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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...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Accessories : Boxes : Pre 1900 item #1225911 (stock #10-87)
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Hand painted flowers and foliage encircle the three tiers of this late 19th century Chinese wood wedding basket. This is an exceptionally sturdy and stable marriage basket which, along with its subtle faded paintings, make it especially suitable for use as an interesting side table. The storage areas inside each of the tiers are also in excellent condition. Originally used in China to hold wedding gifts for the newly married couple, such baskets were made in hundreds of designs and many sizes...
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 : Pre 1910 item #1066740 (stock #57-65)
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A lacquer box from early 20th century Burma has intricate drawings of the 12 Burmese zodiac signs incised around the container, and eight cardinal signs for the days of the week around on the top of the lid. Also on the lid are two inscriptions in Burmese, one with the wish “be rich” and the other “be healthy.” The eight signs for the days of the week reflect the Burmese custom of using two signs for Wednesday, one for the morning and one for the afternoon...
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 : Pre 1920 item #943598 (stock #57-44)
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This fantastic composite creature, a “tadiya yupa,” with features of a lion, goat, bird and serpent, once stood as a good omen in a Buddhist temple in Burma. Often referred to as brave lions, such friendly/fierce chimera figures are much loved in Burma, appearing in temple art and on personal items such as medicine and betel boxes. They are regarded both as protectors and as dispensers of good fortune. This one is particularly impressive because of its size and detailing...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #939452 (stock #10-42)
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An early 20th century Mandalay Buddha, with hands in graceful dharmachakra, or teaching gesture, is finely carved of dense Burmese teak wood. Richness is added in the way the dark red lacquer, applied to the wood as an undercoating, shows subtly through light gilding. A most outstanding feature of this Buddha image is its peaceful and settled aura, which is compelling from every angle. The face is serene, with downcast eyes under sweeping brows, and full, slightly upturned lips...
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 1900 item #913678 (stock #57-21)
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This large carved teak kinnari, mythical half man/half bird creature, surrounded by curving foliage was the equivalent of a hood ornament when it was perched on a two-wheeled bullock cart in 19th century Burma. With its chest thrust forward and head, wings and tail swept back, the kinnari gives the impression of speed. Kinnari and the female counterpart, kinnara, were favorite icons in the Burmese pantheon of fantastic mythical creatures...
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 : 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...
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. We never have seen two of these boxes exa...
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. Here the lacquer is applied to the wood...
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. The hanger is shown in photographs here ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #858930 (stock #33-96)
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A wood tray from late 19th century China is gilded with a scene from a scholar’s or high official’s home of an elaborately robed lady of leisure. She is seen in a screened and curtained area, indicated to the left of the tableau, and is seated reading poetry at a table. The woman’s attitude is casual and her surroundings elegant. Gilded foliage decorates the tray’s rim, and a maker’s seal is painted in red on the back side. This is a piece that preserves a glimpse into a China long gon...