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Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in Vietnam and Thailand

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in Vietnam and Thailand

Essential to the shamanic traditions of the Vietnamese is the ability to read and write Chinese. A requisite, extensive knowledge of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Animism and Ancestor worship make the shaman’s training a long and rigorous process. They must draw on a complex base of philosophies and abilities which include the use of scroll paintings, […]


Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in Nagaland and Myanmar

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in Nagaland and Myanmar

The Naga people are a collection of 35+ tribes, or about 3.5 million people, who live in the hills of Nagaland, India and in the bordering country of Myanmar. Their beliefs are animistic and shamanism is a respected, integral part of everyday life. This figure was used in healing rituals and probably for connecting to […]


Balancing the Universe: Shamanism In Nepal

Balancing the Universe: Shamanism In Nepal

Nepal is home to many ethnic groups and religious traditions including Hinduism and Buddhism. Shamanism combines these religions with the worship of nature and natural phenomenon. There is a unique village, called “Lugum”, in Western Nepal whose only inhabitants, at the time of this writing, are 126 shaman – 18 of whom are women. In […]


Shamanism: A Brief History of the Ancient Art of Healing

Shamanism: A Brief History of the Ancient Art of Healing

This introduction and following series of related posts on shamanism serve as an online version of our 2017 fall exhibition, ‘Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes’. We also have a full color photo catalog available of the all the pieces in the show. You have likely heard the term ‘Shaman’, but who were […]


Shaman, Asian Art and Healing Magic: The Debut of a 15 Year Collection

Shaman, Asian Art and Healing Magic: The Debut of a 15 Year Collection

Shamanic Culture, Tribal Art, Healing and Magic converge in an unmatched, museum quality collection of over 300 shaman pieces from across SE Asia. We had an opening extravaganza to debut the rare amulets, instruments and costumes, acquired over the last 15 years.   It took months to research the individual pieces that represent many different, ancient […]


Custom Round Slab Table Concept – Figured Bastogne Walnut and Steel

Custom Round Slab Table Concept – Figured Bastogne Walnut and Steel

We are excited to share a custom slab table concept we’ve been working on.  The idea started after seeing a very rare and obscure cross section of Bastogne walnut that friends of ours have had in storage. Knowing that this piece would never be a table without combining materials we started daydreaming about the possibilities. […]


Balancing The Universe – Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes

Balancing The Universe – Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes

Shamanism is a fascinating subject. Reaching far back into prehistory, the quest to cure the ailing and ensure our survival gave rise to its development. It is deeply rooted in *animism and appears as such in virtually all societies around the globe. The striking similarities in beliefs and rituals throughout so many different cultures make […]


Old World Tibetan Antiques

Old World Tibetan Antiques

Tongba’s – Antique Tibetan Beer Mugs A Tibetan mug or vessel for a traditional, indigenous, hot, alcoholic beer-like drink called Jaand. These ‘beer tea’ mugs are made of sections of mature bamboo. The inner nodes are carved out and often ringed with metal bands on the exterior. The cover or lid keeps the Jaand hot […]


2000 Year Old Antique Jewelry From Northern India and Central Asia

2000 Year Old Antique Jewelry From Northern India and Central Asia

Ancient Kushan Coin Necklaces  Part of ‘David Alan Designs’ signature style is to incorporate antiquity into wearable art.  This post highlights 17 recently completed necklaces featuring beautifully patinated  Kushan copper coins set in sterling silver to create beautifully elegant yet casual necklaces. We invite you to come browse the drawers in our jewelry gallery to view […]


Antique Japanese Tea Cabinet

Antique Japanese Tea Cabinet

Japanese Cha Dansu “Tea cabinet”, late 1800’s – early 1900’s   When this Late 19th century Japanese cha-dansu (tea chest) arrived on a recent shipment from Kyoto, one of our sales associates immediately tagged it “sold” in their name and set it aside until time presented an opportunity for further inspection. When the time came, […]


Magnificent Antique Jewelry

Magnificent Antique Jewelry

120 Year Old Tibetan Snow Lion Pendants The Snow Lion – or ‘Gangs Seng Ge’ in Tibetan, is a powerful celestial animal that resides in the eastern Himalayas. Protector of Buddha, it personifies fearlessness and a cheerful mind. For more than a century it has remained the national emblem of Tibet. The Snow Lion is a common theme in proverbs and […]


Antique Jizo Statues in The David Alan Gallery

Antique Jizo Statues in The David Alan Gallery

  We have been collecting Antique Jizo Statues from the Edo Period of Japan for years. Their aesthetic beauty and symbolism is something we hold dear at David Alan. Along with these rare antique finds, we are happy to announce we have found contemporary Jizo Statues made from both wood and limestone. They are quite amazing! Jizō is a bodhisattva, who has […]