Animism or animist religious beliefs consider plants, natural phenomena and all inanimate objects have a spiritual essence and, therefore, are worthy of worship and offerings to stay in their favor or, in the case of bad ones, to keep them at bay. It is a belief in spirits that exist separate from a human body.

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  • Antique Ox Cart with Chinthe Temple Lion, Burma/Myanmar


    Finely carved figures were attached to ox cart yokes to protect farmers from malevolent spirits who inhabited all seen and unseen sectors of their environment. This beautifully carved ox cart yolk was created in the image of a singha, (Sanskrit word for lion) a mythical lion-like creature commonly represented in Thailand and Burma to decorate a multiplicity of everyday items. Considered a propitious spiritual and protective guardian figure, the singha is the king of the jungle symbolizing power, courage, strength, leadership, loyalty, perseverance, and endurance. This carving displays the common characteristics of singhas with a long face with large eyes, a long sharp nose, a long draping lion-like beard, and a flame-like shape on the top of his head. He stands on all four legs holding his beard that extends from his open roaring mouth with sharply pointed teeth that combine elegance with strong beast-like strength. He is masterfully carved with careful attention to details like the deeply incised hairs that cover his body. For functional reasons, the piece is in two parts held together with a wooden plug. Even though it was for daily use, Burmese craftsmen created beautiful objects and finished them with the best materials they could afford. This piece was originally covered with lacquer, most of which has faded with use over time.  It is in good condition with losses to his left side, fading surface, and wear consistent with its age and use.

  • Rare Vintage Timor Mask Featured in Spiderman Movie


    This large rare vintage Timor ancestor mask with huge eyes, a horsehair beard, an inverted curved U-shaped mouth and two small half-circle ears is an ancestral carving having the powerful resolve to protect living relatives. This is in excellent condition considering its age, storage and use, has a black patina and comes with a museum-quality metal stand. This mask is one of 3 of our masks featured in the original 2002 Spiderman movie pictured on the wall in the collection of Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin.


  • Vintage Ancestor Dyak Mask Museum Stand, Kalimantan


    This vintage Dyak hudoq mask from Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) had been influenced by Javanese masks. It is a single wood piece with small eyes, straight instead of a triangular or bulbous nose with open nostrils, the ears are a small and round and not a separate, large wing-like attached wood piece and the mouth is tiny and without scary teeth. Collected personally in Bali in the 1970s, it comes with a museum-quality metal stand, is in very good condition with a nice patina, surface scratches and pigment losses consistent with its age and use.


  • Vintage Carved Dewi Sri Rice Harvest Goddess, Bali


    This rare vintage carving was probably made for a temple, home shrine or rice field temple dedicated to Dewi Sri, the Balinese Goddess of Rice. Resented as a young and beautiful woman with fine facial features and an hourglass-shaped body, she has a narrow waist and wears intricately carved clothing topped with an elaborate headdress that frames her head, covers the ears and extends below her cheeks. The richly embroidered garment is carved in fine detail, and she wears thick red arm and wristbands and an intricate collar around her neck. This finely crafted piece was personally purchased in Bali in the 1970s. It is in very good condition with an aged dark patina showing both age and use, minor scratches and 2 minor chips on the crown. The hole near the bottom indicates this piece may have been attached to a larger decorative scheme.

  • Vintage Dyak Ancestor Mask Featured in Spiderman Movie


    Like this vintage one, hudoq masks often have wing-like separately-carved ears attached with rattan that usually cracks, detaches and is replaced. Also common is the large nose, here a long extended triangle, pleasing arabesque-like ears and eye-holes, a prominent set of gnarled teeth and geometric and curvilinear painted decorations. This is in excellent condition with a nice patina demonstrating its age and use. It has minor paint losses and scrapes and is set on a museum-quality metal stand.

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