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Hand Carved Shan Buddha. Fragment. Gilt.  Wood. Late 18th Century.  Burma

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    The Shan States – a territorial part of Burma –  developed their own distinct artistic style.  During the 18th century, Shan Buddha sculpture became particularly sophisticated and elegant. Finely and realistically molded, the face exudes sweetness and serenity.   The Shan States were created by the… Continue reading

Terra Cotta Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Court Lady.  Tang Dynasty.  China.

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  A pottery figure of a Chinese court woman with up-swept hair and standing in a simple draped robe, typically seen in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).   Women at the Chinese imperial court were highly trained in fashion, manners, etiquette but also music, dance and other pleasing arts. … Continue reading

Nail Fetish Statue.  Yombe.  Maternal Figure.  Carving.  Congo.  DRC.  Africa.

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    The vast Yombe area – the forested region of the Lower Zaire River – represents an important geographic chapter in the artistic history of black Africa.  It has the greatest, most prolific and finest concentration of maternity figures and stone statuary.   The Yombe female phemba statues… Continue reading

Huge Natural Green Jade Chi-Lin Statue.  Sculpture.  Figure.  Qilin.  Kylin.  Feng Shui.  Nephrite.  Xiu.  Hand Carved.  Wood Base.  Xiuyan City. China

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    Skilled craftsmen created this highly detailed Chi-Lin (aka Dragon Horse) from a special category of Nephrite jade, also known as Xiu or Xiuyan jade.  Not quite as hard as other Nephrites, it was mined from Xiuyan City in LiaoNing Province in NE China.   Harder nephrite is… Continue reading

Shakyamuni Buddha.  Bronze.  Statue.  Sculpture. Buddhism.  Dhyana Mudra. Kumbum Monastery. Tibet

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      This is a traditional representation of the Shakyamuni Buddha who lived and taught in India in the 6th Century B.C.E., a time of flourishing religious and philosophical thought from Greece to China.   The physical characteristics of him seated in the lotus position of meditation, legs crossed,… Continue reading

Bena Lulua Helmet Mask.  Luba Empire.  Kalamba.  Congo / Zaire

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    The Lulua tribes – aka as Bena Lulua – migrated from western Africa in the 17th Century and found their home in the southern part of Zaire (aka Democratic Republic of Congo).  They formed small chiefdoms and their social structure was based on a caste system. … Continue reading

Wooden Statue.  Guan Yu. Fierce Warrior.  Boxwood.  Handcarved.  Polished.  Qiantang River.  China

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    Guan Yu (162 – 219 AD) was one of the best known historical and warrior figures in China’s ancient history.  He was a military general serving under Liu Bei (a warlord) during the Eastern Han dynasty.  Playing a significant role, Guan Yu helped to bring an… Continue reading

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

Authentic Tang Dynasty Detailed Figure.  Tomb Art. Figurine.  Statue. Terracotta. Xi’an.  Shan Xi Province.  China.

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    Unearthed in Xi’an  – capital of Shaanxi Province, central China – marking the eastern end of the Silk Road and home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses.   A detailed and rare fine for the Serious Collector of relics from the Tang Dynasty.

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
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