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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #294758 (stock #52-18)
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Hangings with auspicious symbols wishing good fortune and long life were deemed essential for newly married couples in provincial China. This pair of 19th century silk embroidered banners originated in Shaanxi Province and were made to be hung on either side of the marriage bed. Each banner is constructed of five shaped silk pieces arranged in a line from narrow at the top to wide at the bottom and held together with beads strung on silk thread...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #407010 (stock #61-47)
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Used for growing silkworms, this large shallow bamboo basket was lined with mulberry leaves and suspended horizontally under the eaves of a Japanese farmhouse. According to rural lore, the silkworms ate so voraciously that, in the still of the night, the sounds of their chewing on the leaves could be heard throughout the house. Silk production is no longer a cottage industry in Japan so these old bamboo baskets have taken on new purpose as decorative household items...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1940 item #327358 (stock #10-94)
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A central apsara dancer is surrounded by three small attendants and a miniature horse in this carved teak wood panel from a Burmese temple complex. The scene depicts dancers performing classical drama, recalling ancient legends drawn from the epic, Ramayana, and retelling events from the Jataka, stories of the Buddha's many lives. Costumes and curved foliage show intricate detailing on the large pierced carving fashioned from a single piece of teak...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #157228 (stock #28-01)
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Wine pitchers as large as this one (nearly 20 inches in height) from the Republic of Georgia show the Georgians' high regard for the products of their vineyards. Incised designs of grape leaves decorate the sides and neck of this handsome silver over copper container from the late 19th/early 20th century. The copper shows through the thin silver coating for an interesting patina...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #396013 (stock #50-03)
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The early 19th century panels on this graceful fretwork screen are centered with carved roundels, each with a different vignette of a bird and flowers. An unusual pattern of curved, carefully fitted fretwork with finely done carvings of endless knots, urns, flowers and nature dragons recalls the style and iconography of ancient Chinese bronzes. Flowers and grasses are carved in low relief in different scenes at the bottom of each panel. Pierced carving at the top of the panels depicts a ruyi...
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 : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #277308 (stock #60-58)
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Calligraphy on the table plaque behind the two figures in this Chinese ancestor painting reads, "Born March 06, 1456, Died December 08, 1538." Ancestor portraits generally were commissioned after the death of the subjects, later retouched as needed, or often completely repainted and, as a result, are difficult to date. This painting, we believe, dates to the 19th century, possibly earlier...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #758523 (stock #10-38)
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Offerings of food were taken to a Buddhist monastery or temple in the five compartments of this cinnabar lacquer offering bowl. Called an "ok-kwet," meaning "wide bowl" in Burmese, it is one of several designs of "hsun-ok," the vessels used by families in Burma to transport and display their offerings. This ok-kwet was formed with thin tightly woven bamboo strips, then lacquered inside and out, beginning with natural black lacquer and finishing with lacquer to which cinnabar was added...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #262454 (stock #58-57)
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Made of elm wood finished in a rich reddish brown, this late 19th century Chinese stool comes from Shandong Province. Eight spandrels with pierced carvings of ruyi, a mushroom-shaped symbol for long life, decorate the areas between the stretcher and the half-round legs. Stools were much-used pieces of furniture in Chinese households and were quite solidly constructed. This one, in excellent condition, is a good size for use as a small side table. We have a pair of these stools available...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #544404 (stock #60-54)
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This ancestor portrait of a handsomely robed Chinese couple includes a table plaque indicating their birth dates as November 2, 1398, and December 3, 1400...
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. Age is difficult to establish on such an item but we were told, and the amount of wear corroborates, that this tree trunk became a rice pounding table sometime during the late 19th century. The wood also is difficult to identify with certainty. The distinctive curving grain is ve...
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 : 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 : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #284607 (stock #60-09)
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Chinese scholars' rocks, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing in themselves, often evoked for the collector a form in nature--a particular mountain peak, a waterfall or an animal. Such associations were made either because of the overall shape of the rock or, as in the case of this "fish" rock, because natural patterns on the stone surface suggested a form or scene. This type of rock would have been polished to enhance the color pattern, and it is possible that the fish was not even appar...
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 : 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).