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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

Rare Clay Tomb Figure.  Clay.  Tang Dynasty.  Luoyang China

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    Uncovered over a century ago by an anthropologist who – in turn – passed it on to his family . . .  ending up in a collector’s hands in Connecticut USA.   Tang Dynasty, circa 900 C.E.(A.D.).  From a site in Luoyang (Henan province).   Such… Continue reading

Antique Museum Quality Handcrafted Marble Guanyin.  Kwan-yin. Hardwood Stand.  China

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    Hand-carved marble head of Guanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion.  The expression is priceless and the headgear / crown with an engraved Buddha is a real bonus.   Acquired from a jeweler in Beverly Hills California who has had it since the 1970s, when he… 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.

Dignitary Fragment.  Sarbi / Xianbei People.  Clay Figure.  Northern Qi Dynasty.  Shan Dong / Shan Tung Province.  NE China

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    The Sarbi (Xianbei) were an ancient nomadic people who once resided in – what is known today as – inner Mongolia.  In 550 – 577, this area was part of the Northern Qi Dynasty . .  within the Shan Dong province.  The dynasty was founded… Continue reading

Lead Crystal Pyramid.  Laser Etched.  Paperweight.  Hieroglyphics.  Maadi Egypt

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    One of the coolest paperweights I have run across.   In perfect condition.  Shipped with cloth bag and box.

Miniature Troy Greek Warrior Helmet.  Stand.  Greece

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    A detailed replica of the iconic helmet.  Very heavy . . . could be brass or bronze.  Wood base.  Sorry, glass stand not included.  

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
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