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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.

Batak Gourd container, Indonesia

Gourd Batak storage container with wood top, Indonesia, ...

AIR ROOT TREE SCULPTURE

Bleached air root sculpture on custom metal base. Northern ...

ALABASTER OIL LAMP

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

BAMBOO STICKY RICE CONTAINER

Karen, Hmong or Akha tribe, Thailand, mid 20th C.,

BONE ELEPHANT CARVINGS

Intricately carved bone figures of a female elephant with a ...

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 Architectural Element

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

CHANCAY BURIAL DOLL WITH BABY

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

CHOKWE PRESTIGE 'NGUNDJA', ANGOLA

Chokwe prestige chair, Angola, Africa, 20th C.

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 PERIOD CERAMIC

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

EARTHENWARE BULL VESSEL

Earthenware "soro" bull vessel. Peru, late 1800s, 4" high x ...

EARTHENWARE PREGNANT QUEEN FIGURE

Earthenware pregnant queen figure, Djenne tribe, Mali ...

ELEPHANT LOGGING CART WHEEL

Burmese elephant logging cart wheel,

EROTIC PAINTED PARAT DISH

Erotic, painted wood “parat” serving dish. India, early ...

Excavated Bronze Cooking Ladle

Excavated bronze cooking ladle, Dong son period, N. Thailand

Excavated Bronze Cooking Vessel

Excavated bronze cooking vessel, Dong son period, Vietnam

EXCAVATED CELADON CENSER

Marine excavated celadon censer, Sulu Sea (off coast of ...

EXCAVATED KHMER COOKING VESSEL

Excavated Khmer cooking vessel, Cambodia, Bayon Period, ...

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