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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 : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #139121 (stock #27-46)
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Bearing a Russian production date seal of 1904, this samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia, once part of the former USSR. Numerous other stamps on the vessel attest to the fame and awards accorded its Russian maker. Georgians, who were under Russian rule for 70 years, followed many Russian practices, among them the customs surrounding tea drinking. After their country became independent, they sold off many of their Russian possessions...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #789412 (stock #12-93)
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A sinuous carved teakwood naga, nearly three feet in length, carries a half bird, half man kinnari braced in front of its long curved naga neck like a ship's figurehead. This late 19th century folk carving, resplendent with symbolism, once graced the front of a Burmese bullock cart. A primary means of family transportation in old Burma, wood bullock carts were customized with carved iconic figures meant to ensure the well being of family members...
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 : 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 : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #275794 (stock #53-58)
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This mid 19th century Korean munjado folk painting represents the Confucian value of honor and justice. Ink and slight color on paper, it is matted with silk and framed with a traditional Korean rounded frame. The ideograph, called munjado, is a stylized graphic rendering of a Chinese character. Chinese characters, rather than Korean Hangul characters, were used in Korean arts for many years after the country's official language became Hangul...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #380743 (stock #56-08)
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In old Japanese farmhouses, large, shallow bamboo baskets such as this one were used for growing silkworms. The baskets were lined with mulberry leaves, then suspended horizontally up under the eaves. According to stories from the days when silk production was still a cottage industry in Japan, the worms ate so voraciously that in the quiet of the night the sound of their chewing on the leaves echoed throughout the houses...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #298281 (stock #60-10)
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An intricately textured surface and delicate color shadings against brilliant white combine to make this a scholar's rock of breathtaking beauty. The carved hong mu base has an elliptical shape that balances and stabilizes several overhanging projections on the vertically oriented rock. Judging by the shape of the rock, popular during the Qing Dynasty, and the type of base, typical during early Qing years, this piece most likely was collected during the 19th century or earlier...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #294758 (stock #52-18)
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Hangings with auspicious symbols wishing good fortune and long life were deemed essential for newly married couples in provincial China. This pair of 19th century silk embroidered banners originated in Shaanxi Province and were made to be hung on either side of the marriage bed. Each banner is constructed of five shaped silk pieces arranged in a line from narrow at the top to wide at the bottom and held together with beads strung on silk thread...
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 : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1950 item #142506 (stock #58-01)
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Vishnu, a major god in Hinduism and Indian mythology, is depicted on these mid-20th century shutters from the Indian state of Rajasthan. The god is shown in traditional fashion, with four arms and holding four symbolic items--a conch shell, lotus, wheel and mace. The decorative interior shutters have iron hinges, hasp and chain. When used as wall art, the shutter can be hung in one piece or the sides separated and hung as two single pieces. The shutters are in very good condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #143873 (stock #38-98)
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Blue and white figures are lightly moulded on a celadon ground on this Qianlong Period (1736-1795) oviform vase. The delicately raised designs of clouds and two figures have exceptional clarity, and the translucent celadon background is wonderfully appropriate for the legend they represent. The scene is from an old Chinese tale of the moon maiden and her earth-bound lover who were allowed to meet only once a year. On the vase, the moon maiden can be seen descending on a cloud to earth for her an...
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 : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #360656 (stock #61-11)
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The graceful abstract shape of this silver pendant from the nomadic Turkomen (Turkmen) who roamed across Central Asia suggests a bird in flight. Incised patterns on the silver are gilded and the piece is set with four cabochon cornelians. Seven small embossed tear-shaped pendants on chains give movement to the highly stylized bird. The ornament is typical of the Teke tribe and dates to the early 20th century. Extra importance and dimension are given to this piece through the artisan's use of a b...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #163390 (stock #02-58)
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A finely worked dragon coils around the top of the lid of this small silver Vietnamese betel box. A tortoise, a chilin (mythical lion-like animal), a phoenix, and another dragon, all of them icons used throughout Asia, particularly in China, each fill a cartouche on the side of the lid. The bottom surface is centered with the Chinese character for double happiness. This small container most likely held lip balm, often included in betel nut paraphernalia because betel chewing tends to dry the lip...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #939452 (stock #10-42)
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An early 20th century Mandalay Buddha, with hands in graceful dharmachakra, or teaching gesture, is finely carved of dense Burmese teak wood. Richness is added in the way the dark red lacquer, applied to the wood as an undercoating, shows subtly through light gilding. A most outstanding feature of this Buddha image is its peaceful and settled aura, which is compelling from every angle. The face is serene, with downcast eyes under sweeping brows, and full, slightly upturned lips. Loose draping o...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #1024442 (stock #57-70)
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This early 20th century five-piece Buddhist offering bowl is a lacquerware design unique to Burma. It is from a classification of vessels called “hsun ok,” containers that were used to present offerings of food at Buddhist monasteries, an especially important rite in the practice of Buddhism in Burma. The particular design of this one, know as an “ok kwet,” or a “hsun kwet,” was practical for that purpose, incorporating three bowls and two trays into a pleasingly rounded shape crown...