Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #686337 (stock #60-53)
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This Chinese ancestor painting mounted on a hanging scroll groups together a civil official, his wife and his mother. Although ancestor portraits usually show only a man and wife together or on separate paintings made to be displayed side by side, we have seen a few that include two women and a man. Our catalogue listing #08-60, a very large ancestor painting on hemp, shows a similar group of three. We just assume the second woman is the mother and, in the hemp piece, one woman obviously is much...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1344377 (stock #11-14)
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A Burmese Buddha revered for healing the spirit as well as the body holds a pot containing the water of long life. Ornamentation is especially dramatic, with a high spired crown and the lavish use of a Burmese lacquer process called thayo on the robes to represent elaborate embroidery. The cape is flared at the sides giving the figure a striking silhouette. Small applications of gold leaf added by the devout when a Buddha is displayed add interest to the dark brown teakwood carving. This mid-19...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #396830 (stock #39-38)
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Shimmering gold and blue tiles represent scales on this 200-year-old naga (sea dragon) that stands 50 inches (127 cm) tall. Used in Thailand as temple roof finials or in pairs at entrances to guard against evil spirits and natural disasters, the powerful, mystical naga are among the most revered Buddhist symbols. With its soaring, curving form and large size this particular naga is especially sculptural. It shows the emerging outline of the sinuous Thai cho-fa, a simplified, streamlined shape th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #168408 (stock #15-40)
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Susani (sometimes spelled "suzani") is the word for "needle" in Farsi, and the large embroidered dowry textiles of Turkic groups are so named because of the many hundreds of hours of needlework required to produce them. This one is from Uzbekistan, where Uzbeks and Tadzhiks share similar textile traditions with the Turkmen and other neighboring peoples in Central Asia. Susani designs and colors vary quite a bit from one locale to another, and the city of origin often is apparent at a glance to s...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #674602 (stock #61-74)
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A still life by Vietnamese artist Pham Luc, this watercolor shows the exuberant style and warm colors that have characterized his paintings for many decades. Now in his late 60s, Pham Luc is among the Hanoi painters who attracted the attention of collectors and galleries in Hong Kong and Singapore when foreigners began going back into Vietnam after the war. Pham Luc was known first in Vietnam as the "soldier painter" for work he produced while he was in the army. After graduating from the Hanoi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #155372 (stock #27-74)
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From Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, this 19th century wine decanter was turned, then hand carved with distinctively Georgian designs. Wine making and wine drinking have been serious pursuits for many centuries in Georgia, so many of the country's old, collectible objects center around viniculture. This decanter is evocative of Georgia's ethnography, a melange of Asian, Middle Eastern and European that reflects its geographic role as an East-West crossroad. Three cups carved with the same design a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #815349 (stock #33-33)
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These striking Chinese calligraphy panels celebrate two of the most magnificent creatures in Buddhist and Taoist legends--the crane and the dragon. Portraits of cranes, a most admired bird in China, and dragons, chief among reptiles, have appeared for centuries in temples and houses as symbols of admirable traits and good fortune. The calligraphy on one panel reads, "The sea is the world of the dragon," and the companion panel says, "The sky is the homeland of the crane." The beneficent Chinese ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #321080 (stock #56-28)
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This low bench with four drawers was used by a street barber in 19th century China as a portable stool for his customers, to carry his tools and as a money box. Since such benches essentially served as the barber's shop, they were solidly built, generally with widely splayed legs, and usually with some decorative touches. Note the carving along the bottom edges. For an old illustration of a barber carrying a similar bench on one end of a long pole, balanced on the other end by a small stove for ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #714228 (stock #61-16)
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Worn as a powerful amulet, this silver ornament was sewn to the clothing of a woman of the Teke Turkomen nomadic tribe of the Central Asian steppes. Such ornaments hung in profusion from both the front and back of clothes, and were attached to headpieces and hair of young women to ward off evil and attract good fortune. The central shape of this one, a triangle bordered in braided silver wire, is an ancient symbol of fertility. The upper termination may represent a stylized animal horn. The blue...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #259258 (stock #58-38)
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This 19th century Chinese carved wood architectural panel, once part of a large, richly decorated canopied marriage bed, has been fitted with a mirror. The gilded carvings of a bat and two fish on the lower part of the panel are examples of the use in China during the Qing Dynasty of symbols derived from homonyms to convey important wishes for the future. The similar sounds of the characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," resulted in a fondness for bat carvings that were hoped ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #945150 (stock #40-09)
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This silver and clay pipe is from a Lawa tribal group living in northern Thailand. (For Lawa pipes similar to this one, see “Peoples of the Golden Triangle,” by Paul and Elaine Lewis, Thames and Hudson, 1998, p. 66.) The Lawa, also called Lua or Wa/Lawa, are a lowland people, one of the smaller tribal groups among the hill tribes of Thailand, Burma and Laos. The black clay bowl on this pipe is in pristine condition, suggesting it replaced earlier bowls that were affixed to the old curved sil...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #903041 (stock #62-43)
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An early 20th century Chinese trunk is covered on all sides with leather in a deep wine color. The front is centered with a hasp on a circular brass back plate, and side handles and hinges also are brass. Such old Chinese leather trunks have great character and adapt nicely to second lives as casual coffee tables with storage. This piece is in solid condition and has the expected dings and dents of its age. Dimensions: height 15” (38 cm), width 32” (81.3 cm), depth 23 ½” (59.8 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #291633 (stock #60-22)
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Elegant wood boxes with drawers and compartments were regarded by Chinese scholars as essential for the storage of the small personal items they valued. Their carved signature seals and ink sticks often were stored in these boxes, which usually were kept on a desk in the scholar's study but were small enough to be moved easily into the courtyard when he preferred to work outside. This late 19th century box has three drawers and a compartment with two doors made of nicely beaded panels. Door pane...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #678833 (stock #08-31)
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Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this. Copper vessels of all sorts still are made in Patan, the artisan section of the city, where small back streets echo with the sounds of copper and other metals being beaten into bowls, po...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1250809 (stock #06-84)
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These teak hangers are from Solo on the Indonesian island of Java and date to the early 19th century. Painted carvings of Hanuman, the heroic white monkey from the Southeast Asian epic, “The Ramayana,” sit atop long curved tails that form textile hangers. Fabrics can be draped so the Hanuman figures face front or to the sides. The hangers have holes at the top end so they can be either suspended or affixed directly to a wall. (See a similar set of hangers with different carved figures by ...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Pre 2000 item #694009 (stock #25-08)
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Embroidered with a traditional Kirghiz pattern on thick hand-rolled felt, this large bag evokes the nomadic life of the people of Kirghizstan in Central Asia. Bags in this style held household items and were hung on the walls of felt yurts. When it was time to fold the yurt and move on, the bags with the contents simply were slung on the camels' backs--no packing required. This bag was made by women from Kara-Kol, a valley town in the Tien Shan Mountains. They have formed a cooperative to produc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #784126 (stock #33-54)
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An 18th century Chinese oil pitcher has a thick glaze decorated with blue calligraphy done in the loose, free "wet brush" manner. Collected for its spontaneity of design, Swatow ware with this type of calligraphy was made in South China and exported from the port of Swatow to countries throughout Southeast Asia. The cursive characters were applied with a very wet brush, depositing heavier, darker color at the ends of the strokes. Though similar in design and color to the Swatow plates known as "...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #912459 (stock #07-53)
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Sake dispensed from this large ceramic cask served late 19th century patrons in Saga Prefecture on Japan’s south island of Kyushu. The turquoise logo of a path between two wooded hills shows the cask held Seiryu Sake. The other side of the cask proclaims the name of the sake shop, Murata Saketen, and its address. The Kanji, in vivid underglaze cobalt with the splash of turquoise, and the design, rice stalks in relief extending up two sides of the container, make this an unusual and especially...