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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1250809 (stock #06-84)
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These teak hangers are from Solo on the Indonesian island of Java and date to the early 19th century. Painted carvings of Hanuman, the heroic white monkey from the Southeast Asian epic, “The Ramayana,” sit atop long curved tails that form textile hangers. Fabrics can be draped so the Hanuman figures face front or to the sides. The hangers have holes at the top end so they can be either suspended or affixed directly to a wall. (See a similar set of hangers with different carved figures by ...
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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #696096 (stock #19-46)
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Natural variations in the color and grain of yellow hibiscus wood give this carved mask of a Balinese princess a special appeal. 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. A visit to his studio in Mas, near Ubud, on the Indonesian Island of Bali, reveals the amazing range of beautiful shapes, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #780643 (stock #12-42)
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Tiny yellow dots incised freehand into a black lacquer background cover this small early 20th Burmese box. The design, produced with a time-consuming technique called "yun," is one of the more subtle traditional yun patterns developed by Burmese lacquer artisans. Yun involves the use of a stylus to engrave designs, one color at a time, on a lacquer surface. The yellow, red and green patterns on this box required three separate sessions of engraving with the stylus, rubbing the color into the inc...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #189896 (stock #57-04)
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The Buddha with two attending monks and a prince, all of them contemplating a small monkey, make up the tableau in this late 19th century Burmese temple painting. Done in tempura on cotton, the large painting has a signature in the lower left, although most Burmese artists of the period produced only Buddhist works destined for monasteries or temples and did not establish reputations or followings. The two monks may represent Sariputta and Mogallana, Buddha's two chief disciples. A number of sto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #792803 (stock #13-03)
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A crowned bronze Buddha in the Arakan style sits in meditation on a double lotus throne that rests atop a large figural pedestal. This early 20th century lost wax casting of a royal Buddha follows a form introduced in the 14th century Arakan Kingdom that was located in what is now Rakhine in Western Burma. The high opulent crown, side flanges, ear plugs and elaborate chest ornament are Arakan jambhupati features. Origin of the unusual pedestal is not so easily discerned. The central figure most ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1128953 (stock #10-73)
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This Yao painting of tribal ancestor spirits originally was part of a set of 27 scrolls that comprised a full Yao (Mien) Bible. (See photos and descriptions of a complete set archived on our website by entering 57-33 in the search box.) This painting is one of two “orphan” bible pages we found that most likely were replaced in a bible with similar new paintings, which is sometimes done to refresh the set. Bible paintings that are replaced are “decommissioned” by a Ya...
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 : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #669616 (stock #61-37)
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A finely detailed miniature from Kishangarh, this painting has the lyrical quality that characterizes much of the work from this area in the state of Rajasthan in India. Two delicate figures sit in the foreground within an elaborate setting of cushions, flowers, arches and windows, all rendered in tiny intricate designs. Both are richly dressed and heavily jeweled. They gaze into each others eyes before drinking a toast, he from a bowl, she from a tiny cup. This idealized scene, influenced by M...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #708063 (stock #24-04)
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An unusual handcarved vase of hardwood native to Uzbekistan shows the strong relationship in aesthetics between Middle Eastern Persian or Iranian design and designs used by the Uzbek people of Central Asia. This piece is the product of an Uzbek family woodcarving business run by the family matriarch, herself a second generation woodcarver. Although the business mainly produces large ornate furniture for the local market in Uzbekistan, family members take great delight in creating small, carefull...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1245861 (stock #57-74)
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A Khmer face with full lips, short nose and eyes that tilt upward at the outer corners identifies the Cambodian origin of this early 20th century cast metal standing Buddha. The gesture of blessing and protection, abhaya mudra, is conveyed with the right hand, and both palms are incised with the Buddhist wheel of law. A high lotus finial tops tight curls on the rounded head. The torso is bare to the waist where a body-hugging robe is defined with deep incising around the hips and on a panel ...
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 1900 item #926234 (stock #33-92)
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This is a late 19th century Chinese altar table that has been altered for use as a table behind a low sofa. Altar tables typically have the shallow depth needed for a table placed behind a sofa but often are too high for that use. That is most likely why this one, somewhere along the way, had its legs shortened by a few inches. While its antique value was adversely affected by the alteration, its usability, at least from a Western point of view, may have been enhanced. The wood, elm in a rich m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #938160 (stock #27-98)
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A late 19th century hand hammered copper tray from the Caucasus region of Georgia has a thin coating of tin, similar to wine pitchers we have from the same country. (See our catalogue listings 27-85 and 28-01.) This large (26-inch diameter) tray most likely was used to hold such wine pitchers during the festive wine-infused dinners called supras that are traditional in the Georgian culture. The tray is in good condition; the top side shows evidence of long use, the bottom surface shows little we...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #142931 (stock #39-02)
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Nearly four feet in height, this 19th century Burmese Mandalay Buddha holds the right hand in the varada gesture to signify fulfillment of all wishes, boon granting and charity. A small fruit offering also is held in the right hand. This graceful classic figure is carved from dense Burmese teak and stands on a lotus throne. An undercoating of dark red lacquer that shows through worn areas in the gilding gives the piece an attractive patina. Large Buddha images such as this were placed above eye-...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #888007 (stock #02-65)
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A two-part silver box in the traditional Khmer motif of a singha, a mythical lion, is covered with swirling lines simulating fur, and has a fat pouf of a tail swung up over its broad back. Though it has the open jaw and flattened ears of a protector, its aura is more friendly than fierce. With a weight of 538 grams, this box is relatively large compared with other such boxes in the genre of handmade Khmer silver pieces found in the shapes of myriad birds and animals. (See the article “Khmer Si...
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 ...