Material Culture features ethnographic art May 6

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Pre-Columbian Jalisco pottery seated female figure, Ameca style, 200 B.C.-A.D. 200, 13½in x 8½in x 7in. Material Culture image

PHILADELPHIA – Material Culture’s International Ethnographic Arts auction will be held online-only, on Wednesday, May 6, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The sale is composed of several important collections gathered from across the United States and promises to provide buyers with an opportunity to purchase rare cultural artifacts of the highest quality. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection of Minneapolis, Minnesota, contributed an array of fine, museum-quality Pre-Columbian artworks, including beautifully preserved Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan and Colima pottery figures.

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Pre-Columbian Mayan incised blackware vessel, Mexico, A.D. 700-850, 4¼in x 4in. Material Culture image

Originating from the famed Allan Stone Collection of New York is a sizable group of old African shrine figures, masks, drums, power figures and fetishes. Fine Indonesian and Malaysian artifacts are also included.

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Fine old African Mami Wata figure, carved and paint decorated wood with raffia, 30½in x 19in x 8½in. Material Culture image

The Apsara Arts of Asia, an important collection of ethnographic arts and textiles, contributed a fine assortment of antique and vintage hand-woven articles from myriad Eastern cultures.

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Carved stone Buddha with traces of pigment and gilt, Northern Qi Dynasty, China, 42½in. Material Culture image

Dr. David W. Fraser, past head the Social Welfare Department at the Aga Khan Secretariat, and his wife, Barbara Fraser of Yardley, Pennsylvania, contributed items from their personal collection of ethnographic baskets, jewelry and textiles acquired across Southeast Asia and Africa.

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Chinese Li people antique silk embroidered dragon tapestry, ceremonial banner with phoenixes, ‘Long Bei,’ Hainan, China, 79in x 50in. Material Culture image

For more information contact: or 267-809-6378.