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Hand Carved Shan Buddha. Fragment. Gilt.  Wood. Late 18th Century.  Burma

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    The Shan States – a territorial part of Burma –  developed their own distinct artistic style.  During the 18th century, Shan Buddha sculpture became particularly sophisticated and elegant. Finely and realistically molded, the face exudes sweetness and serenity.   The Shan States were created by the… Continue reading

Authentic. Rare. Old Tharu Exorcism / Shaman Mask.  Terai Region.  Morang District.  East Nepal.

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Tharu tribal members from this area are nature worshipers. They worship many forest spirits and deities, including the forest goddess.  Many of the most primitive tribes live in/near forests and near rivers.   This shamanic mask was used in rituals, festivals and exorcisms by a village shaman.  The… Continue reading

Handcarved Shan Buddha. Fragment. Gilt.  Wood. 18th Century.  Burma

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    Though territorially part of Burma, the Shan States developed their own distinct artistic style.   During the 18th century, Shan Buddha sculpture became particularly sophisticated and elegant. Finely and realistically molded, the face exudes sweetness and serenity.   The Tai-Shan (Tai Yai) people are believed to have… Continue reading

Huge Natural Green Jade Chi-Lin Statue.  Sculpture.  Figure.  Qilin.  Kylin.  Feng Shui.  Nephrite.  Xiu.  Hand Carved.  Wood Base.  Xiuyan City. China

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    Skilled craftsmen created this highly detailed Chi-Lin (aka Dragon Horse) from a special category of Nephrite jade, also known as Xiu or Xiuyan jade.  Not quite as hard as other Nephrites, it was mined from Xiuyan City in LiaoNing Province in NE China.   Harder nephrite is… Continue reading

Hand Carved Southeast Asia Architectural Fragment.  Wood.  Indonesia

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    I was very confident with my assessment of this fragment before I acquired it from a Maryland estate sale.   But…. I am not as confident now.  The face and hairdo/covering says Indonesian or Malaysian.  The body posture reminds me of an Indian Shiva…. Or a… 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

Songye Warrior Shield.  Wood.  Woven edge. Congolacerta Lizard. Congo. DRC

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    Songye and Luba origins are shared and can be traced through lineages from the 16th Century.  It is believed that the founders of the Songye emerged from the lake region in the Shaba / Katanga province in the southeast part of the Congo with the Lomami River… Continue reading

Rare. Maitland Smith Catalogs. Furniture.  Porcelain and a lot more!  Furnishings. Volumes 1, 2, 3

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    If you are interested in thumbing through world-class quality products with superb innovative design, then here are over a 1000 pages that you will just love.   Maitland-Smith – founded by a well-known London antique dealer and designer – acquired and reproduced world class and quality products. … Continue reading

Unique and Rare Djimini Mask.  Wood and Leather.  Côte d’Ivoire

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    The Djimini (aka Dyimini) people of Cote d’lvoire are part of  the larger Senufo group.  Heavily into story telling about their history and traditions, this group believes in animism as their main religious practice.  Everything, everything has a spirit inside it . .  the… Continue reading

Old Hand Carved Shakyamuni Buddha Head.  Statue.  China.

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    Shakyamuni aka Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism.  Shakya was the tribe/clan to which his family belonged.  . He was the son of Shuddhodana, the king of the Shākyas, a small tribe whose kingdom was located in the foothills of the Himalayas, south of… Continue reading
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