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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #283193 (stock #17-28)
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This 16th century Chinese export plate, with its blue/grey designs, thick glaze and sandy, reddish body, typifies a category of Swatow Ware known as Kitchen Ming. Shipped from the South China port of Swatow throughout Southeast Asia, it is the least refined of Swatow export wares and is collected for its spontaneity of design and earthy appeal...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #282107 (stock #60-05)
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Shades of grey, lilac, blue, green and cream can be seen in this slab-shaped Chinese scholar's rock. Many scenes can be conjured by gazing into the layers, swirls and lines of color on its polished surfaces. It could evoke two boats on the shore of a lake, a storm in the mountains or a fantastic grotto...
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 1920 item #793826 (stock #11-09)
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Beautiful detailing on this whimsical carved and lacquered box transform a pickled tea container into a wonderful piece of folk art. From early 20th century Burma, the container is carved so the long, graceful neck of the swan serves as the handle for the lid of the box. Underneath the swan is a tortoise, symbol of the universe in Buddhist iconography. A fish hanging from the swan's bill may have been included as a symbolic hope for abundance...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1920 item #300911 (stock #35-48)
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An unusual mesh rope woven of fine silver wire is strung with ornate silver beads on this early 20th century necklace from Sri Lanka. From the old capital city of Kandi in the island's central highlands, it is in a design most likely meant to be worn by a man. Masculine jewelry (see a Sri Lankan leopard claw necklace with a similar mesh rope, catalogue listing #298517) was not uncommon in the region. This is a handsome piece of jewelry whether worn by a man or a woman...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 2000 item #846621 (stock #42-89)
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Two splendid cranes with outstretched wings form the strong art deco-like design on this large Japanese blue indigo batik cotton panel. The white cranes stand in stark contrast to the deep indigo background. Indigo veining runs throughout the birds in this contemporary piece from the early 1990s. Important emblems in Japan, cranes symbolize fidelity and longevity. This large 40-inch (102 cm) square panel is in perfect condition.
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 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 : Pre 1900 item #858930 (stock #33-96)
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A wood tray from late 19th century China is gilded with a scene from a scholar’s or high official’s home of an elaborately robed lady of leisure. She is seen in a screened and curtained area, indicated to the left of the tableau, and is seated reading poetry at a table. The woman’s attitude is casual and her surroundings elegant. Gilded foliage decorates the tray’s rim, and a maker’s seal is painted in red on the back side...
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 : Korean : Pre 1900 item #389535 (stock #53-76)
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We found this beautifully grained, partially hollowed tree trunk in Korea, where it was used to pound rice. With the addition of a glass top, it has been transformed into a table with lots of charm and a story to tell. Age is difficult to establish on such an item but we were told, and the amount of wear corroborates, that this tree trunk became a rice pounding table sometime during the late 19th century. The wood also is difficult to identify with certainty...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #172321 (stock #02-60)
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The craftsmanship of this 18th century Lao repousse' box is typical of those items associated with betel nut chewing that were handed down from generation to generation. Relief designs on the container, made of 95% pure silver, are worn in areas of the lid and bottom where its owners would have handled it to offer betel leaves to guests as part of the socially important ritual of assembling and chewing betel...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #275794 (stock #53-58)
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This mid 19th century Korean munjado folk painting represents the Confucian value of honor and justice. Ink and slight color on paper, it is matted with silk and framed with a traditional Korean rounded frame. The ideograph, called munjado, is a stylized graphic rendering of a Chinese character. Chinese characters, rather than Korean Hangul characters, were used in Korean arts for many years after the country's official language became Hangul...
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. On temple roofs, the leaves c...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #783351 (stock #12-45)
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A lacquer betel box is signed on the lid with the name of the maker, Bathama U Carek. The etched portrait under the name perhaps was a representation of the artisan. The date 1324 that appears below the sketch is based on the Burmese calendar, and means this piece was made in 1963. The inside is fitted with two trays to accommodate ingredients for assembling a quid of betel. The deep lid kept the betel leaves fresh. Since this small box would hold less than one-quarter of the contents of the lar...
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. This was sealed with a mixture of clay and lacquer, then put in a moist, ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #299917 (stock #58-52)
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Banded with braided bamboo, this 19th century Chinese pine shoe box has an unusual and graceful form. Curved wood staves fitted together in barrel-fashion flair out to handle level then taper to a smaller footprint. The front half of the lid is removable. Hardware, both decorative and utilitarian, includes a lid hasp that swings down over a metal plate to lock the lid in place, side carrying handles and three metal straps that secure the back portion of the lid to the box. Small boxes such as th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #852786 (stock #60-08)
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A swirling pastoral scene centered with a fantastic plum tree is represented in this polished, slab-shaped Chinese scholar’s rock. Classified as a “fantastic” or representational stone, one in which viewers see pictures from this and other worlds, it is in shades of molten caramel with touches of green floating across the lower right and left quadrants. The shape of the tree, which an earlier owner perceived as a plum tree, is echoed by another small tree of the same shape in the distanc...
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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #146196 (stock #24-61)
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Each of these four 19th century rosewood panels depicts one of the legendary gods of the Chinese Taoist sect. The four gods, or immortals, are carved along with their symbols in great detail and framed with rosewood fretwork in an open key pattern. The Taoist immortals are similar to the Chinese Buddhist Lohan or Arhat in that they are recognized for supernatural powers and distinguished by their respective symbols. Since there are eight major immortals, eighteen major Lohan and legions of subor...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #308575 (stock #60-35)
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Wispy, near-abstract designs of bamboo, flowers and a bird are framed within heavy black arches on this 19th century Chinese jar. The red clay body is covered with a striking turquoise glaze that was stopped about two inches short of the bottom, then allowed to drip down over the clay in little rivers. The mouth and inside walls are glazed in black with brown undertones. This is a charming example of Chinese folk pottery. It is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 12-1/2" (32 cm), diamet...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #925410 (stock #11-26)
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A 19th century Chinese silver pendant has auspicious symbols to bring its wearer the fulfillment of wishes, abundance and wealth. The emblems on both sides of the crest-shaped pendant above the charms are “mani,” known as the jewel of the doctrine, and represent the magical powers of Buddhist beliefs. Hanging on chains from the pendant are three charms—a pearl, a pomegranate and a fish. The pearl, entwined with ribbons, represents a good future. The pomegranate, bursting open to reveal its...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #191373 (stock #58-95)
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Chinese provincial furniture sometimes has a delightful quirkiness, as seen in this mid 19th century bamboo chair from Shanxi Province. It is comfortable, study, light and still as serviceable as the day it was made. The Chinese recognized the strength and versatility of bamboo centuries ago and used it to build houses and furniture, make numerous tools and utensils, and, of course, as food as well. The chair is in good condition; the seat probably has been replaced. See our catalogue listing #1...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #159080 (stock #53-50)
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Signed and sealed by Korean painter Lo Cok, this large early 20th century brush painting of three fishermen returning home with the day's catch is done in bold strokes of grey and black ink on paper. The only touch of color is the skin tone of the fishermen. The unusual scene--the man in the rear holding a bamboo pole points to the kneeling man who is being stepped over by the man in the foreground--may relate to a folk legend. Painted in a Japanese rather than Korean style, this work dates from...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #381739 (stock #58-88)
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Exotic flowers and foliage surround a village scene painted on the front of this large 19th century Mongolian trunk. In the center vignette are two girls who appear to be anxiously awaiting a pronouncement from a fortune teller. The trunk is made of tung wood, which comes from trees native to China and is highly insect resistant. This type of wood, the trunk's generous size and its charming painting, make it perfectly suited for use at the end of a bed to store quilts or woolens. The inside is ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #696347 (stock #52-24)
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Soft shades of blue, green and grey outlined in rust and midnight blue glow in this densely woven 500 line silk prayer rug from China. The carpet's design theme is birds, with 18 of them perched among flowers forming the border, and a center design of a large bird in a tree looking over her (his?) newly hatched baby in the nest. The tree extends upward into an arch, called a "muhrab," a shape that puts this piece into the classification of prayer rug. The muhrab, however, has become simply a rug...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #299458 (stock #57-60)
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Used for presentations of food to a monastery, this early 20th century Burmese lacquer hsun-ok has family dedications written in black lacquer bands encircling the top and foot of the container. A lacy design of flowers in black lacquer covers the entire middle section of the container where lid and pedestal fit together. Glossy cinnabar-colored lacquer covers the hsun-ok exterior and is visible beneath the black lacquer designs; the interior is black lacquer. Bands of cinnabar lacquer relief wo...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #156826 (stock #39-37)
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Incised pewter covers half the surface of this 500-year-old Yixing teapot. Yixing pottery comes from the small town of Dingshan in Yixing County in southern Jiangsu Province, just west of Lake Taihu. Teapots were made there as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279) but it was in the 16th century that the industry developed its reputation among scholars and artists, who praised, made, inscribed and collected Yixing teapots. The clay produces a slightly absorbent pottery that, used over time, will ...
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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #325939 (stock #60-26)
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A high handle with both pierced and relief carving is lacquered in red and black with touches of gilt on this 19th century Chinese teacup box. Items associated with tea drinking in China often were red, the color of joy, and were handsomely designed and decorated. The front half of the lid lifts off so that handle-less teacups could be stacked and carried in the container. This box has a nice patina and is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 12-1/2" (32 cm), width 11-1/2" (29 cm), depth 1...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #271867 (stock #31-09)
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The rider forms the lid of this early 20th century bronze container from Burma. The elephant, with raised trunk and etched features, has a hollow body for the storage of small objects. Dimensions: height 10" (26 cm), length 7" (18 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #330357 (stock #52-12)
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19th century Chinese jewelry made from bird feathers, an unusual concept in itself, is made even more unusual by the design subject of this piece. A man in a blue feather robe, perhaps a palace guard, stands in front of a pagoda created of feathers. His painted face is carved from a small oval white stone, and the figure stands about 1/4th inch out in front of the pagoda, creating a three dimensional scene. The bright blue feathers from a tiny kingfisher bird are affixed to a metal backing. King...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #171472 (stock #58-98)
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Painted panels framed in intricate gesso work cover all four sides of this mid-19th century Tibetan box-table. Used in Tibetan monasteries to serve tea and perform rituals, low tables such as this one have long, pull-out drawers to hold Buddhist texts or scrolls. Both ends of this table are painted with the Buddhist "jewel of the doctrine," a cluster of wish-fulfilling gems known as "cintamani" on a tray. Painting on the front and back panels depicts flowers and branches, and one scene includes ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #712929 (stock #57-40)
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This rustic carving of Buddha seated in the curve of a horn is from the Shan Tribal People of Southeast Asia. As the Shan have migrated in increasing numbers into Thailand from neighboring Burma, where they are primarily located along the eastern border, their veneration of Buddha, expressed in a range of figures from fine to folk, has become recognized outside their tribal areas. This touchingly simple portable carving shows the extent that Buddha figures are integrated into the Shan way of lif...
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. In e...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #357366 (stock #52-51)
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Chinese sculptor Dong Zuo Hai used strong, simple lines to create this powerful granite figure. Called "Man from Shandong," the sculpture honors the many thousands of people from the artist's home province who were forced by severe flooding along the Yellow River during the 1920s to relocate from temperate Shandong to the frozen region of Dongbei (Manchuria) in the north along the Russian border. Wrapped in a heavy overcoat and hat, the figure's origin is established by the provincial Shandong b...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #294758 (stock #52-18)
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Hangings with auspicious symbols wishing good fortune and long life were deemed essential for newly married couples in provincial China. This pair of 19th century silk embroidered banners originated in Shaanxi Province and were made to be hung on either side of the marriage bed. Each banner is constructed of five shaped silk pieces arranged in a line from narrow at the top to wide at the bottom and held together with beads strung on silk thread. Cut out shapes in the bottom two pieces represent ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #813455 (stock #58-18)
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A finely detailed Chinese relief carving shows a bearded scholar in his courtyard surrounded by friends and family. He and his bearded associate sit at a table under the ornate roofs of the raised pavilion. Two children and several other figures are seen in other sections of the courtyard, which is enclosed by a low fence. Six tiled roofs, trees and potted plants are carved with meticulous care, and another structure is seen atop a mountain in the background. The coins carved in each end of the ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174503 (stock #57-33)
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This very long horizontal scroll is part 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 with anc...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #162142 (stock #02-59)
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Unusual because of its shape and hinged lid, this 18th century silver container from Laos was used to carry an ingredient--probably a spice--for assembling a quid of betel. The utensils used in betel chewing are among the finest works of art from the southeast Asian countries where betelnut was an important part of the culture. Betel containers demonstrate interesting differences in aesthetic preferences among countries and groups within countries. Silver betel utensils were favored in Laos, Cam...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1950 item #769148 (stock #12-02)
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The mellow surging tone produced by this bronze pagoda gong rang out across the grounds of a Buddhist monastery in Burma to announce devotions or a donation to the temple. Called a "kyizi" (pronounced chi-z), the large heavy gong was suspended from a rope and struck on one upturned end with a small wood mallet so it swung in a circular motion, emitting a rich vibrating tone. (See a kyizi gong in "Burmese Crafts Past and Present" by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 142). Unique...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #171939 (stock #53-27)
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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 (1392-1910). Dated to circa 1870, this painting and its companion piece have delicate calligraphy that relates to a theme of filial honor. Tucked into the painting next to the palace scenes, the calligraphy is in the Chinese characters that educated Koreans continued to use many years after simplified Hangul became...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #269967 (stock #60-13)
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Beautifully carved of the dense, heavy hardwood hung-mu, this pair of 19th century Chinese fou, or Buddhist lion dogs, is fantastic in detail and visage. As tradition dictates, the female is shown with a cub. As a departure from tradition, however, both she and her mate hold balls, said to represent the world and generally shown only with the male fou. The female has curly lashes, curls under her chin and down her back over long wavy hair. The male has spiky lashes and shorter hair. Beliefs asso...
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. This smooth stone meets the criterion set forth by the 19...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1700 item #142349 (stock #57-37)
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Crowned Buddha figures such as this one became popular in Burma during the Ava Period. This 17th century royal marble Buddha is in typical Ava style, with a round face, high sweeping incised and painted eyebrows, and a thin-lipped mouth in a half-moon smile. Crowned or royal Buddha images in Burma are called "jambhupati," which was the name of a legendary arrogant king who finally was humbled when he had a vision of the Buddha in magnificent royal attire equal to his own. This marble Buddha is a...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1970 item #396264 (stock #39-06)
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This lustrous white polished marble Buddha rests on an unpolished, irregular marble slab, providing maximum contrast in order to center focus on the figure. The robe, with its graceful folds and skillfully executed shoulder flap, complements the smooth, serene face of the Buddha. Carved in Burma during the latter half of the 20th century, the Buddha and base are cut from a single piece of marble. The figure was carved to be viewed from any angle rather than only from the front as are many of the...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #886456 (stock #60-27)
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This red lacquered wood teacup box from 19th century provincial China has an especially pleasing shape and patina. Happy looking dragons hold the tall handle in their mouths, and at the center are two robed figures holding streamers. The handle, carved both on front and back, folds down for compact storage. Boxes such as this, used throughout China to store small teacups, were handmade, hand carved and generally lacquered red, the Chinese color of joy. We never have seen two of these boxes exa...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #879327 (stock #08-68)
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A low lacquer stand to hold offerings for Buddhist monasteries has a bold spiral wave design in cinnabar and black. Made by the Intha people who live around Inle Lake in one of the eastern Shan states of Burma, it is constructed of a large wood tray affixed to turned pegs on a circular base. The Intha are known for the unusual way they propel their small boats while standing up and using one leg as an oar. They also tend to use lacquer in distinctive ways. Here the lacquer is applied to the wood...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #332635 (stock #56-01)
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The five-bat design on this Chinese Qing Dynasty pendant is a pictorial rebus representing five blessings--health, wealth, virtue, longevity and lifelong protection from danger. The characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," led centuries ago to the Chinese use of bat iconography on furniture, clothing and jewelry. The five-bat design took the use of this icon for happiness to new heights. This 19th century pendant has the five-bat design on both sides and, for extra measure, th...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 2000 item #813130 (stock #12-24)
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The white goats in this colorful Chinese folk painting climb a blue/green hill tinged with red by the huge setting sun. Gouache on paper, this piece from Huxian County in Shaanxi Province is unsigned, as was generally the case for art from China’s peasant painting communities. The Huxian painting community was established in 1958, and from there the movement spread across China, growing to 51 such rural groups by 1989.(For an overview of paintings from many such communities, see “The Best in...
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 : Pre 1940 item #759319 (stock #61-25)
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This beautifully made sterling silver bracelet is exceptionally comfortable to wear even though it weighs 64 grams. The six braided chains are supple and move well on the wrist. Five shining flower disks are affixed to the chains and add subdued sparkle as the chains flex. A secure prong clasp is set in a handsome tube. The bracelet is 92.5 percent sterling silver and is stamped as such on the inside of the clasp. It was made in the Indian city of Jaisalmer, a remote outpost in the Thar Desert i...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #310334 (stock #60-92)
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More than three feet in diameter, this rosewood panel has very open fretwork that integrates stylized characters for the wish of good fortune and happiness. The design presents this traditional Chinese symbol in a sleek manner, framing the rounded fretwork with a flat outside rim. Comma-shaped tails within the characters, the only departure from geometric lines, evoke another ancient Chinese emblem for happiness--pairs of rhinoceros horns. This piece is from the latter half of the 20th century a...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #158823 (stock #52-35)
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A crouching dragon extending his neck and looking over his shoulder can be seen in this Chinese scholar's stone, naturally formed over centuries by water erosion. The rock surface, or dragon skin, is covered with rough scales and a network of white, yellow and red/brown veins. A black tail tapers to a flat, blunt point, and the short front legs are defined by a small gap worn into the rock. The horizontally oriented limestone dragon sits in a low wood stand custom made to complement its shape an...
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. This mermaid may relate to a legend or could be the fanciful...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #773997 (stock #12-41)
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Astrological symbols for days and months encircle this early 20th century Burmese lacquer box. On the top of the lid are eight symbols used by the Burmese people to represent the days of the week, with two signs for Wednesday--an elephant with tusks for the a.m., a tuskless elephant for the p.m. A peacock, emblem of the Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) and symbol of the sun, centers the lid. Around the perimeter of the container are 12 lively representations of Burmese zodiac signs: sea creature f...
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. This miniature provides the prophet with an especially imaginative ark shaped like a composi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1950 item #142506 (stock #58-01)
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Vishnu, a major god in Hinduism and Indian mythology, is depicted on these mid-20th century shutters from the Indian state of Rajasthan. The god is shown in traditional fashion, with four arms and holding four symbolic items--a conch shell, lotus, wheel and mace. The decorative interior shutters have iron hinges, hasp and chain. When used as wall art, the shutter can be hung in one piece or the sides separated and hung as two single pieces. The shutters are in very good condition. Dimensions: he...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #136347 (stock #29-62)
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A fragrant sandalwood carving done done in the late 20th century shows the Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin sitting on a high throne entwined with two dragons and flowers. Carved in Burma for the Chinese market, she is depicted in the traditional Chinese Guanyin pose with a vase and staff. Her face, with large eyes and a small mouth, has a thoughtful expression. Height 9" (23 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM