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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #793558 (stock #36-59)
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A village canal scene is done in tawny tones against a gauzy background by contemporary Shanghai painter Zhao-Nian Xi. The artist works primarily in watercolor on paper, and has focused particularly on small villages near Shanghai where life centers on a network of canals. He often chooses to leave portions of his scenes shrouded in mist as he did here with the top of the curved bridge and the more distant house. Zhao-Nian Xi was born in 1944 and was graduated from the Shanghai School of Fine Ar...
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #820399 (stock #06-81)
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Teak hangers for decorative textiles or drapes are carved with figures of Dewi Sri, Hindu goddess of agrarian fertility, a revered icon on the Indonesian island of Java. The painted faces are in the style of the old Majapahit Empire that flourished in East Java during the 13th to 15th centuries. These hangers are from the early 19th century. Throughout Java, Dewi Sri takes on a variety of appearances, sometimes dressed as royalty, sometimes in local costume, in wood, ceramic and bone figures, a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #809473 (stock #12-40)
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The Ramayana story of the heroic white monkey god Hanuman's rescue of Sita is portrayed by the carving that forms the handle of this teak wood rice scoop. Characters from the Indian epic Ramayana, familiar icons throughout Southeast Asia, are seen on folk and fine art, in children's books and on temple walls as representations of good and evil. In this carving, Hanuman is carrying Sita across the sea back to Rama after rescuing her from the evil king Ravanna. Hanuman is holding his long tail, wh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #897630 (stock #10-52)
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Hand printed fabrics were created with these early 20th century carved wood printing blocks from Turkey. Each of the five variously sized and shaped blocks is deeply carved with different types of flowers. The four smaller blocks are shaped with a hand grip on the sides; the largest block most likely was placed in a handled holder. These relics of Turkey’s textile industry probably were used to print silk, as the production of even enough material for a scarf would have required considerable ...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 1990 item #677672 (stock #12-21)
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In a folk painting from Huxian County, Shaanxi Province, two charming little girls are seen from the back as they walk to school. One of them appears to be whispering a secret to her friend. Gouache on paper, the painting is unsigned, as is typical for such folk pieces. Huxian (Huhsien) was China's first peasant painting community, established in 1958 in a rural region about an hour's drive outside the city of Xian. From Huxian the peasant painting movement spread across China and by 1989 there ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #875686 (stock #63-20)
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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 : Fine Art : Drawings : Pencil : Pre 2000 item #802021 (stock #27-20)
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An intimate study of the melancholy face of a tanner by Niko Tsetskhladze is framed and double matted. The artist works in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where he was born in 1959. After graduating from the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts in 1986, he began exhibiting in cities throughout Europe. With such exhibit themes as Caravansarai, Pirosmani to Avant-Guarde, Silk Road, Cartesian Thinking and Icon and Perception, his shows in Cologne, Leipzig, Budapest, Barcelona, Bristol, Moscow, Leningrad and,...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #278822 (stock #60-16)
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #874456 (stock #53-45)
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This large framed Korean brush painting, signed and sealed by Korean artist Jae Min, is 58 inches in height. The late 19th century painting of a stand of bamboo shows the finely constrained lines and subtlety of the brush in the hands of a master. Ink and slight color on paper, it is matted with plain black silk and set within a traditional wood rounded corner Korean frame. A thin gold holding line separates the painting and mat. Touches of color appear in the red artist's seal on the lower rig...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #806740 (stock #64-02)
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This most unusual rice ladle from the Shan minority people of Southeast Asia has carvings of a peacock, an elephant, a donkey, a fish and a mystery animal all lined up along its handle. Carving on the double handle, simulating rope, is skillfully done; carving on the animals is more primitive. The bowl is made from a sturdy gourd coated with lacquer. This ladle originated in one of the many small Shan villages concentrated in northeast Burma and was used to scoop rice into the alms bowls of monk...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #787238 (stock #55-95)
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #268585 (stock #57-71)
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With its lovely chu-pan foliage design, this 19th century cosmetic (bi-it) box shows the Burmese skill at fine lacquer work. The maker's name is prominently displayed on the lid in a banner carried aloft by a lively nat (spirit). Called a bi-it, the container was used to hold sandalwood powder, which was mixed with water to form a paste applied by Burmese women to their face as a skin refiner and sunscreen. Made by layering many coats of lacquer over a base of thin wood and coiled bamboo strips,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #800345 (stock #11-25)
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Monks Sariputta and Mogallana, two chief disciples of Buddha, are carved in heavy Burmese teakwood. Important to the Buddhist iconography of Burma, the two are said to have been Brahmin ascetics who were among the earliest followers of the Buddha. The figures have a long history in Burmese art, appearing beside Buddha on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan and down through the centuries in bronzes, paintings and carvings, always accompanying Buddha. Around the late 18th century, artisans beg...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #837398 (stock #41-08)
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A heavy 200-year-old pipe from Burma is made of clay mixed with a generous amount of sand. Such sturdy unglazed pipes and other utilitarian items were produced for centuries in Burma’s provincial pottery villages using primitive techniques developed during the Pagan Period. This pipe is very similar to those excavated in earlier times, illustrated in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 205. It has two small chips on the edges of the bow...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #934316 (stock #32-73)
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A mid-19th century Chinese pottery utility jar gets its spontaneity and vitality from thick earthy glazes applied in random drips and dabs of green, cream and brown over a Shiwan clay body. The area around Shiwan in the southern province of Guangdong produced a tremendous range of ceramics over many hundreds of years, from folk figurines to roof tiles to fine works by master potters. Shiwan utility jars such as this one were molded into standard shapes and produced in quantity. The glaze is w...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #999275 (stock #29-54)
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The orchid and bamboo, classic Chinese brush paintings, were prized by Chinese scholars who positioned the paintings prominently in their studios because, they said, the nature of the orchid and bamboo closely mimicked laudable human virtues. Orchids represented love, beauty and refinement, and bamboo stood for longevity and durability. They were among the four plants the literati identified as “Noble Paragons.” (Also included were the chrysanthemum and plum blossoms.) These two paintings ar...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #1021472 (stock #35-43)
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A dragon’s mouth holds the flame in this 19th century bronze oil lamp from Ceylon. The dragon head and lamp base, cast as a separate unit, screw off the top tiered part of the lamp, which is hollow to hold the oil (see photo enlargement #3). The oil flows down through the dragon head to feed a wick threaded into the mouth. A heavy chain cast in double links is attached to a loop at the top of the lamp, allowing it to be used either as a hanging or a standing piece (see photo enlargement #6). T...