Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #133676 (stock #07-81)
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An example of the care that was taken by artisans in old Japan to produce utilitarian items of quiet beauty, this 19th century mid-Meiji period cask was used for mixing and storing sushi rice. It is constructed of cedar staves held in place with twisted bamboo. A favorite Japanese motif, the plum blossom crest, decorates the lid and one end of the piece, and another crest, probably the mon of the family that had the tub made, decorates the other end piece. It is in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1837 VR item #354018 (stock #61-01)
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Painted around 1830 by Persian miniaturist Riza-Zade, this is a delightful figure of a grand Ottoman gentleman. Riza-Zade painted this work in Istanbul, where he was a member of the court of Sultan Mahmud II. It was a common practice of the Ottoman sultans to bring artisans, particularly miniaturists, from Persia to serve the court's needs. The painting is signed in the lower right quadrant. The subject, most likely a vizier, has an exceptionally sensitive face and elegant stance...
All Items : Archives : Instruments and Implements : Pre 2000 item #782102 (stock #10-51)
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These strange bird scissors were made in a family's small metal forging shop in the old quarter of Bukhara. Located in Central Asia in the middle of the Kizyl-Kum Desert, Bukhara was perhaps the most colorful stop along the ancient Silk Road, filled with traders, camels, caravanserai and bazaars. The family of workers who produced these scissors (they also made other utilitarian items) are descended from several generations of metalsmiths who labored in the same shop using the same tools...
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...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #145836 (stock #53-57)
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This mid-19th century pictorial ideograph painting, called a "munjado," has an interesting cultural tie to Korea and its strong Confucian ideals. Ink and slight color on paper, it is unsigned as is typical for munjado. The ideograph is a graphic, stylized interpretation of the Chinese character "shin" meaning "trust," which is one of the eight major Confucian principles of morality...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #664820 (stock #60-28)
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Red lacquer gives this unusual wood pitcher from China the look of a village celebration, which was most likely where it was used during the latter years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Made to serve beverages to large gatherings of guests at weddings or other festivities, the rich red color, a symbol of joy in China, was appropriate then, and today still looks joyful. The body of the pitcher is constructed of shaped wood staves fitted tightly together and held in place by two brass bands...
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...
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...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #137747 (stock #24-22)
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Guanyin, Chinese bodhisattva of mercy, is finely carved in huanghauli. The graceful, slender lines of this early 20th century carving put emphasis on the grain and natural sheen of the rare wood. Immediately recognizable as Guanyin from the high headpiece, the figure wears a plain robe and no jewelry, unlike most Chinese images of the goddess. She is full-faced, smiling and looks almost merry, another departure from the usually serene and cool Guanyin representations...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 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. The period when it was collected as a scholar's rock is less certain than its place of origin but we believe it was near the end...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #717962 (stock #63-37)
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This lacquered wood sculpture of Manok-thi-ha, a double-bodied, human-headed lion, sat as a protector in a Shan Buddhist temple or monastery. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam Mount Meru (center of the Buddhist universe said to be in the Himalaya) along with other guardians of the Buddhist/Hindu cosmos such as garuda, kinnara and pyin-sa-yu-pa. The Shan, a minority people who are devout Buddhists now living primarily in eastern Burma and northwest Th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #799708 (stock #58-30)
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Excellent pierced carving of leaves and scrolling surrounds a circular piece of marble in this late 19th century Chinese piece. Marble gazing was somewhat like cloud gazing in Qing Dynasty China, when pieces of "pictorial" marble were set into furniture and hung on walls as art. Patterns in the marble veins were said to resemble mountains, water scenes, or auspicious flowers and birds. This piece, with its beautifully carved hardwood frame, looks quite Victorian and is in very good condition. Di...
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 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 1970 item #684055 (stock #61-07)
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Fifteen Ottoman horsemen gallop across the 33-inch length of this hunt scene miniature. The unusual panoramic format of the painting, reminiscent of a hand scroll, was achieved by attaching three old manuscript pages together lengthwise. Done on a background of gold leaf, the scene is colorful and lively, with brightly attired horsemen and horses in a field of flowers and trees. A number of deer leap among them and appear to be outwitting the riders, all of whom carry bows but with no arrows in ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #140810 (stock #53-60)
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Seven Buddhas, each representing a star in the Big Dipper, appear in this very large painting from a Korean Buddhist temple wall, along with a another central Buddha, a god of the sun, god of the moon and eleven Shamanist and Taoist gods. Both the painting itself and the major Buddha figure are called "Chilsong," the Korean name for the Big Dipper. Reverence for celestial bodies was rooted in Taoism and Shamanism, then incorporated into Korean Buddhism. The Big Dipper was regarded as especially ...