Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #777103 (stock #64-29)
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Two triangular teakwood panels that formed an altar rail in a Buddhist monastery in Burma are carved with kinnara and kinnari, important mythical figures in the iconography of many countries in Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. This early 20th century carving bordered a raised sacred area in the monastery and was likely just one of several other pairs surrounding such spaces...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #717657 (stock #03-61)
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A Chinese folk painting from a rural community in Shaanxi Province celebrates the beauty of pink lotus plants blooming in a pond. The lotus, emblem of purity and perfection, is highly regarded in China, where every part of the plant has a use--as food, medicine or cosmetics. Chinese artists often depicted the lotus along with ducks, as in this painting where the lotus plants are oversized in relation to the black ducks swimming in a stream through the stems...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #396013 (stock #50-03)
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The early 19th century panels on this graceful fretwork screen are centered with carved roundels, each with a different vignette of a bird and flowers. An unusual pattern of curved, carefully fitted fretwork with finely done carvings of endless knots, urns, flowers and nature dragons recalls the style and iconography of ancient Chinese bronzes. Flowers and grasses are carved in low relief in different scenes at the bottom of each panel. Pierced carving at the top of the panels depicts a ruyi...
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 : Pre 1940 item #759319 (stock #61-25)
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This beautifully made sterling silver bracelet is exceptionally comfortable to wear even though it weighs 64 grams. The six braided chains are supple and move well on the wrist. Five shining flower disks are affixed to the chains and add subdued sparkle as the chains flex. A secure prong clasp is set in a handsome tube. The bracelet is 92.5 percent sterling silver and is stamped as such on the inside of the clasp...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #280729 (stock #60-33)
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Exuberant swirls of black on a crazed green glaze depict spirited phoenix, dragon, bamboo and willow designs on this 19th century Chinese provincial jar. Designs are further defined with raised feathers, scales and branches, and each is set within a black rectangle. Appropriate to the earthy character of the jar, firing of the heavy glaze over the body of grainy clay resulted in the numerous small flaws often found on provincial wares...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1106224 (stock #57-29)
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This 19th century Burmese lacquer offering bowl, called a hsun-ok, differs in size from the typical spired vessels used to carry offerings of food to Burma’s Buddhist monasteries. This one is smaller—20 inches in height and 9 inches in diameter, while the average size of a hsun-ok is about 30 inches tall and 15 inches in diameter...
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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #291327 (stock #57-39)
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This weathered stone Buddha head from Burma reflects the same simplicity and tranquillity that was achieved in stone sculpture during the great Gupta period in North India. When Buddhism spread from India to Burma more than 2000 years ago, Indian styles profoundly influenced Burmese art traditions and continued to show up in its Buddha figures long after Burma began developing its own local styles...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #193241 (stock #16-31)
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Made of thick hand-hewn teak, this 19th century kitchen cabinet from East Java has two sets of doors that swing open on wooden peg hinges. This very solid cabinet was used outdoors in the tropical East Javanese climate to store provisions. A bit of TLC restored the original glow to the teak. The upper doors, each carved with a large leaf, are locked in place with double pegs. The bottom doors each are carved with an animal that resembles a tapir...
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. This smooth stone meets the criterion set forth by the 19...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #134696 (stock #12-81)
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Hand-loomed silk from Meiji Era Japan with a vignette from a folk legend about a young boy who neglected his duty of caring for the water buffalo and, with the help of a goddess acting as fairy godmother, was taught about responsibility. The scene is outlined with meticulous cutwork, a process that involves cutting away tiny sections of threads to outline the design woven into the fabric. The figures are on the bottom half of the cloth, which has a one-half inch self fringe at both ends. The clo...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #310647 (stock #60-84)
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Just the right size and shape to hold magazines, this container was used in early 20th century China to carry water from a well. It is made of nicely curved willow wood staves banded with brass rings. With its oval form and tall, stable handle, the design not only was appropriate in an ergonomic sense but also was aesthetically pleasing, the hallmark of many utilitarian items from old China. The handle is carved with two pomegranates, symbol of fertility. The piece is in excellent condition. Di...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #268004 (stock #58-48)
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The front half of the top of this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese lacquered wood box is removable so that small teacups could be stacked and stored inside. The box is constructed of shaped wood slats fitted together in barrel-fashion and secured with two brass bands. The removable portion of the lid closes at the front with a metal hasp and has two long pegs that slide under the fixed top to keep the back in place. It is another example of a Chinese utilitarian object with appealing design,...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1837 VR item #354018 (stock #61-01)
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Painted around 1830 by Persian miniaturist Riza-Zade, this is a delightful figure of a grand Ottoman gentleman. Riza-Zade painted this work in Istanbul, where he was a member of the court of Sultan Mahmud II. It was a common practice of the Ottoman sultans to bring artisans, particularly miniaturists, from Persia to serve the court's needs. The painting is signed in the lower right quadrant. The subject, most likely a vizier, has an exceptionally sensitive face and elegant stance. His green boot...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #191373 (stock #58-95)
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Chinese provincial furniture sometimes has a delightful quirkiness, as seen in this mid 19th century bamboo chair from Shanxi Province. It is comfortable, study, light and still as serviceable as the day it was made. The Chinese recognized the strength and versatility of bamboo centuries ago and used it to build houses and furniture, make numerous tools and utensils, and, of course, as food as well. The chair is in good condition; the seat probably has been replaced. See our catalogue listing #1...