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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1258102 (stock #63-24)
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From late 19th century Burma, this three-part bowl combines exceptional design, color and tactile appeal. Lacquer-covered surfaces of tightly woven split bamboo invite touch; black lacquer shows through worn dark red lacquer to create a striking patina, and the parts fit together in an understated shape both handsome and versatile...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Pre 1900 item #143178 (stock #56-13)
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A painted scene of a polo game with a rider on a spirited red horse decorates the front of this large trunk used to store festival finery in Mongolia. An attendant with a rope is poised on one leg next to the horse, and the entire tableau is surrounded with a triple frame of painted flowers on a black background. The top, back and sides of the chest are unpainted, and the sides have metal carrying handles. This 19th century trunk is in very good condition both inside and outside...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #773997 (stock #12-41)
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Astrological symbols for days and months encircle this early 20th century Burmese lacquer box. On the top of the lid are eight symbols used by the Burmese people to represent the days of the week, with two signs for Wednesday--an elephant with tusks for the a.m., a tuskless elephant for the p.m. A peacock, emblem of the Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) and symbol of the sun, centers the lid...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #688492 (stock #64-38)
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A graceful bronze Bodhisattva seated on a double lotus throne wears the accoutrements favored by the Arkanese in western Burma. This small piece appears ancient but very close inspection (and the price) reveal that it is not...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #264361 (stock #56-26)
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Made of wood covered with glossy red lacquer, this shallow lidded box with its tall carved handle is a Qing Dynasty example of form following function. It was designed specifically for the purpose of holding and serving Chinese pancakes, and probably was used at 19th century banquets where Peking duck (now Beijing duck) was served. The lid is centered with a carving of a fish, symbol of plenty. The unusual shape and warm color make this a wonderful decorative object. It is in excellent condition...
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 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 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 : Pre 1920 item #669332 (stock #63-40)
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This early 20th century bronze Buddha holding a kalasa, the vase of abundance, has a quiet simplicity. The figure wears an unadorned monk's robe and sits on a tall waisted throne of double rows of lotus petals, typical of Burma's Ava Period. Other Ava attributes seen on this Buddha are the triangular face with a small bow-shaped mouth, the band between forehead and hair, and the slightly forward lean of the body. A departure from the typical Ava presentation is the placement of the hands (mudra)...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #387906 (stock #60-59)
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This late 18th/early 19th century apothecary chest once held an array of natural remedies that were mixed by the herbalist or doctor after customers recited their ailments. Characters painted on the face of each drawer to identify contents are worn and now only faintly visible. Further wear around the drawers and on the wood surfaces is evidence of its 150-plus years of use. Each small drawer is divided into thee sections, which would have had paper labels...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #308575 (stock #60-35)
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Wispy, near-abstract designs of bamboo, flowers and a bird are framed within heavy black arches on this 19th century Chinese jar. The red clay body is covered with a striking turquoise glaze that was stopped about two inches short of the bottom, then allowed to drip down over the clay in little rivers. The mouth and inside walls are glazed in black with brown undertones...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1920 item #300911 (stock #35-48)
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An unusual mesh rope woven of fine silver wire is strung with ornate silver beads on this early 20th century necklace from Sri Lanka. From the old capital city of Kandi in the island's central highlands, it is in a design most likely meant to be worn by a man. Masculine jewelry (see a Sri Lankan leopard claw necklace with a similar mesh rope, catalogue listing #298517) was not uncommon in the region. This is a handsome piece of jewelry whether worn by a man or a woman. The silver mesh rope is lo...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #532539 (stock #53-47)
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A high ranking official rides a mythical chilin rendered as a wonderfully lumpy animal in this mid 19th century Chosen (Yi) Dynasty painting. The official carries incense and is followed by a servant carrying a staff. They travel on a cloud and have clouds in front of them. The work is unsigned, characteristic of Korean folk art, which was commissioned to represent a family's specific hopes for the future. The chilin was a badge of high rank as was the style of black hat worn by the official, an...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #325362 (stock #57-14)
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A beautifully simple carving that once graced a bullock cart in Burma, this 19th century teak wood bird is a fine example of Burmese folk art. The elongated head and neck of the bird stretch out to a long serpentine body and upturned tail. The artisan may have envisioned a composite bird/sea serpent since such creatures sometimes are found in Burmese art. The shape of this piece echoes the Burmese pyin-sa yu-pa, a composite of six animals, birds and fish (see our catalogue listing 09-16). There ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #648590 (stock #62-31)
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This long carved panel from Japan's late Meiji Period shows two sailboats passing behind an island in the center foreground. Distant mountains are seen in the background to one side; the sea with small boats to the other side. Pierced carving allowed the scene to be viewed from either side of the panel, which was used as a transom, called a ranma, in a traditional Japanese house. Hung above wide sliding doors, the ranma provided soft light and air circulation to living areas on both sides of the...
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 : Pre 1920 item #693739 (stock #35-51)
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A metal incense burner from Ceylon is cast to represent the Buddhist demon Mara as part bird, part human. Mara is the Buddhist personification of the temptations of the world, and takes different forms in the iconography, sometimes appearing as various creatures and demons, sometimes as a young and handsome human. The story of Mara and his armies attempting to lure Buddha away from the path to enlightenment as he meditated under the Bodhi tree provides many icons in the Buddhist pantheon. We hav...
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...