Classified as a type of locket, the poison ring holds a unique and exotic place in the history of jewellery…
Visit Angkor Wat today and you are met with a shrill chorus of "one dollar one dollar one dollar" from hordes of begging children, while in Ethiopia the unrelenting chant is "you you you you". In Cambodia, older children organise groups of smaller ones to jump up and down in front of photo vistas; Nepalese kids pull and punch you until you hand over "protection money". These resourceful strategies are the new front line in what has become one of the most common and frustrating dilemmas faced by modern travellers, that of begging.
Photo courtesy of Gregor Younger
Proud stockists of Tilley Soaps - handmade with love in Victoria
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 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.
Stunning pair of sterling silver Navajo earings, post and butterfly. Artist Joe Harris (marked on back). Arizona
A stunning pair of handmde peridot, pearl and sterling silver earrings. 5 cm in length, not including hooks.
A stunning pair of vintage silver earrings in the form of turtles with stone insets. Marked as "old pawn", artist unknown.
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.
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.
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.