Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #766429 (stock #27-42)
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A small cossack outfit with 12 bullet pockets has a dashing cut that evokes intrigue in the Caucasus. Its small size suggests it was made for a young boy but the beautiful construction of the wool coat, satin shirt and cotton trousers further suggest it had more importance than a mere costume. We purchased this outfit in the Republic of Georgia a few years after Georgia's independence in 1991 following 70 years as part of the USSR...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #649785 (stock #61-05)
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Three boats rendered in gold leaf sailing on a deep blue sea give this early 20th century Turkish miniature its appeal. The sea scene is done on an old manuscript page and is given more interest with the addition of notations jotted at random around the perimeter of the miniature. Waves are suggested by silver lines done in a series of half circles on a deep blue background. Clouds are formed from loose half circles of gold on a darker blue sky...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1960 item #637397 (stock #61-04)
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Noah and his ark are shown in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature that was painted on a page taken from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. Noah, a revered Muslim prophet, was a favorite subject of Turkish miniaturists. The ark, as imagined by these painters, was often a fanciful vessel. Here it is a bowl-shaped boat with a gold animal that perhaps represented a sea creature serving as the bow and a curved gold tail jutting from the stern...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1980 item #518950 (stock #61-14)
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Three fish made of 47 tiles of lazurite (lapis lazuli) form this unusual necklace from Turkmenistan. The brilliant blue lapis used in this piece most likely was mined in neighboring Afghanistan, one of the world's main sources of lazurite. Lapis tiles forming the fish are unpolished and scored on each side with fine lines to represent the shimmer of fish in the water. Each tile has two horizontal internal holes to allow the piece to be double strung...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1960 item #396166 (stock #61-06)
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Gold leaf applied to a late 18th century manuscript page creates the background for this Turkish miniature depicting seven brightly garbed horsemen in a polo match. Strong color is used for the players' costumes and flowers on the field. This work was done in the mid 20th century using the type of old paper favored by many miniaturists. The painting is in excellent condition; the paper, while it shows its age and has been mended on the edge, is quite strong...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1940 item #391331 (stock #61-03)
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A fanciful gold leaf ark with private port holes for the animals is portrayed in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature painted on a page from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. Noah, a revered Muslim prophet, was a favorite subject of Muslim miniaturists. He often is pictured with the expression he shows in this piece--bored nonchalance--while surrounded by a lively scene of workers, waves and animals...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #385938 (stock #61-12)
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Each tribe of the Turkomen people developed its own distinctive designs for the heavy silver jewelry worn by most of the Central Asian nomadic groups. This heart-shaped piece, from the Teke subtribe, was an important part of their culture. Called an asyk, the gilded and incised heart was presented to a bride by the groom's parents...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #360656 (stock #61-11)
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The graceful abstract shape of this silver pendant from the nomadic Turkomen (Turkmen) who roamed across Central Asia suggests a bird in flight. Incised patterns on the silver are gilded and the piece is set with four cabochon cornelians. Seven small embossed tear-shaped pendants on chains give movement to the highly stylized bird. The ornament is typical of the Teke tribe and dates to the early 20th century...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1837 VR item #354018 (stock #61-01)
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Painted around 1830 by Persian miniaturist Riza-Zade, this is a delightful figure of a grand Ottoman gentleman. Riza-Zade painted this work in Istanbul, where he was a member of the court of Sultan Mahmud II. It was a common practice of the Ottoman sultans to bring artisans, particularly miniaturists, from Persia to serve the court's needs. The painting is signed in the lower right quadrant. The subject, most likely a vizier, has an exceptionally sensitive face and elegant stance...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #320368 (stock #28-31)
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Women in the Caucasus mountain villages of the Republic of Georgia sewed silver jewelry such as this pendant on their collars, scarves and belts. Designed around a six-pointed star encircled by a quarter moon, this late 19th century piece is intricately worked with beading on engraved leaves and flowers, and set with stones of amber and apple green. The pendant hangs from a 26-inch chain.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #139121 (stock #27-46)
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Bearing a Russian production date seal of 1904, this samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia, once part of the former USSR. Numerous other stamps on the vessel attest to the fame and awards accorded its Russian maker. Georgians, who were under Russian rule for 70 years, followed many Russian practices, among them the customs surrounding tea drinking. After their country became independent, they sold off many of their Russian possessions...