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Maitland-Smith Bronze Monkey Card or Candle Holder.  Singerie.  Philippines

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    Singerie, a visual arts depiction, can be found back in ancient Egypt but more popular in France over the last couple of centuries.  The word – singerie – is the name given to a visual arts genre depicting monkeys imitating human behavior.  Such monkeys are often… Continue reading

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

Maitland-Smith Brass Griffin.  Gryphon. Brulee finish.  Penshell inlay.  8173-10. Philippines

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    Whoa….   This is certainly one of Maitland Smith’s most creative and sophisticated mythological and decorative creatures.  If the definition of a griffin is true to form, then this piece is the epitome of courage and boldness… with a massive helping of beauty and elegance.   This… Continue reading

Marble Falcon of Horus.  Hand Carved.  Statue.  Figure.  Nile Valley, Aswan, Egypt

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    The Falcon of Horus – wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt – is an image of divine kingship. The king was associated with the sky god as the “Living Horus,” and he was thought to represent the rule of the gods on earth. Horus is… Continue reading

Bronze Catamount.  Large Cat.  Sculpture. Wildlife Figure. Beijing China

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    An excellent casting of a med-sized or large wild cat . . .  cougar, cheetah, leopard, panther . . .  I don’t know but I will bet you do.   Hand cast from a foundry near the Beijing Sino Sculpture company, in Gaoliying Town Shunyi District of Beijing

Egyptian Queen Nefertiti Head.  Bust.  Limestone Fragment.  Aswan. Egypt

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    Bust carved into a piece of limestone.  Stunning.    Original pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old… Continue reading
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