Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #391693 (stock #33-22)
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From an area northeast of Tokyo once called Echigo, now Nigata Prefecture, this 19th century tansu is typical of those commissioned by a country family for a daughter. Constructed of thick pieces of zelkova wood and made to last, it may have been built by the family carpenter. A dark, transparent finish was applied on the nicely grained wood...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #158034 (stock #38-23)
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Boldly decorated with underglaze cobalt blue in a pattern of loose lines overlaid with two vivid flowers, this Meiji Arita dish contrasts its precise shape with a free and floating central design. Rim patterns of bamboo, flowers and crosshatching, also loosely drawn, are divided into eight sections to emphasize the octagonal form. Four scrolling designs decorate the rim backs. A Kanji mark on the back of the plate translates as "treasure," perhaps a fanciful addition by the maker...
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 : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #276690 (stock #58-68)
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Used to hold large quantities of food for wedding celebrations, this early 20th century Chinese wood bucket is lacquered in vivid red, the color of joy in China. On the lid, gilded relief carvings of two birds representing the newlyweds are surrounded by flowers. Brass bands hold the shaped wood staves of the container together. The carvings and the shape of the bucket are typical of Zhejiang Province in southeast China. Vivid red is used with abandon for wedding ceremonies throughout China...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1940 item #309380 (stock #10-90)
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Lacy foliage swirls around two dancing apsaras on this large, intricately carved mid-20th century teak panel from Burma. The scene, carved from one piece of wood, is set within a deep teak frame carved in a scrolling pattern punctuated with flowers. The thick teak pieces used for the frame were hollowed, then carved out in the back so light can be seen through the frame...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #672604 (stock #63-35)
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Gold leaf over black lacquer on this dome-covered offering stand from Burma provides a stunning canvas for swirling designs of foliage and flowers. Deva figures, Buddhist celestials, or "angels," occupy four space cells (bilu-gwin) on the cone-shaped lid. The stand rests on three slender bird legs that extend from elegantly shaped aprons with more scrolling foliage. Ornamental stands such as this one, called daung-baung-kalat, were used for the presentation of offerings at monasteries...
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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1700 item #265092 (stock #04-15)
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Cut from limestone, this 16th century Ava Period (1287-1752) Buddha face is square and almost flat with sweeping eyebrows over half-closed eyes, well-modeled lips and elongated ears. The face is topped with a broad band. The head is fragmented in the back, perhaps evidence that this Buddha was carved in very high relief against a back slab. It is mounted on a black marble pedestal. Height, including pedestal, is 11" (28 cm).
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #707546 (stock #52-29)
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A Chinese scholar's stone from Laoshan Mountain in Shandong Province, China, has the craggy grey/green stone, known to collectors as Laoshan Lushi, embedded with a smooth and shiny knot-shaped vein of black stone that looks like onyx. The contrasting vein and the shape of the rock give it appeal from several sides and angles, a quality that was sought by Chinese scholar collectors who began nearly 1000 years ago bringing special stones into their studios for contemplation and display...
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...
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. Made in Shanxi Provi...
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 : Furnishings : Accessories : Boxes : Pre 1900 item #294478 (stock #58-73)
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Black ink-like sketches on woven reed panels give this skillfully made 19th century Chinese basket added appeal. The twelve sketches are of various symbolic plants, flowers and fruit. Shaped like a bird in flight, the unusual handle is wrapped in bamboo strips at the thick mid-section and on the thinner ends, where the bamboo is woven into a black and natural-color pattern. This lidded, two-compartment basket has a removable upper section, and was used to carry and serve food at weddings and oth...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #852464 (stock #07-94)
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A heavy cotton work jacket from mid-20th century Japan identifies the wearer as employee number four in Mr. Ebihara's shop in Aoyama. Worn by workers in even the smallest establishments, jackets such as this one were handmade and paste resist dyed. Still today one of the charms of entering a small shop in Japan is encountering workers in matching jackets who sing out welcome greetings, although today their coats probably will not be handmade. This small piece of old Japan is in very good conditi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #753625 (stock #26-12)
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A Chinese Qing Dynasty blue and white porcelain teapot has a donut-shaped body and double ring handle to give it an unusual and compelling profile. Also unusual is a small dent pressed into the top circle of the handle to provide a comfortable thumb rest when pouring tea. This late 19th century piece has no chips; the porcelain is discolored along the top front. Dimensions: height 6" (15 cm), width 7" (18 cm), depth 1-1/2" (4 cm).