Asian Antiques by Silk Road
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #558208 (stock #57-51)
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This striking 19th century red lacquer container from Burma was used for the presentation of food to a monastery. Called a hsun-ok, the distinctive form of the wide bowl set on a waisted pedestal and topped with a lid tapering to a spire is one of the icons of Burma's devoutly Buddhist population. The series of stepped rings on the lid of this particular bowl marks it as a vessel created and used in the northern region within the Shan states, located in the eastern part of Burma...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #847266 (stock #57-22)
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This large 19th century teak wood carving of a peacock tucked within exotic foliage was once part of a Burmese bullock cart. The size of the carving—over three feet long—suggests that it was ornamentation on a very special cart, perhaps used for ceremonial occasions. The peacock, national bird of Burma, is carved in an unusual way, with its tail unfurled and both wings raised, riding in a bower of foliage...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #160442 (stock #58-96)
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A rich green glaze with artful touches of brown transforms this late Qing household container into a special object. The end of the small spout was left unglazed. An unusual roughly formed ceramic rope extends from the spout to the body of the jar. In keeping with the container's earthy character, hanging loops around the top are casually formed, and some are green, some brown. This late 19th/early 20th century jar is from Hunan Province in South China...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #271867 (stock #31-09)
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The rider forms the lid of this early 20th century bronze container from Burma. The elephant, with raised trunk and etched features, has a hollow body for the storage of small objects. Dimensions: height 10" (26 cm), length 7" (18 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #165476 (stock #02-62)
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Nine Chilin march around the perimeter of this heavy silver betel box, an exceptionally fine example of silver craftsmanship from early 19th century Laos. The deep lid slides snugly down over the high sides of the container, and insured that the ingredients stored inside stayed fresh...
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 : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #696717 (stock #63-03)
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A very fine 19th century lacquer offering bowl, or hsun-ok, from the Shan people in Burma has a tall gilded spire marking it for use only on special ceremonial occasions. Shan hsun-ok for daily use were wider with a lower spire and no gilding. Cinnabar-colored lacquerware from the Shan states in the eastern part of Burma is known for the depth and warmth of the red hue, and this piece showcases that...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #684055 (stock #61-07)
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Fifteen Ottoman horsemen gallop across the 33-inch length of this hunt scene miniature. The unusual panoramic format of the painting, reminiscent of a hand scroll, was achieved by attaching three old manuscript pages together lengthwise. Done on a background of gold leaf, the scene is colorful and lively, with brightly attired horsemen and horses in a field of flowers and trees...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #132538 (stock #58-04)
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This standing Buddha from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is in classic Ceylonese style with the folds of the form-fitting robe represented by evenly spaced horizontal lines. It is exceptionally finely carved of jack wood rubbed to a lustrous finish. The Buddha's right hand is raised in the abhaya mudra offering protection, and the left hand holds a book, symbol of insight. The intricate carving on the halo represents eight paths toward enlightenment, and the Buddha stands on a double lotus throne...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #681535 (stock #44-08)
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This lithograph depicts a Japanese warrior saving his master, Tokugawa, during a battle in 1653, early in the Tokugawa shogunate. It is from "Heroes of Japan," an illustrated series printed in 1935. The scene shows the heroic figure, Goto Matagaemon, on the right , in the skirmish during which he killed 17 rebels who were in pursuit of the Tokugawa leader of Japan. The lithograph is in perfect condition and is double-matted with a black silk outer mat and a gold inner mat...
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 : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #310334 (stock #60-92)
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More than three feet in diameter, this rosewood panel has very open fretwork that integrates stylized characters for the wish of good fortune and happiness. The design presents this traditional Chinese symbol in a sleek manner, framing the rounded fretwork with a flat outside rim. Comma-shaped tails within the characters, the only departure from geometric lines, evoke another ancient Chinese emblem for happiness--pairs of rhinoceros horns. This piece is from the latter half of the 20th century a...
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. The shallow top tray and lid could have been used separately from the bowl, or the lid turned over to create a second tray, or the bowl used separately with either ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #141051 (stock #58-45)
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Among the many tea drinking implements in old China were cleverly made wood teapot holders with a hole for the teapot spout and a carrying handle with an intriguing locking device. A Chinese version of the English tea cozy, the wood holders were both practical and decorative. This octagonal late 19th century holder is made of eight cypress wood staves fitted together in barrel fashion and held in place with metal straps. The area around the spout is covered with metal, which is surrounded with c...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #323630 (stock #60-55)
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The bird pictured on the red rank badge sewn on the front of this Chinese gentleman's pufu, or topcoat, indicates he held a civil post rather than an imperial or military position. Such paintings were commissioned by descendants, and this one is executed in classic ancestor portrait style, with the person facing directly forward, seated on a chair with a rounded back. Portrait protocol also called for the facial expression to be unsmiling and serious but this official looks pleasant in spite of ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #317131 (stock #60-14)
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Dark reddish cypress wood frames seven lighter colored drawers in this 19th century Qing Dynasty Chinese scholar's box. The unusual number of drawers in this piece make it particularly suitable for use as a jewelry box. A notched cover fits over the drawers and a hasp swings down from the top to secure it in place. Used to store ink sticks, seals, paper and other small items, it is fitted with carrying handles on the sides to allow the scholar to take the box from his studio out into his garden....
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #900059 (stock #57-53)
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Three 19th century miniature Shan offering vessels are made of wood and lacquered to mimic the large hsun-ok bowls used in Burma to carry food offerings to monasteries. Miniature hsun-ok were used primarily on home shrines, placed in front of the family’s Buddha image with offerings of flowers and other small items. Replicating the variety in design and hue of the large full size red lacquer offering vessels, these little hsun-ok are yet another look at the care lavished by Burmese artisans on...