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China or Overseas Chinese Communities. This ritual wine or libation set is made of gilded (gold-plated) silver, probably in China, or possibly among one of the Chinese communities of Southeast Asia. Made in a Tibetan style, it was either intended for local use or for export to Tibet or Mongolia. Most likely it was intended for serving wine as part of a wedding ceremony. The gilding suggests that this was the intended use. It might also have been used to serve offerings. It comprises an oval tray, six cups, and a tall ewer. The cups are heavy in the hand and have sides decorated with lotus petal motifs. The tray has a plain centre and an elevated rim repoussed with Himalayan Buddhistic motifs.
Anne Frank - Het Achterhuis; The Secret Annex; Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, 1946
Fragmenten Uit Het Dagboek Van Anne Frank [Het Achterhuis; The Secret Annex; Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl]. The Exceedingly Rare First Appearance Of Any Part Of The Diary Of Anne Frank; Preceding The Book Edition. A Beautiful Copy In Scarce Original Wrappers.


Ceremonial Mask, 400 BC - 950 AD
Alamito-Condorhuasi Culture - N. Argentina. Location of Origin: Latin America. Medium/Materials: Diorite. Dimensions: 6 x 4.5 x 2 inches.
Mughal Dagger (Khanjar) with Jade Hilt inlaid with Rubies & Gold, circa 1800
Northern India. This dagger from Mughal India, with its single-edged curved watered steel blade, has a light celadon-green jade hilt with a curved pommel and curved quillons. The pommel is carved in relief with floral and leaf motifs on both sides. The base of the hilt is similarly carved. Each of the three flowers carved on either side of the pommel and on the pommel's crest are inset with a ruby cabochon in a gold setting.


Superb Necklace of Gold Beads, 5th-9th C.
Pyu (present-day Burma). This necklace of very fine gold beads is from Pyu, in present-day Upper Burma. It comprises a series of slightly graduated high-grade gold beads of assorted designs, including hollow polyhedral, reeded, pierced and beaded, spherical and scrolled examples, with a modern silver-gilt S-shaped clasp. Pyu beads show an extraordinarily high level of gold smithing technique. The gold used was typically alluvial.
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