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Artifacts

Artifacts, archaeologically speaking are objects made or modified by a human culture and later recovered from an archaeological endeavor. In the case of 'cultural artifacts', these are human-made objects which give information about the culture of its creators and users and usually had a practical purpose. Some of these are ancient objects that have been recovered from marine excavations, unearthed or just "found".

Some of our current collection of artifacts are shown in this category such as the example to the right; an anthropomorphic figure handle fragment of a carved limestone secondary burial urn cover from a site in the Kulaman plateau, Cotabato province, Mindanao island, in the Philippine archipelago.

Many of our favorite pieces are in this category, their age and history being particularly fascinating. Since each of these items usually had some practical use, the history behind them and the primitive hands that made and used them is awe inspiring.

'BITONG,' BRUSH POT, CHINA

Bamboo Bitong, brush holder, China, early 20th C.

TURTLE AND CRANE HANOI

Bronze turtle and crane figure, Hanoi, Vietnam, L. 20th C.

ALABASTER OIL LAMP

Alabaster oil lamp, Afghanistan, late 19th C., 4"H x 5.5"L ...

Ban Chiang Jar

Prehistoric Ban Chiang jar, Thailand, 100 B.C.-100A.D.

BATAK VESSEL WITH LID

Batak vessel with lid. 7"H x 4"W.

Bronze Food Platter

Bronze food platter with three stylized animal head feet, ...

Bronze Vessel

Bronze vase shaped vessel, Vietnam

Bulol Urn Handle

Limestone burial urn cover fragment, Kulaman Plateau, ...

Burma Mandalay Peacock

Gold gilt peacock, Mandalay style, teakwood with colored ...

BURMESE LACQUER BAMBOO KHWET

Red lacquer bamboo food bowl, Burma, early 20th C

Burmese Singha Lion Figure Architectural Element

Singha' architectural element, gold and red lacquer with ...

Byzantine Marble Artifact

Marble street drain, Turkey, 395 - 1107 AD, 10½" x ...

Byzantine Marble Sewage Drain

Marble street sewage drain, Turkey

CARVED TEAK FROG TOYS

Carved teak "lucky" frog toys, Changmai, Thailand, Mid-20th ...

CHANCAY BURIAL DOLL WITH BABY

Handcrafted Chancay Burial Doll With Baby, assembled with ...

Chimera Style Torso

Chimera style stone torso, Cambodia

Chinese Pottery Tomb Panel

Han Dynasty, Chinese pottery tomb panel, China.

CHOKWE CHAIR, ANGOLA

Chokwe Prestige Seat, Angola, Africa, 20th C.

Column Finial

Lotus shaped column finial, architectural element, ...

Cosmetic Storage Container

Brass 'sindoor' (hair) and 'kumkum' (forehead bindi spot) ...

DJENNE TRIBE STORAGE JAR

Earthenware storage jar, Djenne Tribe, Mali, Africa, c. ...

Dong Son Bronze Bucket

Bronze with incised design, Dong Son period, from ...

Dong Son Bronze Cooking Vessel

Bronze cooking vessel with handles & horizontal line ...

DONG SON PERIOD CERAMIC

From recent river excavations, late Dong Son period, N. ...

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