Asian Antiques by Silk Road
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 : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #296466 (stock #43-90)
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The style of this silver bracelet identifies its origin as Kandy, the old Sinhalese capital in Sri Lanka's central highlands. Traditional jewelry from this city, the cultural and spiritual center of Sri Lanka, used gemstones native to the country in unusual designs. This piece is designed with a prong lock often used on Kandy bracelets. The stone is set over two prongs that slide out to allow the sides of the bracelet to swing open on a hinge...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174489 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 9 through 12 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Pre 1900 item #143178 (stock #56-13)
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A painted scene of a polo game with a rider on a spirited red horse decorates the front of this large trunk used to store festival finery in Mongolia. An attendant with a rope is poised on one leg next to the horse, and the entire tableau is surrounded with a triple frame of painted flowers on a black background. The top, back and sides of the chest are unpainted, and the sides have metal carrying handles. This 19th century trunk is in very good condition both inside and outside...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #847266 (stock #57-22)
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This large 19th century teak wood carving of a peacock tucked within exotic foliage was once part of a Burmese bullock cart. The size of the carving—over three feet long—suggests that it was ornamentation on a very special cart, perhaps used for ceremonial occasions. The peacock, national bird of Burma, is carved in an unusual way, with its tail unfurled and both wings raised, riding in a bower of foliage...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #139333 (stock #39-10)
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A magnificent Buddha of healing is carried on a throne of five elephants with raised trunks flanked by two spirited saddled horses. This early 19th century bronze Burmese medicine Buddha Bhaisajysguru is seated in the interlocking lotus position and holds the traditional medicinal herb. His head is covered with spiked curls topped by a five-pointed flame finial. The Buddha has a serene face with large downcast eyes under sweeping brows, and wears a robe with fine incised ornamentation...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #679925 (stock #57-48)
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Made of gleaming black lacquer, this Burmese ok-kwet, which means "wide bowl," is one of the designs within a classification of vessels called "hsun-ok" used to carry offerings of food to Buddhist monasteries. The six-piece container--a large bowl topped with a series of trays and smaller bowls--hides more elegance inside with its rich cinnabar-colored interiors and rims. Pieces fit together in stepped fashion, ending in an inverted cup that sits atop the stack...
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...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #391331 (stock #61-03)
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A fanciful gold leaf ark with private port holes for the animals is portrayed in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature painted on a page from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. Noah, a revered Muslim prophet, was a favorite subject of Muslim miniaturists. He often is pictured with the expression he shows in this piece--bored nonchalance--while surrounded by a lively scene of workers, waves and animals...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #175435 (stock #58-77)
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The round legs and straight stretchers on this 19th century Qing stool are typical of the simple lines found in earlier Ming Dynasty furniture. In some areas of China, particularly in the north, the spare Ming design continued as a favored look throughout the Qing period. Stools in a wide array of sizes, designs, and woods were perhaps the most ubiquitous item of Chinese furniture, used in mansions and tiny village houses both indoors and out for a variety of purposes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #345931 (stock #35-55)
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Expertly fashioned silverwork and nine disks of gorgeous green aventurine make this 19th century necklace from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) a stunning piece. Each disk is enclosed in a worked silver bezel and hangs from a small silver hinge attached to a 12-sided silver bead. Strung on a fine braided rope, the beads are separated with small silver circles. On each side, the green disks and beads are bracketed with a slender, curved slider...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #289093 (stock #22-53)
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The appeal of this late 19th century dining table is in the teak wood that has aged to a rich, dark luster. The table is made in a simple, almost stark design favored by the Dutch colonists who lived on the island of Java, Indonesia, where they commissioned furniture to be built to their specifications. The table top is a thick teak slab with character in its surface that only can come from years of use. Such tables were constructed so they could be disassembled and shipped as a flat piece. The ...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1900 item #723499 (stock #62-39)
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The carving is the great appeal on this 19th century Chinese elm wood altar table. Fine pierced lacy scrolling extends across the front, forming a graceful curved apron. Meticulous carvings of perfectly groomed Pekinese or "fou" dogs cavorting amid the scrolling add interest and Qing Period detail. At each end of the apron the carved dogs play with balls; in the center they stand guard over four carved scrolls, an emblem of learning. Pekinese dogs, favored as decorative elements in China since b...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #798175 (stock #11-27)
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A well-fed toad with a sliding lid on his back is carved of teak wood and lacquered in red. Used in Burma as a medicine box, the toad carries a small bird under his chin with the bird's head in his mouth, a strange juxtaposition that most likely relates to a folk belief. Interestingly, a medicine similar to digitalis is extracted from toads in some Asian countries by applying heat to bumps behind the toad's eyes, and this toad is carved with prominent bumps behind each eye. This folk piece is f...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #755920 (stock #63-36)
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Displayed in a Buddhist monastery or temple, this large, footed tray held tall offerings of fruit brought by the devout. This mid to late 19th century stand originated in Upper Burma toward the border with Thailand where many communities of Shan people are centered. It is made of a combination of dense teak wood and tightly wrapped strips of bamboo covered with multiple layers of black and cinnabar lacquer. Such old ceremonial items from Burmese villages, where life centers around Buddhist rites...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #293944 (stock #60-12)
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A Lake Taihu scholar's rock in a reddish hue is balanced here on a wood base that adds tension and intrigue. This piece is beautiful when viewed from any angle, the hallmark of a fine stone. Rocks from Lake Taihu in southern Jiangsu Province near Suzhou originally were collected in much larger sizes for use in gardens. During the Tang Dynasty, these rocks with many craters were highly prized and appear in Tang garden paintings and poetry. It was not until much later in the Ming and Qing Dynastie...
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. Yixing pottery is from the small town of Dingshan in ...