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Stone / Clay Funerary Figure. Mummy. Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Egypt.

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    Shabti or Ushabtis were small human figures representing a person who would perform a given task for the deceased in his/her afterlife. The sun god Ra would grant tracts of land for the dead to dwell for eternity. The wealthy, nobles and royalty did not plan on… Continue reading

Royal Animal – Shaped (Chinthe) Coin Weight, Burma

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Detail: Made from high quality silver and nickel, this highly detailed weight was made for Burmese royalty in the 19th Century. The history of such weights began before regular currency when transactions in the bazaars were made by weighing out lumps of metal, ganza (basket or metal canister)… Continue reading

Antique Tumbuk Lada Keris Sword, Malay Sumatra

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Detail: An aristocrat’s Tumbuk Lada carved from – what I am convinced is – elephant bone. The Tumbuk Lada – translates as “chili crusher” – is a common type of dagger on the Malay Peninsula in Sumatra. Slightly curved with a single sharp edge, the blade is iron. This is… Continue reading

Wood, Brass and Copper African Royalty Mask, Ghana Africa

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Detail: This is a stunning mask. The mask – from Ghana – is a tribute to the queen mothers who make certain women in their communities are treated well. Tribal markings adorn the wide forehead and the cheeks are in brass and copper. Highly polished in Sese wood. Circa late-1900’s.… Continue reading

Royalty or Sultan’s Sword, Southeast Asia

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Detail: I was told that this is a Moro royalty sword from the indigenous people of Southern Philippines. It seems to have European influence. If it is not Moro, I would say that it is a Pedang of Sumatra or Pedang Lurus from Java. Regardless, I am assuming it is… Continue reading
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