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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174489 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 9 through 12 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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #264161 (stock #39-19)
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Nine tall egrets outlined in a slightly raised cream-colored glaze march around this nine-sided vase of the Mon People, a Southeast Asian ethnic minority found in Thailand and Burma. The birds and surrounding foliage are in a reddish brown underglaze that appears to have been lightly sprinkled with grains of sand before glazing, in contrast to the smooth cream glaze. The neck and rim, also textured, are in an abstract design of tan and reddish brown...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #806432 (stock #10-XX)
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A mid-Qing Dynasty red silk temple wall hanging has magnificent embroidery in gold and the traditional colors of Tibet...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1960 item #396166 (stock #61-06)
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Gold leaf applied to a late 18th century manuscript page creates the background for this Turkish miniature depicting seven brightly garbed horsemen in a polo match. Strong color is used for the players' costumes and flowers on the field. This work was done in the mid 20th century using the type of old paper favored by many miniaturists. The painting is in excellent condition; the paper, while it shows its age and has been mended on the edge, is quite strong...
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
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 : Pre 1910 item #157904 (stock #38-51)
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The expression on the full, rounded face of this late Qing Chinese Buddha is both tranquil and wise, and a slight smile adds to the enigma. The forehead is marked with the third eye of spiritual wisdom, the urna, and the bare chest is marked with a swastika, an ancient emblem derived from Sanskrit, that means "so be it" or resignation to what is. The Chinese representation of the Buddha Shakyamuni often includes the swastika as a symbol that denotes the heart and mind of Buddha...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #540722 (stock #61-72)
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These Chinese architectural window panels have a graceful and open pattern that is among the most beautiful of the thousands of fretwork designs that were created in China over the centuries. Poplar wood pieces, rounded on top and polished to a smooth sheen, are fitted together in an ingenious way to form an architectural pattern that has a simple yet compelling presence. Traditional Chinese joinery makes the long rectangles strong and solid without the use of nails or glue...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #263824 (stock #57-59)
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The tall spire on the lid of this early 20th century Burmese lacquer hsun-ok echoes the shape of the spires that top Buddhist temples in Burma (now called Myanmar). Hsun-ok are lidded containers used to present offerings of food to monasteries. Rice or fruit were placed in the red bowl, the high lid placed over it, and the offering was carried ceremoniously through the streets to the monastery...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #194550 (stock #53-31)
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The dragon of the clouds is portrayed in this 150-year-old painting that is from a uniquely Korean genre called "functional painting." Although often called folk art, such Korean works differed from folk art as the term is used elsewhere because in Korea they usually were executed by trained, professional artists or by painter-monks rather than by amateurs...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #343707 (stock #52-38)
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Thin vertical veins in shades of green and white give this Chinese scholar's rock the frozen, glacial feel of its origin, Liaoning Province in Manchuria, just above the border with North Korea. It is a dense, heavy stalactite, always cool to the touch, that resembles a mountain cliff. The mountainous area where it originated is dotted with Taoist monasteries and caves...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #679925 (stock #57-48)
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Made of gleaming black lacquer, this Burmese ok-kwet, which means "wide bowl," is one of the designs within a classification of vessels called "hsun-ok" used to carry offerings of food to Buddhist monasteries. The six-piece container--a large bowl topped with a series of trays and smaller bowls--hides more elegance inside with its rich cinnabar-colored interiors and rims. Pieces fit together in stepped fashion, ending in an inverted cup that sits atop the stack...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #913678 (stock #57-21)
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This large carved teak kinnari, mythical half man/half bird creature, surrounded by curving foliage was the equivalent of a hood ornament when it was perched on a two-wheeled bullock cart in 19th century Burma. With its chest thrust forward and head, wings and tail swept back, the kinnari gives the impression of speed. Kinnari and the female counterpart, kinnara, were favorite icons in the Burmese pantheon of fantastic mythical creatures...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1960 item #637397 (stock #61-04)
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Noah and his ark are shown in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature that was painted on a page taken from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. Noah, a revered Muslim prophet, was a favorite subject of Turkish miniaturists. The ark, as imagined by these painters, was often a fanciful vessel. Here it is a bowl-shaped boat with a gold animal that perhaps represented a sea creature serving as the bow and a curved gold tail jutting from the stern...
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. The screen is in very...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #140879 (stock #57-03)
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This classic Burmese Pagan (Bagan) standing Buddha holds both hands in karana mudra, gesture of expelling all evil. Once completely covered with gold leaf, there is still some gold remaining over the bronze figure, which dates to the late 18th/early 19th century. This Buddha has a mystical and graceful quality and, especially in profile, looks as if about to rise upward. The face is true Pagan, with arched eyebrows joined over aquiline nose, and a small, slightly smiling mouth, yet it achieves a...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #703639 (stock #64-20)
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A slender, graceful Mandalay Buddha stands on a double lotus throne with right hand in varada mudra, gesture of charity and fulfillment of wishes. This early 20th century figure is carved of teak wood and covered with lacquer. Thayo (thickened lacquer) forms decorative edging on the robe and lotus petals on the throne, and is embedded with bits of red mica, much of it covered with a gold-colored wash. The face is serene, with downcast eyes and a slightly upturned mouth. This is a classic and bea...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #668482 (stock #63-63)
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In Burma, this figure known as Shin-thiwali, represented the protector of travelers and was found in Buddhist temples and in private homes. Immediately identifiable from the walking staff, beads, begging bowl and bald pate, he was thought to live in the forest and possess powers to protect against theft and fires. This one, with his enigmatic half smile and mild expression, appears to harbor some secret knowledge. The carved wood figure, gilt over dark reddish brown coloring, stands on a waisted...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #268004 (stock #58-48)
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The front half of the top of this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese lacquered wood box is removable so that small teacups could be stacked and stored inside. The box is constructed of shaped wood slats fitted together in barrel-fashion and secured with two brass bands. The removable portion of the lid closes at the front with a metal hasp and has two long pegs that slide under the fixed top to keep the back in place. It is another example of a Chinese utilitarian object with appealing design,...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #191366 (stock #58-94)
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From Shanxi Province in Western China, this mid-19th century bamboo chair could be described in present-day terms as "funky." It also can accurately be described as comfortable, sturdy and light, another example of the versatility of bamboo. The chair is in very good condition; the seat most likely is a replacement. See our catalogue listing #191373 for a similar chair. Dimensions: height 17 1/2" (45 cm) at seat and 27 1/2" (70 cm)at back, width 17 1/2" (45 cm), depth 15" (38 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #805354 (stock #12-43)
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An elephant-like mythical animal believed to offer protection to a house and its inhabitants is carved of teak wood and sealed with black lacquer. From the Shan minority people in northeast Burma, the carving has a sliding lid over a large open area that was used to store medicine. The animal is a fanciful composite creature from the carver’s imagination. The trunk is raised over a distinctly non-elephant-like open mouth with sharp teeth. The ears are flowers that extend upwards from above th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #804079 (stock #41-30)
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A young boy in service as a novice monk sets out on his morning rounds to beg for food in this watercolor that conveys the essence of Burma. It is the practice for boys between the ages of about 7 and 13 years of age to leave their families and live for a time as novices at their local monastery where they receive instruction and live monastic lives. This painting, signed by Khan Bo, captures the boy's sense of duty, picturing him alone in a sun-baked Burmese landscape. We unfortunately are unab...
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 1900 item #296975 (stock #60-20)
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Paintings on the doors of this mid-19th century Chinese scholar's box from Zhejiang Province have faded and mellowed. Figures of a master in grand robes with his servant behind him carrying a banner can be seen on the right door; a slender lady, also followed by a servant with a banner, is on the left door. Each scene includes a different species of bird in the bottom foreground, perhaps one type of bird symbolizing feminine qualities, the other male attributes. Both paintings are muted to the e...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #655483 (stock #62-33)
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This low folding table from Tibet is covered on three sides with intricate gesso in foliage and textile patterns, giving it richness and depth. The wear on the table suggests it was used in a monastery as an altar since the gesso work shows minimal wear but the top obviously was heavily used over a long period of time. Folding tables such as this also traveled with monks and nomadic families although this one does not appear to have spent time lashed on the back of a yak. The sides and front fol...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #754256 (stock #12-23)
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A colorful and joyous folk painting from rural Huxian County in Shaanxi Province, China, shows seven young girls carrying baskets overflowing with pomegranates through an orchard. The girls, accompanied by birds, weave among low, fruit-laden trees. Done in gouache on paper, the charming, simple scene is a peasant painter's interpretation of a bountiful harvest day, and employs a once-favorite rural symbol, the multi-seeded pomegranate that represented the hope for numerous offspring. Huxian (Huh...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #519989 (stock #42-54)
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This Chinese altar table has a depth of just over 11 inches and is 88 inches long, giving it a light and elegant look. Made of northern elm, it has a solid plank top and graceful carving. Tall ruyi are beautifully and simply carved on the outside and inside surfaces of the end trestles. Curved cloud spandrels on each leg echo the upward sweep of the everted flanges on either end of the plank top. Traces of opaque brown lacquer that once covered the entire table can still be seen on the warm gol...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174483 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are the first four 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 ances...
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 : 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 : Pre 1980 item #803134 (stock #40-11)
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An interesting piece that evokes hilltribe elders and smoky fires in the mountains of the Golden Triangle, this pipe is made of seven sections fitted together over a wood shaft to form a long tube. The wood ball on the end fits over the shaft that runs down the center of the metal tube. Embossed designs of an exotic bird and foliage cover the tube, made of an alloy with silver content. The mechanics of usage or whether the pipe is usable is a mystery to us. We acquired it as part of a purchase ...
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 : 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 1910 item #703045 (stock #54-68)
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A wood panel carved in relief conveys wishes for a long and joyous life with five familiar Chinese symbols for longevity. The late 19th/early 20th century panel once was part of a decorative screen or perhaps a large piece of furniture. Framed, the carving becomes an unusual and handsome representation of wishes for good fortune. The symbols are carved within a cartouche and have the supernatural quality of Chinese folklore. A fox in a pine tree takes on a half-human form, relating to Chinese fo...
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 : 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 : Korean : Pre 1900 item #268759 (stock #53-29)
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Two large, lush lotus leaves in soft shades of green dominate this early 20th century Korean painting. Though generally referred to as folk art, Korean works such as this fall into a category unique to Korea known as "functional" or "popular" art. Unlike true folk art, Korean functional paintings were usually the work of professional artists; it was subject matter and widespread use of the paintings by all classes of society that made them similar to folk art. The paintings were "functional" in ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #859642 (stock #23-59)
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Designed to display ceremonial weavings, this teak wood hanger from Sumatra is carved into a sinuous pattern of swirling vines. A slot below the pierced carving allows thin cloth to be slipped through so that the carved vines act as a headpiece or crown for the fabric. The dark honey-toned Indonesian teak and the organic feel of the carving complement a variety of collectible textiles, providing they are not too thick to be pulled easily through the slot. The hanger is shown in photographs here ...
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. In Korea, paintings that had content classifying them as "popular ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #141771 (stock #57-11)
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Of the various types of lacquer techniques used in Burma--incised or yun lacquer, black lacquer with gold leaf designs, relief moulded lacquer--items made by the dry lacquer process are seen the most infrequently. Use of the dry lacquer method was confined primarily to the 18th and 19th centuries to produce beautiful, light-weight, hollow Buddha images. This 19th century dry lacquer head is from a Shan temple. Gilding covers reddish brown lacquer and emphasizes the totally serene look of the fac...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1970 item #804404 (stock #10-55)
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Handcarved wood molds used in making rice cakes for Chinese celebrations at New Year and the first full moon conveyed a family’s hopes for good fortune in the coming year. On this set of three, special wishes for wealth are expressed with carvings of coins, for joy with the butterfly shapes, for abundance with fish, and for protection with dragons. The rice cakes themselves, whether made with such special molds or just patted into round or oval shapes, carry a symbolic meaning of peace, harmon...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #301316 (stock #51-78)
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Sometimes called Gobi Desert viewing stones, or fengli, Mongolian rocks are exotic and mysterious, with surfaces unlike those of viewing stones harvested anywhere else in the world. The unusual textures seen in this stone are the effects of wind and sand erosion combined with desert heat. The stone is fascinating when viewed from any angle. Craggy grey/brown areas that look like dense fossilized bone merge with light, shiny melt-down veins and scattered spots of faded rust color. Gobi desert sto...
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 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. Dimensions: height and width: 29" (74 cm), depth 1-1/2" (...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #265053 (stock #53-85)
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The striking cinnabar-colored lacquer on this 19th century trunk signals its use as either a dowry chest or as an especially fine gift for the newly married couple. It is from Korea's South Cholla Province. Yellow brass hardware is a nice contrast to the rich hue of the lacquer. The size of this trunk makes it suitable for use as a small coffee table or low side table. It is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 3" (59 cm), width 29" (74 cm), depth 15" (38 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #382019 (stock #61-19)
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Gold, light apricot and soft blush flowers with sharply contrasting centers of iridescent blue and black swirl through this gorgeous early 20th century silk brocade obi. Japanese obi, or kimono belts, were made in several styles during the Meiji period. The fukuro obi has a design only on one side, with the back and the front of the obi sewn together from two pieces rather than folded over as in the maru obi. The design may cover the entire front or sixty percent of the front to facilitate vario...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #685967 (stock #63-19)
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Beautiful basketry is strengthened and preserved under many applications of cinnabar and black lacquer on this low handwoven rattan bowl. The bold and unusual pattern of the rattan weaving is retained as the design element of the piece. Rather than completely covering the basketry texture of the entire surface, as was generally done when woven bamboo was used as a base for lacquer, the artisan in this case covered and smoothed only the interior surface of the bowl, leaving the black lacquered te...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #326400 (stock #52-52)
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Daruma, also called Dharma and Bodhidharma, the monk from India who introduced Zen Buddhism to China, is carved here in granite. Nearly three feet tall, this late 20th century Chinese sculpture is carved in a form characteristic of depictions of the sage, with the head shown in fine detail and the rest of the body covered in a flowing robe represented with only a few simple lines. The sensitive face has a thoughtful expression and the trademark bushy eyebrows, bald pate and beard that identify t...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #139121 (stock #27-46)
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Bearing a Russian production date seal of 1904, this samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia, once part of the former USSR. Numerous other stamps on the vessel attest to the fame and awards accorded its Russian maker. Georgians, who were under Russian rule for 70 years, followed many Russian practices, among them the customs surrounding tea drinking. After their country became independent, they sold off many of their Russian possessions. The tray and bowl are silver plated; the samovar itse...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #396603 (stock #50-53)
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From mid-19th century China, this stand held the heavy silk brocade and embroidered robes worn in wealthy households during the Qing Dynasty. The width of this large piece makes it nicely adaptable for use as a striking headboard for a queen-size bed. Eight fretwork spandrels give a light and open look to the dark walnut wood. Pierced carving on the center roundel depicts foliage surrounding a relief carving of the symbol for long life. The two open diamond-shaped insets at the sides echo a des...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #293944 (stock #60-12)
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A Lake Taihu scholar's rock in a reddish hue is balanced here on a wood base that adds tension and intrigue. This piece is beautiful when viewed from any angle, the hallmark of a fine stone. Rocks from Lake Taihu in southern Jiangsu Province near Suzhou originally were collected in much larger sizes for use in gardens. During the Tang Dynasty, these rocks with many craters were highly prized and appear in Tang garden paintings and poetry. It was not until much later in the Ming and Qing Dynastie...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #396246 (stock #50-86)
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Extensive, detailed carving in low relief covers the front of this Qing cabinet. Drawer fronts are covered with an intricate pattern of flower-centered diamonds. Door fronts are carved with two different scenes of deer with flowering tree branches. A variation of the diamond pattern centered with different flowers is repeated in two front vertical panels flanking the doors. Sometimes called an ermei cabinet, this piece may have been used as an altar coffer judging by its exceptionally deep drawe...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #676216 (stock #60-51)
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The bold colors and handsome couple on this ancestor portrait from China make it an especially decorative piece of art. Although not as old as ancestor paintings we have sold for several decades, it follows classic ancestor portrait style, with each person facing directly forward, unsmiling, the man's hands and shoes showing, the woman's hands and shoes covered. The ancestor painting formula for serious faces sometimes resulted in stern, sour or vacant expressions but in this case both husband a...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Pre 1920 item #270290 (stock #27-82)
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Called a talavari, this home-spun blue wool shirt is from the mountainous Khevsureti area of the eastern part of the Republic of Georgia. Shirts such as these were worn by the men of the region. It is richly decorated with applique designs and exceptionally refined cross-stitch embroidery. The back of the shirt also is embroidered. Dimensions: height 32" (81 cm), width 53" (135 cm).
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 : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #648590 (stock #62-31)
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This long carved panel from Japan's late Meiji Period shows two sailboats passing behind an island in the center foreground. Distant mountains are seen in the background to one side; the sea with small boats to the other side. Pierced carving allowed the scene to be viewed from either side of the panel, which was used as a transom, called a ranma, in a traditional Japanese house. Hung above wide sliding doors, the ranma provided soft light and air circulation to living areas on both sides of the...
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 : 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. The figure is in perfect...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1970 item #265029 (stock #54-04)
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Beautifully ornamented, this bronze Korean temple bell matches its look with a sound that is exceptionally clear and long-lasting. The design echoes that of the huge bells of Korea's Shilla Kingdom. A dragon holds the chain at the top of the bell, and flame shapes with Bodhisattva decorate the perimeter. The bell and striker are suspended on a sturdy wood frame. It is in perfect condition. Dimensions: height of bell 13" (33 cm), bell diameter 8" (20 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #393845 (stock #42-11)
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Leather in a lush Bordeaux shade covers this late 19th century Chinese trunk on all sides. An appropriate size to use as a coffee table or at the end of a bed, this trunk was used in the northern part of China for seasonal clothing storage much the same as trunks anywhere are used. The appealing color of the leather is what makes this one special. It is fitted with metal handles on the sides and a lock on the front. The inside is lined with fabric. The trunk is in good condition. Dimensions: hei...