Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #758523 (stock #10-38)
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Offerings of food were taken to a Buddhist monastery or temple in the five compartments of this cinnabar lacquer offering bowl. Called an "ok-kwet," meaning "wide bowl" in Burmese, it is one of several designs of "hsun-ok," the vessels used by families in Burma to transport and display their offerings. This ok-kwet was formed with thin tightly woven bamboo strips, then lacquered inside and out, beginning with natural black lacquer and finishing with lacquer to which cinnabar was added...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #264361 (stock #56-26)
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Made of wood covered with glossy red lacquer, this shallow lidded box with its tall carved handle is a Qing Dynasty example of form following function. It was designed specifically for the purpose of holding and serving Chinese pancakes, and probably was used at 19th century banquets where Peking duck (now Beijing duck) was served. The lid is centered with a carving of a fish, symbol of plenty. The unusual shape and warm color make this a wonderful decorative object. It is in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #321558 (stock #60-02)
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Named "Lake and Lotus" by a former owner, this polished slab scholar's rock is classified as a "fantastic" or representational stone, one in which viewers see pictures from this and other worlds...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #299917 (stock #58-52)
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Banded with braided bamboo, this 19th century Chinese pine shoe box has an unusual and graceful form. Curved wood staves fitted together in barrel-fashion flair out to handle level then taper to a smaller footprint. The front half of the lid is removable. Hardware, both decorative and utilitarian, includes a lid hasp that swings down over a metal plate to lock the lid in place, side carrying handles and three metal straps that secure the back portion of the lid to the box...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #146843 (stock #50-05)
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The intricately carved and fitted fretwork on this three-panel 18th century Chinese elm wood screen is a rare pattern that originated in Hubei Province. It is combined with pierced carvings of large leaves at the top of each panel, relief carving in a key pattern in the center and a perfectly plain lower section. The backs of the top and center pieces are uncarved. All three panels are in good condition. Dimensions: height 73" (185 cm), width 64" (163 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174496 (stock #57-33)
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These paintings are from a set of 27 paintings, sometimes called a Yao Bible, from the Yao (Mien) tribal people who originated in southern China, and now are found across northern areas of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The Yao adopted Taoist beliefs in China five or six centuries ago, merging them with rituals already deeply imbedded in the tribal culture...
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...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Architectural : Decorations : Pre 1910 item #635842 (stock #62-30)
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This Japanese ranma (interior transom) from the late Meiji Period shows a graceful curved bridge (taiko-bashi) leading across calm water to a grove of trees. The quiet scene, created with pierced carving on a nicely grained wood panel, is framed with a narrow black lacquered liner and an outer red lacquered frame...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #271159 (stock #08-17)
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From 18th century Burma, this lacquered and gilded wood Buddha has a mood of complete inner calm and tranquility. The face, with finely arched and sweeping eyebrows set high on a broad forehead, tapers to a small chin. Mouth and nose are delicate and the ears are set far back on the head. The body is in relaxed lotus position with the right hand in earth touching mudra...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1970 item #265029 (stock #54-04)
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Beautifully ornamented, this bronze Korean temple bell matches its look with a sound that is exceptionally clear and long-lasting. The design echoes that of the huge bells of Korea's Shilla Kingdom. A dragon holds the chain at the top of the bell, and flame shapes with Bodhisattva decorate the perimeter. The bell and striker are suspended on a sturdy wood frame. It is in perfect condition. Dimensions: height of bell 13" (33 cm), bell diameter 8" (20 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #345931 (stock #35-55)
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Expertly fashioned silverwork and nine disks of gorgeous green aventurine make this 19th century necklace from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) a stunning piece. Each disk is enclosed in a worked silver bezel and hangs from a small silver hinge attached to a 12-sided silver bead. Strung on a fine braided rope, the beads are separated with small silver circles. On each side, the green disks and beads are bracketed with a slender, curved slider...
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 : Instruments and Implements : Pre 1910 item #756596 (stock #43-62)
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A fascinating utility object from Nepal, this long, curved slicer is anchored into the jaw of an incised bronze mountain cat. The strong, sinuous silhouette of this unusual late 19th/early 20th century tool places it in the realm of folk art. Its previous owner, a Nepali, told us it was used as a fruit and vegetable slicer--the animal placed on a flat surface, held steady with a palm across its back, and the fruit sliced across the sharp inside edge of the blade...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #709210 (stock #64-31)
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Three carved monkeys cavort along the handle of this delightful 38-inch long water ladle. It is customary throughout the hot countries of Southeast Asia to place large containers of water and ladles outside houses so anyone passing in need of a drink may help themselves. This wonderful early 20th century red monkey ladle of the Shan people in Burma is unlike any other ladle we have seen...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #766429 (stock #27-42)
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A small cossack outfit with 12 bullet pockets has a dashing cut that evokes intrigue in the Caucasus. Its small size suggests it was made for a young boy but the beautiful construction of the wool coat, satin shirt and cotton trousers further suggest it had more importance than a mere costume. We purchased this outfit in the Republic of Georgia a few years after Georgia's independence in 1991 following 70 years as part of the USSR. The history of the uniform is lost but a guess is that it was ma...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #798175 (stock #11-27)
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A well-fed toad with a sliding lid on his back is carved of teak wood and lacquered in red. Used in Burma as a medicine box, the toad carries a small bird under his chin with the bird's head in his mouth, a strange juxtaposition that most likely relates to a folk belief. Interestingly, a medicine similar to digitalis is extracted from toads in some Asian countries by applying heat to bumps behind the toad's eyes, and this toad is carved with prominent bumps behind each eye. This folk piece is f...
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. Today these old baskets are used as decorative items, adding texture and ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #712306 (stock #18-14)
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A silk brocade Japanese Meiji Period obi has a pattern of cranes surrounded by colorful explosions of chrysanthemums and pine boughs. The obi (kimono belt) is one-half the width (han haba) of the standard 12-inch-wide obi. Its rich repeat pattern runs the full 10-foot length of the piece on both sides, similar to the wide maru obi worn by Japanese women for formal occasions. Narrow obi such as this one were worn more casually, perhaps in the summer or at home. Han haba obi also were worn by very...