This Persian gouache miniature painting circa 1850, depicts a courtroom scene in the Palace of Fars, Afghanistan. The central figure is the judge sitting above the scales of justice. The hand-calligraphy is in the Dari-Farsi dialect that is still practiced in some areas of Afghanistan.
Width 5¼ inches, height 9¼ inches.
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Inuit hand carved, articulated wooden doll from West Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat in Inuit language). The dolls arms and legs are hinged with wooden pins and the clothing is made of hand made, with embroidered cotton, leather and sealskin. Dates from about 1890 to 1910. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Length 16 inches, width 4½ inches, depth 2½ inches, weight 9 ounces.
Please note that this item cannot be shipped to the USA.
A spectacular group of four extremely rare and unique Pa Kua Chang martial arts training weapons, also called Baguazhang (Eight Palm Changes) dating from the early 1800's.
Pa Kua Chang is an internal discipline developed in the early ninteenth century, based on the eight tri-grams in the 800 year-old "I Ching" (Book of Changes). The training weapons are oversized to develop strength and balance and they were sometimes used in battle...
Native Indian metal trade knife marked " A B & C" on the tang. Bought from a collector in British Columbia, possibly Cree or Blackfoot
Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Length 11 ½ inches long, width 2 3/8 inches wide, weight 6 ounces.
Indian metal trade spear point. Recovered on the coast of New England many years ago. The spear point was found in the woods sticking in a tree that had rotted and fallen down. You can see how deep it was imbedded in the wood as the tip is lighter in color than the rest of the metal. This item was recovered in the traditional hunting grounds of the Abenaki Indians and this prized possession was lost either during a hunting expedition or possibly during a skirmish with an enemy...
In 1818 Thomas Griffin Hiatt appears for the first time in the Wrightson Directory as a manufacturer of felon's irons and gate locks, they were located on Moor St. in Birmingham. A few years later Hiatt moved around the corner to #26 Masshouse Lane, where he is located in the next edition of the Wrightson's Birmingham directory as a manufacturer of felon's irons, gate locks, handcuffs, horse and dog collars...
A very fine Shamanic medicine container made by a Cree Medicine Man in the mid 1800's, complete with its original contents. The parfleche (deerskin rawhide) material was shaped with exquisite craftsmanship into a small circular box with a tightly fitting lid. The contents of the pouch are the original materials used for healing incantations and include twigs, bark, sap and what appears to be seeds...
Native polychrome cedar carving of Thunderbird and Eagle signed and dated 1997 by artist Eli Billy. Tribal affiliation: Ehattesaht Nation, British Columbia. Excellent condition. This is a hard to find carving by this artist. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Weight: 12 ounces (327 grams)
Cedar totem pole 15" tall with Raven Crest, carved and signed by well known B.C. Coast Salish artist Stan Joseph (Sequilem). Tribal affiliation: Squamish Nation, British Colombia. Rich patina, excellent condition. Bought from an estate sale. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Width: 4 1/4"
Weight: approx. 30 ounces (853grams)