Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #805132 (stock #18-46)
Silk Road Gallery
$890.00
Salvaged from a Japanese ryokan (inn), this late Meiji blue and white ceramic benki moves easily to a second life as a handsome plant holder or fountain. Western expatriates in the Far East, particularly in Japan, have a long history of adapting utilitarian items with appealing Asian design to inventive new uses, and this is one of the most unusual items to be adapted. This benki, with its cobalt blue patterns, is recognizable as Japanese at first glance but its original use as a urinal is not a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #948408 (stock #41-27)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
The gentle face of a Buddhist monk from Burma is painted on a large leaf from a Bodhi tree. The Bodhi leaf, with its distinctive shape, is an important element of Buddhist iconography in Southeast Asia as Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi (also called Bo) tree. In this painting, the monk’s expressive face appears to be looking through the leaf, adding an almost magical aura. The leaf rests on black cloth, and the work is unsigned. Painted in the late...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #265851 (stock #10-44)
Silk Road Gallery
$300.00
One of the most exotic sculptural forms in Southeast Asia, the naga, a sea dragon with a high curving spire, is seen at temple entrances an on roofs. This 19th century carved teak wood naga was once a finial on a temple roof in Thailand. The mythical serpent is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he sat meditating under a bodhi tree and so is used to guard against evil spirits, particularly natural disasters. When in use at temples, the sculptures generally are covered in colorfu...
All Items : Gifts & Home Decor : Decorative Accessories : Vases : Contemporary item #755287 (stock #40-26)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
Celadon ceramics, usually thought of as green, are produced in Thailand in this gorgeous shade of blue as well as in many shades of green. The term "celadon" refers to the fine crackles on the surface of ceramics rather than color, and for this vase Thai potters combined cobalt with traditional celadon firing techniques for a stunning result. A lotus leaf pattern encircles the shoulder, and a broad band of loosely sketched flowers decorates the mid-section. The base is signed by the potter. This...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #361914 (stock #15-80)
Silk Road Gallery
$600.00
A boat on a silvery sea and a superbly detailed phoenix hovering over green mountains are repeated in shades of green and brown on a cream background in this silk Meiji-era Japanese obi. The maru obi, appropriate attire in Japan for formal occasions, usually is made of elaborately patterned silk brocade or tapestry. One of several types of fabric belts worn with kimono, the maru style is made of a single long, wide length of material folded over a stiff lining and sewn along one side. Japanese o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #719796 (stock #55-98)
Silk Road Gallery
$90.00
Lapis and carnelian stones in an ornate setting mounted on a band of light, feathery etching is somehow evocative of Nepal where this bracelet originated. The bracelet is sized relatively large and, while it can be adjusted, may fit and look best when worn over a heavy sweater or jacket cuff. From the late 20th century, the piece is in excellent condition. We do not know the silver content but suspect it is relatively low as is typical for jewelry from Nepal. The inside width of the bracelet mea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1083241 (stock #12-54)
Silk Road Gallery
$400.00
This tall Qing floor vase measures nearly two feet in height and has magnificent coloring—vivid indigo on a soft celadon background. Touches of bright white in the strong indigo design bring four full-blown flowers into sharp focus. A long-tailed bird perches among the flowering tree peony branches that extend around the sides of the vase. This classic Chinese baluster vase is from the late Qing period and is in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 23” (58.5 cm), diameter 9” (23 cm). ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #774309 (stock #27-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$700.00
This early 20th century Russian-made samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia following that small country's independence in 1991 after 70 years as part of the USSR. A maker's seal on the top shows a hammer and sickle under a star, perhaps a reason it was not retained by the original Georgian owners. The stamp includes the letters "BCHX" and "CCCP" as well as a Russian inscription. Another stamp, this one on the foot of the samovar, carries the initials "TK." The brass is coated with a silv...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #686777 (stock #63-41)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #941725 (stock #35-92)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
Chinese opera characters are carved in relief on this late 19th century wood roundel. The central character strokes his beard and looks pleased; the figure on the right thrusts his drinking cup aloft. In the background, a barefoot servant runs off holding a small scroll. A bat, Chinese emblem of good fortune, is carved into the base of the piece. While the two main characters on the roundel are in excellent condition, the figure of the running servant is inexplicably worn on the face (see photo ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #511168 (stock #52-23)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,200.00
This very large, striking 19th century Chinese embroidered silk collar was made to be worn over a silk robe on festive occasions. The collar was created from 40 separate petal-shaped pieces of black silk fanned around a lined neck band. Outer petals are embroidered with 20 different colorful butterflies; inner petals have 20 different vases holding a variety of flowers. Backed with white silk and set within a traditional Asian frame, this costume piece from China's past is now dramatic wall art....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #638991 (stock #62-45)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,600.00
Fine relief carving on this late Qing Chinese bed panel expresses symbolic wishes for good fortune. Made of beautifully grained hongmu (Chinese mahogany), the long panel (88 inches) is suitable for use over a king-sized bed. Stylized characters and traditional symbols, most likely chosen by the parents who commissioned the work, were used to bestow wishes on the newly married couple for long and happy lives. Carvings within the three rectangular sections demonstrate the Chinese love of homonyms....
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #793144 (stock #36-61)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #155372 (stock #27-74)
Silk Road Gallery
$275.00
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 : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1068929 (stock #18-22)
Silk Road Gallery
$320.00
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 : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1119963 (stock #10.86)
Silk Road Gallery
SOLD
This traditional Chinese wedding basket, made of light-weight wood, has 25 different black and gold vignettes of Qing Dynasty life painted on its octagonal trays and lid. The tall black bent willow handle is wrapped in bamboo strips woven into a black-accented pattern. The base of the basket and the scene on the lid are framed with key patterns, another element typical of the profuse symbolic adornment often found on late Qing items, especially those associated with marriage. Two of the three tr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #886906 (stock #41-39)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,100.00
This 19th century Tibetan Buddhist Tantrayna ritual crown was worn by Tibetan lamas during empowerment ceremonies. The five panels that form the crown are painted and gilded with images of Tantric yidams, teachers of the Tantric principles of the path to enlightenment. The yidams are depicted with yogini, their female partners. Five silk ribbons on each side of the crown hang from an embroidered emblem. The piece shows wear but is in good condition with all five paintings distinct. It is display...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1980 item #818403 (stock #12-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$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....