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Ancestor Figure. Lower Sepik. Wood statue. Papua New Guinea.

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    Well carved and in good condition. Acquired from a retired mechanical engineer who was stationed in PNG on a gold mining operation. Authentic. From the 1940s.   Hard to find in this condition.

Batak Hand Carved Wooden Scale Box. Gold. Halangan North Sumatra

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    Batak tribes are well known for their carved medicine containers like this (see C-7734, for another). This one is less artistic and more functional, but using the traditional motifs of the Singa (protective creature) and ASO (human-like heads).   Functional? This particular container was used (lightly)… Continue reading

Marka Mask. Bamana Kingdom / People. Marka Tribe. Mali. Africa

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  The over 2 million Bamana people form the largest ethnic group in Mali and occupy the savannah in the central portion of the country. The Bamana (aka Bambara) kingdom was founded in the 17th Century and reached their height of power in the mid- to late-1700s.   The Marka… Continue reading

Wooden Wall Mask. Yawn. Artist signed. Bali. Indonesia.

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    I have run across a few of these “yawn” masks over the last few years and have not been impressed. But this one is different.   This is an artisan’s stunning interpretation of what is supposed to be a satisfying gesture. But with the wrinkled forehead, flared… Continue reading

Dan Poro Ceremonial Mask. Wood. Spiritual realm. Secret Society. Wood. Liberia. Africa

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The Dan people – an ethnolinguistic grouping – has presence in the mountainous areas of Côte d’Ivoire and adjacent areas of Liberia. This particular mask is from Liberia and specifically used by the Poro . . . a secret society where only males are admitted.   As… Continue reading

Old Bon Jhakri Tantric Phurba. Wood. Banjhakri. Nepal.

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    You all know about the use of this Phurba… how it is and was used in the construction of sacred buildings to drive away hatred and demonic obstacles.   But here is a new twist to its formation. Banjhakri are “forest or wilderness” shamanic deities. They… Continue reading

Large Antique Weeping Buddha Statue. Wood. Asia

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    There is an ancient legend about the two warriors who fought with each other in many battles. In one such battle, the older warrior killed the younger. When he removed the mask of the dead warrior, he saw that it was his son….. leading to torment… Continue reading

Wayang Gedog Performance Mask. Indonesian Religious Rituals. Wood. Ceremonials. Bali. Indonesia.

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  Not to be confused with the Wayang Topeng mask used in a dramatic form of dance performances, this mask was used in performances and stories about the kingdom of Janggala . . . about a love story between a prince and princess.   Obviously not used by the… Continue reading

Rare and Powerful Zigua Peoples Mummy Figure. Wood. Tanzania. Africa.

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    The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani Region and southern Tanga Region.   Zigua art, like most art from Tanzania, is poorly understood… and frequently misidentified. They absolutely have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings. Their “mummy” figures are thought… Continue reading

Antique Buddha. Wood with Gilt. 18th Century. Thailand

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    This is a rare find!   Acquired from the Hunt Slonem’s collection, an American painter and sculptor. Interestingly enough, one of his most well-known quotes is: “I would say my whole life could be summed up by the word ‘exotica’”. Wonder what the rest… Continue reading
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