Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1239618 (stock #63-26)
Silk Road Gallery
$500.00
This cinnabar-colored four-piece lacquer box from late 19th century Burma has intricate designs incised in fine black lines on its hatbox-style lid, high-sided container and two trays. The tortoise shell design is interspersed with small circles, and the lid top is centered with a gold-accented drawing of a character in native dress. Cylindrical boxes such as this, called “kun-it,” were designed for storing and serving ingredients to assemble a quid, or chew, of betel, a mild stimulant tha...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #903490 (stock #57-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #771251 (stock #61-24)
Silk Road Gallery
$350.00
Eighteen maharajah turban plumes encircle this sterling silver bracelet from 1930s India. The maharajah rulers of Rajasthan adopted the plume-shaped turban ornaments they called "sarpech" from the Mughals. Made of feathers and jewels, worn pointing skyward from their turbans, the plumes became symbolic of the colorful princely rulers. An inventive jewelry maker from India's Jain minority used the distinctive sarpech shape as the design motif for this bracelet. In India, where they are a minority...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #838315 (stock #41-63)
Silk Road Gallery
$425.00
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 : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #853841 (stock #51-49)
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SOLD
Dated 1870 on the base, this late Qing Dynasty ceramic figure is of General Guan Gong, a popular character in Chinese opera, who is cast as brave, swashbuckling and, above all, fiercely loyal to the emperor. The piece is quite detailed, with decorative elements of the butterscotch and white costume defined in relief as well as with intricate incising. Within the general’s wide, open-mouthed grin, his tongue and seven teeth are clearly visible. His face and hands are unglazed. His headpiece sho...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 2000 item #700671 (stock #18-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$300.00
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Three bamboo cages made by fishermen in Japan to harvest shrimp are wonderful examples of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Organic forms, simplicity and imperfections render these humble objects beautiful and timeless. (The Japanese cultural concept of wabi-sabi is nicely presented in the small book "Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers" by Leonard Koren, Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California, 1994.) These three bamboo forms together take on new life as an unusual piec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #847943 (stock #54-34)
Silk Road Gallery
$275.00
Iridescent blue kingfisher bird feathers were used to create the five petals of this 19th century Chinese pin that was most likely used as a hair ornament. Feathers from the tiny kingfisher bird decorated items used by the ladies of Chinese imperial courts for many centuries. Jewelry and other articles covered with the feathers were found in Tang Dynasty tombs. In the 18th century, the fashion developed for very large, intricate feather headpieces, and these can be seen worn by empresses and the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #898500 (stock #63-30)
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SOLD
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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Acrylic : Pre 2000 item #757928 (stock #30-22)
Silk Road Gallery
$495.00
The mountainous terrain of North Vietnam is a subject Hanoi artist Nguyen Van Hien has returned to often. This acrylic on paper scene, a distant line of minority people moving across a vast green landscape, is so meticulously done that a viewer is transported up the steep path into the misty mountain clearing. The work, done in 1996, is signed and dated. Dimensions: height 17" (43 cm), width 22" (56 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #768181 (stock #63-56)
Silk Road Gallery
$850.00
This very unusual rotund 19th century Burmese Buddha is patterned after a statue said to be carved of the wood of the sacred Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. See a photo and description of a similar Dakkhina Sakkha Buddha in the periodical "Arts of Asia" June 1981 issue in an article on Burmese Buddha figures by Burma art expert Sylvia Fraser-Lu. Nine small knob-like disks representing auspicious marks are prominent on this Buddha--one on each shoulder, elbow and knee, two on the posterior...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #784126 (stock #33-54)
Silk Road Gallery
$375.00
An 18th century Chinese oil pitcher has a thick glaze decorated with blue calligraphy done in the loose, free "wet brush" manner. Collected for its spontaneity of design, Swatow ware with this type of calligraphy was made in South China and exported from the port of Swatow to countries throughout Southeast Asia. The cursive characters were applied with a very wet brush, depositing heavier, darker color at the ends of the strokes. Though similar in design and color to the Swatow plates known as "...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1960 item #1102247 (stock #12-80)
Silk Road Gallery
$950.00
A large wood hexagon panel in the Chinese fretwork pattern known as “cracked ice” or “broken glass” has a light, airy look despite measuring nearly 32 inches (81 cm) in diameter. The piece is centered with a round carving of two birds in a flowering tree. Used as wall art, such fretwork brings texture and interest and makes a space appear larger. We have sold many versions of this fretwork pattern in round, hexagon, octagon, square and rectangle frames over the years, many of them anti...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #681058 (stock #27-85)
Silk Road Gallery
$470.00
A chased metal vessel used to serve wine, this 19th century pitcher from Georgia, is a reflection of that small country's historic role as a crossroad between East and West. Georgia's antiques, sometimes European, sometimes Asian in design, mirror its blend of cultural influences. While this wine pitcher obviously has Middle Eastern lines, a look at ancient Georgian wine vessels shows a split in design and motifs between pure East and pure West. Many of the oldest Georgian artifacts center aroun...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #877672 (stock #63-04)
Silk Road Gallery
$800.00
This mid-19th century wood offering bowl is from Pagan, an area recognized for producing the finest lacquer items in Burma. Many layers of black lacquer cover the wood base and are topped with a lacquer mixed with cinnabar pigment. These outer red layers have worn away in many places, showing the black lacquer underneath and creating an attractive patina. (For a similar offering bowl see "Burmese Crafts Past and Present" by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, color plate 45.) The ta...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #882005 (stock #63-13)
Silk Road Gallery
SOLD
This very large lacquer tray from the Shan minority people in northeast Burma has four different patterns of basketry weaving showing through the rich persimmon-colored lacquer. Called byat, such handmade trays, used for serving food, were time-consuming to produce. Following the weaving process, each of the many successive applications of lacquer required several days of drying, then burnishing before the next coat of lacquer was applied. Tin trays were replacing these handmade ones a number o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #136361 (stock #35-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$790.00
This 18th century ceramic figure of the Chinese Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy is unusual in several respects. The form is uncharacteristically simple for the popular Chinese goddess who typically was shown with elaborate flowing robes. The pert face is particularly different with its full lips, upturned nose and wide eyes. Only one hand is visible and it rests on her right knee. The high beaded headpiece and heavy necklace identify the figure as Guanyin. The weighty ceramic figure is heavily gla...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #854196 (stock #10-68)
Silk Road Gallery
$390.00
This large lacquered early 20th century bowl from the Shan people, who live primarily in eastern parts of Burma and across the border in western and northern areas of Thailand, is called a “kwet” and was used to serve huge quantities of rice. It is made of split bamboo basketry supported by six sturdy ribs that curve down to end in six low feet. The basic bamboo construction is coated inside and out with layers of black lacquer overlaid with layers of red lacquer. The basketry shows through ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #666659 (stock #41-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$795.00
An ancient form of calligraphy was used in this scroll by an early 20th century Chinese scholar to express his admiration for the work of a fellow calligrapher. Loosely translated as "clever hand," the characters have a bold and charming quality that allows them to be appreciated as abstract art apart from the sentiment they convey. Circa 1920, this piece is signed and sealed by the calligrapher Li Fung Gung. The calligraphy, on paper, is in very good condition and is mounted on silk. The scrol...