Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1990 item #879540 (stock #32-62)
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This ethnic batik of the Bai minority people in China’s Yunan Province is at once tribal and courant. The mysterious indigo figures floating on the cotton rectangle peer out of red eyes and have arms thrown akimbo as though dancing at a marvelous late night party. The late 20th century piece is in excellent condition, and measures 32” (81 cm) wide by 25” (64 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #265532 (stock #38-59)
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An official rides a Chilin, a mythical creature used to symbolize high rank, on the side of this 19th century Qing Dynasty underglaze blue and white jar. Two attendants with fans precede the official, and another attendant with an umbrella follows. The depth of the cobalt blue and its liberal use in the design give this jar its appeal...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #156646 (stock #02-76)
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The originality and strength that give folk art its appeal abound in this unusual wood carving of a mermaid that once adorned an ox cart in 19th century Burma. Bullocks and carts were used as a primary means of transportation in Burma, and the carts quite often were decorated with carvings done by a family member or a village carver. Motifs generally were related to The Jataka (stories of the lives of Buddha) or to flowers and animals...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #142085 (stock #57-23)
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In Burma, especially fine gifts to royalty or Buddhist monasteries were presented on an ornamental stand called a kalat. This early 20th century kalat is made of wood covered with glossy black lacquer on the outside and rich cinnabar-colored lacquer on the interior shallow tray. It stands on three legs with bottoms shaped to resemble bird feet...
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 : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #137747 (stock #24-22)
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Guanyin, Chinese bodhisattva of mercy, is finely carved in huanghauli. The graceful, slender lines of this early 20th century carving put emphasis on the grain and natural sheen of the rare wood. Immediately recognizable as Guanyin from the high headpiece, the figure wears a plain robe and no jewelry, unlike most Chinese images of the goddess. She is full-faced, smiling and looks almost merry, another departure from the usually serene and cool Guanyin representations...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #396581 (stock #52-70)
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Nearly five feet wide, this traditional Chinese brush painting on rice paper is soft and peaceful, with misty mountains backing a riverbank panorama of ancient structures and Springtime green trees. Painted during the latter part of the 20th century, the riverside scene is anchored on the traditional architecture of a hilltop temple. A stone bridge leads to the hill, with boats moored below the temple...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #175515 (stock #53-34)
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A monkey sitting on a tree branch gazes soulfully at a full moon in this painting from late Yi Dynasty Korea that evokes an old folk tale. Paintings of particular animals related to beliefs rooted in Shamanism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism were popular with all classes in Korea during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although sometimes put into the category of folk art, they more often than not were done by professional artists...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #416134 (stock #61-27)
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Two peacocks perch smartly atop this early 20th century silver comb from the state of Rajasthan in North India. The handle is a reservoir for scented oil dispensed in small amounts as the comb is drawn through the hair. A cap between the peacocks screws out to allow the handle cavity to be filled. Etchings, each centered with a different flower and surrounded by foliage, cover both sides of the handle. The peacocks, Hindu symbol of immortality, give this unusual piece the regal Rajasthani look...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #331055 (stock #60-30)
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Strong black designs applied freely on a variegated turquoise glaze raise this 19th century Chinese utility jar to folk art level. Provincial drawings of a willow and bird and simple calligraphy are sketched within three separate frames around the side, with three geometric designs in corresponding areas around the top. The rim and interior of the jar are glazed in dark black/brown. The jar is in excellent condition with no scratches, cracks or chips...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174486 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 5 through 8 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 : Pre 1920 item #299866 (stock #28-19)
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Fine silver etching covers the surface of this decorative bullet holder that was part of the cossack-style dress uniform in the Republic of Georgia. Old Georgian costumes incorporated all sorts of attractive silver adornments such as buckles, buttons and belts that, along with these more unusual bullet holders, were made by a community of silversmiths in Tbilisi, the capital city...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1700 item #264876 (stock #41-47)
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From the 17th/18th century, this carved wood Himalayan shaman mask shows the wear of many years of use in tribal rituals. The primitive piece is the work of the Rai people from the middle hills of Nepal, and depicts an ancient deity or ancestor. The fur most likely was replaced several times during its years of use. The piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 11" (28 cm), width 8" (20 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #676842 (stock #64-43)
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Richly colored with cinnabar, this late 19th century wood offering bowl is from Pagan, an area recognized for producing the finest lacquer items in Burma. Many layers of black lacquer cover the wood base and are topped with a few thin layers of lacquer mixed with cinnabar pigment. On this piece, these outer red layers have worn away in many places, showing the black lacquer underneath and creating an attractive patina...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #754699 (stock #64-21)
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A graceful royal Buddha with Arakanese accoutrements, the right hand in the sign of the wheel of law, or vitarka mudra, a gesture of intellectual discourse, sits atop a tall double lotus throne. The figure, nearly 26 inches in height, is carved of heavy teak wood coated with lacquer and gilded. Arakanese attributes are evident in the square face and slender body, long ear pieces hanging on either side of an elaborate chest ornament, upper arm bands and flowing cuffs. Such royal Buddha images, kn...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #751735 (stock #63-43)
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This large hand chased repousse silver bowl is encircled with six beautifully detailed life-like scenes from a Buddhist parable about the triumph of good over evil. Exceptional workmanship in this piece is marked by detailing on the characters--a prince, an ogre and a king--whose faces register anger, surprise and wariness. The scenes, each bordered by a cartouche, are set within an opulent palace and along a woodland path. Lavish scrolling foliage and six elegant peacocks surround the vignettes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #265060 (stock #50-82)
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Curved cloud spandrels on either side of the recessed legs give this 18th century Chinese northern elm altar table a light and graceful look. Everted flanges sweep upward at each end of the top. It is supported on trestles that frame large open panels carved with chilin, mythical lion-like beasts that symbolized high rank in old China. Judging by its size--eight feet in length--the table most likely saw use in a Oing Dynasty temple. It is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 32" (81 cm), l...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1970 item #401182 (stock #57-24)
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Gracefully carved foliage surrounding a center lotus roundel give this 20th century Burmese teak panel a light and airy look. Carved for use as an architectural panel, probably for a monastery or temple, the wood is the natural warm, reddish color of Burmese teak and is free of any sort of lacquer or finish. Because the untreated color has not faded from exposure to the sun and the piece is in nearly perfect condition, it suggests that the piece never reached its intended architectural destinati...