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Phurba Phurpa in Bronze with Mahakala Head. Buddhism. Nepal

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    A traditionally styled Phurba. This is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. Originally used to mark out the perimeter of the construction of temples and monastery, it is still used in religious and sacred ceremonies.   I have an accompanying older “stunning” case… Continue reading

Iban. Dayak. 34″ Fertility Staff. Gawai Melah Pinang. Ritual. Ceremony. Indonesia

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    Sure, the Ibans / Dayaks were renowned for practicing headhunting to further territorial expansion. They had a fearsome reputation until the Europeans arrived with their colonization in the 1800s. Some headhunting episodes were reported into the mid-1900s.   There were rituals, ceremonies and festivals all… Continue reading

Pre-Columbian Ritual Mask. Inca. Peru. Collectors Estate. Clay. Peru

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    Purchased from the estate of Garcia Fernandez Collection in Miami Florida. Mr. Fernandez lived in Peru from 1950 to 1980. This piece was collected in 1968.   Even though there have been repairs made, there are no major pieces missing. Stand is not included.

Antique Ritual Tantric Wooden Mahakala Dagger. Phurba. Central Tibet

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    Phurba, also Phurwa, is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. It was originally used to mark out the perimeter of a sacred building (temple or monastery). Since then it was used in ritual and sacred ceremonies. The three sided blade… Continue reading

Copper / Nickel / Gold Gilt Trigug or Kartika Ritual / Ceremonial Axe, Tibet

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Detail: Ritual axes like this one symbolize disintegration of all worldly good and transformation into a unified positive force. This is much longer than most Trigugs. This axe is a mixture of copper and nickel with a gold plating. I secured it from a Shanghai Tibetan antique… Continue reading

Kom or Tikar Wooden Mask, Cameroon Africa

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Detail: I believe this is a Kom mask, from an ethnic people of the Northwest province of Cameroon. Most of the statuary and masks are representations of the Fon (the ruler). Masks like these are typically used in initiations and for educational purposes. Tikar masks – also thin, oval and… Continue reading
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