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BOOK: Rare. “Art of the Ancestors Nias Batak Dayak”. Hardcover. 2009. English. Alliance Francaise de Singapour

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    Indonesian tribal art is among the most intriguing and varied in the world. There are as many styles and expressions as there are ethnic and cultural groups. Each of these groups produces unique objects of great interest and beauty that are used in rituals and ceremonies …. … Continue reading

Marka / Warka Mask with Brass. Bamara. Cloth hood. Mali. Africa.

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    The largest ethnic group in Mali are the Bamara… about 2.5 million. In the northern region of the Bamara territory are the Marka (aka Warka), known for their unique and artistic masks covered with brass or copper and other adornments.   The masks are generally carved with… Continue reading

Rare Books. Incidents of Travel in Central America. John Stephens. 2 Volumes. 1855 Edition. Leather bound. Engraved Plates. Hard Cover.

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    Incidents of Travel in Central America is a travel work by John Lloyd Stephens, documenting his time travelling through Central America from the early to mid-1800s…. noting the native life and customs. He was an American explorer / writer (trained as a lawyer) who was very important… Continue reading

Old Tribal Bakongo Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Marka / Warka Tribal Mask. Wood and Copper. Ceremonial. Mali. Africa.

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  About 2.5 million Bambara people for the largest ethnic group in Mali. The Bambara Kingdom was founded in the 17th Century and reached its pinnacle by 1787. It has always been an agricultural society with cattle rearing a secondary source of food.   In the northern… Continue reading

Large & Rare Guere / Gere Spider Mask. Stand. Cote D’Ivoire. Africa

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    Living on the northwestern edge of the Ivory Coast (near the border of Burkina Faso) are the Guere. Their neighbors are the Wobe and – although separate tribes – they are often referred as the We (translated as “men who easily forgive”). According to Jean-Baptiste Bacquart’s… Continue reading

RARE BOOK: Majapahit Terracotta Art. Hilda Soemantri. New. Dust Cover. 1997

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  This very hard to find book explores the terracotta art of the Majapahit Kingdom (1293 – 1527 AD) with a range of cultural and political influence that included Indonesia, Malaysia and foreign entities such as Malayu, Thailand, Champa and Kampuchea.   Chapters include: Majapahit – A Historical Survey;… Continue reading

Bronze and Copper Hanging Monastery Incense Burner. Censer. Hand Crafted. Master Temple Quality. Rare. Tibet. East Nepal.

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  I located another of these rare burners / censers!   I like this hefty hanging incense burners because of the composition and stunning detail. Plus, this one was acquired from the same monastery as the other one by my trusted regional agent. Fine workmanship around the lid,… Continue reading

Rare Large Half Black Ammonite Fossil. Madagascar.

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  I had quite a wait for a black ammonite that fit my standards of almost PERFECT.   Just think that this ammonite was alive 200 million years ago! Now, with that tidbit out of the way, let’s talk about ammonites (and many fossils) being chakras (energy focal points)… Continue reading

Antique Rare Sawankhalok Pottery Elephant. Chang Thai. Si Satchanalai Kilns. Sukhothai Period. Statue. Thailand.

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    One of the most famous examples of Thai pottery are from the Sukhothai period (14-16th Centuries) from the kilns of Si Satchanalai, which is around the historic village of Sawankhalok in north-central Thailand. This period started in the 13th century CE and continued until the 16th century.… Continue reading
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