Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #147960 (stock #53-44)
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Two scholars and a sleeping servant boy are painted on loose-weave silk in this mid 19th century Korean work. In strong light, the large unpainted silk area above the subjects takes on a rich gold sheen. A scholar's rock in an unusual shape rests on a container of pebbles in the foreground. The position of the scholars to one side contemplating objects not shown in the painting, plus the absence of an artist's seal suggests this was part of a larger piece, but the silk mat appears to be about th...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1276022 (stock #10-45)
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This well carved teak Burmese Buddha is peaceful and elegant. The finely modeled face and lavishly decorated robe are lightly touched with a subtle gold wash applied over a thin base of reddish lacquer, allowing the wood grain to show through. Edging on the robe and a body decoration that swirls across the right shoulder and down the arm are impressive examples of Burmese expertise with thayo, a mixture of lacquer and powdered bone or ash that dries to the hardness of wood. The figure sits in ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1800 item #168223 (stock #50-21)
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The unusual fretwork on this two-panel screen is more reminiscent of an old European cathedral than 18th century Hubei Province in China where it originated. Although at first glance it looks plain, almost severe, its appeal is in the details. The 12 vertical bars on each panel are separated with 36 small carved designs in two different shapes--one a diamond shape centered with a tiny flower, the other a cross centered with a circle. The vertical bars are pegged top and bottom into a series of c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #689923 (stock #58-39)
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This early 19th century Chinese makeup box with huanghauli top and original mirror is in excellent condition. A key design finely carved along the front apron is the only decorative element added to the functional form of the piece. The spare design and use of fine hardwood make this vanity more typical of the earlier Ming period than Qing, when folding vanity boxes became more flamboyant with lots of carving, often incorporating painted flowers and dragons. Hinges, hasp, handles and drawer pu...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #678833 (stock #08-31)
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Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this. Copper vessels of all sorts still are made in Patan, the artisan section of the city, where small back streets echo with the sounds of copper and other metals being beaten into bowls, po...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1089599 (stock #11-21)
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A Qing Dynasty lidded wooden box designed to serve pancakes combines handsome form with evidence of long use to evoke hundreds of banquets in late 18th/early 19th century China. The top of the notched lid is centered with a green and gold painting of chrysanthemums, symbol of conviviality. Faded calligraphy can still be seen on the underside of the lid. The bottom surface of the container also has very faint remains of calligraphy. Two deeply worn areas along the top surface of the tall hand-h...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #674602 (stock #61-74)
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A still life by Vietnamese artist Pham Luc, this watercolor shows the exuberant style and warm colors that have characterized his paintings for many decades. Now in his late 60s, Pham Luc is among the Hanoi painters who attracted the attention of collectors and galleries in Hong Kong and Singapore when foreigners began going back into Vietnam after the war. Pham Luc was known first in Vietnam as the "soldier painter" for work he produced while he was in the army. After graduating from the Hanoi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1837 VR item #894121 (stock #07-61)
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A merchant’s money box, or zeni-bako, from Japan’s Edo Period carries an inscription that reads, “Purchased one lucky day in November in the 12th year of Bunsei,” which was 1829. The small copper coins in use at that time were called “zeni” and led to the development of simple, strong boxes for merchants to store coins during the business day. This box is made of thick keyaki wood and fitted with an iron lock and hasp. The top is constructed in two sections with a hole in the middle ...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Pre 2000 item #720726 (stock #25-15)
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These three handsome wool pillow covers were woven by hand in the remote area of Chirokchi in the Kashkadarya Region of Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Made for the local market, the covers follow a design handed down for generations. They are as thick and tightly woven as flat-weave rugs, and most likely will last for generations. There was hope among the women home weavers of Chirokchi back in the mid 1990s that their weaving could be developed into export items but, as far as we know, their dream h...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1136045 (stock #63-11)
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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 : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #838315 (stock #41-63)
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A peacock embroidered in jewel tones stands on a low tree peony branch on this large red silk wall hanging from the late Qing period. During China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties, the peacock was used as a symbol of rank and also was presented as recognition for meritorious service. It symbolized beauty and dignity, and often was combined, as here, with the tree peony, emblem of Spring and good fortune. This peacock, its tail and wings spread wide against the red silk, is regal in shades of teal, p...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #834732 (stock #10-62)
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A fine, tight weave of thin reeds gives texture to the cinnabar and black lacquer finish of this mid-19th century Burmese bowl. The textural quality is heightened by the wearing of top layers of cinnabar lacquer revealing black lacquer underneath for a handsome negoro effect. Resting on four low feet, the bowl, or “kwet,” flares out to a wide point about three-quarters up its height, and then gently angles in toward its crisp upper edge. The inner surface is smoothed with many coats of la...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #839958 (stock #10-81)
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An unusually large early to mid-19th century Shan hsun-ok from Burma, this piece has a diameter of 19 inches and stands 32 inches high. Full size offering bowls with the distinctive hsun-ok silhouette generally are about 13 to 15 inches in diameter. This one is a masterpiece of balance with the ten identifying Shan raised rings around the lid echoed with 10 raised rings around base. The carvings on the spire, punctuated by a large ball, complement the substantial circumference of the piece. Its...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #145210 (stock #38-57)
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The wide wing span of a bird forms the top of this mid-19th century Qing Dynasty inkstone. The dark purple-grey stone is unusually shallow for an inkstone, which contributes to the sleek look of the bird motif. Scholars selected inkstones with great care and had them carved with symbols they hoped would encourage and inspire their higher sentiments as they created poetry, calligraphy and paintings. This inkstone is in perfect condition, with a nice ink-coated patina and a well used ink grinding ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #1020717 (stock #61-29)
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Seven images of Ganesh, the happy rotund god revered by Hindus, Buddhists and Janists, are embossed on the seven sterling silver plates that form this early 20th century necklace. The necklace originated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, and has a silver content of 92.5 percent and a weight of 85 grams. Fashioned in a clever manner that gives the necklace the necessary flexibility to fit comfortably below the neck, the five-sided silver plates are strung top and bottom with hidden leather...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #698608 (stock #30-99)
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This triptych tableau featuring the Buddhist earth goddess, Wathundaye, is carved of teak and fitted with wood hinges to form a folding altar. The mid-20th century piece is from the countryside in Burma, where Wathundaye is a revered Buddhist icon. She is shown in the act of wringing water from her long hair, depicting a Jataka story that credits her with using the water to drown the evil Mara and his armies who were attempting to disrupt Buddha's path to enlightenment as he meditated under the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #136356 (stock #39-11)
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The Chinese goddess of mercy, Guanyin, is carved in relief riding on the back of a dragon whose feet are supported by clouds. Although the stone is irregularly cut around the edges, the carving appears to have been done as a stand-alone tablet rather than as part of a larger plaque. The Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin has been a popular Chinese figure for centuries. This carving possibly was displayed outside as the face of the goddess is slightly weathered. The rest of the piece is in excellent co...