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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #933215 (stock #60-93)
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A large 42-inch diameter architectural window panel is constructed with the striking Chinese fretwork pattern called “cracked ice” or “broken glass.” The openwork gives this intricately fitted elm wood piece a light and airy look. Centering the fretwork is a pierced carving of a seated woman holding a fan. She is surrounded by a garden of finely carved trees and rocks set against a carved key design background...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #925410 (stock #11-26)
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A 19th century Chinese silver pendant has auspicious symbols to bring its wearer the fulfillment of wishes, abundance and wealth. The emblems on both sides of the crest-shaped pendant above the charms are “mani,” known as the jewel of the doctrine, and represent the magical powers of Buddhist beliefs. Hanging on chains from the pendant are three charms—a pearl, a pomegranate and a fish. The pearl, entwined with ribbons, represents a good future...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1950 item #902437 (stock #63-95)
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A medicine box from Burma in the form of a mythical composite animal is carved of the local dense teak wood and lacquered in red that has worn and aged to reveal a primary coating of black lacquer, creating a pleasing patina. We have seen other old Burmese medicine boxes in strange animal shapes, perhaps carved with the intent of scaring off ill omens...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #900059 (stock #57-53)
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Three 19th century miniature Shan offering vessels are made of wood and lacquered to mimic the large hsun-ok bowls used in Burma to carry food offerings to monasteries. Miniature hsun-ok were used primarily on home shrines, placed in front of the family’s Buddha image with offerings of flowers and other small items...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #886456 (stock #60-27)
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This red lacquered wood teacup box from 19th century provincial China has an especially pleasing shape and patina. Happy looking dragons hold the tall handle in their mouths, and at the center are two robed figures holding streamers. The handle, carved both on front and back, folds down for compact storage. Boxes such as this, used throughout China to store small teacups, were handmade, hand carved and generally lacquered red, the Chinese color of joy...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1990 item #879540 (stock #32-62)
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This ethnic batik of the Bai minority people in China’s Yunan Province is at once tribal and courant. The mysterious indigo figures floating on the cotton rectangle peer out of red eyes and have arms thrown akimbo as though dancing at a marvelous late night party. The late 20th century piece is in excellent condition, and measures 32” (81 cm) wide by 25” (64 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #879327 (stock #08-68)
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A low lacquer stand to hold offerings for Buddhist monasteries has a bold spiral wave design in cinnabar and black. Made by the Intha people who live around Inle Lake in one of the eastern Shan states of Burma, it is constructed of a large wood tray affixed to turned pegs on a circular base. The Intha are known for the unusual way they propel their small boats while standing up and using one leg as an oar. They also tend to use lacquer in distinctive ways...
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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #855906 (stock #12-08)
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The well-defined scales on this carved teak wood naga from the Shan people of northeast Burma are an example of the intricate detailing they achieve with skilled applications of “thayo,” lacquer thickened with bone ash. Each scale is made of a thin coil of thayo painstakingly applied to the teak carving. Carving on the face, tail and winged feet also is enhanced with thayo, which dries to the hardness and durability of wood and, indeed, cannot be distinguished from wood...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #855585 (stock #58-25)
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Finely carved and fitted fretwork in this 19th century Chinese interior window panel is emphasized by the addition of a mirror. The abstract winged shapes surround a circle that seems to float within the fretwork. Many thousands of different fretwork patterns such as this were created in China for use as architectural or decorative elements...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #838731 (stock #58-72)
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Designed to store and serve dumplings, this unusual Qing reed and wood basket originated in China’s western Shaanxi Province, which has a long-standing reputation for producing excellent dumplings. Both the top and bottom are edged with wide strips of bent willow hand painted with flowers. The wood is secured to the basketry with metal studs. A hand forged metal hasp is used as the front closure...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #829843 (stock #09-77)
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Hand carved of teak wood in Laos, this hanger provides an elegant way to display large collectible textiles. The end pieces are fully carved front and back with lotus flowers, Buddhist emblem of purity and perfection. (The symbolism is based on the fact that lotus flowers emerge from the mud beautiful and undefiled.) The center rod measures 31 ½ inches (80 cm) across to hold over-sized textiles such as ikat blankets, silk shawls, sarongs, and tribal and folk weavings...
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 1900 item #799708 (stock #58-30)
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Excellent pierced carving of leaves and scrolling surrounds a circular piece of marble in this late 19th century Chinese piece. Marble gazing was somewhat like cloud gazing in Qing Dynasty China, when pieces of "pictorial" marble were set into furniture and hung on walls as art. Patterns in the marble veins were said to resemble mountains, water scenes, or auspicious flowers and birds. This piece, with its beautifully carved hardwood frame, looks quite Victorian and is in very good condition. Di...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #794883 (stock #30-70)
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The warmth from an open fire reflected on the time-worn hands and face of a Vietnamese grandmother is felt when viewing this charcoal sketch by an artist from Danang who signs her work with only the name "My." The piece is dated 1997 and, although the open fire suggests a country or mountain locale, during that time it was still fairly common to see people gathered before fires on the back streets in some of Vietnam's cities. The woman's clothing indicates an urban grandmother, perhaps a relativ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #793826 (stock #11-09)
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Beautiful detailing on this whimsical carved and lacquered box transform a pickled tea container into a wonderful piece of folk art. From early 20th century Burma, the container is carved so the long, graceful neck of the swan serves as the handle for the lid of the box. Underneath the swan is a tortoise, symbol of the universe in Buddhist iconography. A fish hanging from the swan's bill may have been included as a symbolic hope for abundance. Extensive detailing on the swan's head, neck and fea...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #791083 (stock #62-54)
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Carvings of flowers representing the seasons and auspicious wishes surround this octagonal 19th century Chinese lidded box. The cypress wood container is constructed of eight panels held together with metal bands. Flower carvings are set within a rectangular frame in each panel. This piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 12" (31 cm), diameter 13-1/2" (34 cm).