Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #146196 (stock #24-61)
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Each of these four 19th century rosewood panels depicts one of the legendary gods of the Chinese Taoist sect. The four gods, or immortals, are carved along with their symbols in great detail and framed with rosewood fretwork in an open key pattern. The Taoist immortals are similar to the Chinese Buddhist Lohan or Arhat in that they are recognized for supernatural powers and distinguished by their respective symbols...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #330846 (stock #56-18)
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Rich reddish-brown elm wood, brass bands and side carrying handles make this 19th century Chinese shoe trunk a handsome accent piece. Well designed and crafted boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes were used throughout China to hold shoes. This one is constructed of staves held together by metal bands. A metal hasp swings down from the lid to act as a lock. The front half of the lid is removable...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #800005 (stock #18-31)
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An obi with a vivid tulip-like design of green, yellow, red, black and white is further sparked with lots of metallic gold thread. This han haba (half width) kimono belt is from early 20th century Japan. The brocade pattern runs the full length--nearly 12 feet--on both sides of the piece, similar in construction to the wider maru obi worn by Japanese women for more formal occasions...
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 : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #332635 (stock #56-01)
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The five-bat design on this Chinese Qing Dynasty pendant is a pictorial rebus representing five blessings--health, wealth, virtue, longevity and lifelong protection from danger. The characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," led centuries ago to the Chinese use of bat iconography on furniture, clothing and jewelry. The five-bat design took the use of this icon for happiness to new heights...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #270307 (stock #51-48)
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In celebration of a Chinese garden, this early 20th century jar is enameled with two peonies amid green leaves and a red/orange bird perched on a flowering branch that continues on to the lid. A nature poem on the opposite side is enameled in four vertical black lines of calligraphy. The jar is in fair condition, with several hairline cracks that are shown clearly in the photo enlargements. Dimensions: height 13 1/2" (34 cm), diameter 10" (26 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #378055 (stock #06-86)
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Carved in a graceful curve from a single piece of wood, each of these 19th century textile holders from East Java ends with the painted figure of a goddess. Originally used as a pair to hold open heavy draperies, they also can be used separately to display collectible fabrics such as ikats or heavy silks. The face appears to be that of Dewi Sri, goddess of the rice harvest. She is handcarved of teak wood in Majapahit, or Hindu, style...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #322422 (stock #41-42)
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Antique turquoise and silver ornaments worn in the hair by Tibetan women, and sometimes men as well, seem to hold a special power to evoke the mountains and mystery of Tibet. This 19th century piece is shaped like a conch shell, Buddhist symbol of the absence of evil. We had a silver loop added to one end so it can be worn as a pendant. A large, earthy turquoise stone is set in the center of the piece, and small turquoise disks are lined across the top and bottom...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #674108 (stock #58-49)
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An early 20th century Chinese box made for storing small teacups, this piece is an example of an everyday utilitarian object with design and workmanship that stands the test of time. The box is constructed of shaped wood staves fitted together in barrel fashion and secured top and bottom with brass bands. The lid is in two parts with the back half affixed and the front half removable so that the stacked cups were secure but easily taken out of the container...
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 1920 item #160442 (stock #58-96)
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A rich green glaze with artful touches of brown transforms this late Qing household container into a special object. The end of the small spout was left unglazed. An unusual roughly formed ceramic rope extends from the spout to the body of the jar. In keeping with the container's earthy character, hanging loops around the top are casually formed, and some are green, some brown. This late 19th/early 20th century jar is from Hunan Province in South China...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #325362 (stock #57-14)
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A beautifully simple carving that once graced a bullock cart in Burma, this 19th century teak wood bird is a fine example of Burmese folk art. The elongated head and neck of the bird stretch out to a long serpentine body and upturned tail. The artisan may have envisioned a composite bird/sea serpent since such creatures sometimes are found in Burmese art...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #684055 (stock #61-07)
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Fifteen Ottoman horsemen gallop across the 33-inch length of this hunt scene miniature. The unusual panoramic format of the painting, reminiscent of a hand scroll, was achieved by attaching three old manuscript pages together lengthwise. Done on a background of gold leaf, the scene is colorful and lively, with brightly attired horsemen and horses in a field of flowers and trees. A number of deer leap among them and appear to be outwitting the riders, all of whom carry bows but with no arrows in ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #831485 (stock #13-04)
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The beauty of this large bronze Burmese Buddha of healing is in its simplicity. The plain draped robe and the straight spare lines of the high throne focus attention first on the peaceful face and next on the graceful hands. The triangular face is in classic Ava style, with broad sweeping brow, downcast eyes and small mouth in a slight smile. Fingers of the right hand, in earth touching mudra, rest with the tips bent gently outward; balanced in the left hand palm is the symbol of healing, a kala...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1960 item #265066 (stock #34-86)
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Carved of dense rosewood, this mid-20th century Buddha from Sri Lanka is seated in vajrasana position, a variation of the lotus attitude, and the hands are in dhyana mudra, a gesture of absolute balance and meditation. The folds of the robe are represented by evenly spaced incised lines, a technique favored by Sri Lankan artisans. The stylized face has deep-set eyes, aquiline nose and slightly smiling, full lips. The head and prominent usnisha are covered in tight curls. The figure is in perfect...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1920 item #300911 (stock #35-48)
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An unusual mesh rope woven of fine silver wire is strung with ornate silver beads on this early 20th century necklace from Sri Lanka. From the old capital city of Kandi in the island's central highlands, it is in a design most likely meant to be worn by a man. Masculine jewelry (see a Sri Lankan leopard claw necklace with a similar mesh rope, catalogue listing #298517) was not uncommon in the region. This is a handsome piece of jewelry whether worn by a man or a woman. The silver mesh rope is lo...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #635048 (stock #62-29)
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This Japanese interior transom (ranma) from the late Meiji period shows Mount Fuji as it is seen from the Izu Peninsula looking inland across Suruga Bay. Rescued from old wood houses, ranma are perfectly sized for use as decorative headboards or to hang over a wide fireplace. The original use of the ranma was integral to the architecture of traditional Japanese frame houses, which were built with pillars supporting the roofs so that load bearing interior walls were not necessary. Instead, moveab...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174483 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are the first four of 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. Since then, the lives of the Yao have been governed by Taoism as it was practiced in the 15th century, mixed with ances...