Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #753625 (stock #26-12)
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A Chinese Qing Dynasty blue and white porcelain teapot has a donut-shaped body and double ring handle to give it an unusual and compelling profile. Also unusual is a small dent pressed into the top circle of the handle to provide a comfortable thumb rest when pouring tea. This late 19th century piece has no chips; the porcelain is discolored along the top front. Dimensions: height 6" (15 cm), width 7" (18 cm), depth 1-1/2" (4 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #766429 (stock #27-42)
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A small cossack outfit with 12 bullet pockets has a dashing cut that evokes intrigue in the Caucasus. Its small size suggests it was made for a young boy but the beautiful construction of the wool coat, satin shirt and cotton trousers further suggest it had more importance than a mere costume. We purchased this outfit in the Republic of Georgia a few years after Georgia's independence in 1991 following 70 years as part of the USSR...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #299917 (stock #58-52)
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Banded with braided bamboo, this 19th century Chinese pine shoe box has an unusual and graceful form. Curved wood staves fitted together in barrel-fashion flair out to handle level then taper to a smaller footprint. The front half of the lid is removable. Hardware, both decorative and utilitarian, includes a lid hasp that swings down over a metal plate to lock the lid in place, side carrying handles and three metal straps that secure the back portion of the lid to the box...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #332635 (stock #56-01)
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The five-bat design on this Chinese Qing Dynasty pendant is a pictorial rebus representing five blessings--health, wealth, virtue, longevity and lifelong protection from danger. The characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," led centuries ago to the Chinese use of bat iconography on furniture, clothing and jewelry. The five-bat design took the use of this icon for happiness to new heights...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #655483 (stock #62-33)
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This low folding table from Tibet is covered on three sides with intricate gesso in foliage and textile patterns, giving it richness and depth. The wear on the table suggests it was used in a monastery as an altar since the gesso work shows minimal wear but the top obviously was heavily used over a long period of time. Folding tables such as this also traveled with monks and nomadic families although this one does not appear to have spent time lashed on the back of a yak...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #265547 (stock #56-14)
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Used in North China for the storage of silks and woolens, this large 19th century camphor wood trunk still retains its wonderful camphor scent and its effectiveness as a natural insect repellent. The scent can be detected only when the trunk lid is opened. Dark hardware--two side handles, a large hasp and backplate, and four corner protectors--contrasts nicely with the warm hue and grain of the wood...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #635464 (stock #62-28)
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From the late Meiji Period, this Japanese interior transom (ranma) is a suitable size for a decorative headboard, to hang over a wide fireplace or to use in place of a painting to add depth and texture to a light wall. The design is a simple one of six trees, a few tufts of grass and the suggestion of low hills, which gives the piece a contemporary look. This type of carving suggests a brush painting with its spare use of a few fine lines to depict nature...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #699512 (stock #02-27)
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A battle scene with three bearded warriors on horseback brandishing three different types of long swords is carved in deep relief on this Qing Dynasty wood panel. The riders are choreographed in an exaggerated action dance, with arms flung wide holding their weapons over their heads. A theatrical touch can also be seen in the horses, which have realistically carved heads and bodies but oddly stylized front legs...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #685967 (stock #63-19)
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Beautiful basketry is strengthened and preserved under many applications of cinnabar and black lacquer on this low handwoven rattan bowl. The bold and unusual pattern of the rattan weaving is retained as the design element of the piece...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #317131 (stock #60-14)
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Dark reddish cypress wood frames seven lighter colored drawers in this 19th century Qing Dynasty Chinese scholar's box. The unusual number of drawers in this piece make it particularly suitable for use as a jewelry box. A notched cover fits over the drawers and a hasp swings down from the top to secure it in place. Used to store ink sticks, seals, paper and other small items, it is fitted with carrying handles on the sides to allow the scholar to take the box from his studio out into his garden...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #859642 (stock #23-59)
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Designed to display ceremonial weavings, this teak wood hanger from Sumatra is carved into a sinuous pattern of swirling vines. A slot below the pierced carving allows thin cloth to be slipped through so that the carved vines act as a headpiece or crown for the fabric. The dark honey-toned Indonesian teak and the organic feel of the carving complement a variety of collectible textiles, providing they are not too thick to be pulled easily through the slot...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #816112 (stock #60-01)
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This feng li (wind cut) viewing stone with its wonderful other-worldly surface is from Alashan Zuo Qi on the western end of China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. There in the Gobi Desert, the dry winds and blowing sand shape stones with molten, craggy surfaces unlike those of scholar stones collected anywhere else in China...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #168041 (stock #22-17)
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From late 18th/early 19th century Korea, the striking characters on this four-panel folding screen represent four principles of Confucian morality. The paintings are called "munjado" and were used in Yi Dynasty households to teach Confucian virtues to children as well as to serve as daily reminders to adults about values they should uphold. Confucian ideals were then and still are exceptionally important in Korean society. The four Confucian principles represented on this screen are, left to rig...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1920 item #300911 (stock #35-48)
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An unusual mesh rope woven of fine silver wire is strung with ornate silver beads on this early 20th century necklace from Sri Lanka. From the old capital city of Kandi in the island's central highlands, it is in a design most likely meant to be worn by a man. Masculine jewelry (see a Sri Lankan leopard claw necklace with a similar mesh rope, catalogue listing #298517) was not uncommon in the region. This is a handsome piece of jewelry whether worn by a man or a woman. The silver mesh rope is lo...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #266673 (stock #32-30)
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Chrysanthemums, bamboo, tree roots, leaves and brocade primarily in red and blue, with touches of green, grey and gold, somehow all come together in an orderly Japanese way in this 19th century Imari charger. The multi-faceted design carried out in several colors in both underglaze and enamel is typical of the type of Imari that gained immediate popularity in the West when overseas trade in Imari was introduced. The piece is in excellent condition. Diameter 18" (46 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #186891 (stock #40-83)
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From the Arakan Kingdom that flourished in the western part of Burma (Myanmar), this 14th century bronze Buddha torso has a presence that communicates across the centuries. The Buddha most likely was buried under a stupa for most of that time, and the resulting pitted surface adds to the figure’s mystical quality. The strong face with prominent, downcast eyes is surrounded by accoutrements favored by the Arkanese for their Buddha images. A chest ornament, called a sa-lwe, along with the high c...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #134711 (stock #57-30)
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Lacquer containers with soaring spires that echo the architecture of Buddhist temples in Burma were used by families to carry offerings of food to the monasteries. The design of a series of raised circles on the lid of this 19th century container identifies it as Shan, one of the major ethnic groups in Burma. The receptacles, called hsun-ok, generally were red or cinnabar-colored lacquer, sometimes black, and they made a striking display as they were carried through the streets on the heads of t...