Classic example of Papuan New Guinea art in the form of a mask made from mud, a turtle shell a few lyre bird feathers and ochre pigment. I acquired this in 1988 from a dealer who bought it along the Upper Sepik River and it was around 30 to 40 years old when he got it. There is some pigment loss and a crack in the mud on the side noted in enlargements. H: 22cm/18.5in and W;16.5/6.5
Rare tiger image carved from black coral; this has some Thai Khon script lightly incised on the surface indicating that this has some sort of “protective” power and is a fetish or amulet. The material is quite light in weight and has been lacquered with a patch of gold leaf applied-probably not more than 40 or 50 years old. H: 6.3cm/2.5in and W: 4.8cm/1.8in.
Healing hand amulets are used by Lao herbalists, curers and shamans .
The amulets are made with ceramic and quartzite stones from the Mekong River into a hand and used by a healer who places it on a painful area to assist in a cure. They are also carred by an individual as they are believed to have protective powers.
The herbalist or shaman selects river-washed quartzite stones from the Mekong River found on sandbars in the dry season when the water level is down...
Superb small bamboo strip basketry box from Northern Thailand, please note enlargements to see fine details of this piece. This quality is almost impossible to find locally in Thailand these days and has an extra inner wall to give it added durability. The body is still quite pliable, there are a couple of folk repairs on the lip of the inside box. L 14cm/1.5in, H: 6.5cm/2.6in and W: 6cm/2.3in.
Circa pre WW 2.
A nice old Ramayana mask from Bali , few wounds but good condition considering the age
At least from mid 20th
H 23.5 cm wide 15 cm
Depicting a naked girl. Made of wood, painted in yellow/brown and black. On the belly a table with Burmese letters. Original hair. Ca. Early to mid 20th century. Good condition. H. 23,5 cm. Comes with a black metal stand.
Such an attractive lime container could only be intended for ceremonial use. Composed of strands of trade beads attached to a buffalo horn disc, incised with a scroll pattern and each terminating in worn 19th C copper coins. The containers are scrimmed bamboo to which is attached a bone spoon. The containers show wear but the overall condition is very good having resided in the same collection for the last 40 years. A beautiful piece of vintage Indonesian folk art...
Balinese Mask of a fanged man/demon used in the art form of the Topeng dance drama, which came about in the 15th century in Bali and Java. The Balinese version of Topeng would include many different character masks, some speaking and some non-speaking. The mask has real hair mounted on strips of leatherr lacquered face and eyes, with a lot of detailed carvings such as his teeth and wrinkles. circa 1920s
Size: 8" height, 5.75" width
Balinese Mask of a strong male or Panglembar Keras, used in the art form of the Topeng dance drama, which came about in the 15th century in Bali and Java. The Balinese version of Topeng would include many different character masks, some speaking and some non-speaking. The mask has real hair mounted on strips of leather for his eyebrows and mustache, with carved sideburns, lacquered face and eyes, and metal inlaid teeth. circa 1920s
Size: 9.75" height, 6" width
Four old sharp gaffs in a wooden case used for cockfights in Indonesia. Condition: rust, case with losses. Please look at pictures carefully they make part of the condition report. Dimension: knives: up to 13.8 cm long, case: 18.2 cm long.
Food basket of globular shape, made partly of wood, partly of wicker, its lid made of wicker with a handle in the shape of a lizard. Nice brown patina. Philippines, Luzon Island, Ifugao Peoples. Height: 6" (15,2 cm). Very good condition. A rare piece.
A auspicious colorful carved wedding box with birds and animals in red and gold from tribal Malays.
Size: L. 50cm. H. 25cm. W. 14cm.
Condition; No repairs.
Mhong pipe with silver stem and ornementation.
Very good condition. Laos. 31 cms
One of a kind quirky Thai pangolin amulet carved from bone with Khon script signifying this has some spiritual meaning. I have never seen one of these before- possibly used as knife in symbolic blood letting rituals where the shaman cuts out “evil” from his patient. Probably about 30 year old this is a lovely abstract interpretation of a Scaly Anteater. L: 13cm/5.2in.
Good anthropomorphic spoon carved from coconut circa mid 20th century. Perfect condition. L: (curvilinear) 15.4cm/6in and W: 6.2cm2.5in.
Rare phallic charm from Lamphun Northern Thailand- serendipitously enough, where they have an annual sausage festival. Originally these were worn by men at the waist and were thought to protect the wearer from any harm to his penis and in a more general sense they also are believed to bring luck especially in terms of “wealth generating or protection”, so a woman might keep one in her cash box to increase cash flow or purse to prevent it being “snatched”...
Exceptional semi antique, over 60 years old, two paneled Tai Daeng (Red Tai) blanket from Northern Laos with supplementary weft embroidered silk Chinese Shou longevity character medallions and key fret design. This was collected in Laos over 10 years ago. I was in Vientiane recently and textiles of this quality are no longer to be found. There are two repairs noted in enlargements 2 & 3 as well as some minor weft design loss...
Collection of small bamboo containers from the Khmu (Khamu) ethnic minority in Northern Laos. These people are the original inhabitants of the region and predate the Lao and Thai peoples. They usually live in remote areas around Luang Prabang and practice simple agriculture, hunting and gathering as well as bartering goods with other neighboring minorities...