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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #138337 (stock #57-12)
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19th century Burmese lacquer three-piece covered container used to carry offerings of food to the monasteries. Adding to the pleasing patina of this piece are small areas of cinnabar-colored lacquer showing through in places where the top layers of black lacquer were worn away by use. The Burmese lacquerware process for items such as this began with the construction of the object in bamboo, light wood, or woven horsehair...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1970 item #344508 (stock #57-26)
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Hand carved from one solid piece of teak wood, this large mid-20th century Burmese panel was made to be used as an architectural piece. Monasteries and temples in Burma sometimes have interior walls fitted with teak carvings depicting a range of subjects from apsara to elephants to flowers. This one is full of energy with two curving dragons, every scale, fang and claw delineated, reaching for a ball. The panel is in excellent condition...
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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #682218 (stock #57-76)
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Intricacy of detailing on this early 20th century Chinese handwoven bamboo basket make it a collector's piece. It is beautifully balanced and constructed, a feat of bamboo engineering. Along both sides of the bent bamboo handle are Chinese characters, now too worn and faded to decipher, that perhaps identified the maker and place of origin. The piece is in very good condition. The base appears to have been touched up in recent years with clear lacquer...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #352054 (stock #60-04)
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From the Yellow River in China's Gansu Province, this scholar's rock so clearly suggests a large setting or rising sun on the horizon that a viewer at first questions whether this color pattern actually is in the stone. It is, making this rock an unusually striking example of a scholar's stone that looks like a landscape painting. Chinese literati especially liked to meditate on rocks that represented for them a microcosm of the universe...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #265056 (stock #14-54)
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Hand hammered designs around the tops of copper water urns in Kathmandu, Nepal, designated particular sections of the city. This 19th century urn would have been carried to the communal well, most likely by one of the women of a household who filled the urn with water and carried it home on her head. Still today in much of Nepal many households are without running water and community wells are visited at least once every day...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #360656 (stock #61-11)
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The graceful abstract shape of this silver pendant from the nomadic Turkomen (Turkmen) who roamed across Central Asia suggests a bird in flight. Incised patterns on the silver are gilded and the piece is set with four cabochon cornelians. Seven small embossed tear-shaped pendants on chains give movement to the highly stylized bird. The ornament is typical of the Teke tribe and dates to the early 20th century...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #277308 (stock #60-58)
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Calligraphy on the table plaque behind the two figures in this Chinese ancestor painting reads, "Born March 06, 1456, Died December 08, 1538." Ancestor portraits generally were commissioned after the death of the subjects, later retouched as needed, or often completely repainted and, as a result, are difficult to date. This painting, we believe, dates to the 19th century, possibly earlier...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #389526 (stock #54-21)
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This early 20th obi demonstrates the genius of Japanese design. Uniquely Japanese themes in the pattern evolve seamlessly into art deco, a sophisticated color palette becomes simple and a small article of clothing becomes memorable. This han haba, or half width, obi is made of fine soft silk and, unlike the stiffened heavy brocade formal obi, this one probably was comfortable to wear...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #810848 (stock #57-97)
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The fukusa, a square piece of cloth with a unique and often exquisite design, became an essential element in the elaborate ceremony prescribed for the formal presentation of a gift during the Meiji era in Japan. Sometimes confused with the furoshki, a larger, single layer of cloth used to wrap and transport an informal gift, the fukusa is seldom larger than 15 inches square, lined and made of fine silk...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #143696 (stock #54-78)
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The supernatural powers and exploits of the Chinese Taoist immortals are among the most colorful in the vast world of Chinese legend and symbolism. These 19th century camphor wood carvings of six of the eight main immortals match that spirit in their exuberant poses and expressions. The figures are carved in relief with great detail against a background of pierced carving. Each figure, background and surrounding frame is carved from one piece of wood...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #323630 (stock #60-55)
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The bird pictured on the red rank badge sewn on the front of this Chinese gentleman's pufu, or topcoat, indicates he held a civil post rather than an imperial or military position. Such paintings were commissioned by descendants, and this one is executed in classic ancestor portrait style, with the person facing directly forward, seated on a chair with a rounded back...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #649785 (stock #61-05)
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Three boats rendered in gold leaf sailing on a deep blue sea give this early 20th century Turkish miniature its appeal. The sea scene is done on an old manuscript page and is given more interest with the addition of notations jotted at random around the perimeter of the miniature. Waves are suggested by silver lines done in a series of half circles on a deep blue background...
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 : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #171926 (stock #53-28)
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Signed and sealed by Korean painter Tea Yok, this finely detailed work is one of a pair of paintings that depict scenes in a palace courtyard during Korea's Choson (Yi Dynasty) Period. Dated to circa 1870, this painting and its companion piece have delicate calligraphy that relates to a theme of filial honor. Tucked into the paintings next to the courtyard scenes, the calligraphy is in the Chinese characters that educated Koreans continued to use many years after simplified Hangul became Korea's...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #266694 (stock #53-46)
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Signed and sealed by Korean painter Chun Jun, this early 20th century traditional landscape has softness and charm. It shows a woman dressed in red waiting on the veranda of her house on the mountain. The master, on horseback, is seen lower in the painting with a servant as they approach a bridge leading toward the mountain. In traditional Asian landscape form, the figures are depicted as secondary and insignificant against the magnificent trees and towering cliffs of the mountain. The silk on w...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1837 VR item #380368 (stock #61-45)
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Life in the 18th century palace of the Maharajah and Maharani of Delhi is depicted in this miniature that shows a strong Mughal influence blended with other Indian schools, primarily Rajput. The mixture of the Mughal style with various schools of painting that evolved regionally has produced some of the most compelling Indian miniatures. This early 19th century work is headed with portraits of the royal couple and Urdu calligraphy. Liberal touches of gold, a legacy from Persia, add richness to t...
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).