Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #860292 (stock #31-27)
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A pair of pulleys that were used on a hand loom in Burma show the Burmese love for exuberant decorative elements on objects for everyday use. The tall carved peacocks are larger than the pulleys, and may have been just one of a number of such decorations on a woman’s loom. Simple household objects are traditionally well made and attractive in Burma, where no lines are drawn between fine arts and folk or applied arts. The peacock, emblem of the Kon-baung Dynasty (1752-1885), remains a favorite ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #842368 (stock #09-08)
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$250.00
An early 20th century plate from Arita in Japan’s southern island of Kyushu has a vivid underglaze cobalt and white scene of a rugged coastline. Gnarled pine trees overhang a house nestled below a steep cliff. A boatman can be seen nearing the shore. At the base of the pine trees, a cobalt stamp with the characters “HI” (pronounced “he”) is integrated into the scene to identify the maker of this piece. The plate is in pristine condition. Dimensions: diameter 12 ¼” (31 cm). SEE MORE...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1111838 (stock #12-72)
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This handsome bamboo basket from early 20th century China is a fine example of the care that was lavished on the creation of everyday utilitarian items by Chinese artisans. Delightful woven designs on the handle, knob and basket edges are emphasized in red, and a pattern of painted black designs encircles the lid. The bottom of the basket is recessed and rests atop a red and black bamboo base. The basket is strong, light, comfortable to carry and attractive. It is in excellent condition. Dime...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1920 item #688172 (stock #60-39)
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Glazed a soft grey/green, this rustic pottery Chinese oil lamp has charm and appeal that outlive its humble origin. It provided a simple light source. We have not seen one of these in use and originally thought the oil and wick were put into the shallow bowl on top. A visitor to this web site tells us that was not the case. The oil and wick, he said, were put into a small saucer that was set on top of the shallow bowl. This piece makes no pretense beyond its original utilitarian intent--the po...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #902690 (stock #38-56)
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$600.00
An early 18th century inkstone has a gourd-shaped ink pool cut into a deep black stone slab that, along with brushes, ink and paper, represented what was referred to in Chinese literature as “the four precious things of the library.” Among the four objects, inkstones were considered the most important, the soul of the scholar’s library, because they were said to represent “the infinite subtlety of nature.” Although they appear to be relatively humble objects, inkstones were praised, co...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #912459 (stock #07-53)
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$390.00
Sake dispensed from this large ceramic cask served late 19th century patrons in Saga Prefecture on Japan’s south island of Kyushu. The turquoise logo of a path between two wooded hills shows the cask held Seiryu Sake. The other side of the cask proclaims the name of the sake shop, Murata Saketen, and its address. The Kanji, in vivid underglaze cobalt with the splash of turquoise, and the design, rice stalks in relief extending up two sides of the container, make this an unusual and especially...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #191478 (stock #41-10)
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This is a museum-quality 16th century bronze Ava Buddha with a dedication inscription on the back of the high stepped throne. The bronze has aged to a wonderful black patina, and remaining gold leaf on the finely modeled figure and throne adds richness. The face has sweeping brows and well executed eyes. The high usnisha is topped with a narrow lotus bud finial. The Buddha sits in interlocking lotus position with the bottoms of both feet prominently displayed. Subtle, pleasing designs mark the e...
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #793144 (stock #36-61)
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$250.00
An early morning canal scene by contemporary Shanghai painter Zhao-Nian Xi is shrouded in blue/grey mist. This artist works primarily in watercolor on paper, producing paintings that have a sense of emptiness and calm. He has focused particularly on the small villages near Shanghai where life centers on a network of ancient canals. Zhao-Nian Xi was born in 1944 and was graduated from the Shanghai School of Fine Art. His paintings are in collections in Asia, Europe and the United States. This wat...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #295039 (stock #27-73)
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$195.00
Hallmarked and dated 1894, this silver salt cellar from Georgia, the beautiful little country at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, stands on three ball feet. Flowers and leaves engraved on the side are centered with a plain cartouche. Art and design from Georgia, a geographic and cultural bridge between East and West, draws on both Asian and European aesthetic traditions. This salt cellar leans more toward the small country's European side. It is in very good condition. Dimensio...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1136045 (stock #63-11)
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$370.00
The cinnabar lacquer covering this late 19th/early 20th century Burmese “kwet,” or serving bowl, is satin smooth and cool to the touch. Years of daily use have enhanced both the look and feel of this large bowl, with black lacquer showing through the red in areas of wear. Six black ribs curve down to the feet, and the top is curved and rolled inward, giving the vessel beautiful balance. The old Burmese process of producing such lacquer pieces was labor intensive and time consuming. Woven an...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #921672 (stock #58-63)
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A large basket from China’s late Qing Dynasty has a sturdy weave of reeds bordered by two wide bands of bent willow, originally painted with bright flowers that now are faded. An example of the provincial Chinese skill and artistry devoted to utilitarian objects, the basket is designed to form two serving bowls when fully opened. Dumplings were stored and served in this container, which is from the western region of Shaanxi, where excellent dumplings are a source of provincial pride. A metal r...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #880614 (stock #11-06)
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This large dramatic sculpture of a royal Buddha in classic Arakan style is two feet tall and crowned with curled open-work flanges flanking five intricately rendered leaf-covered spires. The practice of outfitting Buddha images in such regal style is said to have started in the Arakan Kingdom that flourished from 1287 to 1752 AD, when it became part of Burma. According to legend, an Arakan king named Jambupati (or Jambuphati) was causing suffering due to his excessive arrogance and pride. In ord...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #284166 (stock #08-04)
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$450.00
Seated on a faded red lacquer throne, this little Buddha is a humble, quiet figure. With shallow carving that suggests rather than sharply defines the facial features, the smooth oval face takes on an enigmatic, ethereal look. The small body is compactly folded to fit precisely on the narrow throne, giving the impression that the figure is conserving space. Fingers on the right hand, in earth touching mudra, are exceptionally long. Three lines of script etched into the lacquer around the base of...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1222323 (stock #06-28)
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$420.00
Misty pine and bamboo with the soft look of a brush painting meander across the smooth ceramic surface of this early 20th century blue and white Japanese hibachi. The soft and loose look of a brush painting is heightened by contrasting borders in a precise brocade-like design. Pine and bamboo have been used as decorative elements in Japan for centuries to symbolize longevity. We acquired this piece in 1989 while living in Japan, where we first saw Westerners adapting these wonderfully decorative...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #881670 (stock #62-46)
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A late 19th century provincial Chinese stool has nice lines and a shaped seat. The Chinese were especially inventive with stool designs, and there are hundreds of styles of antique Chinese stools, from simple to ornate. Their portability made them as useful for a street barber as they were for a scholar’s house. This one has a handsome elm slab seat that shows evidence of long use. A look at the bottom of the legs indicates that two of them most likely have been replaced, as is frequently the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #787238 (stock #55-95)
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$120.00
Handmade silver tubes of various lengths are strung together to form this simple, unusual necklace from Tbilisi, Georgia, a beautiful little country in the Caucasus region at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Made of two separate strands, the necklace may have been part of an ethnic costume or just the decorative invention of a home artisan. Dating this necklace is guesswork as a search on Georgian ethnography gave no clue except discussions of the popularity of "silversmith str...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #172561 (stock #16-41)
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$160.00
This primitive carved wood mask is from the Batak people who live around mystical Lake Toba in the northern reaches of the island of Sumatra. The small collection of Batak protector masks pictured in this catalogue (see them all under our category "Tribal") shows the fascinating range of expressions artisans were able to achieve in these relatively simple carvings. The impression conveyed by this particular mask, one of wide-eyed innocence, is underscored by the soft pastel colors used by its cr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #332092 (stock #56-19)
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$295.00
Beautifully designed and constructed of curved wood staves with a wrapped bamboo handle, this lidded container was used to carry tools needed by lamp lighters on their rounds. Five bands of ornamental carving encircle the basket. The lid is centered with a round carving representing the four points of the compass, and the base is carved with a diaper pattern in key design. The carvings, though plentiful, are restrained in execution and serve to emphasize the wonderfully balanced shape of the con...