Antique carved Sumatran shelf from traditional house

Sir Raffles Art & History is Charles Mandel’s collection of antique Santos and ethnographic collectibles, mostly carved wood. See current selection on Etsy:

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A very nice carved shelf from Indonesia. 28″ in height, 68″ long and 8″ deep. Painted with red and silver (looks like white in the photos)

Condition: Please review the photos carefully. PLEASE NOTE: While this will hang well from your wall, it is to be noted that there has been much hollowing out of the wood from old insects. In places the surface gives a bit to the touch. This is mainly on the two vertical pieces.

Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine. I have always found devotional artifacts fascinating to collect; there is no better way to connect with a past culture than through the objects that were important to it. Collecting religious figures is particularly gratifying. The subject, the style and the methods of production combine to tell the tale of what the individuals in that culture valued.


I have been collecting artifacts and religious objects for many years, specializing in Asian and European vintage carvings. Don’t hesitate to ask about other stock that I might have that is not listed here.



Materials: wood,polychrome

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