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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #838731 (stock #58-72)
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Designed to store and serve dumplings, this unusual Qing reed and wood basket originated in China’s western Shaanxi Province, which has a long-standing reputation for producing excellent dumplings. Both the top and bottom are edged with wide strips of bent willow hand painted with flowers. The wood is secured to the basketry with metal studs. A hand forged metal hasp is used as the front closure...
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 1900 item #325939 (stock #60-26)
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A high handle with both pierced and relief carving is lacquered in red and black with touches of gilt on this 19th century Chinese teacup box. Items associated with tea drinking in China often were red, the color of joy, and were handsomely designed and decorated. The front half of the lid lifts off so that handle-less teacups could be stacked and carried in the container. This box has a nice patina and is in very good condition...
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 1900 item #174486 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 5 through 8 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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #396603 (stock #50-53)
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From mid-19th century China, this stand held the heavy silk brocade and embroidered robes worn in wealthy households during the Qing Dynasty. The width of this large piece makes it nicely adaptable for use as a striking headboard for a queen-size bed. Eight fretwork spandrels give a light and open look to the dark walnut wood. Pierced carving on the center roundel depicts foliage surrounding a relief carving of the symbol for long life...
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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #793826 (stock #11-09)
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Beautiful detailing on this whimsical carved and lacquered box transform a pickled tea container into a wonderful piece of folk art. From early 20th century Burma, the container is carved so the long, graceful neck of the swan serves as the handle for the lid of the box. Underneath the swan is a tortoise, symbol of the universe in Buddhist iconography. A fish hanging from the swan's bill may have been included as a symbolic hope for abundance...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #323861 (stock #60-56)
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White fur trim on a blue/black coat with silk pleats showing beneath it provide opulent contrast to the stark face and unadorned head above, making this an exceptionally dramatic ancestor portrait. We know the subject was the wife of a civil official because of the bird on her rank badge but rank obviously was secondary to costume since it is mostly hidden by fur and voluminous sleeves. The huge size of this hanging scroll adds to its impact...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #132750 (stock #57-49)
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In Burma (now called Myanmar), lacquer receptacles called hsun-ok were used for centuries to carry gifts of food to the Buddhist monasteries. The tapered top of this early 20th century hsun-ok, which is of the particular shape called ok-kwet, is created by five trays that fit one on top of the next over the wide bottom footed bowl. The top is crowned by a small inverted bowl...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #268004 (stock #58-48)
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The front half of the top of this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese lacquered wood box is removable so that small teacups could be stacked and stored inside. The box is constructed of shaped wood slats fitted together in barrel-fashion and secured with two brass bands. The removable portion of the lid closes at the front with a metal hasp and has two long pegs that slide under the fixed top to keep the back in place. It is another example of a Chinese utilitarian object with appealing design,...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #831485 (stock #13-04)
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The beauty of this large bronze Burmese Buddha of healing is in its simplicity. The plain draped robe and the straight spare lines of the high throne focus attention first on the peaceful face and next on the graceful hands. The triangular face is in classic Ava style, with broad sweeping brow, downcast eyes and small mouth in a slight smile. Fingers of the right hand, in earth touching mudra, rest with the tips bent gently outward; balanced in the left hand palm is the symbol of healing, a kala...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #148512 (stock #41-34)
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During Buddhist festivals in Tibet, the horses were adorned (and when possible still are) with colorful trappings such as this "hat," which was placed just under the horse forelock to extend down between the eyes. The piece is constructed of thick wool pile backed and bound on the sides with heavy fabric. Leather strips sewn to the backing were used to tie the hat to the harness. Because the pieces were made especially for religious festivals, each one is a small treasure of Buddhist symbolism. ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #263543 (stock #58-64)
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Of the many handsome utilitarian items made of wood that were in use in Chinese households during the Qing Dynasty, this two-piece fir tub is one of the most interesting. It was used to bathe infants. The larger bottom portion was filled with warm water and the infant placed in the removable shallow basin, which served both as bath tub and warmer. Tub and basin are constructed of staves held in place by brass straps. Because of the warm wood patina and attractive shape of these tubs, they are be...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #134696 (stock #12-81)
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Hand-loomed silk from Meiji Era Japan with a vignette from a folk legend about a young boy who neglected his duty of caring for the water buffalo and, with the help of a goddess acting as fairy godmother, was taught about responsibility. The scene is outlined with meticulous cutwork, a process that involves cutting away tiny sections of threads to outline the design woven into the fabric. The figures are on the bottom half of the cloth, which has a one-half inch self fringe at both ends. The clo...
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 : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #144270 (stock #18-51)
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From late 19th century Japan, this underglaze blue and white ceramic bed warmer (yutampo) was filled with hot water, corked and used to warm the futon. This bottle came from Arita, a port town on the south island of Kyushu. (To see a similar bed warmer and get more information on yutampo, see the article "Hot Water Bottles" pp 36, 37, Daruma Magazine, Spring 1994.) The ceramic surface of this yutampo shows the effects of many years of use, with scratches that are apparent on the bottom. Otherwis...