• The Day of the Dead

    The Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos is a national holiday and festival of remembrance observed throughout Mexico and in more recent times, around the world...

     

    Photo credit: Luisroj96

  • Halloween - its History and Origins

    Happy Halloween everybody, or should we say Happy All Hallows Eve!  Although it’s an event not much celebrated in Australia because of its commercial overtones and association with the perceived crassness of all things American, the celebration of Hallowmas and All Hallows Eve is actually a Celtic tradition that dates back to at least the 1st century and represents thousands of years of collective human folklore that honours the dead and strikes a primordial chord in us all.

  • The Vietnamese Artisans - Talent Neglected

    The Vietnamese Artisans - Talent Neglected - article by guest author Fajar Hamid. Picture: Paradise by Nguyen Gia Tri, Vietnamese lacquer artist virtuoso
  • A Compendium of Demons

    No anthology of the gods and goddesses of humanity would be complete without a compendium of the major demons and fallen angels of the modern Christian Era. And just in time for Halloween too!

  • Saraswati - Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, Music and the Arts

    Saraswati is the beloved Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts.  Originating as a river goddess of the ancient Harappan Civilization, she transcended her earthly origins to become the very embodiment of culture and civilization.

    Pictured here is an 18th Century Thangka from the Khan Region of Eastern Tibet depicting Saraswati.  Mineral pigments and gold on cloth.  From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Bamileke Juju Feathered Hat or Headress

Bamileke Juju Feathered Hat or Headress

Genuine Bamileke feathered headress. Contemporary. From Cameroon, west Africa. this on is dyed bright orange, we have another, larger piece that is approximately 1 metre in diametre in an off white colour.

Southern Chinese Antique Water Pot

Southern Chinese Antique Water Pot

Porecelain blue and white farmer's water pot or jug. Late 1800's. Dragon image wrapped around body, hand painted (not transfer printed). We have two pieces, each slightly different and therefore unique. From southern or central rural China.

Turquoise Picture Frame

Turquoise Picture Frame

Anglo Indian picture frame, bronze and turquoise chip stone inset, hinged support at back.. Circa 1910. Included is original b&w picture, inscibed on back: Laura Kate Woodcock, born 1890, 136 Westgate Street, Gloucester. Movedto Deans Walk in 1918. Died aged 98.

Yak Wool Blankets

Yak Wool Blankets

Delightfully warm yak wool blankets from Nepal in a huge range of colours...email us for details about specific colours

Champleve Antique Photo Frame

Champleve Antique Photo Frame

Original and unrestored champlevé bronze photo frame, circa 1890, from England. With hinged stand and hanging point. In excellent condition

Navaho Earrings

Navaho Earrings

A set consisting of a necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring.  Navaho.  Classified as pawn jewellery, this set dates to the mid 20th century.  Sterling silver and turquoise.