• The Poison Ring

    Classified as a type of locket, the poison ring holds a unique and exotic place in the history of jewellery…

  • Cleaning Your Handmade Rug

    We get a lot of emails here at Kashgar asking us how best to clean kilims and hand-woven pile rugs, both from customers who've bought rugs from us and also (somewhat surprisingly) from people we've never met before.  My response has always been "have it done professionally", but we've just spent a week in a lather spring-cleaning all our own stock, so while it's fresh in my mind I though it was time to share my basic rug cleaning tips with you, Gentle Reader...

  • Proud stockists of Tilley Soaps - handmade with love in Victoria
  • 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.

19th Century Japanese Brown Lacquer Complete Samurai Armour with Momonari Kabuto and Original Traveling Case

19th Century Japanese Brown Lacquer Complete Samurai Armour with Momonari Kabuto and Original Traveling Case

19th Century Japanese Brown Lacquer Complete Samurai Armour with Momonari Kabuto and Original Traveling Case

Laced in white, orange and green, and comprising a momomari kabuto lacquered russet brown and mounted with a four-lame Hineno-style yodarekake. The fukigaeshi is applied with stenciled doe skin and the mabisashi is lacquered gold and finished ishimi and trimmed with black fukurin. The mempo is lacquered to match and applied with a bushy mustache and fitted with a four-lame yodarekake. The cuirass is a yokohagi okegawa do with cross-knots, the munaita and wakiita finshed in gold lacquer to match the helmet and applied with two decorative rings. The cuirass is fitted with seven sections of five-lame kusazuri. The chusode shino gote is silvered on the splints, while the plate and chain mail haidate shino suneate are both silvered to match the kote.

All original – NOT composite

From the Owston Collection of Warren Anderson

Santal Figure

Santal Figure

Huka Banam - single stringed lute carved in the shape of a human figure and played with a bow.  A single string (missing) passes across a hide drum section in the belly of the figure, under the jaw and is wrapped around a peg (missing) which held through the sides of the head. The string can be tightened in this manner to produce a particular sound. Handcarved hardwood, hide, wood base. Early 20th Century.

The Santal are a scheduled tribe of people indigenous to the Terai region of Nepal and India.

Horse Casket

Horse Casket

Brass cast heavy horse shaped casket box, northern India. Contemporary.

Prayer Wheel Small

Prayer Wheel Small

Made in Napal, filled with a scroll on which is printed the mantra to the compasionte Buddha: Om Mani Padme Hum. If you would like to read more about prayer wheels, see my article here. Contemporary, brass, wood and copper.

Candlestick

Candlestick

Simpe cast aluminium candlestick. India, contemporary

Seated Ganesh

Seated Ganesh

A delightful contemporary image of ganesh, seated, plaing a musical instrument. Brass. India

Candle snuffer

Candle snuffer

Blowing out candles is hazardous and messy. Candle snuffers were popular for centuries for a reason: they snuff a flame safely, they reduce smoke and they stop wax from spraying everywhere. This stanless steel number is practical, well made and stylish, with a comfortable grip and a swivel head to allow a candle to be snuffed from all angles. Buy one today, you will wonder how you ever lived without one!

Dan Gle Mask

Dan Gle Mask

Mid 20th Century Dan Gle mask, carved wood with wool and metal detail, pierced edge for attachments. Liberia, Africa.

Masks are the most important art form of the Dan people of Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia. The Dan people refer to these masks as gle or ge, terms that refers both to the physical mask and the individual spirits the mask is believed to embody during masquerade performances. Masks served as agents of social control, enforcing the ruling council’s rules and orders. The masked figures were believed to be incarnate spiritual beings capable of rendering unbiased judgments. The specific functions of individual masks, once removed from their village contexts, are impossible to determine, however in this example, the nearly closed eyes and small mouth probably indicate that it served in a peacemaking function and generally created harmony in the community.