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Tanagra Terracotta Woman Figurine.  Himation Robe. Vase.  Hellenistic Greek Period.  Boeotia Greece

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    In the 1860s, Greek field peasants unearthed hundreds of clay figurines in ancient graves near the town of Bratsi, in the region of Boeotia, 40+ miles north of Athens.  The more they dug, the more they unearthed beautifully made small terracotta statues.  They seemed to be… Continue reading

Genuine Roman Terracotta Squat Oinochoe Jug.  Italy

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    Oinochoe (aka oenochoe) is a greek term for a wine or other functional jug.  The pouring spout and the handle rising from the jug is very typical of such jugs made between 50 B.C. and 100 A.D..  Some terracotta oinochoes are painted, have reliefs along the… Continue reading

Large Antique Mummy Human Ushabti.  Shabti.  Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Private Collection.  Terracotta.  Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended  to act as a surrogate of the deceased owner to undertake  menial tasks in the afterlife.  Ushabti is translated to “answerer”.   From a very large… Continue reading

Large Antique Anubis Ushabti.  Shabti.  Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Private Collection.  Terracotta.  Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended  to act as a surrogate deceased owner to undertake  menial tasks in the afterlife.   From a very large collection from an Egyptian family.  This statue… Continue reading

RARE BOOK:  Majapahit Terracotta Art.  Hilda Soemantri.  New.  Dust Cover.  1997

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  This very hard to find book explores the terracotta art of the Majapahit Kingdom (1293 – 1527 AD) with a range of cultural and political influence that included Indonesia, Malaysia and foreign entities such as Malayu, Thailand, Champa and Kampuchea.   Chapters include:  Majapahit – A Historical Survey;… Continue reading

Terracotta Majapahit Empire 16th Century Naga – Dragon – Head, Eastern Java near Trawulan

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Detail:  Excavated in eastern Java, near the once-capitol city of the Majapahit Empire, Trowulan.  Other examples of Majapahit terracotta can be found in the National Museum in Jakarta,  The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Princess Hof Ceramic Museum in Leeuwarden plus in a superb book titled Majapahit Terracotta… Continue reading

Rare and Authentic 14th Century Majapahit Empire Hanuman Terracotta Head, East Java near Trowulan

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Detail:  Excavated in a cavern in eastern Java, near the once-capitol city of the Majapahit Empire, Trowulan.  This particular piece was part of the Van de Hout collection.  Maurius van den Hout was an official with the Dutch Indonesian government in the years prior to WW… Continue reading
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