Asian Antiques by Silk Road
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...
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...
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 : 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...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #161850 (stock #51-54)
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An abundance of fine pierced carving gives this 19th century Chinese portal a lighter, more delicate look than generally found in Qing pieces of this scale. The center portion, with its graceful scrolling and carved tassels and beads, obviously was designed to herald the significance of one's passage beneath it. Touches of gilt on the rich red lacquer highlight carvings meant to convey important symbolic messages...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #401268 (stock #52-69)
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An interesting old house built into the riverbank is seen on the right in this very large (nearly five feet wide) Chinese brush painting. The season is spring and the house is encircled by trees with new green leaves. Two small boats are moored near the house, ducks swim by and the scene is quiet and still, surrounded by heavy morning mists that soften the background. This is a late 20th century painting with the unidentified artist's seal and calligraphy at upper left...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #298281 (stock #60-10)
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An intricately textured surface and delicate color shadings against brilliant white combine to make this a scholar's rock of breathtaking beauty. The carved hong mu base has an elliptical shape that balances and stabilizes several overhanging projections on the vertically oriented rock. Judging by the shape of the rock, popular during the Qing Dynasty, and the type of base, typical during early Qing years, this piece most likely was collected during the 19th century or earlier...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #639372 (stock #61-44)
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From Rajasthan, painted in the Mewar style, this miniature depicts two members of a royal household on a picnic. They are attended by three servants--one whisking away flying insects, one pouring wine from a flask and the third holding another flask. The seated couple are sharing a cup of wine. All five figures stand out in stark contrast to the dark gray/green forest that surrounds them. Two lines of Urdu calligraphy float in gold-colored paint across the top of the miniature...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1910 item #389192 (stock #53-77)
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Made of luminous elm wood, this early 20th century two-piece Korean cabinet originated in South Chwengchung Province. The larger top part of the stackable chest, used for hanging overcoats and long skirts, has two wide doors to allow full access to the generous space. The bottom portion has two compartments, one with a hasp that could be locked over the horizontally hinged fold-down door; the other compartment with three deep drawers. The two parts of the cabinet can be used separately...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #385938 (stock #61-12)
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Each tribe of the Turkomen people developed its own distinctive designs for the heavy silver jewelry worn by most of the Central Asian nomadic groups. This heart-shaped piece, from the Teke subtribe, was an important part of their culture. Called an asyk, the gilded and incised heart was presented to a bride by the groom's parents. She wore it on the back of her head or on a braid throughout most of her life, taking it off, along with her other silver jewelry, when she became an elderly matriarc...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #322422 (stock #41-42)
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Antique turquoise and silver ornaments worn in the hair by Tibetan women, and sometimes men as well, seem to hold a special power to evoke the mountains and mystery of Tibet. This 19th century piece is shaped like a conch shell, Buddhist symbol of the absence of evil. We had a silver loop added to one end so it can be worn as a pendant. A large, earthy turquoise stone is set in the center of the piece, and small turquoise disks are lined across the top and bottom. The back side is covered with t...
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. Two ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #755920 (stock #63-36)
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Displayed in a Buddhist monastery or temple, this large, footed tray held tall offerings of fruit brought by the devout. This mid to late 19th century stand originated in Upper Burma toward the border with Thailand where many communities of Shan people are centered. It is made of a combination of dense teak wood and tightly wrapped strips of bamboo covered with multiple layers of black and cinnabar lacquer. Such old ceremonial items from Burmese villages, where life centers around Buddhist rites...
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. When taken to the monastery, the ...
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 : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #540197 (stock #18-28)
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A curving pumpkin-colored line sweeps down the 13-foot length of this early 20th century silk brocade Japanese obi. Triangular areas filled with brocaded curved shapes in metallic gold, blue, green and gray point in from the sides defining the path of the pumpkin-colored line. This most unusual and striking obi is constructed in the fukuro style, with the pattern covering sixty percent of the front side and the back fully covered in unpatterned pumpkin silk. Obi, the wide belt worn with traditio...