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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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #160127 (stock #45-23)
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In provincial China, it was traditional for women to embroider auspicious symbols on silk shapes that they linked together with beads and loops to create long, mobile-like bedside hangings. This 19th century pair is from Shaanxi Province. Each of these hangings has seven pieces, all embroidered with emblems wishing a happy marriage and a long and successful life. Four of the pieces on each hanging are edged with cutouts of ruyi, a mushroom-shaped symbol for long life...
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 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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #264730 (stock #08-19)
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Seated on an unusually tall, waisted lotus throne, this 18th century Burmese Buddha has a nicely carved face that changes expression depending on viewing angle. Viewed from above, the face has lowered eyes and a serene expression. Viewed from a lower angle, the eyes and mouth change and the face takes on a bemused, almost impish expression. The right hand, in earth-touching mudra, has extremely elongated and squared off fingers, typical of the period...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #913678 (stock #57-21)
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This large carved teak kinnari, mythical half man/half bird creature, surrounded by curving foliage was the equivalent of a hood ornament when it was perched on a two-wheeled bullock cart in 19th century Burma. With its chest thrust forward and head, wings and tail swept back, the kinnari gives the impression of speed. Kinnari and the female counterpart, kinnara, were favorite icons in the Burmese pantheon of fantastic mythical creatures...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #799708 (stock #58-30)
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Excellent pierced carving of leaves and scrolling surrounds a circular piece of marble in this late 19th century Chinese piece. Marble gazing was somewhat like cloud gazing in Qing Dynasty China, when pieces of "pictorial" marble were set into furniture and hung on walls as art. Patterns in the marble veins were said to resemble mountains, water scenes, or auspicious flowers and birds. This piece, with its beautifully carved hardwood frame, looks quite Victorian and is in very good condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #265060 (stock #50-82)
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Curved cloud spandrels on either side of the recessed legs give this 18th century Chinese northern elm altar table a light and graceful look. Everted flanges sweep upward at each end of the top. It is supported on trestles that frame large open panels carved with chilin, mythical lion-like beasts that symbolized high rank in old China. Judging by its size--eight feet in length--the table most likely saw use in a Oing Dynasty temple. It is in excellent condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #829843 (stock #09-77)
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Hand carved of teak wood in Laos, this hanger provides an elegant way to display large collectible textiles. The end pieces are fully carved front and back with lotus flowers, Buddhist emblem of purity and perfection. (The symbolism is based on the fact that lotus flowers emerge from the mud beautiful and undefiled.) The center rod measures 31 ½ inches (80 cm) across to hold over-sized textiles such as ikat blankets, silk shawls, sarongs, and tribal and folk weavings...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #717657 (stock #03-61)
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A Chinese folk painting from a rural community in Shaanxi Province celebrates the beauty of pink lotus plants blooming in a pond. The lotus, emblem of purity and perfection, is highly regarded in China, where every part of the plant has a use--as food, medicine or cosmetics. Chinese artists often depicted the lotus along with ducks, as in this painting where the lotus plants are oversized in relation to the black ducks swimming in a stream through the stems...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #266673 (stock #32-30)
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Chrysanthemums, bamboo, tree roots, leaves and brocade primarily in red and blue, with touches of green, grey and gold, somehow all come together in an orderly Japanese way in this 19th century Imari charger. The multi-faceted design carried out in several colors in both underglaze and enamel is typical of the type of Imari that gained immediate popularity in the West when overseas trade in Imari was introduced. The piece is in excellent condition. Diameter 18" (46 cm).
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 : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #144498 (stock #38-80)
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An everyday item, probably used to store cooking oil, this underglaze blue and white Kangxi Period (1662-1772) jar has the charm and spontaneity of provincial China. A playful design of four round faces creates four loops for rope so the jar could be hung from a wall hook. On the sides are drawings of two very rotund children under lotus leaves. Freely drawn scrolls and sprigs surround the spout. The jar is neither fine nor in perfect condition--there are firing flaws and the spout has small chi...
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. The three squared off lockplates, drawer pulls mounted on flat rectangular backplates, and corner plates, all with the tea seedpod motif, are typical of th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #925410 (stock #11-26)
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A 19th century Chinese silver pendant has auspicious symbols to bring its wearer the fulfillment of wishes, abundance and wealth. The emblems on both sides of the crest-shaped pendant above the charms are “mani,” known as the jewel of the doctrine, and represent the magical powers of Buddhist beliefs. Hanging on chains from the pendant are three charms—a pearl, a pomegranate and a fish. The pearl, entwined with ribbons, represents a good future. The pomegranate, bursting open to reveal its...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #145836 (stock #53-57)
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This mid-19th century pictorial ideograph painting, called a "munjado," has an interesting cultural tie to Korea and its strong Confucian ideals. Ink and slight color on paper, it is unsigned as is typical for munjado. The ideograph is a graphic, stylized interpretation of the Chinese character "shin" meaning "trust," which is one of the eight major Confucian principles of morality. Throughout the Yi Dynasty inscriptions on paintings were in Chinese characters rather than Korean Hangul to signif...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #301316 (stock #51-78)
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Sometimes called Gobi Desert viewing stones, or fengli, Mongolian rocks are exotic and mysterious, with surfaces unlike those of viewing stones harvested anywhere else in the world. The unusual textures seen in this stone are the effects of wind and sand erosion combined with desert heat. The stone is fascinating when viewed from any angle. Craggy grey/brown areas that look like dense fossilized bone merge with light, shiny melt-down veins and scattered spots of faded rust color. Gobi desert sto...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #159160 (stock #02-64)
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A singha, a mythical lion-like animal done in high relief, catches the light on the lid of this late 19th century silver betel box from Laos. Betel chewing was part of life in many southeast Asian countries, and offering the components of the chew to guests was essential to hospitality. The boxes used to store and carry the leaves, seeds, lime paste and spices for a quid of betel often were impressive works of art. This box held a spice sometimes added to create an aromatic effect, especially wh...