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African Shona Elephant Sculpture
African Shona Elephant Sculpture
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Shona art, created by Zimbabwe's largest tribe, is one of the most significant art forms to come out of Africa in the 20th century. Family relationships, such as this pair, are often represented by the animal kingdom in Shona art. The artists believe that their chiseling and polishing releases the spirit form that is trapped within the rapoka stone. As each piece is one of a kind, please expect variation in the color and veining of the stone.
$78.00
Lake Atitlan Tea Set
Lake Atitlan Tea Set
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Archaeologists have found Maya terracotta vessels and sculptures dating as far back as the 6th century, including the famed Jaina Island figurines. Artisan Roberto Perez draws on that ancient tradition when creating pieces like this terracotta tea set in his studio near Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán.


$98.00
Zimbabwe Lion Sculpture
Zimbabwe Lion Sculpture
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The population of lions in the wild has been decimated since the mid-20th century. Zimbabwe, where this fierce lion is hand-carved from rapoko soapstone, is one of only a handful of countries where these kings and queens of the jungle are still found in the wild. Please accept variations in each unique stone.


$49.00
$6.99
Shona Giraffe Sculpture
Shona Giraffe Sculpture
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Shona is a 20th-century name given to a number of related ethnic groups in Zimbabwe. They speak similar dialects of a standardized Shona language, and many trace their ancestry back to the 12th-century capital city of Great Zimbabwe, whose ruins are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today’s Shona stone carvers draw inspiration from those ancient builders and speak of releasing the spirit trapped in stone as they carve and polish with hand tools. Each handmade sculpture is unique, as is the raw, hand-quarried soapstone it emerged from; please accept variations.


$98.00
Talavera-style Butterfly Wall Art
Talavera-style Butterfly Wall Art
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Talavera pottery combines centuries of Moorish tradition, Spanish technique, and Mexican skill. Artisans hand-mold this ceramic butterfly, which is allowed to dry in the sun before being painted with a bright white glaze. Then, its wings are decorated using a traditional color palette of blue, green, yellow, red, brown, and black glaze. The result is a vibrant sculpture made in the talavera style by a family-run studio in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. Comes ready to hang.


$49.00
Traditional Irish Aran Pillow
Traditional Irish Aran Pillow
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Few things are more evocative of Ireland than the intricate knitting of the Aran Islands. Traditionally, the sweaters of the Aran fisherman were made by their mothers, sisters, and daughters—each sweater providing vital warmth and a tie to home and family. Bring the cozy feel of Aran knitting home with this soft, 100% merino wool pillow. The patchwork pattern incorporates three distinct Aran stiches: the diamond stitch represents prosperity, the honeycomb stitch represents the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands.


Available colors: Gray, Natural, Red
$89.00
Murano Glass Bird
Murano Glass Bird
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Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

The island of Murano has been known for its glassmaking since the 13th century, when the Venetian Republic ordered all of the glassmaking furnaces there to be moved away from Venice’s wooden architecture. Each colorful bird, accented with gold leaf, is handmade using centuries-old techniques by a husband and wife in their small Murano studio. Please allow for variation.


Available colors: Blue, Crystal
$55.00
Peruvian Reverse-painted Butterfly Box
Peruvian Reverse-painted Butterfly Box
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The art of reverse painting on glass was brought to Peru by settling Spaniards in the 15th century. Local artisans emulated the style found on mirrors and other Spanish household objects and, in time, added so much of their own inspiration that the technique became recognized as a Peruvian craft tradition. There are a dwindling number of Peruvian artists who still practice this unique and romantic art. Here the artisan captures the ethereal beauty of butterflies on the hinged lid of a handcrafted wooden jewelry box.


$69.00
Tunisian Hand-painted Chip and Dip Set
Tunisian Hand-painted Chip and Dip Set
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The coastal Tunisian town of Nabeul has been the center of that country’s ceramic industry since the Roman era. Artisans working in a sunny studio near the Mediterranean paint this versatile serving plate and bowl entirely by hand. The pattern is inspired by wrought-iron gates found in the eighth-century medina of Tunis, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


$75.00
Choir Pyramid
Choir Pyramid
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In Germany's Erzgebirgskreis district, home of the Ore Mountains and just north of the Czech border, the town of Seiffen is known for its wooden toys and Christmas traditions. When silver and tin mines started dying down in the 17th century, crafts like lacemaking and carved wooden toys and figurines began to take its place. Today Seiffen is known for its nutcrackers, "smoking men" carvings, and choir pyramids.


$85.00
Irish Connemara Marble Compact
Irish Connemara Marble Compact
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Ancient materials and old-fashioned glamour combine in this classic compact that’s destined to become a special heirloom. The lid of this silver-plated compact is made from a smooth disk of polished Connemara marble. Quarried in western Ireland, Connemara marble dates from the Precambrian era more than 900 million years ago. Handcrafted in the Walsh family’s Rathfarnham Village, Dublin, studio using marble from their own quarry, the compact features two mirrors inside and a sturdy spring-loaded button clasp.


$29.00
Kenyan Olive-wood Giraffe Salad Servers
Kenyan Olive-wood Giraffe Salad Servers
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Men and women of Kenya’s Kamba tribe carve these giraffe salad servers using hard olive wood. These workers are known as jua kali, a phrase that means hot sun but has come to mean those who earn a living in woodworking or metal carving. Each server is carved from a single branch of wood; please allow for small variations in each handmade carving.

$36.00
Tuareg Woven Basket
Tuareg Woven Basket
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Using the leave of the doum palm, women of Niger’s Tuareg tribe weave this shallow basket using a method called poinĉon, after the French word for an awl or punch tool. This natural, ecological material is richly abundant in the Tuareg’s landscape and the products have always been used in their nomadic life.


$89.00
$59.99
South African Raku Elephant
South African Raku Elephant
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Artisans in South Africa use raku pottery techniques to create this colorful elephant. The bright color-block pattern is inspired by the beadwork and painted homes that are artistic hallmarks of the northeastern Ndzundza Ndebele people. Elephants symbolize steadfastness and wisdom—a pair of curved tusks even frames South Africa's coat of arms. Popular lore says that elephants never forget, and they often recognize humans and other elephants even after decades, making this handcrafted sculpture a touching gift for a loved one who is far away. Colors may vary in each handcrafted sculpture.
$55.00
Talavera-style Frog Planter
Talavera-style Frog Planter
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Talavera-style pottery techniques have been passed down through generations of Mexican craftspeople since the style was first introduced by Spaniards in the 17th century. The bright colors of this placid frog planter are part of the traditional color palette. Handcrafted in the talavera style in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico.


$75.00
Talavera-style Mugs - Set of 2
Talavera-style Mugs - Set of 2
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Talavera pottery originated in the Arab-Andalusia culture of Talavera de la Reina, Spain, where it was known as majolica. When Spanish monks came to Mexico in the 16th century, they wanted to decorate their monasteries and churches with tiles like they had back home. But although pre-Hispanic Mexican cultures had a long history of working in ceramic, they didn’t use a potter’s wheel or glaze. The monks brought specialized artisans to the Mexican state of Puebla to train them in the majolica style. Mexican artisans fused their knowledge of ceramic techniques and local materials with their own interpretation of majolica, creating the distinctive patterns and colors that have come to be known as talavera pottery.


$39.00
Irish Connemara Marble Trinket Box
Irish Connemara Marble Trinket Box
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Connemara marble, found only in western Ireland, was formed 900 million years ago during the Precambrian era. It comes in a range of hues that reflect the country’s “forty shades of green”; each piece of the stone is one of a kind. This elegant, silver-plated trinket box features a polished lid of Connemara marble as unique as the treasures you’ll keep inside it. Handcrafted by the Walsh family in their Rathfarnham Village, Dublin, studio, using Connemara marble from their own quarry in Lossoughter.


$28.00
Murano Glass Perfume Bottle
Murano Glass Perfume Bottle
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The glowing furnaces of this tiny, husband-and-wife studio in Murano, Italy, beckon visitors on the Venetian island renowned for its glassmaking. Each delicate perfume bottle is perfect for a windowsill or vanity where it can reflect sunlight. Each is handmade and unique.


Available colors: Pink, Purple
$55.00
$29.99
Kenyan Carved Olive-wood Safari Animal Ornaments - Set of 4
Kenyan Carved Olive-wood Safari Animal Ornaments - Set of 4
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In the Gikomba area of Nairobi, Kenya, men and women of the Kamba tribe carve these safari animal ornaments using hard olive wood. The men carve the rock-hard wood using hand tools, and the women paint the figures. These workers are known as jua kali, a Swahili phrase that means hot sun but has come to mean those who earn a living in Kenya's informal work sector, such as street vendors, repairmen, and artisans in woodworking or metal carving.


$36.00
Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4
Kenyan Olive-wood Napkin Rings - Set of 4
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Men and women of Kenya’s Kamba tribe carve these safari animal napkin rings using hard olive wood. These workers are known as jua kali, a phrase that means hot sun but has come to mean those who earn a living in woodworking or metal carving. Each set contains a zebra, giraffe, elephant, and leopard. Please allow for small variations in each handmade carving.


$36.00
Soapstone Kenyan Nativity
Soapstone Kenyan Nativity
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Western Kenya’s Kisii tribe live in the rich agricultural highlands in Nyanza. In addition to farming crops like sorghum and millet and raising livestock on their lands, the Kisii have a strong craft tradition that includes basketry and soapstone carving. Soapstone is easy to carve and is quarried in the nearby Tabaka Hills. Intricate patterns featuring interlocked loops and cut-outs are a hallmark of Kisii carving style.


$49.00
Tunisian Fish Platter
Tunisian Fish Platter
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At a small ceramic studio in Nabeul, Tunisia, on the Mediterranean coast, a small studio of potters and painters crafts this traditional ceramic platter. Red earthenware clay is formed by hand, fired to create a “bisque,” and then painted entirely freehand, without the use of decals or machines.


$55.00
Irish Aran Throw
Irish Aran Throw
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Aran knitting is well known for its wealth of intricate stitches and symbolism. In this cozy, cream-colored wool throw, the diamond stitch represents prosperity, the honeycomb stitch represents the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands. Knit from 100% merino wool.


Available colors: Gray, Natural, Red
$129.00
Punu Mask from Gabon
Punu Mask from Gabon
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For the Kota people of Eastern Gabon, the delicate and ghostly Ogooue masks represent incarnations of returned ancestor spirits who come to aid the living and guide the deceased to the hereafter. Traditionally, the Kota and Mukudji peoples would wear these masks during important village festivals. Gabonese artisan Salihu Ibrahim hand-carves each of these stunning replica masks out of local Sese wood. Each finished piece is treated with clay to create a delicate antique patina.


$175.00
Indonesian Horse Sculpture
Indonesian Horse Sculpture
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Remarkable stone sculptures and carved reliefs are found all across the Indonesian archipelago. The vast ninth-century Javanese temple of Borobudur is constructed as layers of terraces covered in reliefs depicting stories, including the life of the prince Siddhartha and the birth of the Buddha. This sculpture reproduces an ancient Javanese design. Handcrafted in Indonesia of volcanic ash.


$139.00
Kenyan Twins Sculpture Pair
Kenyan Twins Sculpture Pair
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The Kikuyu people live in the shadow of Mt. Kenya—known locally as Kirinyaga—the earthly resting place of the Kikuyu creator Ngai. In this striking piece, two figures, male and female, are carved from a single piece of solid wood, representing the Kikuyu’s traditional vision of fertility, wealth, and health. These bold figurines suggest the interconnected nature of the visible and invisible forces of the Kikuyu belief system. Each pair is handmade by female artisans working in a community-based organization dedicated to fair trade practices, sustainable livelihoods, and economic empowerment for the rural women of the Kikuyu tribe.


$39.00