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Rare wrapped Zigua Mummy Figure.  Statue.  Tanzania.  Africa

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    The ethnic Zigula/Zigua are from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga  Regions of Tanzania.  Their art is poorly understood and frequently misidentified.   They have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings . . . such as their “mummy” figures.  Some are wrapped in cloth and… Continue reading

Rare.  Mummy Figure.  Protective Statue.  Wood & Fabric.  Tanzania.  Zigula. Pwani / Tanga Regions. Africa.

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  The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga regions.   To say their art is poorly understood is an understatement.  Their “wrapped mummy” statuary is used in secret rituals that protect their owners from evil spirits and power.   The… Continue reading

Small and Authentic Dayak Orang Ulu Shaman Carrier Container. Kayan. Kalimantan. Borneo.

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  A Orang Ulu shaman carrier / container is primarily used to store medicine, herbs, roots and other plantation items. The carrier is adorned with the naga motif, the common Buah Berinjan vines, two ancestral Dayak warriors on the two poles and accented with the woven vine / rattan material… Continue reading

Extremely Rare.  Original & Guaranteed.  Nuchu Wooden Shaman Medicine & Healing Figure. Nele.  Kuna Guna.  Panama

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  This is a representation of a medicine man (Nele).  A spirit is summoned from the figure and the soul of the patient is placed within.   To aid in the healing process, the shaman chants and the burning of cacao beans in a clay censer beneath the… Continue reading

Batak Shaman Spiritual Staff.  Simalungun People.  Lake Toba. Sumatra 

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    Sumatra is just one island of the 17,000 islands in the chain called Indonesia. The cultures specific to different islands have long been isolated from one another resulting is significant diversity. Sumatra – one of Indonesia’s largest islands – it is home to the Batak tribes.   Shamen… Continue reading

Richly Carved Spear. Staff.  Wood.  Blackwater River. Shaman.  ESP.  PNG  New Guinea

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  I have seen many spears from this region of New Guinea during my 50 years of collecting but not quite like this one.  The intricate wood carving with its design and detail is quite spectacular.   I believe it is carved from Black Palm.  Black Palm is… Continue reading

Rare Yoruba Fetish Figure.  Statue.  Wood. Southwestern Nigeria. Africa.

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    The Yoruba peoples inhabit a large part of southwestern Nigeria.  They have been known to place their trust in the powers of the fetish to assist them during times of need.  A fetish – aka Nkisi – is a wood carving that the village… Continue reading

Unique and Rare Nkondi Nkisi Nail Fetish Statue.  Shaman.  Nganga.  Sculpture. Kongo.  DRC.  Congo.

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    Created by a shaman or Nganga who gathers spiritual items (organic materials, medicines, etc) which is placed in hollow cavities in the abdomen (and sometime the forehead).  In this case, such spiritual items are behind a glass shield.  Nails are driven into the statue as a… 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

Huge and Rare Yombe Nkisi / Nkondi Three – Faced Statue.  Vili / Loango Tribe.  DRC / Congo.  Africa

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  During the 13th Century, the Kongo people began their expansion into Gabon, Zaire and Angola.  One of the original tribes was called the Vili that now stretches across the coasts of Gabon and parts of the old Zaire.   Nail fetishes (aka Nkondi) are created to carry a… Continue reading
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