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Museum Quality Chokwe Ceremonial Bird Mask. Angola / DRC. Africa.

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    An object d’art wooden bird mask, with a quality suitable for a museum exhibit. Superbly carved by Chokwe artisans to honor divine ancestors.   Acquired from a Pretoria South African Gallery whose owner has direct access to chiefs in the Congo. Based on my purchases and… Continue reading

Horned Kuba Helmet Mask. Wood & Paint. Bwoom. DRC. Congo. Africa

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  This was quite a find.   One of the three known royal masks, the helmet Bwoom is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba. These were introduced in the 17th Century by King Miko mi-Mbul.   Most often used in funerals, they are also used… Continue reading

Richly Carved Spear. Staff. Wood. Blackwater River. Shaman. ESP. PNG New Guinea

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  I have seen many spears from this region of New Guinea during my 50 years of collecting but not quite like this one. The intricate wood carving with its design and detail is quite spectacular.   I believe it is carved from Black Palm. Black Palm is… Continue reading

Rare Yoruba Fetish Figure. Statue. Wood. Southwestern Nigeria. Africa.

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    The Yoruba peoples inhabit a large part of southwestern Nigeria. They have been known to place their trust in the powers of the fetish to assist them during times of need. A fetish – aka Nkisi – is a wood carving that the village… Continue reading

Iban. Dayak. 34″ Fertility Staff. Gawai Melah Pinang. Ritual. Ceremony. Indonesia

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    Sure, the Ibans / Dayaks were renowned for practicing headhunting to further territorial expansion. They had a fearsome reputation until the Europeans arrived with their colonization in the 1800s. Some headhunting episodes were reported into the mid-1900s.   There were rituals, ceremonies and festivals all… Continue reading

Indonesian Ceremonial Dance Mask. Wood. Hand Painted. Cirebon. Java. Indonesia

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    This mask was used in a dramatic form of Indonesian dance called Topeng. Such masks are used to interpret traditional stories concerning fabled kings, heros and myths.   Hand made and hand painted in the mid-1900s and acquired in Cirebon in West Java (about 200 miles east… Continue reading

Miniature Manjushri Thangka. Scroll. Printed. Silk. China.

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    Manjushri (aka The Gentle Glory) is the oldest / most significant Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and is the embodiment of transcendent wisdom.   His right hand holds a flaming sword, which represents the sharpness of prajna that can cut through the growth of suffering and the net of… Continue reading

Quality Manjushri Thangka. Thanka. Scroll. Printed. Silk. China.

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    Manjushri – the oldest and most significant Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism – is the embodiment of transcendent wisdom.   As a fully enlightened Bodhisattva, he is respected and worshipped as a “meditational” diety. For those who meditate on him, he instructs in the Dharma and stimulates them… Continue reading

Old Tribal Bakongo Double-Faced Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Very Old Bakongo Death Mask. DRC. Congo. Africa.

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    The solidarity of the Bakongo people has a long history based on the dynamics of the Kongo Kingdom, first discovered in the fifteenth century by a Portuguese explorer.   There are numerous subgroups / tribes that make up the cultural and spiritual complex. Examples: the Vili,… Continue reading
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