Global Art & Artifacts

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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

Ashanti Funerary Head. Sculpture. Ancestral. Akan.  Central Rain Forests. Ghana. Africa

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    Ashanti peoples – a major ethnic group of the Akans – transformed physicality to their beliefs about death and the afterlife through the medium of clay. From the second half of the sixteenth century, terracotta sculpture produced primarily by Ashanti women played a role in funerary rites .… Continue reading

Large Egyptian Obelisk Statue.  Incense Container.  Hieroglyphs.  Egypt.

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    Egyptian tapered monolithic pillars (obelisks) were erected in pairs at the entrances of ancient temples.  Often carved out of one piece of stone – usually granite from Aswan – they were covered in alloys of gold and silver.  All four sides were embellished with hieroglyphics, … Continue reading

Large Bulu  Boulou Gorilla Ape Statue. Sculpture.  Carved Figure. Simian.  Museum Quality.  Cameroon

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    Simian sculptures and figures from the equatorial forest of West Africa have been a mystery to anthropologists and sociologists for years. What is their purpose?   It only takes some imagination to realize the historical relationships and interactions with lowland gorillas and this tribe.   Bottom line: … Continue reading

Bronze Griffin Sculpture Statue.  Figure.  Gryphon.  Greek.  Mythological Creature

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    These protomes replicas appear more frequently from various global locations.  They all point back to decorative adornments displayed in ancient Greek architecture, sculpture and pottery.  Yes, there are many Greek heads (some with upper torsos) of humans, animals and mythological creatures, but this one has a… Continue reading
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