Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Contemporary item #186772 (stock #27-37)
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These teak Raffles chairs come from Indonesia where chairs in this style are named for Sir Stamford Raffles, British colonial administrator in the Far East in the early 19th century. Raffles is remembered for discovering Borobodur, the magnificent Buddhist temple complex in central Java, and for documenting the cultural and classical history of Java. As with most contemporary and antique Javanese furniture in the colonial style, the chairs are primarily European in design with Javanese touches...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #769438 (stock #55-85)
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The subject of this large horizontal oil painting by Kathmandu artist Shyam Lal Shrestha is a Nepali family gathered around their home distillery making rakshi, a strong, millet-based alcoholic drink. The work is signed by the painter and dated 1993. Shyam Shrestha was born in 1946 in the Kathmandu Valley, holds a diploma in fine arts, and since 1975 has had his work exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Japan, India, Italy and the United States as well as in his own country...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #835364 (stock #30-69)
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Charcoal on paper is transformed into rippling water reflecting huge ceramic jars in this work signed by Vietnamese artist "My." The jars, though they dwarf both boat and man, serve somehow to draw the viewer into these smaller elements, creating an intimate portrait of the white-beaded grandfather poling his vessel up the river. This Danang artist specializes in capturing with charcoal such moments in the lives of her country's elder citizens...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #829843 (stock #09-77)
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Hand carved of teak wood in Laos, this hanger provides an elegant way to display large collectible textiles. The end pieces are fully carved front and back with lotus flowers, Buddhist emblem of purity and perfection. (The symbolism is based on the fact that lotus flowers emerge from the mud beautiful and undefiled.) The center rod measures 31 ½ inches (80 cm) across to hold over-sized textiles such as ikat blankets, silk shawls, sarongs, and tribal and folk weavings...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 2000 item #846621 (stock #42-89)
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Two splendid cranes with outstretched wings form the strong art deco-like design on this large Japanese blue indigo batik cotton panel. The white cranes stand in stark contrast to the deep indigo background. Indigo veining runs throughout the birds in this contemporary piece from the early 1990s. Important emblems in Japan, cranes symbolize fidelity and longevity. This large 40-inch (102 cm) square panel is in perfect condition.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 2000 item #764434 (stock #12-82)
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Artist Levan Mekhouzla merges lyrical with architectural and East with West in this quiet etching of a simple scale. Mekhouzla lives and works in his native Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia as well as in Paris, and his work is exhibited throughout Europe. Early training as an architect forms the foundation for his carefully executed etchings and lithographs, which he then softens with whimsy...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #804079 (stock #41-30)
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A young boy in service as a novice monk sets out on his morning rounds to beg for food in this watercolor that conveys the essence of Burma. It is the practice for boys between the ages of about 7 and 13 years of age to leave their families and live for a time as novices at their local monastery where they receive instruction and live monastic lives. This painting, signed by Khan Bo, captures the boy's sense of duty, picturing him alone in a sun-baked Burmese landscape...
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 2000 item #831702 (stock #03-66)
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In vibrant shades of blue on a black background, this painting by Chinese folk artist Luo Zhi Jiang has a sophisticated, dream-like quality that seems worlds away from the painter’s rural home base in Huxian County, Shaanxi Province. Luo Zhi Jiang is one of the few Chinese so-called “peasant painters” to establish a reputation abroad. We first met the artist at the Huxian Painting Community in the early 1990s and were struck by his vision and talent...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 2000 item #813130 (stock #12-24)
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The white goats in this colorful Chinese folk painting climb a blue/green hill tinged with red by the huge setting sun. Gouache on paper, this piece from Huxian County in Shaanxi Province is unsigned, as was generally the case for art from China’s peasant painting communities...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #136347 (stock #29-62)
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A fragrant sandalwood carving done done in the late 20th century shows the Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin sitting on a high throne entwined with two dragons and flowers. Carved in Burma for the Chinese market, she is depicted in the traditional Chinese Guanyin pose with a vase and staff. Her face, with large eyes and a small mouth, has a thoughtful expression. Height 9" (23 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #762237 (stock #38-84)
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A silver bracelet from Java is formed by a sinuous coiling snake with over-sized eyes staring out at the curious world. Whimsy merges with realism as incised scales on the coil change into scrolling, a flower, then back to scales. The out-stretched head with its bug eyes appears to be searching for a friend rather than a victim. This bracelet can be worn several ways: on the wrist, pushed up toward the elbow or around the upper arm in Cleopatra fashion...
All Items : Archives : Instruments and Implements : Pre 2000 item #782102 (stock #10-51)
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These strange bird scissors were made in a family's small metal forging shop in the old quarter of Bukhara. Located in Central Asia in the middle of the Kizyl-Kum Desert, Bukhara was perhaps the most colorful stop along the ancient Silk Road, filled with traders, camels, caravanserai and bazaars. The family of workers who produced these scissors (they also made other utilitarian items) are descended from several generations of metalsmiths who labored in the same shop using the same tools...
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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #756164 (stock #06-13)
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Woodblock print of a pagoda rooftop captures the spirit of the old city of Suzhou in China's Jiangsu Province. Dated 1991, the print has a luminous quality and is in perfect condition. It measures 15" (38 cm) square.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #798782 (stock #36-57)
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Canal houses just steps away from the water are shrouded in early morning mist in this watercolor by contemporary Shanghai painter Zhao-Nian Xi. The left side of the painting is blank, a variation of a compositional formula of the Southern Sung school used quite often by this artist. (For another example, see our stock #36-58.) In this work, the empty space intensifies the quiet early morning feel of the scene. The water is suggested by a few white lines and faint reflections...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 2000 item #697250 (stock #29-67)
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A tall white Korean porcelain vase has a beautifully subtle bamboo pattern that changes under different lighting conditions...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #778916 (stock #14-67)
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A carved teak jewelry box with secret compartments and deep carving on richly grained teakwood has the medieval aura of Bhaktapur, Nepal's old city of lavishly carved courtyards in the shadows of the Himalayas. The construction of the box is intriguing, with its 14 compartments, four of them hidden behind a sliding panel that is cleverly integrated with the carving pattern to disguise the entry to secret trays. Carvings of dragons on the lid and two sides, and of a peacock and lotus flowers on e...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #754256 (stock #12-23)
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A colorful and joyous folk painting from rural Huxian County in Shaanxi Province, China, shows seven young girls carrying baskets overflowing with pomegranates through an orchard. The girls, accompanied by birds, weave among low, fruit-laden trees. Done in gouache on paper, the charming, simple scene is a peasant painter's interpretation of a bountiful harvest day, and employs a once-favorite rural symbol, the multi-seeded pomegranate that represented the hope for numerous offspring. Huxian (Huh...