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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Thai : Pre 1990 item #937270 (stock #01-81)
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A charming hand woven and decorated basket of split bamboo made in an Isan village in Northeastern Thailand is smoothed on the exterior with an application of brick red lacquer thickened with ash. Yellow and green flowers and dots on black grounds give the basket folk appeal. The Isan (also Isaan) people, though sometimes called Thai Isan, are a blend of Lao, Mon and and Khmer, and have their own language, which is Lao-like but written in the Thai alphabet. They are primarily agrarian and live i...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #933778 (stock #11-05)
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A royal Buddha, with right thumb and forefinger forming a circle, the vitarka mudra, sits in lotus position on a high double lotus throne. The vitarka gesture, sign of the Buddhist wheel of law, signifies intellectual discussion of philosophy and doctrine. This is one of several variations of the mudra, also conveyed with the circle sign given by the hand raised with palm outward, or the hand palm up resting in the lap. This figure, carved of dense Burmese teak wood, is attired in the distinc...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #821010 (stock #34-56)
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Woven in a Toraja village in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, this large 40-year-old ikat blanket is made of exceptionally heavy cotton. The reddish brown, cream and blue are traditional Toraja colors used for their abstract patterned weavings. The piece has minimal fading and is in excellent condition. Dimensions: length 84" (214 cm), width 26" (66 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM
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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #949034 (stock #57-73)
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This cast metal Buddha from Cambodia stands on a low pedestal with right hand raised in abhaya mudra, a gesture of blessing and protection. The facial features—full lips, short nose and heavy-lidded eyes, as well as the rounded head of tight curls with a wide usnisa (top knot) and no finial—are classic Khmer. Decorative detailing on the body-hugging robe is emphasized by the silver tone of the heavy metal alloy. This early 20th century Buddha is in good condition, with some surface pitting c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #362722 (stock #61-15)
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The triangle, an ancient symbol of female fertility, is the shape frequently chosen for Turkomen (Turkmen) amulets. This one, made of silver, is inlaid with 19 turquoise stones and centered with another triangle of onyx. The blue of the turquoise was incorporated as protection against the evil eye, and the triangles as effective means of averting danger, thereby making this early 20th century pendant a powerful amulet. The condition of this piece of jewelry suggests that its protective propertie...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Pre 1980 item #940023 (stock #23-98)
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This two-headed terracotta dragon is a replica of dragons that topped walls surrounding the ancient Central Asian city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Samarkand wall and its dragons, though long gone, seem to occupy a place in the collective memories of the polyglot population of present-day Uzbekistan. This piece was made by a Tajik artisan who lives near Samarkand, and is a small representation of the long, rich and often perplexing history of Central Asia. Neither the artisan nor anyone else w...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #708063 (stock #24-04)
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An unusual handcarved vase of hardwood native to Uzbekistan shows the strong relationship in aesthetics between Middle Eastern Persian or Iranian design and designs used by the Uzbek people of Central Asia. This piece is the product of an Uzbek family woodcarving business run by the family matriarch, herself a second generation woodcarver. Although the business mainly produces large ornate furniture for the local market in Uzbekistan, family members take great delight in creating small, carefull...
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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #896352 (stock #63-23)
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An offering stand, or “kalat,” used by the Intha people who live in the villages around Inle Lake in one of the Shan states in northeastern Burma, is from the late 19th century. A similar though more recent piece in the British Museum is pictured in “Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer,” by Isaacs and Blurton, British Museum Press, p. 163. Kalat stands such as this were used by families in much the same manner as the tall, spired hsun-ok to carry offerings of food ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #882005 (stock #63-13)
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This very large lacquer tray from the Shan minority people in northeast Burma has four different patterns of basketry weaving showing through the rich persimmon-colored lacquer. Called byat, such handmade trays, used for serving food, were time-consuming to produce. Following the weaving process, each of the many successive applications of lacquer required several days of drying, then burnishing before the next coat of lacquer was applied. Tin trays were replacing these handmade ones a number o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1223013 (stock #10-72)
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Originally part of a set of 27 scrolls, this painting is from the Yao (Mein) tribal people living in the Golden Triangle area where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. The Yao, one of the six so-called hill tribes residing in the Golden Triangle, follow Taoism as it was practiced in China in the 13th and 14th centuries. This painting on mulberry paper was one of several face masks representing ancestral spirits that were part of the complete set of large scrolls. It was worn by a tribal elder during...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #898057 (stock #27-36)
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A colorful starburst disk shows the robust design typical of mountainous areas in the Republic of Georgia and in neighboring Dagestan and beyond in Central Asia. This large (5 inch diameter) piece, from Khevsureti, an eastern province in the Republic of Georgia, has been fitted with a long silver chain for use as a pendant but resembles in both size and design similar disks we have seen used as belt closings in regions of the Causasus and Central Asia. Unidentified stones in green, amber and br...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #813834 (stock #12-83)
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A slender Buddha figure from mid-20th century Burma stands on a double lotus throne with right hand in varada mudra, gesture of charity and compassion. The tall crown, ornate side flanges, chest ornament and epaulets are in the style of the old Arakan Kingdom that became part of Burma in 1752 AD. This relatively small (14" tall) carved teak image was made by the Shan, a minority people residing primarily in Burma and Thailand. Shan communities have continued to produce crowned figures with Araka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #757166 (stock #08-03)
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A modest little folk Buddha with right hand in earth touching mudra sits on a red and black double lotus throne. Made of lacquered teak wood, the carving is from the Shan minority in Burma. The gilded Buddha has the downcast eyes, prominent brow, small chin and large finial generally seen on Shan figures. It most likely was displayed in a village daimyo, a covered outdoor pavilion with a stepped altar holding a number of Buddha figures of various sizes, a local gathering place for daily devotion...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1837 VR item #795716 (stock #35-91)
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From the old capital of Kandy in the hill country of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, this primitive bone carving represents a Singhalese king. Carving on the face and upper body of the figure is quite primitive and contrasts with finer detailing in the swirling patterns on the long skirt, which ends in carved, comb-like teeth. The surface of the large, heavy bone is darkened with age except for one area on the right near the hand, which is white and worn smooth. This suggests it was used as an implemen...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167528 (stock #16-38)
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This primitive carved wood mask is from the Batak people who live around mystical Lake Toba in the northern reaches of the island of Sumatra. The small collection of Batak protector masks pictured in this catalogue (see them all under our category "Tribal") shows the fascinating range of expressions artisans were able to achieve in these relatively simple carvings. The impression conveyed by this particular mask is that of a keen observer somewhat stunned and perplexed by what he sees--a Batak v...