianbei People.  Clay Figure.  Northern Qi Dynasty.  Shan Dong / Shan Tung Province.  NE China

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    The Sarbi (Xianbei) were an ancient nomadic people who once resided in – what is known today as – inner Mongolia.  In 550 – 577, this area was part of the Northern Qi Dynasty . .  within the Shan Dong province.  The dynasty was founded… 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

BOOK:  “The Life and Actions of Alexander the Great”.  1843.  Hardcover.  Rare

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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

Ancestor Figure. Lower Sepik. Wood statue. Papua New Guinea.

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    Well carved and in good condition.  Acquired from a retired mechanical engineer who was stationed in PNG on a gold mining operation.   Authentic.       From the 1940s.   Hard to find in this condition.

Pre Columbian Seated Clay Figure. Statue.  Classic Veracruz. Idol.  Veracruz. Mexico

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    Classic Veracruz culture refers to a cultural area in the north and central areas of the present-day Mexican state of Veracruz, a culture that existed from roughly 100 to 1000 AD.   This particular statue is from the Late Classic Period or between the 6th and 8th Century… Continue reading

Chronicles of the Tombs: A Select Collection of Epitaphs, Preceded by an Essay On Epitaphs and Other Monumental Inscriptions, With Incidental Observations On Sepulchral Antiquities.  1864.  T. Pettigrew

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The title pretty much sums up the content.  But for you Bibliophiles and Antiquarians out there who love to collect, read and admire rare and old books, this is the book for you.  In the future when you visit any tomb, whether in Britain, Egypt, China . .… Continue reading
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