Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #678034 (stock #63-44)
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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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #260971 (stock #35-97)
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Bold stylized characters wishing double happiness take on an abstract look on this tall mid 19th century Qing Dynasty vase. Two sets of vivid characters on the neck of the vase and four sets around the body are surrounded by a dense network of lighter blue tendrils and patterns of lines, circles and triangles. Modelled Pekinese dogs are paired to form the handles. The vase is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 17" (43 cm), diameter 7 1/2" (19 cm).
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 : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #778495 (stock #38-76)
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The shape of these bound foot shoes, with their very pointed toes and high curved instep, identifies their origin as North China. Their length, six inches, identifies their approximate age as early 20th century. Older golden lotus shoes, as they were called, usually were several inches shorter. Each of these black silk shoes has satin stitch embroidery with a butterfly, symbol of joy; a pomegranate, symbol of fertility, and several types of blossoms. The wear on the little soles and silk uppers ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1222465 (stock #63-84)
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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 : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #895012 (stock #60-42)
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This late 19th century Chinese utility jar has a glaze of such inviting color that it elevates the piece to folk art status. The primarily turquoise glaze has areas of deep blue and purple, and then stops short of the base showing a glimpse of brown. From Jiangsu, known as China’s ceramics province, this heavy piece has no chips or cracks but does have two firing flaws on one side (see photo enlargement #4). Dimensions: height 9 “ (23 cm), diameter 10” (25.4 cm).
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Pre 2000 item #703311 (stock #34-60)
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A Balinese interpretation of Romeo and Juliette figures is carved in yellow hibiscus wood. It is from the studio of I. W. Mudano, a second generation master carver who has exhibited internationally for decades. He works primarily with yellow hibiscus wood, producing both original abstract forms and traditional Balinese figures and masks. This carving, he says, depicts the couple from the Balinese folk version of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliette. A visit to the Mudano studio in Mas, near Ubud, on...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1837 VR item #795716 (stock #35-91)
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From the old capital of Kandy in the hill country of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, this primitive bone carving represents a Singhalese king. Carving on the face and upper body of the figure is quite primitive and contrasts with finer detailing in the swirling patterns on the long skirt, which ends in carved, comb-like teeth. The surface of the large, heavy bone is darkened with age except for one area on the right near the hand, which is white and worn smooth. This suggests it was used as an implemen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1068929 (stock #18-22)
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This late Meiji era Japanese silk obi with pattern on both sides of its full 116 inch length is classified as a “han haba” obi because it is half the width of the standard kimono belt and, with its softer texture and informal pattern, is meant to be worn at home or with yukata in the summer. The unusual color combination of lilac, gold, yellow and white on a dark turquoise background adds interest to the casual design. Narrow obi such as this one have a second life as attractive decorative ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #155372 (stock #27-74)
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From Tbilisi, Georgia, this 19th century wine decanter was turned, then hand carved with distinctively Georgian designs that reflect the country's geographic position between East and West. Wine making and wine drinking have been serious pursuits for many centuries in Georgia, so many of the country's old, collectible objects center around viniculture. This decanter is evocative of Georgia's ethnography, a melange of Asian, Middle Eastern and European that reflects its geographic role as an East...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #673699 (stock #61-38)
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A miniature by Kishangarh painter Yogya Pralash, this work, with the addition of a peacock at the lady's feet, becomes a symbol of grace, joy, beauty and love. The peacock, national bird of India, figures importantly in Indian culture as an emblem to convey those sentiments. The musician's attire echoes the colors of the peacock's plumage and she plays a stringed instrument in a traditional pose found in miniatures from the Indian state of Rajasthan. This late 20th century painting, in very good...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #353729 (stock #28-15)
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From early 20th century Tbilisi, Georgia, this silver bracelet shows some similarity in design to jewelry that originated in the Caucasus Mountains regions to the north. Three beaded balls with flower petal markings are separated with fine silver wire wrapped around the heavier silver wire that forms the bracelet. The pliable bracelet wire, twisted on one side, smooth on the other, can be shaped to fit the wrist. As shown, the bracelet measures about 3" (7 cm) in diameter.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1223013 (stock #10-72)
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Originally part of a set of 27 scrolls, this painting is from the Yao (Mein) tribal people living in the Golden Triangle area where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. The Yao, one of the six so-called hill tribes residing in the Golden Triangle, follow Taoism as it was practiced in China in the 13th and 14th centuries. This painting on mulberry paper was one of several face masks representing ancestral spirits that were part of the complete set of large scrolls. It was worn by a tribal elder during...
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 : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #168408 (stock #15-40)
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Susani (sometimes spelled "suzani") is the word for "needle" in Farsi, and the large embroidered dowry textiles of Turkic groups are so named because of the many hundreds of hours of needlework required to produce them. This one is from Uzbekistan, where Uzbeks and Tadzhiks share similar textile traditions with the Turkmen and other neighboring peoples in Central Asia. Susani designs and colors vary quite a bit from one locale to another, and the city of origin often is apparent at a glance to s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1910 item #874903 (stock #34-91)
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A silver bracelet from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is set with a garnet and has the Victorian look that was the signature design style of jewelry from the delightful central highlands city of Kandy, the capital of the old Singhalese kingdom. The city was, and remains, the artistic and spiritual center of the country. Silver filigree work surrounds both the gemstone and hinge on this late 19th/early 20th century bracelet. The garnet is good quality—Sri Lanka continues to be known for fine gemstones...
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #793144 (stock #36-61)
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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...