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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #186891 (stock #40-83)
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From the Arakan Kingdom that flourished in the western part of Burma (Myanmar), this 14th century bronze Buddha torso has a presence that communicates across the centuries. The Buddha most likely was buried under a stupa for most of that time, and the resulting pitted surface adds to the figure’s mystical quality. The strong face with prominent, downcast eyes is surrounded by accoutrements favored by the Arkanese for their Buddha images...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #195676 (stock #41-11)
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A bronze Buddha from the early years of Burma's Ava Period (1354-1752), this figure retains traces of gold leaf that give definition to its smooth lines. It is an exceptionally pure example of the Burmese style that developed after the suppression of Buddhism in India resulted in less contact between the two countries. The Indian influences seen in earlier Pagan Period figures were replaced with a rounder, softer look...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1700 item #265092 (stock #04-15)
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Cut from limestone, this 16th century Ava Period (1287-1752) Buddha face is square and almost flat with sweeping eyebrows over half-closed eyes, well-modeled lips and elongated ears. The face is topped with a broad band. The head is fragmented in the back, perhaps evidence that this Buddha was carved in very high relief against a back slab. It is mounted on a black marble pedestal. Height, including pedestal, is 11" (28 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1700 item #138133 (stock #57-35)
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The face of this marble Buddha is hauntingly beautiful. Faint traces of gold leaf remain on the high eyebrows and around the nose and mouth. Seated on a lotus throne with the right hand in the earth touching position, the figure wears a plain robe colored with a faded purple stain. The robe most likely received at least one touch-up of color, as the throne, which also once was purple now bears only hints of its original color. This large 17th century Burmese sculpture is in very good condition...
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 1800 item #133742 (stock #57-02)
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Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, generally seen as a standing figure, is shown kneeling in this late 18th century bronze. The bodhisattva holds a small bowl, and her robe and jewelry are shown in detail. Her face is serene, and her elaborate hairstyle and crown are finely defined. The bronze has a mellow patina and the statue is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 6 1/2" (17 cm), width 3" 3/4 (10 cm), depth 2 3/4" (7 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #149828 (stock #50-42)
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Birds, often used as a symbol of the beauty of nature on Chinese architectural carvings, are the theme of this 18th century camphor wood fretwork panel. The center section shows a bird on a flowering tree branch, and the unusual fretwork incorporates four birds with berries in their beaks. Carved panels in this size were used as interior windows or on screens. The panel is in good condition. Dimensions: height 34 1/2" (88 cm), width 13" (33 cm), depth 3/4" (2 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #146843 (stock #50-05)
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The intricately carved and fitted fretwork on this three-panel 18th century Chinese elm wood screen is a rare pattern that originated in Hubei Province. It is combined with pierced carvings of large leaves at the top of each panel, relief carving in a key pattern in the center and a perfectly plain lower section. The backs of the top and center pieces are uncarved. All three panels are in good condition. Dimensions: height 73" (185 cm), width 64" (163 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #161386 (stock #02-61)
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A deep lid designed to keep betel leaves fresh fits snugly over the high-sided bottom of this 18th century silver betel box from Laos. An intricate pattern of small curved leaves that resemble jumping fish covers the sides and top of the lid. The top also has four circles of beading and a scalloped edge. A stylized animal in higher relief than the surrounding work centers the top of the lid...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #132538 (stock #58-04)
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This standing Buddha from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is in classic Ceylonese style with the folds of the form-fitting robe represented by evenly spaced horizontal lines. It is exceptionally finely carved of jack wood rubbed to a lustrous finish. The Buddha's right hand is raised in the abhaya mudra offering protection, and the left hand holds a book, symbol of insight. The intricate carving on the halo represents eight paths toward enlightenment, and the Buddha stands on a double lotus throne...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #147110 (stock #53-40)
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Signed and sealed by Chong Mon, a Korean artist whose work dates from mid to late 19th century, this painting is graceful and simple, a fine example of Korean technique using ink and color on paper in the classic Asian style. The subjects are tiger lilies, a rock and two butterflies. The artist added a poem in calligraphy that is very much in tune with the subject matter...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #256853 (stock #58-22)
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Carved wood elements reclaimed from old Chinese houses and furniture often are adaptable to new uses. This attractive 19th century panel, once an interior window, has been fitted with a mirror that emphasizes the graceful fretwork and shape. Four delicate cloud-shaped pieces form the central oval, held in place top and bottom with fretwork and two small carved flowers. Four carvings of flowers are inserted at the top and bottom...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #134711 (stock #57-30)
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Lacquer containers with soaring spires that echo the architecture of Buddhist temples in Burma were used by families to carry offerings of food to the monasteries. The design of a series of raised circles on the lid of this 19th century container identifies it as Shan, one of the major ethnic groups in Burma...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #141051 (stock #58-45)
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Among the many tea drinking implements in old China were cleverly made wood teapot holders with a hole for the teapot spout and a carrying handle with an intriguing locking device. A Chinese version of the English tea cozy, the wood holders were both practical and decorative. This octagonal late 19th century holder is made of eight cypress wood staves fitted together in barrel fashion and held in place with metal straps...
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 : 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. Influences from Tbilisi, where Asia blends with Europe, also inform his work, and he often includes no...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #333628 (stock #58-28)
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Once part of a 19th century Chinese wallscreen, this rectangular fretwork panel originally had a sliding panel of solid wood behind it that could be opened and closed to regulate light and air circulation. In place of the wood, a mirror now slides down into a slot behind the carved openwork, giving the panel a new purpose. The clever construction allows the mirror to be slipped out for easy cleaning. Rich red/gold elm wood fretwork in a modified key pattern is notched around the top and bottom o...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #267390 (stock #58-29)
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A 19th century Chinese architectural panel was framed, fitted with a decorative metal hanger and backed with a mirror to create this new way to look at carved fretwork. The carving has two small gilded sprigs and is notched together in the traditional Chinese manner to form the pattern and open oval. Originally, the panel most likely framed an interior wall opening or "window" often used in old Chinese construction to add light and allow air circulation. The mirror slides down into a slot behind...