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Funerary Pottery Head.  Akan.  Ghana

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    Such terracotta and clay sculptures were made to serve a strictly funerary purpose, honoring – as well as commemorating –  the dead. This head may represent a deceased man. It may have stood alone or have been part of a group of figures in or around the… Continue reading

Yaka Ndeemba Mask.  n-khanda / Mukanda Ceremonial.  Northern Yaka.  Northern DRC Congo

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  After a long history of forced migration and union with other groups, the Yaka have been an independent society since the 19th century.  Living in the northern Congo, the Yaka are primarily hunters, although they also practice small scale farming.  The Yaka has a tight-knit control… Continue reading

Rare and Powerful Zigua Peoples Mummy Figure.  Wood.  Tanzania.  Africa. 

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    The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani Region and southern Tanga Region.   Zigua art, like most art from Tanzania, is poorly understood… and frequently misidentified. They absolutely have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings.  Their  “mummy” figures are thought… Continue reading

Iron Phurba. Kila.  Ritual Dagger.  Exorcise Evil.  Tibet

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    A three sided peg, stake, knife or nail like ritual object that is/was used to stake out sacred and monastery sites to obstruct or repel evil.  Also does wonders to nail down those life distractions such as greed, desire and envy.   The most precious of Phurbas… Continue reading

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

Hand Carved Bakota Fertility / Lucky Mask, Gabon Africa

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Beautifully hand carved from Gabon’s Bakota tribe. Many of these masks are made to enhance fertility and/or add luck with hunting and other ventures. Circa late-1900’s. Pristine condition. Stand not included.
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