This dagger was made from the leg bone of a cassowary bird. It was carved and used as a weapon by one of the indigenous tribal groups of Papua New Guinea, aka PNG. Approx 8 inches long with great patina and makes a wonderful example of an ethnographic artifact.
Carved from Rosewood, on one side, this Chinese toggle has a wooded scene with a horse and pair of deer. On the reverse side is the symbol for longevity. Toggle is 1.5 inches x 1.25 inches
Old hand made tribal turkomen moon shaped silver necklace with carnelians with original chain...easy to wear...
This shell necklace is an ornament from one of the indigenous tribal groups from West Papua New Guinea. Shells were often used as both adornment and currency with these groups. The string/rope is handmade from a plant fiber. As with many items from the tribal groups of New Guinea, it is difficult to put an age on this piece. It is an interesting ethnographic artifact and can be used for display and can also be worn as a necklace. The diameter of the opening is just over 8 inches. The neckl...
There are many hopes expressed in this baby carrier: red cotton background fabric for the joy of having the baby, the yellow golden embroidered thread patterned in sun symbols and swirling lines throughout the carrier are the wind blowing the bees and pollen around the fields for a sucessfull harvest. Carrier is divided by a strip of very fine needlepoint for added strength. The upper portion of the carrier covers the baby's head from elements and lower portion supports for baby's body.
Traditional Chinese rural style pillow of bamboo. This pillow would be stored with legs folded under during the day. Good condition 16"x4" by 5" high with legs extended.
This hollow silver anklet is from the Nuristani area of Afghanistan.
With the loose metal rattle rolling inside the hollow space, a soft noise was created as the wearer moves. This anklet has nice patina and has a few minor dents, which attest to the age and travels of the artifact.
Face coverings were worn for centuries by the women of various nomadic tribal groups of North Africa and the Middle East. This face cover is from the nomadic Harb tribe of Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia. It was purchased by a collector living in the region during the 1960's.
This old wooden dragon was hand carved with an expressive face and large black eyes. He balances nicely with his tail on a short pedestal. Gripping his prized pineapple in his paws, he licks it with his tongue, clearly relishing the sweet taste. The pineapple has a short hollow plug on top to provide for an incense stick.
The name Zhang Feng Chao is carved on the underside of the pedestal. This old dragon is a wonderful example of an old Chinese folk art artifact. He has dropped 3 "scales...
This 8" high wooden figure of the sitting Tenjin was carved during the Edo period, the mid 19th century (1850). Tenjin is the Japanese "god" name name given to the Japanese statesman and scholar, Sugawarea Michizane, the 9th century poet and writer of Chinese prose and verse.
Possibly carved from cryptomera wood and darkened with age, this carved figure has both a simplicity and elegance which are, for me, the major characteristics of Japanese asthetics.
Early Japanese version of today's carpenters tool called a "chalk box". Carved from a block of wood, the well would hold cotton saturated with charcoal ash...this one has original wheel and string and shows that it has been well used....
The Yoruba Tribe of Southwest Nigeria are well known for the dramatic beadwork. Beaded Yoruba crowns were formed from hides scraped free of hair. and were worn only by kings for ceremonial occasions, Beads are considered sacred to the Yoruba. The faces on the crowns represented honor of the ancestors, and serve as reminders of the royal line,
The inclusion of birds refers to the spirit world and the king's ability to mediate between the realms of human beings and spirits, the secular world...
This set of 4 matching Chinese toggles were hand carved from animal bone, probably the vertebra. Each side is carved with an identical design which continues around the side. They are well aged and show both wear and usage. As artifacts from the folk art culture, they were probably carved by the person who intended to use them to secure his personal items. Each piece is approx 1 inch in diameter and .5 inches thick.
Face coverings were worn for centuries by the women of various nomadic tribal groups of North Africa and the Middle East. This particular mask is from the Harb tribe of Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia. It was purchased by a collector living in the region during the 1960's.
This antique lidded container was made for jewelry or other small household items. Obviously hand made, probably by the original owner, it does have a few surface nicks from age and use. With a 5 inch diameter and standing approx 4 inches high, it is a charming artifact of Chinese folk art.
This Indonesian container would have been carried by a man using the handmade string as a shoulder strap. The "purse" was hand carved out of a local hardwood and both the top and bottom have decorative details.
The container sits stably on it base but can also be hung on the wall as an interesting sculpture artifact.
Approximately 9 inches high, 7.5 inches across and 4 inches deep.
Wonderful patina on this old tray from the Philippines. Woven from bamboo strips, this tray is approx 30 inches in diameter.
This jacket top was the traditional hand made costume worn by the woman of the White Collar Miao, They are one of China's tribal ethnic minority groups who live in the Dan Zhai. Jacket would have been worn for festival. It was made from indigenous plant fibers which were hand loomed, using indigo and batik dye process and detail with embroidered trim. Wonderful display and can be viewed from both the front and back