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 : 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 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 : 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 : 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...
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 : 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 : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #320368 (stock #28-31)
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Women in the Caucasus mountain villages of the Republic of Georgia sewed silver jewelry such as this pendant on their collars, scarves and belts. Designed around a six-pointed star encircled by a quarter moon, this late 19th century piece is intricately worked with beading on engraved leaves and flowers, and set with stones of amber and apple green. The pendant hangs from a 26-inch chain.
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 #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 : 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 : 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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #171636 (stock #50-17)
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The very open fretwork on this late 19th century elm wood screen from Hunan Province gives an airy look to the three tall (nearly seven feet) panels. We have seen screens with similarly open fretwork backed with rice paper or silk to produce soft, filtered light, or left open for maximum brightness. In old Chinese houses, this type of screen or panel sometimes was fitted with a removable solid wood piece to back the fretwork, which offered privacy but diminished the beauty...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #275520 (stock #60-38)
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Multiple glazes produce rich, deep hues of blue, lilac and brown on this 19th century Chinese pottery jar. The glaze flows unevenly and drips on to the mostly unglazed base, giving an appealing spontaneous feeling to this piece. The jar is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 10" (26 cm), diameter 13 1/2" (35 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1980 item #684843 (stock #62-50)
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This carved teakwood holder and brass bell invoke both the sounds and aesthetics of Southeast Asia. The wood holder is from Thailand, and the brass bell is from neighboring Burma (Myanmar). With its clear tone, the bell recalls the tinkling sounds of bells strung by the hundreds along the rooftops of Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout Burma. The thin metal leaf hanging from the bell represents the leaf of the Bodhi tree, site of the Buddha's enlightenment...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #359821 (stock #57-42)
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A mythical lion-like animal, the chin-thei, kneels on a curved leaf in this 19th century Burmese folk art piece. The teak wood carving was used as ornamentation on a family's ox cart, once the primary mode of transportation in Burma's villages and rural areas. The carts typically were adorned with an array of fanciful carvings of subjects that were usually related to the owner's favorite stories in the Jataka, episodes from lives of The Buddha. This carving is in excellent condition and is mount...
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. The protective dome-shaped lid allowed perishable goods to be piled festively on the tray, then covered and carried through the streets and finally put o...
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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #262454 (stock #58-57)
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Made of elm wood finished in a rich reddish brown, this late 19th century Chinese stool comes from Shandong Province. Eight spandrels with pierced carvings of ruyi, a mushroom-shaped symbol for long life, decorate the areas between the stretcher and the half-round legs. Stools were much-used pieces of furniture in Chinese households and were quite solidly constructed. This one, in excellent condition, is a good size for use as a small side table. We have a pair of these stools available. Dimensi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174490 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 13 through 16 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 w...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #159871 (stock #58-97)
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Used in Tibetan monasteries to serve tea and perform rituals, low tables such as this one have long, pull-out drawers or boxes to hold Buddhist texts and scrolls. The front and both ends of this 19th century box-table are covered with painted foliage and flowers outlined with gesso. Wood aprons with a Tibetan design that incorporates the swastika, Buddhist symbol of law, extend the table almost to the floor on the front and sides. Most Tibetan furniture was made of coniferous softwoods available...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #681268 (stock #60-17)
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A lidded wood box for storing teacups is carved on the handle with two figures flanked by dragons. The double-sided carving on this 19th century Chinese piece is relatively primitive, an indication that it originated in the countryside or a remote province. This type of cup storage container was used in many regions of China. The front half of the lid is removable so small cups without handles can be stacked inside. A metal hasp keeps the lid in place when the box is carried. The clasp is backed...
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. Dimensions: height 12" (30 cm), diameter 8" ...
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. (For a similar offering bowl see "Burmese Crafts Past and Present" by Sylvia ...
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 : 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. Riverside activity at the left of the painting is balanced by a roofed stone gate and stone wa...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #762583 (stock #10-53)
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Three elephants carry this Shan Buddha seated in padmasana position with right hand in earth-touching mudra. The early 20th century figure is carved of teak wood sealed with lacquer and gilded. Thayo, a thickened lacquer, defines edging on the robe and adornments on the heads of the elephants. The Shan, a Southeast Asian minority people living primarily in Burma, produced a wide repertoire of Buddha figures in celebration of their devout Buddhist faith. The iconic use of the elephant throne, ado...
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. Dimensions: hei...
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. The carving is in perfect c...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #829843 (stock #09-77)
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Hand carved of teak wood in Laos, this hanger provides an elegant way to display large collectible textiles. The end pieces are fully carved front and back with lotus flowers, Buddhist emblem of purity and perfection. (The symbolism is based on the fact that lotus flowers emerge from the mud beautiful and undefiled.) The center rod measures 31 ½ inches (80 cm) across to hold over-sized textiles such as ikat blankets, silk shawls, sarongs, and tribal and folk weavings. End carvings are shown in ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #791083 (stock #62-54)
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Carvings of flowers representing the seasons and auspicious wishes surround this octagonal 19th century Chinese lidded box. The cypress wood container is constructed of eight panels held together with metal bands. Flower carvings are set within a rectangular frame in each panel. This piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 12" (31 cm), diameter 13-1/2" (34 cm).
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...
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. There is a hairline crack in the top rim (see photo enlargement); otherwise the jar is in very good condition and would look wonderful on a shelf or atop a tall c...
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 : 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...