Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #712929 (stock #57-40)
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This rustic carving of Buddha seated in the curve of a horn is from the Shan Tribal People of Southeast Asia. As the Shan have migrated in increasing numbers into Thailand from neighboring Burma, where they are primarily located along the eastern border, their veneration of Buddha, expressed in a range of figures from fine to folk, has become recognized outside their tribal areas...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1990 item #781683 (stock #02-07)
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One exotic flower is the focus of this ink and wash painting by Dr. Sun Zhongwei who during his long career was associated with the Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Research Institute of Culture and History. Born in 1917 in Penglai, Shandong Province, he later moved with his family to Beijing (Peking) when his father, Sun Danlin, became Governmental Minister of Internal Affairs...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #159871 (stock #58-97)
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Used in Tibetan monasteries to serve tea and perform rituals, low tables such as this one have long, pull-out drawers or boxes to hold Buddhist texts and scrolls. The front and both ends of this 19th century box-table are covered with painted foliage and flowers outlined with gesso. Wood aprons with a Tibetan design that incorporates the swastika, Buddhist symbol of law, extend the table almost to the floor on the front and sides...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #158034 (stock #38-23)
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Boldly decorated with underglaze cobalt blue in a pattern of loose lines overlaid with two vivid flowers, this Meiji Arita dish contrasts its precise shape with a free and floating central design. Rim patterns of bamboo, flowers and crosshatching, also loosely drawn, are divided into eight sections to emphasize the octagonal form. Four scrolling designs decorate the rim backs. A Kanji mark on the back of the plate translates as "treasure," perhaps a fanciful addition by the maker...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #143968 (stock #39-04)
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The high crown, graceful hand position and body modeling of this 19th century Burmese Mandalay Buddha show strong Thai influence. This large lacquered and gilded carved wood image, which depicts Buddha passing into nirvana, rests on a wood pallet covered with deep red lacquer. Mandalay relief-moulded lacquer inset with bits of colored mica adorns the headband and body-hugging robe. The eyes are wide and realistic under upward sweeping brows, and the small mouth is upturned in a smile...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #699512 (stock #02-27)
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A battle scene with three bearded warriors on horseback brandishing three different types of long swords is carved in deep relief on this Qing Dynasty wood panel. The riders are choreographed in an exaggerated action dance, with arms flung wide holding their weapons over their heads. A theatrical touch can also be seen in the horses, which have realistically carved heads and bodies but oddly stylized front legs...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #393845 (stock #42-11)
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Leather in a lush Bordeaux shade covers this late 19th century Chinese trunk on all sides. An appropriate size to use as a coffee table or at the end of a bed, this trunk was used in the northern part of China for seasonal clothing storage much the same as trunks anywhere are used. The appealing color of the leather is what makes this one special. It is fitted with metal handles on the sides and a lock on the front. The inside is lined with fabric. The trunk is in good condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #385938 (stock #61-12)
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Each tribe of the Turkomen people developed its own distinctive designs for the heavy silver jewelry worn by most of the Central Asian nomadic groups. This heart-shaped piece, from the Teke subtribe, was an important part of their culture. Called an asyk, the gilded and incised heart was presented to a bride by the groom's parents...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #267390 (stock #58-29)
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A 19th century Chinese architectural panel was framed, fitted with a decorative metal hanger and backed with a mirror to create this new way to look at carved fretwork. The carving has two small gilded sprigs and is notched together in the traditional Chinese manner to form the pattern and open oval. Originally, the panel most likely framed an interior wall opening or "window" often used in old Chinese construction to add light and allow air circulation...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #768593 (stock #35-01)
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The curved white tusk of a wild boar was fitted with three silver filigree bands to create this tribal necklace from one of Indonesia's out islands. This unusual mid to late 20th century piece carries the aura of the jungle but its island tribal origin is unknown to us. Numerous ornaments, including small statues, utensils and kris handles, fashioned from various types of horn and bone were believed within island tribal cultures to have magical properties...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1960 item #417161 (stock #61-20)
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This pretty sterling silver bracelet from India's Jain minority has a clever three-tiered link system with mesh-like flexibility and just the right amount of weight, making this an exceptionally comfortable piece of jewelry. It is designed around 20 slightly serpentine-shaped crests, each topped with a raised, elongated "S" shape...
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...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1980 item #691148 (stock #04-79)
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A graceful low table from Thailand has a concave top to hold offerings of flowers or fruit. The table is made of Thai teak, which has not been available for a number of years due to a government prohibition on harvesting in the endangered teak forests. The Cambodian and Burmese teak now used in Thailand have a different grain and color. The satin-like wood on this piece is unadorned except for nicely handcarved blossoms that encircle the rim, a design with a quiet, serene Asian feel. Adding inte...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #265547 (stock #56-14)
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Used in North China for the storage of silks and woolens, this large 19th century camphor wood trunk still retains its wonderful camphor scent and its effectiveness as a natural insect repellent. The scent can be detected only when the trunk lid is opened. Dark hardware--two side handles, a large hasp and backplate, and four corner protectors--contrasts nicely with the warm hue and grain of the wood. This trunk, the perfect size for use as a coffee table, is in excellent condition both inside an...
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 : Pre 1940 item #899328 (stock #10-80)
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A serene black vintage Buddha carved of dense Burmese teak emits a glow as a result of its lacquer treatment—first a coat of red lacquer, then a sheer top layer of black applied very sparingly so the red shines subtly through. This is a reversal of the traditional Burmese lacquer technique involving numerous coats of black lacquer covered with numerous coats of red, which produced handsome though much more formal antique pieces. The striking impact of this mid-20th century Buddha is heightene...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #685967 (stock #63-19)
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Beautiful basketry is strengthened and preserved under many applications of cinnabar and black lacquer on this low handwoven rattan bowl. The bold and unusual pattern of the rattan weaving is retained as the design element of the piece. Rather than completely covering the basketry texture of the entire surface, as was generally done when woven bamboo was used as a base for lacquer, the artisan in this case covered and smoothed only the interior surface of the bowl, leaving the black lacquered te...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #558208 (stock #57-51)
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This striking 19th century red lacquer container from Burma was used for the presentation of food to a monastery. Called a hsun-ok, the distinctive form of the wide bowl set on a waisted pedestal and topped with a lid tapering to a spire is one of the icons of Burma's devoutly Buddhist population. The series of stepped rings on the lid of this particular bowl marks it as a vessel created and used in the northern region within the Shan states, located in the eastern part of Burma. Offering bowls ...