Asian Antiques by Silk Road
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #132750 (stock #57-49)
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In Burma (now called Myanmar), lacquer receptacles called hsun-ok were used for centuries to carry gifts of food to the Buddhist monasteries. The tapered top of this early 20th century hsun-ok, which is of the particular shape called ok-kwet, is created by five trays that fit one on top of the next over the wide bottom footed bowl. The top is crowned by a small inverted bowl...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #133515 (stock #38-81)
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Five Taoist immortals are molded in high relief around the sides of this 14th century Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) teapot. The figures are glazed in apple green on a background of thick crazed amber glaze that stops short of covering the base, revealing the Yixing clay body of the pot. An early example of Yixing ware, it is a heavy vessel with thick walls and a sturdy handle, and has survived the years in very good condition with wear showing only on the high areas of the green glaze...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #133676 (stock #07-81)
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An example of the care that was taken by artisans in old Japan to produce utilitarian items of quiet beauty, this 19th century mid-Meiji period cask was used for mixing and storing sushi rice. It is constructed of cedar staves held in place with twisted bamboo. A favorite Japanese motif, the plum blossom crest, decorates the lid and one end of the piece, and another crest, probably the mon of the family that had the tub made, decorates the other end piece. It is in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #133742 (stock #57-02)
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Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, generally seen as a standing figure, is shown kneeling in this late 18th century bronze. The bodhisattva holds a small bowl, and her robe and jewelry are shown in detail. Her face is serene, and her elaborate hairstyle and crown are finely defined. The bronze has a mellow patina and the statue is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 6 1/2" (17 cm), width 3" 3/4 (10 cm), depth 2 3/4" (7 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #134704 (stock #57-45)
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The Shan states in Burma have a long tradition of producing distinctive lacquer items for specific purposes associated with their Buddhist practices. This early 20th century Shan votive container is an unusual form of the Burmese offering vessels called hsun-ok. It was made in a village near Inle Lake in eastern Burma to be used only for an annual major festival held by the Shan people on the lake...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #137195 (stock #57-68)
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Luminous cinnabar-colored lacquer is paired with subtle intricate design on this early 20th century betel box from Burma. Fine black lines incised on the lacquer create a tortoise shell pattern, which is punctuated around the side and top of the deep lid with small astrological figures also drawn in black. The deep hatbox style lid fits snugly over the high-sided container, also covered with the tortoise shell design...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1700 item #138133 (stock #57-35)
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The face of this marble Buddha is hauntingly beautiful. Faint traces of gold leaf remain on the high eyebrows and around the nose and mouth. Seated on a lotus throne with the right hand in the earth touching position, the figure wears a plain robe colored with a faded purple stain. The robe most likely received at least one touch-up of color, as the throne, which also once was purple now bears only hints of its original color. This large 17th century Burmese sculpture is in very good condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #138337 (stock #57-12)
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19th century Burmese lacquer three-piece covered container used to carry offerings of food to the monasteries. Adding to the pleasing patina of this piece are small areas of cinnabar-colored lacquer showing through in places where the top layers of black lacquer were worn away by use. The Burmese lacquerware process for items such as this began with the construction of the object in bamboo, light wood, or woven horsehair...
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 : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #139333 (stock #39-10)
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A magnificent Buddha of healing is carried on a throne of five elephants with raised trunks flanked by two spirited saddled horses. This early 19th century bronze Burmese medicine Buddha Bhaisajysguru is seated in the interlocking lotus position and holds the traditional medicinal herb. His head is covered with spiked curls topped by a five-pointed flame finial. The Buddha has a serene face with large downcast eyes under sweeping brows, and wears a robe with fine incised ornamentation...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre AD 1000 item #139502 (stock #38-66)
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A lizard with big eyes peers over the rim and forms the handle of this charming and unusual ewer from the Chinese Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). Lizard symbolism was used as a charm against evil spirits, to keep children from having colic and to counteract bad influences in general. Lizards also were known as protectors of the palace because it was believed they could reveal whether the ladies of the court were virtuous or not. The interior of the ewer shows it was made by stacking rings of the coar...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #139839 (stock #57-01)
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A royal Buddha in the Burmese jambhupati style that portrays Buddha as a king, this early 19th century bronze originally had ornate flanges spiraling from crown to shoulders. Without the flanges, which were lost or intentionally removed, the smooth face is emphasized and the image gains in its look of serenity. Three folds in the neck are often seen in Buddha figures, but here they are emphasized and take on an almost tribal look, which along with the ear ornaments and the face that tapers from ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #140300 (stock #53-61)
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San-shin, the mountain god, is the subject of this very large 19th century stone color on canvas painting that once hung in a Korean Buddhist temple. A special area was set aside in most temples to honor the mountain spirit, which was gradually absorbed into Korean Buddhism from shamanistic belief beginning around the 15th century in the early Chosen Period. Temple paintings of San-shin always show an old man and a tiger. The mountain spirit is not exclusively the old man or the tiger, but is re...
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. The Big Dipper was regarded as especially ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #140879 (stock #57-03)
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This classic Burmese Pagan (Bagan) standing Buddha holds both hands in karana mudra, gesture of expelling all evil. Once completely covered with gold leaf, there is still some gold remaining over the bronze figure, which dates to the late 18th/early 19th century. This Buddha has a mystical and graceful quality and, especially in profile, looks as if about to rise upward. The face is true Pagan, with arched eyebrows joined over aquiline nose, and a small, slightly smiling mouth, yet it achieves a...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #141051 (stock #58-45)
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Among the many tea drinking implements in old China were cleverly made wood teapot holders with a hole for the teapot spout and a carrying handle with an intriguing locking device. A Chinese version of the English tea cozy, the wood holders were both practical and decorative. This octagonal late 19th century holder is made of eight cypress wood staves fitted together in barrel fashion and held in place with metal straps. The area around the spout is covered with metal, which is surrounded with c...