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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #136347 (stock #29-62)
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A fragrant sandalwood carving done done in the late 20th century shows the Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin sitting on a high throne entwined with two dragons and flowers. Carved in Burma for the Chinese market, she is depicted in the traditional Chinese Guanyin pose with a vase and staff. Her face, with large eyes and a small mouth, has a thoughtful expression. Height 9" (23 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #798175 (stock #11-27)
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A well-fed toad with a sliding lid on his back is carved of teak wood and lacquered in red. Used in Burma as a medicine box, the toad carries a small bird under his chin with the bird's head in his mouth, a strange juxtaposition that most likely relates to a folk belief. Interestingly, a medicine similar to digitalis is extracted from toads in some Asian countries by applying heat to bumps behind the toad's eyes, and this toad is carved with prominent bumps behind each eye...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #256853 (stock #58-22)
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Carved wood elements reclaimed from old Chinese houses and furniture often are adaptable to new uses. This attractive 19th century panel, once an interior window, has been fitted with a mirror that emphasizes the graceful fretwork and shape. Four delicate cloud-shaped pieces form the central oval, held in place top and bottom with fretwork and two small carved flowers. Four carvings of flowers are inserted at the top and bottom...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #754025 (stock #63-45)
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A lion-like creature revered both as a Buddhist guardian and as the symbol for success in new endeavors, this bronze Burmese chinthei is an especially imaginative version of the leogryph seen throughout Southeast Asia and India. In Burma, entrances to most Buddhist pagodas and temples are protected by pairs of chinthei, and the mythical creatures adorn ceremonial lacquer pieces, bells, banners and plaques...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1837 VR item #281376 (stock #53-52)
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Painted in the early 19th century by Suk Chun, this work symbolizes the venerated Korean theme of long life. The ancient pine tree is an emblem of longevity, and the old sage, with his prominent high brow and hairless crown, bears a strong resemblance to Canopus, the star god of longevity. This is a quiet painting, dominated by the wonderful pine that is made more compelling because we see only a part of it. The face of the scholar is all about dignity and discipline with just a hint of humor...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #296975 (stock #60-20)
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Paintings on the doors of this mid-19th century Chinese scholar's box from Zhejiang Province have faded and mellowed. Figures of a master in grand robes with his servant behind him carrying a banner can be seen on the right door; a slender lady, also followed by a servant with a banner, is on the left door. Each scene includes a different species of bird in the bottom foreground, perhaps one type of bird symbolizing feminine qualities, the other male attributes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #703045 (stock #54-68)
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A wood panel carved in relief conveys wishes for a long and joyous life with five familiar Chinese symbols for longevity. The late 19th/early 20th century panel once was part of a decorative screen or perhaps a large piece of furniture. Framed, the carving becomes an unusual and handsome representation of wishes for good fortune. The symbols are carved within a cartouche and have the supernatural quality of Chinese folklore...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #291327 (stock #57-39)
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This weathered stone Buddha head from Burma reflects the same simplicity and tranquillity that was achieved in stone sculpture during the great Gupta period in North India. When Buddhism spread from India to Burma more than 2000 years ago, Indian styles profoundly influenced Burmese art traditions and continued to show up in its Buddha figures long after Burma began developing its own local styles...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #143696 (stock #54-78)
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The supernatural powers and exploits of the Chinese Taoist immortals are among the most colorful in the vast world of Chinese legend and symbolism. These 19th century camphor wood carvings of six of the eight main immortals match that spirit in their exuberant poses and expressions. The figures are carved in relief with great detail against a background of pierced carving. Each figure, background and surrounding frame is carved from one piece of wood...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #287839 (stock #58-75)
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From the Chinese countryside south of Shanghai in Zhejiang Province, this early 20th century wood and bamboo container has a faded, softened painting of a courtyard scene on the lid. Gilt paintings of auspicious flowers and endless knots, also attractively muted over time, decorate the perimeter of the lower compartment of the container. Boxes such as this were used as portable food containers and servers at wedding celebrations and other festivals...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #265074 (stock #50-25)
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Two 19th century Chinese window panels of open fretwork are combined to make the top of this large coffee table. Antique fretwork from China is carefully joined with notches and pegs. Variations of fretwork designs range from straight grillwork to elaborate and lavishly adorned carved pieces. The panels on this table are restrained, with just a few finely carved and raised flowers strewn over the grids. The coffee table frame is constructed of aged elm and has C-form legs...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1940 item #788174 (stock #10-57)
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Handcarved wooden molds used in making rice cakes for Chinese celebrations at New Year and the first full moon conveyed a family's hopes for good fortune in the coming year. On this set of four, special wishes for abundance are expressed with carvings of fish, symbolizing plenty, regeneration and harmony. The rice cakes themselves, whether made with such special molds or just patted into round or oval shapes, carry a symbolic meaning of peace, harmony and the family circle. Also called moon cake...
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. The patt...
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. (See "At Home with Japanese ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #330846 (stock #56-18)
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Rich reddish-brown elm wood, brass bands and side carrying handles make this 19th century Chinese shoe trunk a handsome accent piece. Well designed and crafted boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes were used throughout China to hold shoes. This one is constructed of staves held together by metal bands. A metal hasp swings down from the lid to act as a lock. The front half of the lid is removable. The box is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 12-1/2" (32 cm), width 18-1/2" (47 cm), dept...
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 1920 item #762583 (stock #10-53)
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Three elephants carry this Shan Buddha seated in padmasana position with right hand in earth-touching mudra. The early 20th century figure is carved of teak wood sealed with lacquer and gilded. Thayo, a thickened lacquer, defines edging on the robe and adornments on the heads of the elephants. The Shan, a Southeast Asian minority people living primarily in Burma, produced a wide repertoire of Buddha figures in celebration of their devout Buddhist faith. The iconic use of the elephant throne, ado...