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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #686777 (stock #63-41)
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$795.00
Right hand raised in jnana (teaching) mudra, this Burmese bronze Buddha sits in lotus position on a double lotus throne. The Buddha's thumb and index finger form a circle to signify the Buddhist wheel of law, the dharmachakra. This early 20th century Buddha is Ava in style, with the body tilting slightly forward on a waisted lotus throne that is tall relative to the height of the figure. The simple, unadorned robe leaves one shoulder bare, and the hair is separated from the face with a narrow ba...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #978464 (stock #31-03)
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This bronze leogryph figure with human face is from early 20th century Burma and is a variation of the Buddhist temple guardian called manok-thi-ha or manushi, names derived from the Sanskrit words for man (manu) and lion (simha). Burmese manok-thi-ha often have double rear quarters (two bums—see our catalog item 63-37). This one is single-bummed and outfitted with heavy necklace, chest ornament and lots of swirls. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #760551 (stock #24-06)
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$120.00
A carved vase of hardwood native to Uzbekistan shows the strong relationship in aesthetics between Middle Eastern Persian or Iranian design and that of the Uzbeks of Central Asia. This piece is the product of an Uzbek family woodcarving business run by the family matriarch, herself a second generation woodcarver. Although the business mainly produces large ornately carved furniture for the local market in Uzbekistan, family members take great delight in creating small, carefully carved, time-con...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #278822 (stock #60-16)
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$250.00
As a nation of tea drinkers, the Chinese have lavished care on the artistry of implements associated with tea. This handsome wood box originated in Shaoxing, near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and was used for storing small, handle-less teacups. Wood boxes for this purpose were made throughout China in a variety of shapes, some with large, fold-down handles such as this one, some with fixed handles, some with no handles. The type and amount of carving and other decoration also varied but almost w...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #820664 (stock #10-58)
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Long, low Burmese hermit figures with their distinctive hats and monk robes represent heroes from ancient Buddhist legends and folk stories. According to legend, the hermits spend most of their lives in self deprivation striving to perfect themselves morally, and if they achieve that perfection are reborn as zaw-gyi (zagwi), supernatural beings who fly through water, land and air doing good deeds. Some stories say zaw-gyi live forever, others say they live a mere 80,000 years. They are venerated...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #898500 (stock #63-30)
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A late 19th century lacquer betel box from Burma is incised in an intricate pattern called “yok-thei,” with tiny dancers swirling through vegetal scrolling. The small design, primarily red and green, is punctuated with black and green circles that look like launching pads for the flying stylized dancers. (For a betel box with a similar yok-thei pattern, see color plate # 41 in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994.) This is one of the more...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1980 item #818403 (stock #12-28)
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$195.00
A small metal balance scale is enclosed within this wood container carved in the shape of the Burmese crane, known as a “karaweik,” that holds a fish in its bill. Although commonly called “opium” scales, such rudimentary instruments, and the so-called “opium” weights used with them, were basic merchant tools used in daily bazaars to measure just about anything that fit into the small trays. Mythical animals and birds were favorite design elements for items associated with the scales....
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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #903490 (stock #57-38)
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$975.00
A Mon Buddha from 18th century Burma has the distinctive facial features and very high finial that identify Mon images from the Ava period. The waisted throne is edged with geometric decorations typical of Mon images of the era. We purchased this figure about 20 years ago in Burma from a dealer whose collection included mostly 19th century Shan images. This one is clearly from an earlier period and, although there is some overlap between the Shan and Mon sub-states in the characteristics of the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #687835 (stock #64-37)
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$1,200.00
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Finely modeled scenes from the "Jataka," stories of important events in the life of the Buddha, cover the lid and three sides of this "sadaik," or manuscript chest, from a Burmese monastery. (See similar chests in an article in "Arts of Asia" magazine, May-June 2013 issue, page 82, by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, with detailed information on Jataka stories depicted on manuscript chests.) The lid on this chest shows two scenes especially revered in Burma: The first is a compelling representation of the Budd...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #875686 (stock #63-20)
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$620.00
This early 20th century lacquer betel nut container has intricate incised scenes that recreate the magical interior of the old Burmese court. Dancers, mythical animals, courtiers, and servants surround the king on this throne in vignettes that cover the deep lid and base. The inscriptions "good health" and "be rich" are etched along the top edge of the deep lid. All the scenes are surrounded by fine bands of color and foliage with a cross-hatched background. Two trays that slide inside the high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #892964 (stock #54-71)
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Two rectangular wood panels from late 19th century China are hand carved with vases, flowers and graceful trailing foliage in deep relief, each carving set within a cartouche and showcased with gilding applied over dark pomegranate red. These panels once were part of an interior window or door or perhaps integrated into a large piece of furniture. Such panels are often referred to as “temple carvings” because some of them were part of Buddhist temple architecture, rescued as China’s old b...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1076254 (stock #12-49)
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$1,500.00
This late 18th/early 19th century Chinese wood Buddha, nearly three feet tall, is carved in the Udayana image, an iconic pose used to portray the Shakyamuni Buddha. The figure, standing on a double lotus throne, gazes imperturbably out at the world with right hand extended in varada mudra, the Buddhist gesture of charity and blessings. Covering the entire wood surface are strong remains of original paint—russet , indigo and soft green define robes and throne; face, arms, hands and feet are ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1980 item #1104319 (stock #11-17)
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The fretwork in this vintage Chinese architectural panel combines both rounded and straight-edged pieces of elm wood to create a simple, elegant pattern. Large openwork panels such as this were handcrafted by artisans into many hundreds of fretwork designs and set within a variety of square, rectangle, round, hexagon and octagon frames to be used as interior windows in old Chinese houses, providing light, air circulation and a feeling of space. We have seen them recycled for present day archite...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #888007 (stock #02-65)
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A two-part silver box in the traditional Khmer motif of a singha, a mythical lion, is covered with swirling lines simulating fur, and has a fat pouf of a tail swung up over its broad back. Though it has the open jaw and flattened ears of a protector, its aura is more friendly than fierce. With a weight of 538 grams, this box is relatively large compared with other such boxes in the genre of handmade Khmer silver pieces found in the shapes of myriad birds and animals. (See the article “Khmer Si...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1222465 (stock #63-84)
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$890.00
This teak sculpture, more than three feet tall, represents a supernatural character from ancient Burmese folklore, Zaw-gyi, who is said to possess a fantastic range of powers. Zaw-gyi is immortal, forever youthful, can fly and practices alchemy, to name just a few of his talents. He lives in solitude and strives for spiritual perfection. An important member in the region’s pantheon of superheroes prior to the arrival of Buddhism in Burma, he was solidly integrated into Buddhist...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #678034 (stock #63-44)
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$595.00
Seated in lotus position, this early 20th century bronze Burmese Buddha has classic Ava features. The right hand is in bhumisparsa mudra (earth touching, centering), the robe is quite simple, the face triangular with small upturned mouth and the head is topped with an onion-shaped finial--all Ava attributes. Unlike the more ornate double lotus throne seen on many Ava figures, however, this Buddha of later vintage sits on a plain waisted throne. The relatively small size and simplicity of the thr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #877988 (stock #60-68)
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$600.00
Vignettes from Chinese operas are painted on this octagonal late Qing wood trunk. Rendered primarily in orange/red, cream and black, and framed in red and blue, the scenes float on a striking turquoise background. On one side of the piece, a large dramatic orange/red flower painting gives variety to the colorful vignettes. The trunk, or lidded box, may have been used to store costumes for a traveling opera company. Or, it may have been used in a Chinese opera-loving household. It has metal carry...