Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 2000 item #764434 (stock #12-82)
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Artist Levan Mekhouzla merges lyrical with architectural and East with West in this quiet etching of a simple scale. Mekhouzla lives and works in his native Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia as well as in Paris, and his work is exhibited throughout Europe. Early training as an architect forms the foundation for his carefully executed etchings and lithographs, which he then softens with whimsy...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #194550 (stock #53-31)
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The dragon of the clouds is portrayed in this 150-year-old painting that is from a uniquely Korean genre called "functional painting." Although often called folk art, such Korean works differed from folk art as the term is used elsewhere because in Korea they usually were executed by trained, professional artists or by painter-monks rather than by amateurs...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #913678 (stock #57-21)
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This large carved teak kinnari, mythical half man/half bird creature, surrounded by curving foliage was the equivalent of a hood ornament when it was perched on a two-wheeled bullock cart in 19th century Burma. With its chest thrust forward and head, wings and tail swept back, the kinnari gives the impression of speed. Kinnari and the female counterpart, kinnara, were favorite icons in the Burmese pantheon of fantastic mythical creatures...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Pre 1920 item #270290 (stock #27-82)
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Called a talavari, this home-spun blue wool shirt is from the mountainous Khevsureti area of the eastern part of the Republic of Georgia. Shirts such as these were worn by the men of the region. It is richly decorated with applique designs and exceptionally refined cross-stitch embroidery. The back of the shirt also is embroidered. Dimensions: height 32" (81 cm), width 53" (135 cm).
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #759319 (stock #61-25)
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This beautifully made sterling silver bracelet is exceptionally comfortable to wear even though it weighs 64 grams. The six braided chains are supple and move well on the wrist. Five shining flower disks are affixed to the chains and add subdued sparkle as the chains flex. A secure prong clasp is set in a handsome tube. The bracelet is 92.5 percent sterling silver and is stamped as such on the inside of the clasp...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1960 item #396166 (stock #61-06)
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Gold leaf applied to a late 18th century manuscript page creates the background for this Turkish miniature depicting seven brightly garbed horsemen in a polo match. Strong color is used for the players' costumes and flowers on the field. This work was done in the mid 20th century using the type of old paper favored by many miniaturists. The painting is in excellent condition; the paper, while it shows its age and has been mended on the edge, is quite strong...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #803134 (stock #40-11)
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An interesting piece that evokes hilltribe elders and smoky fires in the mountains of the Golden Triangle, this pipe is made of seven sections fitted together over a wood shaft to form a long tube. The wood ball on the end fits over the shaft that runs down the center of the metal tube. Embossed designs of an exotic bird and foliage cover the tube, made of an alloy with silver content. The mechanics of usage or whether the pipe is usable is a mystery to us...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #296975 (stock #60-20)
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Paintings on the doors of this mid-19th century Chinese scholar's box from Zhejiang Province have faded and mellowed. Figures of a master in grand robes with his servant behind him carrying a banner can be seen on the right door; a slender lady, also followed by a servant with a banner, is on the left door. Each scene includes a different species of bird in the bottom foreground, perhaps one type of bird symbolizing feminine qualities, the other male attributes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #393845 (stock #42-11)
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Leather in a lush Bordeaux shade covers this late 19th century Chinese trunk on all sides. An appropriate size to use as a coffee table or at the end of a bed, this trunk was used in the northern part of China for seasonal clothing storage much the same as trunks anywhere are used. The appealing color of the leather is what makes this one special. It is fitted with metal handles on the sides and a lock on the front. The inside is lined with fabric. The trunk is in good condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #265053 (stock #53-85)
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The striking cinnabar-colored lacquer on this 19th century trunk signals its use as either a dowry chest or as an especially fine gift for the newly married couple. It is from Korea's South Cholla Province. Yellow brass hardware is a nice contrast to the rich hue of the lacquer. The size of this trunk makes it suitable for use as a small coffee table or low side table. It is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 3" (59 cm), width 29" (74 cm), depth 15" (38 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #343707 (stock #52-38)
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Thin vertical veins in shades of green and white give this Chinese scholar's rock the frozen, glacial feel of its origin, Liaoning Province in Manchuria, just above the border with North Korea. It is a dense, heavy stalactite, always cool to the touch, that resembles a mountain cliff. The mountainous area where it originated is dotted with Taoist monasteries and caves...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1960 item #265066 (stock #34-86)
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Carved of dense rosewood, this mid-20th century Buddha from Sri Lanka is seated in vajrasana position, a variation of the lotus attitude, and the hands are in dhyana mudra, a gesture of absolute balance and meditation. The folds of the robe are represented by evenly spaced incised lines, a technique favored by Sri Lankan artisans. The stylized face has deep-set eyes, aquiline nose and slightly smiling, full lips. The head and prominent usnisha are covered in tight curls...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1970 item #804404 (stock #10-55)
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Handcarved wood molds used in making rice cakes for Chinese celebrations at New Year and the first full moon conveyed a family’s hopes for good fortune in the coming year. On this set of three, special wishes for wealth are expressed with carvings of coins, for joy with the butterfly shapes, for abundance with fish, and for protection with dragons. The rice cakes themselves, whether made with such special molds or just patted into round or oval shapes, carry a symbolic meaning of peace, harmon...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #703045 (stock #54-68)
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A wood panel carved in relief conveys wishes for a long and joyous life with five familiar Chinese symbols for longevity. The late 19th/early 20th century panel once was part of a decorative screen or perhaps a large piece of furniture. Framed, the carving becomes an unusual and handsome representation of wishes for good fortune. The symbols are carved within a cartouche and have the supernatural quality of Chinese folklore. A fox in a pine tree takes on a half-human form, relating to Chinese fo...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #263824 (stock #57-59)
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The tall spire on the lid of this early 20th century Burmese lacquer hsun-ok echoes the shape of the spires that top Buddhist temples in Burma (now called Myanmar). Hsun-ok are lidded containers used to present offerings of food to monasteries. Rice or fruit were placed in the red bowl, the high lid placed over it, and the offering was carried ceremoniously through the streets to the monastery. This hsun-ok is made of wood and thin strips of coiled bamboo (see the photo enlargement of the unders...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #175515 (stock #53-34)
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A monkey sitting on a tree branch gazes soulfully at a full moon in this painting from late Yi Dynasty Korea that evokes an old folk tale. Paintings of particular animals related to beliefs rooted in Shamanism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism were popular with all classes in Korea during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although sometimes put into the category of folk art, they more often than not were done by professional artists. In Korea, paintings that had content classifying them as "popular ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1970 item #344508 (stock #57-26)
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Hand carved from one solid piece of teak wood, this large mid-20th century Burmese panel was made to be used as an architectural piece. Monasteries and temples in Burma sometimes have interior walls fitted with teak carvings depicting a range of subjects from apsara to elephants to flowers. This one is full of energy with two curving dragons, every scale, fang and claw delineated, reaching for a ball. The panel is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height and width: 29" (74 cm), depth 1-1/2" (...