Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #140810 (stock #53-60)
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Seven Buddhas, each representing a star in the Big Dipper, appear in this very large painting from a Korean Buddhist temple wall, along with a another central Buddha, a god of the sun, god of the moon and eleven Shamanist and Taoist gods. Both the painting itself and the major Buddha figure are called "Chilsong," the Korean name for the Big Dipper. Reverence for celestial bodies was rooted in Taoism and Shamanism, then incorporated into Korean Buddhism...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #291327 (stock #57-39)
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This weathered stone Buddha head from Burma reflects the same simplicity and tranquillity that was achieved in stone sculpture during the great Gupta period in North India. When Buddhism spread from India to Burma more than 2000 years ago, Indian styles profoundly influenced Burmese art traditions and continued to show up in its Buddha figures long after Burma began developing its own local styles...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1258102 (stock #63-24)
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From late 19th century Burma, this three-part bowl combines exceptional design, color and tactile appeal. Lacquer-covered surfaces of tightly woven split bamboo invite touch; black lacquer shows through worn dark red lacquer to create a striking patina, and the parts fit together in an understated shape both handsome and versatile...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #359821 (stock #57-42)
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A mythical lion-like animal, the chin-thei, kneels on a curved leaf in this 19th century Burmese folk art piece. The teak wood carving was used as ornamentation on a family's ox cart, once the primary mode of transportation in Burma's villages and rural areas. The carts typically were adorned with an array of fanciful carvings of subjects that were usually related to the owner's favorite stories in the Jataka, episodes from lives of The Buddha...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #688492 (stock #64-38)
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A graceful bronze Bodhisattva seated on a double lotus throne wears the accoutrements favored by the Arkanese in western Burma. This small piece appears ancient but very close inspection (and the price) reveal that it is not...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #693739 (stock #35-51)
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A metal incense burner from Ceylon is cast to represent the Buddhist demon Mara as part bird, part human. Mara is the Buddhist personification of the temptations of the world, and takes different forms in the iconography, sometimes appearing as various creatures and demons, sometimes as a young and handsome human. The story of Mara and his armies attempting to lure Buddha away from the path to enlightenment as he meditated under the Bodhi tree provides many icons in the Buddhist pantheon...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #540197 (stock #18-28)
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A curving pumpkin-colored line sweeps down the 13-foot length of this early 20th century silk brocade Japanese obi. Triangular areas filled with brocaded curved shapes in metallic gold, blue, green and gray point in from the sides defining the path of the pumpkin-colored line. This most unusual and striking obi is constructed in the fukuro style, with the pattern covering sixty percent of the front side and the back fully covered in unpatterned pumpkin silk...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #388872 (stock #50-14)
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Once part of a Buddhist temple in Western China, this early 19th century panel has graceful fretwork in a 17th century Ming pattern. The natural elm wood is a rich red/gold color with good grain. Each of the three fretwork rectangles is centered with an old-style good fortune character encircled with slender spokes carved with flowers, which in turn are encircled with elegantly curved wood pieces fitted together to form flower petals and circles...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #684055 (stock #61-07)
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Fifteen Ottoman horsemen gallop across the 33-inch length of this hunt scene miniature. The unusual panoramic format of the painting, reminiscent of a hand scroll, was achieved by attaching three old manuscript pages together lengthwise. Done on a background of gold leaf, the scene is colorful and lively, with brightly attired horsemen and horses in a field of flowers and trees...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #810848 (stock #57-97)
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The fukusa, a square piece of cloth with a unique and often exquisite design, became an essential element in the elaborate ceremony prescribed for the formal presentation of a gift during the Meiji era in Japan. Sometimes confused with the furoshki, a larger, single layer of cloth used to wrap and transport an informal gift, the fukusa is seldom larger than 15 inches square, lined and made of fine silk...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #673848 (stock #63-67)
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This carved wood Buddha from Burma has an especially compelling open and friendly countenance. The half-closed eyes gaze calmly and directly at you whether the figure is placed at eye level or above. The right hand, pointed down in bhumisparsa mudra, is carved so the fingers bend ever so slightly outward, inviting touch. Rounded carving on the figure, the robe and the double lotus throne conveys softness, an effect that is heightened in contrast to the sharp points on the spiked hair and finial...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #352054 (stock #60-04)
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From the Yellow River in China's Gansu Province, this scholar's rock so clearly suggests a large setting or rising sun on the horizon that a viewer at first questions whether this color pattern actually is in the stone. It is, making this rock an unusually striking example of a scholar's stone that looks like a landscape painting. Chinese literati especially liked to meditate on rocks that represented for them a microcosm of the universe...
All Items : Archives : Instruments and Implements : Pre 2000 item #782102 (stock #10-51)
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These strange bird scissors were made in a family's small metal forging shop in the old quarter of Bukhara. Located in Central Asia in the middle of the Kizyl-Kum Desert, Bukhara was perhaps the most colorful stop along the ancient Silk Road, filled with traders, camels, caravanserai and bazaars. The family of workers who produced these scissors (they also made other utilitarian items) are descended from several generations of metalsmiths who labored in the same shop using the same tools...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #299866 (stock #28-19)
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Fine silver etching covers the surface of this decorative bullet holder that was part of the cossack-style dress uniform in the Republic of Georgia. Old Georgian costumes incorporated all sorts of attractive silver adornments such as buckles, buttons and belts that, along with these more unusual bullet holders, were made by a community of silversmiths in Tbilisi, the capital city. Cossack costumes had a row of bullet pockets across the chest that accommodated the decorative silver holders, which...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #269967 (stock #60-13)
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Beautifully carved of the dense, heavy hardwood hung-mu, this pair of 19th century Chinese fou, or Buddhist lion dogs, is fantastic in detail and visage. As tradition dictates, the female is shown with a cub. As a departure from tradition, however, both she and her mate hold balls, said to represent the world and generally shown only with the male fou. The female has curly lashes, curls under her chin and down her back over long wavy hair. The male has spiky lashes and shorter hair. Beliefs asso...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #171636 (stock #50-17)
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The very open fretwork on this late 19th century elm wood screen from Hunan Province gives an airy look to the three tall (nearly seven feet) panels. We have seen screens with similarly open fretwork backed with rice paper or silk to produce soft, filtered light, or left open for maximum brightness. In old Chinese houses, this type of screen or panel sometimes was fitted with a removable solid wood piece to back the fretwork, which offered privacy but diminished the beauty. The screen is in very...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #149757 (stock #52-17)
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During the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), this embroidered silk cloud collar was worn on special days by a little girl whose mother most likely spent months executing the fine needlework. Embroidery was the forerunner to painting in China and remained an important art form into the early years of the Republic Period (1912-1949). In a Chinese household, every piece of silk was embroidered--from shoes to bedcovers to screens. An embroidered silk cloud collar was an essential part of a girl's festi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #132538 (stock #58-04)
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This standing Buddha from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is in classic Ceylonese style with the folds of the form-fitting robe represented by evenly spaced horizontal lines. It is exceptionally finely carved of jack wood rubbed to a lustrous finish. The Buddha's right hand is raised in the abhaya mudra offering protection, and the left hand holds a book, symbol of insight. The intricate carving on the halo represents eight paths toward enlightenment, and the Buddha stands on a double lotus throne. In e...