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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #287355 (stock #28-05)
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Vishnu, the central figure, faces forward, with Shiva in half profile on the right and Brahma in half profile on the left in this exceptionally finely done granite sculpture of the Hindu Trinity. With three sides of the carving devoted to the gods in their prescribed relative positions, the back side of the piece depicts Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and happiness. She is carved in relief as a smaller figure recessed within a shell-shaped frame...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #696347 (stock #52-24)
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Soft shades of blue, green and grey outlined in rust and midnight blue glow in this densely woven 500 line silk prayer rug from China. The carpet's design theme is birds, with 18 of them perched among flowers forming the border, and a center design of a large bird in a tree looking over her (his?) newly hatched baby in the nest. The tree extends upward into an arch, called a "muhrab," a shape that puts this piece into the classification of prayer rug...
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...
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...
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 : 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 : 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #298517 (stock #35-54)
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Leopard claws, worn as a charm to ward off evil, are set in a large silver pendant on this late 19th century necklace from Sri Lanka. Such necklaces were considered masculine jewelry and, along with earrings, armlets and anklets for males, regarded as status symbols and portable emblems of power as well. Two large claws and one claw tip are set into the bottom of the pendant. The upper two-thirds of the pendant is covered with rows of filigree work...
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 : 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 : 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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #160127 (stock #45-23)
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In provincial China, it was traditional for women to embroider auspicious symbols on silk shapes that they linked together with beads and loops to create long, mobile-like bedside hangings...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #256853 (stock #58-22)
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Carved wood elements reclaimed from old Chinese houses and furniture often are adaptable to new uses. This attractive 19th century panel, once an interior window, has been fitted with a mirror that emphasizes the graceful fretwork and shape. Four delicate cloud-shaped pieces form the central oval, held in place top and bottom with fretwork and two small carved flowers. Four carvings of flowers are inserted at the top and bottom. The fretwork panel, set into a separate frame backed with the mirro...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1837 VR item #281376 (stock #53-52)
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Painted in the early 19th century by Suk Chun, this work symbolizes the venerated Korean theme of long life. The ancient pine tree is an emblem of longevity, and the old sage, with his prominent high brow and hairless crown, bears a strong resemblance to Canopus, the star god of longevity. This is a quiet painting, dominated by the wonderful pine that is made more compelling because we see only a part of it. The face of the scholar is all about dignity and discipline with just a hint of humor. D...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #396603 (stock #50-53)
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From mid-19th century China, this stand held the heavy silk brocade and embroidered robes worn in wealthy households during the Qing Dynasty. The width of this large piece makes it nicely adaptable for use as a striking headboard for a queen-size bed. Eight fretwork spandrels give a light and open look to the dark walnut wood. Pierced carving on the center roundel depicts foliage surrounding a relief carving of the symbol for long life. The two open diamond-shaped insets at the sides echo a des...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #261337 (stock #57-20)
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A marvelous example of folk art in late 18th/early 19th century Burma, this wood carving once was the detailing on a bullock cart, the primary mode of transportation at that time. Carvings such as this, done by village artisans or family members, were used to customize the cart and signify the owner's status in the community. It is mounted for display on a black metal base. The exotic curved foliage of the carving is given a light touch with the addition of a long-tailed bird perched in one of t...
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 : Pre 1900 item #322422 (stock #41-42)
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Antique turquoise and silver ornaments worn in the hair by Tibetan women, and sometimes men as well, seem to hold a special power to evoke the mountains and mystery of Tibet. This 19th century piece is shaped like a conch shell, Buddhist symbol of the absence of evil. We had a silver loop added to one end so it can be worn as a pendant. A large, earthy turquoise stone is set in the center of the piece, and small turquoise disks are lined across the top and bottom. The back side is covered with t...