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Antique SilverMix Handicraft Box.  Footed Metalwork.  Container.  Persia.  Cairo Egypt

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    Egyptians used silver as early as the Predynastic Period (ca. 4400–3100 B.C.) and was important – as was gold – for personal ornaments and decorative/religious objects in Egypt through Roman times.   Since Egypt essentially had no silver from its lands, sources were from neighboring countries specifically Persia… Continue reading

Antique Greco-Roman Silver Ring with Griffin.  Gryphon etched. Sabac Serbia

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    A stunning ancient replica of a Greco-Roman silver ring.   Acquired from a Greek antique shop in Sabac Serbia.  According to the owner, it was handcrafted in the mid- to late- 1800s in a small silver foundry in Acharnes, on the outskirts of Athens.   A lot… Continue reading

Emperor Xuanzong Favorite Fat Horse.  Silver & Nickel Composite. Detailed Statue.  Figure. Hebei China.

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    Emperor Xuanzong (aka Emperor Ming of Tang reigned for over 40 years between 713 and 756) was the seventh emperor of the Chinese Tang Dynasty.  He is often credited with bringing Tang China to one of its highest point of cultural achievements and power.   In 745,… Continue reading

Rare Telsum Protective Tribal Necklace.  Silver Metal.  Borama Oromo Tribe. Ethiopia.

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    Crafted by the Borama Oromo tribe in southern Ethiopia.   For an engagement or just protection from the evil eye, this is a true collector’s piece and honors traditional Ethiopian heritage.  Each telsum box or triangle is forced individually by hand, making this one unique and one-of-a-kind.… Continue reading

Coptic Christian Cross.  Prayer.  Blessing. Handmade.  Abyssinian.  Ethiopia

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  This Abyssinian Cross reflects the elaborate style of Ethiopian crosses. The history of Christianity in Ethiopia is longstanding, dating back to the fourth century A.D.. At that time, King Ezana, ruler of Aksum, made it the court religion.   Ethiopian monarchs gave notable monasteries larger crosses,  but just… Continue reading

Silver / Nickel Seated Namgyalma Buddha Statue, Tibet

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Detail:  Seated in the Dhyana Asana position, this 8-armed Buddha is gesturing with the Dharmachakra (Teaching).  The three faces of this Buddha have similar serene expressions.  Silver / nickel composite.  Great detail especially on the head dress.  Bottom is sealed with a metal cover. … Continue reading

Standing Silver / Nickel Avalokitesvara / Kannon Buddha Statue with Namaskar Mudra Gesture, Tibet

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Very detailed statue of the Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.  18 Arms and a head dress with 6 faces.  One arm holds a trident and the other could be a Tri Ratna.  Composition is silver & nickel.  The Buddha stands on an octagonal… Continue reading

Small Wine or Tea Pitcher / Vessel, China

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Detail:  This is just adorable.  There are three bands of jade-type stone and two bands of a silver/nickel metal with dragons and phoenix.  The top is special with cloisonné designs and a seated Buddha on the very top.  Heavy and thick metal on spout and handle.… Continue reading

Silver Buddha Face and Body with Bird Wings / Other Features Statue, Tibet

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Detail:  Our Tibetan agent found this in a private home / estate sale.  This is an interesting representation.  On the one hand, it has many similarities of a common Tibetan Garuda.  Composition is a silver / nickel (nickel for strength and weight) composite, typical of many… Continue reading

Antique Silver Mythical Chinese Qilin Chop / Seal, China

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Detail:  I do not have a lot of details on this chop but it appears to be a silver and nickel composite.  I secured this from a Midwest antique dealer.  I think it is a Qilin, a mythical Chinese beast.  They are known as good omens.… Continue reading
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