Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #676842 (stock #64-43)
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Richly colored with cinnabar, this late 19th century wood offering bowl is from Pagan, an area recognized for producing the finest lacquer items in Burma. Many layers of black lacquer cover the wood base and are topped with a few thin layers of lacquer mixed with cinnabar pigment. On this piece, these outer red layers have worn away in many places, showing the black lacquer underneath and creating an attractive patina...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #268011 (stock #41-53)
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Originally mounted as a hanging scroll, this 17th century painting survived its 300-plus years in quite good condition. Scrolled paintings that were given periodic "rests" from wall display tended to retain color and detail well after the scroll mounting became discolored and tattered. This one has been given a new silk mat and is framed in a plain metal frame. The theme of the work is a scholar with a musical instrument tucked under his arm traveling toward a friend's house in the mountains...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #352787 (stock #60-69)
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Opera scenes are painted on either side of this dark moss green octagonal Qing trunk. Blue flowers decorate the ends under the metal carrying handles, and a long life symbol is painted on the lid. One of the scenes depicts a meeting of three officials, and the other shows a Chinese gentleman proffering a large butterfly to a woman gazing out a round window...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #167784 (stock #50-39)
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A 17th century Chinese interior window panel forms the top of this coffee table that is framed in aged Chinese elm wood. Coffee tables were not part of traditional Chinese furnishings, of course, but we sometimes have them custom made when we find suitably sized and particularly nice antique panels. This relatively spare panel is especially attractive, with the clean lines of its open fretwork emphasized by a few restrained carvings...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #157519 (stock #58-02)
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A gorgeous Indian dancer strikes a pose of pure attitude in this classic 19th century Indian miniature of the Rajasthan School. Of the various Indian schools of painting, Rajput and Rajput-Mughal styles have, in our view, the most enduring appeal. This Rajput work demonstrates the look of languorous elegance characteristic not only of that school of painting but of the architecture of palaces and temples that still exist throughout the state of Rajasthan...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #655483 (stock #62-33)
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This low folding table from Tibet is covered on three sides with intricate gesso in foliage and textile patterns, giving it richness and depth. The wear on the table suggests it was used in a monastery as an altar since the gesso work shows minimal wear but the top obviously was heavily used over a long period of time. Folding tables such as this also traveled with monks and nomadic families although this one does not appear to have spent time lashed on the back of a yak...
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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #156646 (stock #02-76)
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The originality and strength that give folk art its appeal abound in this unusual wood carving of a mermaid that once adorned an ox cart in 19th century Burma. Bullocks and carts were used as a primary means of transportation in Burma, and the carts quite often were decorated with carvings done by a family member or a village carver. Motifs generally were related to The Jataka (stories of the lives of Buddha) or to flowers and animals...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #683868 (stock #61-52)
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A late 19th century Chinese Yixing pottery teapot is paired with a teapot holder made of tightly woven reed with metal fittings. The metal hasp fits around an opening for the teapot spout so that tea can be poured while the pot remains in the basket in order to stay hot. The hasp closes with a hook in the shape of a fish, traditional Chinese symbol of abundance, and two metal hinges at the back of the lid are shaped to resemble Chinese coins...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #268759 (stock #53-29)
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Two large, lush lotus leaves in soft shades of green dominate this early 20th century Korean painting. Though generally referred to as folk art, Korean works such as this fall into a category unique to Korea known as "functional" or "popular" art. Unlike true folk art, Korean functional paintings were usually the work of professional artists; it was subject matter and widespread use of the paintings by all classes of society that made them similar to folk art...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #140810 (stock #53-60)
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Seven Buddhas, each representing a star in the Big Dipper, appear in this very large painting from a Korean Buddhist temple wall, along with a another central Buddha, a god of the sun, god of the moon and eleven Shamanist and Taoist gods. Both the painting itself and the major Buddha figure are called "Chilsong," the Korean name for the Big Dipper. Reverence for celestial bodies was rooted in Taoism and Shamanism, then incorporated into Korean Buddhism...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1258102 (stock #63-24)
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From late 19th century Burma, this three-part bowl combines exceptional design, color and tactile appeal. Lacquer-covered surfaces of tightly woven split bamboo invite touch; black lacquer shows through worn dark red lacquer to create a striking patina, and the parts fit together in an understated shape both handsome and versatile. The shallow top tray and lid could have been used separately from the bowl, or the lid turned over to create a second tray, or the bowl used separately with either ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #783351 (stock #12-45)
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A lacquer betel box is signed on the lid with the name of the maker, Bathama U Carek. The etched portrait under the name perhaps was a representation of the artisan. The date 1324 that appears below the sketch is based on the Burmese calendar, and means this piece was made in 1963. The inside is fitted with two trays to accommodate ingredients for assembling a quid of betel. The deep lid kept the betel leaves fresh. Since this small box would hold less than one-quarter of the contents of the lar...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1970 item #401182 (stock #57-24)
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Gracefully carved foliage surrounding a center lotus roundel give this 20th century Burmese teak panel a light and airy look. Carved for use as an architectural panel, probably for a monastery or temple, the wood is the natural warm, reddish color of Burmese teak and is free of any sort of lacquer or finish. Because the untreated color has not faded from exposure to the sun and the piece is in nearly perfect condition, it suggests that the piece never reached its intended architectural destinati...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #707546 (stock #52-29)
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A Chinese scholar's stone from Laoshan Mountain in Shandong Province, China, has the craggy grey/green stone, known to collectors as Laoshan Lushi, embedded with a smooth and shiny knot-shaped vein of black stone that looks like onyx. The contrasting vein and the shape of the rock give it appeal from several sides and angles, a quality that was sought by Chinese scholar collectors who began nearly 1000 years ago bringing special stones into their studios for contemplation and display. For them, ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #330357 (stock #52-12)
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19th century Chinese jewelry made from bird feathers, an unusual concept in itself, is made even more unusual by the design subject of this piece. A man in a blue feather robe, perhaps a palace guard, stands in front of a pagoda created of feathers. His painted face is carved from a small oval white stone, and the figure stands about 1/4th inch out in front of the pagoda, creating a three dimensional scene. The bright blue feathers from a tiny kingfisher bird are affixed to a metal backing. King...