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German Enigma Cipher Machine, circa late 1930s
This highly important three-rotor Enigma I machine was used by the German Army during World War II. This machine, manufactured in Berlin, features three moving code rotors, or "walzen" (wheels), and a Steckerbrett, or plug board. It is believed that the acquisition of an Enigma, and the subsequent deciphering of the German codes by the Allies, shortened the war in Europe by at least two years. Examples of Enigma machines are exceptionally rare and almost all known models are in museums. An incredibly significant piece of world history, this machine is in exceptional condition.
Large, Fine, Chased Silver-Clad Buddha, Thailand, 19th century
This image of the Buddha seated in the 'calling the earth to witness' position (Bhumisparshamudra) comprises a lacquered composite base over which hammered sheet silver has been laid and chased. The image has a sash chased with Thai 'flame' (kranok) motifs that falls over its left shoulder and over the front of the robes.


Erotic Dancer by Bergmann, Circa 1900
In this charming bronze sculpture by Austrian sculptor Franz Bergmann, an elaborately dressed girl dances on a colorful tabletop. However, when she lifts her skirt she puts on a real show! Franz Bergmann, who signed many of his works "Nam Greb," was known for his artfully suggestive bronzes.
Sir John Bennett Station Clock, circa 1870
Crafted by the preeminent clock and watch maker of the 19th century, this substantial station clock by Sir John Bennett is a fine example of English timekeeping. The grand case is crafted of mahogany carved in a robust foliate motif, and opens in the back to reveal the pendulum and clockworks. The large face is hand-painted with Roman numerals for the hours and delineations for the minutes.


Rare Silver Filigree Box in the form of an Icosahedron, 18th C.
This extraordinary and rare box is a hollow icosahedron with twenty triangular sides. Each side is made of particularly fine, solid silver filigree. One of the triangular sides is hinged and opens. The form fits into the oeuvre of scientific and mathematical devices in the Islamic world, perhaps tempered with mysticism and notions of magic.
Dragon Fly Yei Pictorial, circa 1920-30


Dance Costume with a Five-Headed Headdress


Nightway Ceremony Yei Be Chei, circa 1930s
First Dancers Nightway Chant Sand Painting


Beauty Way Sand Painting, circa 1930's


Dragon Fly Yei Pictorial Teec Nos Pos Area
Roshan Houshmand - Kolam, 2013


Holy Girl Yei, Navajo Rug, circa 1920


Roshan Houshmand - Yellow on Gray, 2011
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