Rare Spanish Fighting Bull carved from wood


Large and dramatic vintage wooden hand carved standing bull circa 1940's, standing on a wooden base.
This sculpture is in perfect condition and has beautiful patina to the wood. It is a large example so please see measurements.

This item measures: 18.00 inches high and 18.00 inches wide (46.00 cm x 46.00 cm).
Rare Spanish Fighting Bull carved from wood

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Antique 19c Chinese woven wicker large spice scoop or harvesting basket


These baskets were used to winnow rice or grain from the chaff called 'Mi'

Basket making is an ancient and humble craft, but in the hands of a skilled weaver a simple willow basket can become a truly beautiful work of art.

This tall, dark rice basket from southeast Asia wonderfully showcases the artisan's mastery of this craft. Reinforced by a wooden base, the basket is tightly woven of thin reeds in an even, rhythmic pattern.

The round base is woven with an indent for carrying on the head perhaps and easy storing in a corner.  Rich with character, the basket remains in remarkable condition - a testament to its craftsmanship.

This beautiful piece can be mounted on your wall of any room as an amazing conversation piece. Or any other interior design ideas you might have.

 

This item measures: 25.5 high x 16.00 wide x 10.00 deep inches.

Antique 19c Chinese woven wicker large spice scoop or harvesting basket

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Finely Carved Marble Buddha, The Qing dynasty Marble Buddha statue

 

From the Qing dynasty and we believe from the Guangxu (1875-1908) period (from the markings on the piece).
Carved with a single block of white marble and painted with brown pigments, the Buddha is seated on a lotus throne in a half "adamantine position" (vajrasana), with one leg crossed and the and one knee pulled up. His hands are in the gesture of Bhumisparsha mudra, a common depiction of seated Buddha in Southeast Asia that means calling the earth to witness his steadfastness.

This item measures 8.00 inches or 20.00 cm and is in perfect condition having all fingers and no chips or cracks.

We believe him to be a medicine Buddha.

Medicine Buddha: 
The Medicine Buddha is depicted in paintings having blue skin, but whether shown in statue or painted form, the right hand is held facing downward with fingers extended toward the ground, palm facing outward toward the viewer, a bowl of herbs rests in the left hand upon the lap.
It is believed by the Tibetans that the Buddha was responsible for delivering the knowledge of medicine to the people of the world, and in fact the right hand facing outward signifies "granting a boon" (meaning, giving a blessing) to mankind. This is a common hand gesture amongst both Buddhist and Hindu statues.
The Medicine Buddha is venerated by those seeking health, and is more commonly found in the Buddhist temples and communities of Nepal and Tibet.

Finely Carved Marble Buddha, The Qing dynasty Marble Buddha statue

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Vintage Lot of five Italian Brass Turtles, Turtle figurines collection

 

For your consideration we offer five beautiful brass or copper figurines and one box in the form of everyone's favorite animal: "The Turtle"

Two turtles are smooth and measure approx. 5.5 inches long and the three smaller ones are 4.00 to 2.5 inches long.

They all have something different and special and are truly a delight to display as a set.

I absolutely love turtles and hope that these find themselves into a home that appreciates them.

Vintage Lot of five Italian Brass Turtles, Turtle figurines collection

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Lot of FOUR Thai Bronze Buddha Heads, Thai Verdigris Bronze Buddha Heads

 

Please be aware these statues are much much more beautiful in reality. The camera can never capture the beauty of them and believe me I tried.

Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. late 19th century CE to early 20th century.

Four stunning bronze Buddha heads with finely contoured faces, down-turned almond-shaped eyes, arched brows, relatively naturalistic noses, closed mouths with full lips presenting a gentle smile, and characteristically elongated earlobes - all crowned by a head of tightly wound curls with a flaming ushnisha emerging from the top of one the heads and all beautifully cast in the Ayutthaya style.

Four wonderful examples! Gorgeous Verdigris dark green patina.

Size: larger Buddha head measures 5.50" H (14.00 cm); to 4.75” H (12.0 cm).

Lot of FOUR Thai Bronze Buddha Heads, Thai Verdigris Bronze Buddha Heads

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Beads Buddhism Tribal Tibetan Yak Bone Skull Meditation Prayer Mala

 

These are amazing !!

Each bead is carefully carved out of yak bone. The detail is better than I've seen in similar beads of this age. They are hand carved and hand strung with a total of 55 beads that all measure approx. 1.00 inches each.

Historically, using skull shape for beads and other ritual items in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism is common practice. In the old Tibet of past, Yogis and Practitioners used real bones from throwaway animals such as yaks as it was a more accessible resource. Skull shapes and bones are seen as useful visual aids for reflecting and meditating on impermanence and death.

The skull signifies that death is a fact and the closer that we can relate to death and embrace it the sooner we can start living with love and compassion and realizing that in this cyclic existence death will come when it is time...live life and embrace death. Acceptance is key to the inevitable passing of time and body.

***We have another AMAZEBALLS beautiful bone necklace you can find here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/674433425/an-extraordinary-vintage-bone-necklace *** 

Beads Buddhism Tribal Tibetan Yak Bone Skull Meditation Prayer Mala

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Lot of Three Inscribed Torquoise mineral Egyptian Heart Scarabs, Inscription book of dead

 

For your consideration three Egyptian heart scarabs made of hard stone.
The photos hardly do these pieces the true justice they deserve. They are simply breath-taking. They will be sold as a trio. Displayed they look truly beautiful together.

The base is inscribed with hieroglyphs, containing parts of the spell from the Book of the Dead; It is only the beginning of the spell, these scarabs do not have the complete text.

Three Egyptian scarabs seals.
They all have a different measurements.
Largest one measure, 6.00 x 4.00 cm
Medium one is from a later date measures 5,00 x 3.50 cm.
The smallest one measures 4.75 x 3.25 cm.


Background: 
Turquoise is a blue-green copper-aluminum phosphate mineral much associated with ancient Egypt. Its English name, which has cognates in most European languages, probably derives from its association with Turkestan, a source of this semiprecious gemstone, or with the Turkish empire, an agent in its historic importation to the West. It is a relatively rare stone, mined today primarily in the American Southwest, Iran, and China; the sources of turquoise most easily available to the ancient Egyptians were in the southwest Sinai, from deposits that apparently were long ago substantially depleted. The most important ancient turquoise mines in the Sinai are found in two locations: Wadi Maghara and Serabit el-Khadim

The texts are known from the Old Kingdom which speak of giving a (replacement) heart (possibly of stone) to the deceased, but since the heart was usually left in the body during mummification this extra heart did not really have a purpose. During the First Intermediate Period notions appeared about the judgement of the dead, during which the heart had an important role to play (weighing the heart stood for determining that the owner had lived according to the cosmic order and truth or Maat); This text was written on a heart of stone which now was no longer a replacement heart but just carried the text.

Several reasons have been given by Egyptologists for the association of the heart with a scarab, for example that the animal was a symbol of renewal and rebirth.

Lot of Three Inscribed Torquoise mineral Egyptian Heart Scarabs, Inscription book of dead

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LARGE Vintage Butterfly Wall Art, Butterfly Garden Art, Wall Sculpture

 

Everyone loves butterflies: hang one of these pieces of wall art on your wall, inside or out, and you'll be thrilled with the effect.

Crafted from cast iron/metal these enchanting butterflies have a beautiful dark copper finish.
The wings of the garden ornament feature intricately beautiful iron fretting.

These metal Butterfly Wall Hangings will look great on a wall in your Home or on the Fence in your Garden or Back Yard

This pair measures:

Larger one 19.00”x 16.00”
Smaller one 12.00” x 10.00”

We have another set in the store with a yellow hue.

LARGE Vintage Butterfly Wall Art, Butterfly Garden Art, Wall Sculpture

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RARE Collection Set of three Egyptian Canopic Jars Organs Statues

 

A breath-taking group of three Alabaster carved glazed jars of barrel form featuring figural lids, no pigment was used for the script and figure highlights.

During mummification the internal organs were removed and placed in four containers. These containers often have human or animal-headed lids. The word, canopic, comes from the Greek name of the local god of Canopus in the Nile delta, who was represented as a human-headed pot. Canopic jars can be made of Limestone, Alabaster, Wood, Pottery, or even Cartonnage, a material consisting of linen or papyrus strips covered with wet plaster, used in ancient Egypt especially for molding mummy cases and funeral masks.

The heads of the historic canopic jar represent the Four Sons of Horus:
• Imsety - human form - direction South - protected the liver - protected by Isis.
• Hapi - baboon form - direction North - protected the lungs - protected by Nephthys.
• Qebehsenuef - hawk form - direction West - protected the intestines - protected by his mother Serket

Each Canopic jar measures approximately 5.00"Tall x 3.00"Wide. All heads can be removed. These items are handmade and thus one of a kind. OOAK
**we have another set of canopic jars made of limestone in the store and a beautiful funeral boat made also of alabaster**

RARE Collection Set of three Egyptian Canopic Jars Organs Statues

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Pre-Columbian ceramic, Male anthropomorphic figures, Capuli Culture

Capuli Culture (800-1500 CE) Colombia.

Two beautiful Pre-Columbian ceramic - Male anthropomorphic figures sitting with wrapped heads, They both are decorated with the typical colors and are still well preserved on all of the ceramic.
These objects were purchased by myself from present owner who inherited from deceased family member. They were purchased along with other items, during various journeys made to Colombia and South America during the early 50’s. The objects has always been part of his private collection dating back to the early 30’s. We do not however know the true date of these items beyond the 50’s.

small vessel measures 5.00 inches by 5.00 inches
larger vessel measures 7.00 inches by 7.00 inches
The shipment will be insured for postage.

A little History:

The Capulí culture refers to an archaeological classification for a group in Pre-Columbian South America on the Andean plain in what is now northern Ecuador and southern Colombia. The Capulí preceded the Piartal and Tuza cultures in the archaeological record ranging from around 800 to 1500 CE. The Capulí culture left a strong record through its pottery. The Capulí had distinctive black on dark red pottery with rectilinear geometric designs. The anthropomorphic pottery statues of the Capulí can be striking. Women are depicted with a wrap that extends from the armpit to the ankle while men have loincloths and are often shown with an object such as a drum or animal. These figures are often called coqueros because they are depicted with wads of coca leaves in their mouths. Scholars have associated the figures with shamans and possible funerary rituals.

Pre-Columbian ceramic, Male anthropomorphic figures, Capuli Culture

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Cold Painted Bronze Frog (possibly Austrian or Russian) in Bronze hinged box

 

A precious little gift for any animal lover or frog collector. She sits in her own wood lined bronze box with hinged lid.

There are no maker’s mark but we believe it can be Russian or possibly Austrian only because I have seen so many of those.

The box measures: 3.50 inches squared and 1.00 inch high.

The frog figurine measures: 3.00 inches by 3.00 inches approx.

They are both in good vintage condition and absolutely adorable as a set.

***We have some more beautiful bronze pieces for children's rooms or baby gifts in the store***

Cold Painted Bronze Frog (possibly Austrian or Russian) in Bronze hinged box

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Antique French Mother of Pearl Shell Sail Boat

 

19th century handmade with pieces of natural shell, very high iridescent shimmer mother of pearl half-shells form the hull and the plinth upon which it stands.
Larger shells are cut in shapes approximating sails and the entire piece is pulled together with various thicknesses of brass wiring, forming mast, finer twisted wire forms.

Very good to excellent condition, without a chip or crack to the shells. The inscription likely would originally have been enamel filled so as to read easier but is worn away over years and cleaning. No missing rigging wires, and it is really very nice overall.

An attractive bath-side or vanity companion, this natural handcrafted dish is perfect for tiny knick-knacks, your fragranced soaps or other special things.

This beautiful piece measures: 10.00 inches tall and 9.00 inches wide.

Antique French Mother of Pearl Shell Sail Boat

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Zeus Polychrome Terracotta Handmade, Head of Zeus in Terracotta

 

This wonderful polychrome terracotta statue is simply a stunning replica of the classical first centuries mythology Greek sculptures. We believe this statue to depict either Zeus or Poseidon.

His thick hair is arranged in corkscrew curls or braids that are wrapped around the top of his head. He has a full beard and mustache and wonderful deep articulated eyes. The piece is signed on the back and has its original stamp. The artist is however not known to me nor is the exact age, we do estimate it to be around 1920’s or earlier due to the patination and its previous owner.. It stands on a wooden base and is in very good condition considering it’s age.

Measures: 14.00 inches tall and 9.00 inches at its widest

Zeus, Greek mythology:
Zeus was king of the Greek gods. He was also father to several other gods, demigods, and heroes. Some of his children were Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hebe, Hephaestus, Ares, Eileithyia, Enyo, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysus, Pursues, and Hercules. Zeus provided order in the universe, was god of the sky, thunder and lightning, and is depicted as a strong man with a beard. Even though he has the form of a man, in several stories Zeus transforms into different animals. 

Zeus Polychrome Terracotta Handmade, Head of Zeus in Terracotta

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African Bowl with lid Elephant Carved Olive Wood Handcrafted in Zimbabwe

 

Elephants in the Rain Forest is the theme of this beautiful Vintage Mukwa Olive Wood bowl.

African Big 5 carved Olive Wood bowl depicts what is referred to in much of Southern Africa as the Big 5, the Lion, Water Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard considered the most powerful animals in Africa, beautifully carved on this one are elephants walking among the trees.

This beautiful Vintage Mukwa Olive Wood bowl is hand-carved in Zimbabwe, which is famous for its carvers of wood and stone. We have some other ethnographic pieces in our store.

Approximate Dimensions: 11.00" L X 3.50 W X 5.50" H or ( 28cm x 9.00cm x 14.00cm).

African Bowl with lid Elephant Carved Olive Wood Handcrafted in Zimbabwe

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Antique cold painted bronze Puss in boots figurine

 

This Vienna style bronze “Puss in Boot” has a bronzed and green patinated finish and a casting that's particularly fine.

The details are exceptional the paint is artistically applied, the cat's form is life-like and quite notable and her fur is meticulously represented.

The cat sits playfully in the boot as the little mouse peeps around the toe of the boot at her. It is in perfect condition with no (registered) marks that I can see.

It measures 7.00" L X 6.00" H and we believe it dates to around 1950’s but can certainly be older.

Antique cold painted bronze Puss in boots figurine

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Inscribed Egyptian Heart Scarab, Inscription book of dead

 

We are not sure how old this scarab is but we are definitely sure its more than 125 years old. It was inherited by former owner from her great grandparents. From before the period of fakes flooding the market in the early 1900's. 

For your consideration an absolute beautiful hand carved Egyptian heart scarab seal made of hard stone.

The base is inscribed with hieroglyphs, containing relevant parts of the spell from the Book of the Dead; It is only parts of the spell, this scarab does not have the complete text.

This Egyptian scarab seal measures:
8.00 x 5.75 cm and 3.00 cm high.

This would definitely enhance any ancient Egyptian collection. It is clear this piece has been loved and cared for, for some time as can be seen in the smoothness and coloration of the stone. It is in excellent condition. #ancientegyptian 埃及聖甲蟲

(We also have an Egyptian antique funerary boat in the store made from a beautiful multi hued hardstone).

Short History:
The texts are known from the Old Kingdom which speak of giving a (replacement) heart (possibly of stone) to the deceased, but since the heart was usually left in the body during mummification this extra heart did not really have a purpose. During the First Intermediate Period notions appeared about the judgement of the dead, during which the heart had an important role to play (weighing the heart stood for determining that the owner had lived according to the cosmic order and truth or Maat); This text was written on a heart of stone which now was no longer a replacement heart but just carried the text.

Several reasons have been given by Egyptologists for the association of the heart with a scarab, for example that the animal was a symbol of renewal and rebirth.

Inscribed Egyptian Heart Scarab, Inscription book of dead

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Antique Japanese Carved Wood Okimono, Monkey stealing bamboo

 

A mid nineteenth century transitional period wood okimono showing a cheeky monkey likely stealing a bamboo shoot.

This charming hand carved wooden okimono was produced in Japan in the end of the nineteenth century or better said sometime towards the end of the Edo Period and the start of the Meiji Period.

The eyes of the monkey are inlaid with glass and the whole object has a rich colour and superb patination. The okimono is not signed and the artist thus not identified.

This delightful okimono stands 15.5 cm high, is 13.50 cm at its widest point and 7.00 cm at its deepest.(Measurements approximate). Or (6.10”x 5.50”x 2.3/4” hwd)

It is in excellent condition, showing hardly any wear that would be appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.

A little history:
An Okimono may be a small Japanese carving, similar to, but larger than netsuke. Unlike netsuke, which had a specific purpose, Okimono were purely decorative and were displayed in the tokonoma. An Okimono can be made out of wood, ceramic, metal or other natural materials. 日本のアート Nihon no āto.

Antique Japanese Carved Wood Okimono, Monkey stealing bamboo

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Impressive Early 18th Century Antique Wood Carving Sculpture of St John

For the collector of religious art this is simply a stunning artifact.

This is an authentic religious survivor from the 18th century. One has to wonder how many prayers it has heard??

Antique Hand Carved Spanish Colonial Polychrome Wood Santo Figure (Height 9.00 inches and with stand 12.00 inches in total) [missing right hand] late 18th/early 19th century.

The Saint carving figure lost most of its polychrome color and has heavy signs of age as can be expected. A fascinating painted wood religious figure - perhaps a Saint, dating to the late 18th Century, and probably Eastern European. Even with most of the original coloring gone it is a stunning piece.

I have been told that these figures would remain in a chapel whilst their owner, complete with the detachable arm or hand as a talisman, went off to war. I fear, in that case, that the lack of a hand on this one does not bode well for the original owner. Now mounted on a wooden stand, the sculpture is in pretty good condition, commensurate with age.

A little History:
Hand carved "santo" religious figure, are the association of specific iconic attributes to a saints image. From a religious perspective, the practice of owning and maintaining Santo images are often regarded as a mild Catechism for people, especially with regards to the iconic attributes attached to the images.
A santo (English: 'saint') is a piece of one of various religious art forms found in Spain and areas that were colonies of the Kingdom of Spain, consisting of wooden or other material statues that depict various saints, angels, or Marian titles, or one of the personages of the Holy Trinity.

Impressive Early 18th Century Antique Wood Carving Sculpture of St John

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Bronze Child on Swan’s back on marble foot

 

This rare and finely sculpted bronze statue of a baby sleeping among the feathers on the back of a swan is a beauty to behold. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, or restoration of any kind. It will be great for a baby shower gift or for a child’s room decoration or just as a display piece. A great piece of a classical bronze.

It measures: 3.00 inches long and 5.00 inches high including its marble foot stand.

Please note:
Many bronze sculptures on the market today are mass-manufactured using very low quality standards. A bronze sculpture collection is a wonderful thing. A quality bronze sculpture will last for hundreds of years. The artistry and craftsmanship will amaze you every time you look at it. However, a poor quality piece can be an eyesore and a decision that you regret every time you look at it. We suggest if you are a beginner collector to compare different bronzes on different sites and investigate.

Bronze Child on Swan’s back on marble foot

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Memento mori Wood Carving Skull Carving, Three-faced head of two faces and a skull

 

Absolutely gorgeous piece of handwork. Unboxing this will be a real pleasure.

Carved from one piece of wood, this model shows two human faces and on one side a skull. The age for us is unknown as is the origin but seeing the patination on the wood we can guess it was made late 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. It measures 11.50 inches or 29.00 cm high and is 7.00 inches or 18.00 cm at its widest.

This type of model is thought to be a Memento mori – literally a reminder of death and the shortness of life. The skull was the symbol of death from the 1500s onwards. Previously death was represented as a skeleton accompanied by a living victim.

A little background:

Memento mori (Latin: "remember that you have to die") is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is related to the ars moriendi ("The Art of Dying") and similar literature. Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

Memento mori Wood Carving Skull Carving, Three-faced head of two faces and a skull

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Spouted Human Effigy Vessel Late Nazca, c. 500-700 CE Peru

 

Figure vessels like this example are rare and have an early date in the Nazca ceramic sequence, which lasted for at least 700 years.

This engaging ceramic clay bottle takes the shape of a seated woman resting her head on a stirrup vessel. She wears a long traditional dress and haircut. A compact human figure effigy.

A stirrup spout vessel (so called because of its resemblance to a stirrup) is a type of ceramic vessel common among several Pre-Columbian cultures of South America beginning in the early 2nd millennium BCE.

These cultures included the Chavin, Nazca the Moche and other neighboring cultures.

Date: 1st–2nd century
Geography: Peru possibly Ecuador
Culture: Nasca
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: H. 7 1/16 x W. 7 1/4 in. (18.50 x 18.50 cm aproxx)
Classification: Ceramics-Containers

Spouted Human Effigy Vessel Late Nazca, c. 500-700 CE Peru

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A Chinese Guanyin, Buffalo Horn Carving of Guanyin Yak Buffalo Horn Guanyin, ca.19th Century

 

A Chinese Carved Horn Guanyin, ca. 19th Century. Absolutely exquisite, the photos hardly do her justice.

Finely carved figurine of Guanyin holding a vessel in her right hand and clasping her robe around her with her left hand.

She is dressed in a flowing robe which is artfully made to flow naturally along the ridges of the horn. Her hair is done up in the traditional tight bun that sits atop her head and her face has a soft caring look. Guanyin Kwan Yin Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, her story is an amazing one if you care to look her up.

The horn varies in colour from blonde to caramel to a light grey and she measures 19.00 cm tall or 7.50 inches. There are no breaks, cracks or chips. She is in pristine condition for her age and will fit into any serious collection taking pride of place.

A Chinese Guanyin, Buffalo Horn Carving of Guanyin Yak Buffalo Horn Guanyin, ca.19th Century

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Ifugao Ceremonial Ladles Spoons. Tribal Ifugao or Bontok Ceremonial Spoon. Buluk figure and horse handle Indonesia Ethnographic Artwork


These bronze spoons or ladles feature a handle that has been carved in the form of a seated indigenous figure and horse.  Spoons such as these were not a household, everyday item. Instead, they would have been used exclusively for ceremonial purposes, possibly related to wedding festivities or coming-of-age rituals.

Coming from the Ifugao Province, Luzon, Philippines, and made around the end 19th / begin 20thC.

The smaller ancient Ifugao spoon is wonderfully conceived. The finely carved bowl is surmounted by a Bulul figure in classic seated position. The Bulul figure has great strength wearing an old copper torque around its neck. The patina is extremely deep from generations of ceremonial use. It measures 6.50 inches or 16.5 cm weighs 128 grams. The other an Intricate carving of a horse used by the Ifugao tribe in the Banaue Region of the Cordilleras, Philippines. It measures 8.00 inches or 20 cm weighs 170 grams.

Ifugao Ceremonial Ladles Spoons. Tribal Ifugao or Bontok Ceremonial Spoon. Buluk figure and horse handle Indonesia Ethnographic Artwork

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Lot of FOUR beautiful Scandinavian carved wooden cups

 

Four well detailed Scandinavian carved wooden cups. From Swedish traditional folk art found in and around Scandinavian farmhouse kitchens.
These four adorable cups were made by artisans in the old Swedish traditions, dating back to the Viking period. They are all in very good vintage condition.

These hand carved Cups are called Wedding or Shepherds cups and are used during the wedding ceremony for the couple to drink from (both drink out of the same one) to symbolise the sharing of everything in life. These cups were all hand carved out of a single piece of hardwood.

1. Larger cup
Height: 12 cm / 5.0"
Width: 16.5 cm / 6.5"

2. Medium cup with one handle:
Height: 10.0 cm / 4.0"
Width: 16.5 cm / 6.5"

3. Two Smaller cups:
Height: 10 cm / 4.0"
Width: 15 cm / 6.0".

Lot of FOUR beautiful Scandinavian carved wooden cups

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Taino 'Potiza' Heart-shaped Vessel, Taino POTTERY Zemi jug from Dominican Republic, Ceramic vase, Indigenous Art, Tribal Art

 

This intact pottery container is a heart-shaped bottle covered with complex iconography, including female and male attributes. The two lobes represent female breasts and the neck, a phallus. Scholars believe these vessels were water containers used in rituals and ceremonies. Taino artisans have invested many years of study to insure the authenticity of their work. Each piece is hand made and painted, ensuring that NO TWO are alike.

Origin: Dominican Republic, circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD (piece was reproduced late 1800's). Dimensions: 7.5" (19.0cm) high,  5.5" (14.0cm) wide. Collection: Pre-Columbian. Material: Clay, Terracotta, Ceramic.

Taino 'Potiza' Heart-shaped Vessel, Taino POTTERY Zemi jug from Dominican Republic

€ 890,00

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Rare Chinese Bronze Chariot, Horse and Rider Statue

 

This late 19th early 20th century Chinese Bronze Chariot with Rider and Parasol (umbrella) is engraved with Chinese characters and classical designs. This Bronze is overall green patinated and cold painted. As is shown in the photos, there are five separate pieces included: horse, rider, chariot, parasol and parasol pole. Two teeth are missing from the parasol but it does not detract from the beauty of this piece.
Dimensions (assembled): 14.00" long, 4.00" wide, and 11.00" tall. The parasol diameter is 5".

Rare Chinese Bronze Chariot, Horse and Rider Statue

€ 539,00

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Antique Vintage South American Carved Gourd Calabash

 

A beautiful, intricately hand-carved vintage Gourd/ Calabash from Peru, depicting villagers and animals, the farming of crops as well as their houses. The area above the panels are ornately carved with patterned borders and panels with stylized floral designs. The piece measures about 15 centimeters in diameter across and about 10.5 centimeters high. For it's age it is in "excellent" condition. No cracks and the color remains very nice with a natural patina. You can shake it and still hear the seeds inside. There is no makers mark to be seen.

Antique Vintage South American Carved Gourd Calabash

€ 209,95

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Antique Hand Carved Bone Chinese Emperor/Empress

 

A rare pair of aged (late 19th, early 20th century) statues depicting a Chinese emperor & empress. The statues ate made of carved bone (most likely from a water buffalo or yak) with wooden base. Each measures approximately 12" high. The Emperor we believe came with a sword in his left hand, however it does not take away from the statue and is not noticeable. Measurements including the base: emperor 12" H x 2"3/4 W or 30cm high; empress 12" H x 2"3/4 W or 30cm high.

Antique Hand Carved Bone Chinese Emperor/Empress

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Brass Cast Kendi Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia circa 1900, Antique 19th C Engraved Brass Kendi Water Vessel

 

This brass vessel is called a "kendi" or sometimes "gendi". Its basic form is spread over most parts of South East Asia since centuries and made in clay or porcelain to keep water cool. Somewhere 19th century or earlier, they began making them also in brass, silver or gold as a token of wealth, e.g. as dowry. It is a handless drinking jug, made to be passed from one drinker to the next, pouring the liquid from the spout without touching the lips. It measures 16 cm high. This kendi is a particularly fine example of Malay brassware cast using the lost wax process. It has a 'flying saucer' type body, a tall baluster-form neck cast with a broad collar and a spout also cast with a prominent collar.
It is decorated with intricate leafy floral borders and a broad band of triangular stylised bamboo shoots (pucuk rebung) filled with floral motifs. Pucuk rebung motifs are an identifying characteristic of Malay brassware. They are also commonly used in Malay textile design and woodwork. Related examples are in the collections of the National Museum of Singapore and the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and are illustrated in Singh (1985, p. 24), and Islamic

Arts Museum Malaysia (2005, p. 203).

Brass Cast Kendi Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia circa 1900, Antique 19th C Engraved Brass Kendi Water Vessel

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Lot of three Vintage Spanish Leather Wrapped and Wine Decanters (made in Spain)

 

All three decanters were made around the turn of the century in the early 1900’s and are all in top condition as they were acquired from their original owners in an estate sale.

One of the decanters has strange symbols of which we do not know the meaning (see photos).
This is a lot of three striking and exceptional Spanish wine decanters made from hand blown brown glass and wrapped leather with an original corks and chains. They could be also used as oil dispensers and it would look lovely displayed in the kitchen or display cabinets among your antique collections.

This technique was used long ago to store wines, spirits and oils because It would keep everything fresher for longer thanks to the bottle being wrapped in leather which blocks the daylight.

Measurements:
Small is 8.50 inches high with a 5.00 inch diameter
Medium round is 10.00 inches high with a 7.50 diameter
Tall curved neck is 12.00 inches high and 9.50 inches wide measuring from tip of spout.

Lot of three Vintage Spanish Leather Wrapped and Wine Decanters, Made in Spain, Vintage Leather Covered Bottles Wine Carafe Liquor Decanter

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African Tribal Art Terracotta and Bone pipe with elephant bowl, Bamileke Tribe, Cameroon


An exceptional terracotta and bone prestige pipe bowl from the Bamileke people of Cameroon. The ownership of pipe bowls like this one was the prerogative of chiefs and they were not used, but were part of a cache of prestige goods that were displayed on special occasions. It is a carved model of a mask on the bone stem representing most likely a royal figure and the terracotta bowl is carved as an elephant. Early 20th century
The pipe measures 32.00 cm or 12.50 inches, 11.00 cm or 4.50 inches wide and has an 11.00cm or 4.50 inch bowl.

Bamileke art history:

Their art, instruments and tools of societies with political, administrative, judicial, or theatrical functions, were kept in special storage houses; they were brought out at the first rainfall. Then, the king himself would appear masked and dancing. The buffalo joins the leopard, elephant, and two-headed python as an image of royal power is frequently found in the decoration of works from the region.
A large number of prestigious items of art were produced within the Grassland area of the Bamileke, including large house-posts, door and window frames carved with human and animal figures, thrones, stools and tables decorated with small heads and figures, large bowls, carved horns for royal feasts, anthropomorphic terracotta and bronze pipes. Musical instruments such as anthropomorphic and zoomorphic drums, as well as metal gongs, were played during royal and state ceremonies. 

African Tribal Art Terracotta and Bone pipe with elephant bowl, Bamileke Tribe, Cameroon

€ 1.036,00

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Noah's Ark And Figures Wooden toys German Antique or Dutch antiques, Late 1860'S European Folk art


A true antique dating from circa 1865 with only two previous owners.

A good example of European folk art and of the period in Europe of strong religious movements and beliefs.

This Noah's Ark was likely handmade back then on a Sunday after church services by a carpenter or farmer somewhere in a shed when he wasnt working the fields or some other job making a living for his family.

It measures 32 cm long and 16 cm high with a slide off roof. 12.50X6.50 inches. There are several pairs of animals that depict the male and the female as a pair. It's an amazing piece and has a beautiful smooth patina from age and handling.

Noah's Ark And Figures Wooden toys German Antique or Dutch antiques, Late 1860'S European Folk art

€ 525,00

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TWO Hand Carved Fertility Statues Figurine Akuaba Akwaba Ashanti Ghana African Art


Handcrafted in Ghana around the 1920’s, these large wooden carved statues is given as a ceremonial gift to women of the Akan tribe in contemplation and celebration of fertility. These figurines are very old and both have a smooth beautiful patina from use and handling.

In recent times these fertility statues are also being used by Western women as a spiritual aide in their homes when trying to conceive. Stories are told of their ‘success”.

Approximate Dimensions: 28..50 cm H X 10.00 cmW or approx. 11x4 inches

A little history:
Disk-headed Akuaba figures remain one of the most recognizable forms in African art. Akuaba are used in a variety of contexts; primarily, however, they are consecrated by priests and carried by women who hope to conceive a child. The flat, disklike head is a strongly exaggerated convention of the Akan ideal of beauty: a high, oval forehead, slightly flattened in actual practice by gentle modeling of an infant's soft cranial bones. The flattened shape of the sculpture also serves a practical purpose, since women carry the figures against their backs wrapped in their skirt, evoking the manner that infants are carried.
The name akua ba comes from the Akan legend of a woman named Akua who was barren, but like all Akan women, she desired most of all to bear children. She consulted a priest who instructed her to commission the carving of a small wooden child and to carry the surrogate child on her back as if it were real. Akua cared for the figure as she would a living baby, even giving it gifts of beads and other trinkets. She was laughed at and teased by fellow villagers, who began to call the wooden figure Akua ba, or "Akua's child." Eventually though, Akua conceived a child and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Soon thereafter, even her detractors began adopting the same practice to overcome barrenness.
After influencing pregnancy, akua ba are often returned to shrines as offerings to the spirits who responded to the appeals for a child. A collection of figures becomes an advertisement for the spirits' ability to help women conceive. Families also keep akua ba as memorials to a child or children. The figures become family heirlooms and are appreciated not for their spiritual associations, but rather because they are beautiful images that call to mind a loved one.

TWO Hand Carved Fertility Statues Figurine Akuaba Akwaba Ashanti Ghana African Art

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Authentic Wooden Singe Fang, Bulu monkey Tribal Old african mask from the Bulu or Fang tribes, Cameroon Afrikanische Bulu Gorillakopfmaske


Large, heavy, NGI (marks stages in the life cycle) African gorilla/monkey mask from the BULU tribe from Cameroon. The gorilla is important for members of the BULU tribe. Their masks and statues are used in various rituals, including the initiation rituals. The gorilla is regarded as a powerful and frightening animal with whom the members of the tribe like to be identified after the initiation. The gorilla is extremely important in the Bulu culture and is used as a symbol of strength and courage in various rituals, including rituals concerning initiation.

This really is a great example of such a mask. Remarkably large with a beautiful patina due to use and age.
Occupying the border region between Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu form part of the Fang group and live not far from Kwele, with whom they share cultural similarities.

On top of the head is a visible place, a kind of "hole" caused by ritual knives tap on the head with the point during rituals. This allows the power passes to the person performing the ritual. The head is in good used condition.

~Similar items from this tribe have commanded great prices at Christies and Sotheby's
tag words: Singe Fang, bulu Fang monkey~

The mask measures 9.00 inches from front to back or 23.00 cm and 5.50 inches high or 14.00 cm
The teeth are also made of wood and the eyes are made of some sort of glass.

Authentic Wooden Singe Fang, Bulu monkey Tribal Old african mask from the Bulu or Fang tribes, Cameroon Afrikanische Bulu Gorillakopfmaske

€ 2.100,00

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King Cobra Sculpture Statue


This incredibly detailed king cobra statue is made from some sort of stone and has multiple shadings of brown throughout. The statue measures 9 1/2 inches tall, 6.50 inches wide and 4.50 inches deep.

The detail on the cobra`s mouth, face and entire body and the crosshatch pattern on the back of the statue are amazing. This statue makes a great gift for snake lovers or for any collector of animal art.

It’s not a very old piece but I thought it was beautiful nonetheless. It’s heavy and sturdy with exceptional carving and color. A real show piece to place anywhere in your home.

King Cobra Sculpture Statue

€ 133,25

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Vintage hand carved 3D art sculpture elephants and Mahouts wood carving

 

This beautiful 3D wall plaque is made of hand carved wood depicting a groups of elephants with their Mahouts riders. It is extremely detailed and done masterfully down to the tiny details. The plaque is mounted on a wood panel frame with a sturdy wire for display.

It weighs approx. 5.30 kilos and It measures a large 50.00 cm by 40.00 cm and is without a doubt breathtaking and will make a wonderful conversation piece in your home or office.

Originally from Thailand we acquired it from a private collector in Europe and it dates back to the 1940’s.
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Vintage hand carved 3D art sculpture elephants and Mahouts wood carving

€ 625,90

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