Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #133515 (stock #38-81)
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Five Taoist immortals are molded in high relief around the sides of this 14th century Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) teapot. The figures are glazed in apple green on a background of thick crazed amber glaze that stops short of covering the base, revealing the Yixing clay body of the pot. An early example of Yixing ware, it is a heavy vessel with thick walls and a sturdy handle, and has survived the years in very good condition with wear showing only on the high areas of the green glaze...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #699512 (stock #02-27)
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A battle scene with three bearded warriors on horseback brandishing three different types of long swords is carved in deep relief on this Qing Dynasty wood panel. The riders are choreographed in an exaggerated action dance, with arms flung wide holding their weapons over their heads. A theatrical touch can also be seen in the horses, which have realistically carved heads and bodies but oddly stylized front legs...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 2000 item #697250 (stock #29-67)
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A tall white Korean porcelain vase has a beautifully subtle bamboo pattern that changes under different lighting conditions. The white on white design achieves its definition from the shiny, slightly raised surface of the bamboo seen against a matte background. White Korean porcelain, called "baek-ja," sometimes is mistakenly called white celadon but it does not have the crackled glaze that defines celadon. This sleek, almost stark, vase from the 1990s has a maker's mark on the bottom...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #157519 (stock #58-02)
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A gorgeous Indian dancer strikes a pose of pure attitude in this classic 19th century Indian miniature of the Rajasthan School. Of the various Indian schools of painting, Rajput and Rajput-Mughal styles have, in our view, the most enduring appeal. This Rajput work demonstrates the look of languorous elegance characteristic not only of that school of painting but of the architecture of palaces and temples that still exist throughout the state of Rajasthan...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #334583 (stock #55-34)
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A dense cross-hatching of white striations emphasizes the wrinkles on this small Chinese scholar's rock. The shape of the stone and the red/gold deposits spread across the surface suggest a wrinkled, roaring tiger. This stone most likely was harvested and collected by its original owner during the early 20th century, possibly near the end of the Qing Dynasty...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #175435 (stock #58-77)
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The round legs and straight stretchers on this 19th century Qing stool are typical of the simple lines found in earlier Ming Dynasty furniture. In some areas of China, particularly in the north, the spare Ming design continued as a favored look throughout the Qing period. Stools in a wide array of sizes, designs, and woods were perhaps the most ubiquitous item of Chinese furniture, used in mansions and tiny village houses both indoors and out for a variety of purposes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1960 item #417161 (stock #61-20)
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This pretty sterling silver bracelet from India's Jain minority has a clever three-tiered link system with mesh-like flexibility and just the right amount of weight, making this an exceptionally comfortable piece of jewelry. It is designed around 20 slightly serpentine-shaped crests, each topped with a raised, elongated "S" shape...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #751735 (stock #63-43)
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This large hand chased repousse silver bowl is encircled with six beautifully detailed life-like scenes from a Buddhist parable about the triumph of good over evil. Exceptional workmanship in this piece is marked by detailing on the characters--a prince, an ogre and a king--whose faces register anger, surprise and wariness. The scenes, each bordered by a cartouche, are set within an opulent palace and along a woodland path. Lavish scrolling foliage and six elegant peacocks surround the vignettes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #139839 (stock #57-01)
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A royal Buddha in the Burmese jambhupati style that portrays Buddha as a king, this early 19th century bronze originally had ornate flanges spiraling from crown to shoulders. Without the flanges, which were lost or intentionally removed, the smooth face is emphasized and the image gains in its look of serenity...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #187530 (stock #58-87)
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Zhejiang, a small Chinese province south of Shanghai, was the starting point for this cabinet in the late 19th century. It is made of fir covered with a wine-colored lacquer in a traditional two drawer, two door configuration. The lacquer is worn thin in places, giving the piece a nice patina. It is in good condition. Dimensions: height 32" (81 cm), width 23 1/2" (60 cm), depth 14 1/2" (37 cm).
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...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #718339 (stock #54-16)
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The chrysanthemum, a classic Japanese design element, is worked elegantly into a geometric pattern in this silk brocade fukuro obi. Worn by Japanese women with kimono, the obi is used as a belt to adjust the length of the kimono and is tied in a variety of complex ways. Obi are the palettes on which Japanese textile artists have lavished their skills. The richness of the long belts has always been regarded as equal to or more important than that of the kimono. Old silk obi have become collectors...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #155720 (stock #39-18)
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This bronze 17th century Buddha is attended by two important disciples--the monk, Sariputta, on his right and the monk, Mogallana, on his left. This magnificent group of three figures has a long history in Burmese art, appearing on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan, and on stone reliefs down through the centuries until the late 18th century when sculptors began portraying the two monks separately. Here the monks are shown kneeling on long lotus stems. All three figures show the remains of ...
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. An element of Bu...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #352787 (stock #60-69)
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Opera scenes are painted on either side of this dark moss green octagonal Qing trunk. Blue flowers decorate the ends under the metal carrying handles, and a long life symbol is painted on the lid. One of the scenes depicts a meeting of three officials, and the other shows a Chinese gentleman proffering a large butterfly to a woman gazing out a round window. This charming example of the wood trunks that were used in Chinese households to store shoes is the perfect size for use as a small side tab...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #147110 (stock #53-40)
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Signed and sealed by Chong Mon, a Korean artist whose work dates from mid to late 19th century, this painting is graceful and simple, a fine example of Korean technique using ink and color on paper in the classic Asian style. The subjects are tiger lilies, a rock and two butterflies. The artist added a poem in calligraphy that is very much in tune with the subject matter. The painting retains strong color and is good condition overall, with a few small stains indicating that originally it may ha...