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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #291897 (stock #02-34)
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$600.00
Inscriptions cover the left and back sides of the throne under this 18th century seated Burmese Shan Buddha. Made of lacquered wood coated with gilt, the figure is graceful and well proportioned, with a finely carved face. Long, tilted eyes under high eyebrows that sweep upward toward the hairline are the most arresting features of the peaceful face, which is smoothly capped in dark lacquer and topped with an exceptionally tall finial. Hands and robe details are simple and realistic; the feet, d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #914262 (stock #62-26)
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$560.00
This Meiji era ranma, an interior transom, was an integral part of the architecture of an old Japanese frame house. Within those houses, moveable partitions of wide sliding doors (fusuma) were used to define rooms, allowing the flexible use of space. The ranma was suspended above the fusuma to fill a gap between the tops of the doors and the ceiling. Pierced carvings on these wood transoms facilitated circulation of air and light throughout the house as well as adding a decorative element. Carve...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #760551 (stock #24-06)
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$120.00
A carved vase of hardwood native to Uzbekistan shows the strong relationship in aesthetics between Middle Eastern Persian or Iranian design and that of the Uzbeks 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 ornately carved furniture for the local market in Uzbekistan, family members take great delight in creating small, carefully carved, time-con...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #892964 (stock #54-71)
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Two rectangular wood panels from late 19th century China are hand carved with vases, flowers and graceful trailing foliage in deep relief, each carving set within a cartouche and showcased with gilding applied over dark pomegranate red. These panels once were part of an interior window or door or perhaps integrated into a large piece of furniture. Such panels are often referred to as “temple carvings” because some of them were part of Buddhist temple architecture, rescued as China’s old b...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #884476 (stock #60-24)
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$280.00
This late Qing wood pitcher from Shanghai is similar in form to provincial pitchers but is made of a harder wood, is more carefully constructed and has a sleeker look than its country cousins. The basic construction design is similar—shaped staves form the bowl and are held together with bands. The individual staves on this one are so tightly fitted that it looks as though it is carved from one piece of wood. The band around the bottom is metal but has been colored to match the wood; the uppe...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #155372 (stock #27-74)
Silk Road Gallery
$275.00
From Tbilisi, Georgia, this 19th century wine decanter was turned, then hand carved with distinctively Georgian designs that reflect the country's geographic position between East and West. 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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #1344136 (stock #10-60)
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$700.00
This stunning Mandalay Buddha is meditating with hands in the darmachakra mudra of teaching,with thumbs and index fingers forming circles to represent the Buddhist wheel of law. Beautifully carved from especially dense and heavy teak, the figure shows the fine craftsmanship of Burmese carvers. The figure is covered with a deep reddish coat of smooth Burmese lacquer. This early to mid 20th century piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 18", width 13 1/2", depth 9 1/2". Weight is 1...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #1227248 (stock #11-03)
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$600.00
The hands of this vintage teak Burmese Buddha are carved in a variation of the Darmachakra mudra, the gesture that represents teaching and the Buddhist wheel of law. The mudra is most often expressed with thumbs and index fingers of both hands forming separate circles. Here, the thumb and finger of the right hand encircle the middle finger of the left hand. When we found this Buddha in Burma, complex explanations about the precise meaning of this variation were not understandable to us, and w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #978464 (stock #31-03)
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This bronze leogryph figure with human face is from early 20th century Burma and is a variation of the Buddhist temple guardian called manok-thi-ha or manushi, names derived from the Sanskrit words for man (manu) and lion (simha). Burmese manok-thi-ha often have double rear quarters (two bums—see our catalog item 63-37). This one is single-bummed and outfitted with heavy necklace, chest ornament and lots of swirls. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #718754 (stock #40-85)
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$1,100.00
A 600-year-old bronze Buddha from the old Shan capital of Pinya in northern Burma sits in padmasana position with right hand in bhumisparsa, or earth touching, mudra. The Shan, who migrated down into north Burma from Yunnan, China, established their first capital at Pinya in 1298 during Burma's early Ava Period (1287-1752). In 1364, a Shan capital was established in Ava, where the Shan stayed until 1555. This small Pinya Buddha, most likely unearthed from a stupa, is a very early example of the ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1276022 (stock #10-45)
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$700.00
This well carved teak Burmese Buddha is peaceful and elegant. The finely modeled face and lavishly decorated robe are lightly touched with a subtle gold wash applied over a thin base of reddish lacquer, allowing the wood grain to show through. Edging on the robe and a body decoration that swirls across the right shoulder and down the arm are impressive examples of Burmese expertise with thayo, a mixture of lacquer and powdered bone or ash that dries to the hardness of wood. The figure sits in ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #891192 (stock #64-44)
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$1,200.00
This late 19th century offering vessel from the Burmese city of Pagan is an exceptionally fine example of the hsun-ok containers used to carry food offerings to Buddhist monasteries and temples. It is made of wood covered with many coats of lacquer, black first and then top layers of rich deep red. As the red lacquer wears away in areas exposing the black, a handsome negoro effect is created. A similar wooden hsun-ok is pictured in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxfo...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #924123 (stock #17-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$120.00
Candle holders, carved in East Java of onyx mined from a mountain not far from the shop, have a clean design that emphasizes the natural patterns created by striations in the stone. Produced in the late 1980s, and hopefully still being produced today, such contemporary lines stand in interesting contrast to much Indonesian art, especially that of East Java, where forms typically recall the more ornate style of the Majapahit empire. These pieces are in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 8 ¼...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1837 VR item #795716 (stock #35-91)
Silk Road Gallery
$150.00
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1970 item #802398 (stock #63-86)
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$675.00
A sleek bronze figure, cast in Burma about 40 years ago, assumes an art deco form as he smilingly holds up a receptacle for lamp oil. The design is likely a remnant of Burma's earlier colonial period (1890-1941) when British administrators, with little appreciation for indigenous Burmese art, commissioned ornamental images made to their own specifications. Burmese metalsmiths, whose skill was evident in the Buddhist art they produced, adapted their artistry to turning out secular European desig...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #719473 (stock #10-08)
Silk Road Gallery
$350.00
A 19th century Chinese panel carved in deep relief is centered with an official riding a chilin, a mythical beast that was an ancient Chinese symbol of high rank. Part unicorn, part dragon, part lion, the chilin is artfully carved with regal head, a flowing three-pronged tail and scales. Attendants holding a fan and a tray of food stand by on either side of the rider. The scene is bordered with graceful carvings of auspicious flowers--lotus, emblem of fruitfulness, on one end; peonies, omen of g...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #694620 (stock #25-65)
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$1,100.00
This limestone Buddha head has been in our collection since the mid-1990s when we purchased three of them, each with features distinctive from the others but all carved from the same stone and of Burma's Ava Period (1287-1752). The other two of the three appear to have been cut from a back slab; this one is almost fully in the round. All three heads have the Ava characteristics of prominent sweeping eyebrows over half-closed eyes, well modeled lips and a smooth cap over the hair but differences ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #949034 (stock #57-73)
Silk Road Gallery
$850.00
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 : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #797804 (stock #24-90)
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A pair of architectural panels from 19th century China have an elegantly simple fretwork design. Made of rosewood, the half-round pieces comprising the pattern are fitted together to form curving lines that emphasize the soft sheen of the smooth wood surfaces. Four abstract trees can be seen in the fretwork pattern. In China, these pieces may have been rescued from interior windows of an old house that was demolished, or they may have been part of a large canopied marriage bed. Both panels are ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #167330 (stock #39-12)
Silk Road Gallery
$675.00
The contrast of the smooth, dark sheen of the face with the light, dusty grey of the hair is a compelling feature of this well cast bronze head. Cast in Thailand about 30 years ago, it is in a style that originated during the Ayutthaya Kingdom (1350-1757), characterized by the full serene face with delicate eyebrows, slightly flared nostrils and well defined lips with the hint of a smile. Tightly curled hair in small spirals covers the head and unisha. The removable filial is an unadorned lotus...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #278822 (stock #60-16)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
As a nation of tea drinkers, the Chinese have lavished care on the artistry of implements associated with tea. This handsome wood box originated in Shaoxing, near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and was used for storing small, handle-less teacups. Wood boxes for this purpose were made throughout China in a variety of shapes, some with large, fold-down handles such as this one, some with fixed handles, some with no handles. The type and amount of carving and other decoration also varied but almost w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #768181 (stock #63-56)
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$850.00
This very unusual rotund 19th century Burmese Buddha is patterned after a statue said to be carved of the wood of the sacred Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. See a photo and description of a similar Dakkhina Sakkha Buddha in the periodical "Arts of Asia" June 1981 issue in an article on Burmese Buddha figures by Burma art expert Sylvia Fraser-Lu. Nine small knob-like disks representing auspicious marks are prominent on this Buddha--one on each shoulder, elbow and knee, two on the posterior...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Thai : Pre 2000 item #832718 (stock #57-81)
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$275.00
This soaring form, called a gaelae (galae), is seen in Northern Thailand on the peaked rooftops of houses and other structures built by the Thai Lanna people. On old buildings gaelae are extensions of the ends of roof beams crossed to form a V-shape. On newer houses they usually are separate carvings such as this one and are attached to the peaks of the steep roofs after the basic structure is completed. As to their original use, the most commonly heard explanation is that they were meant to di...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #893819 (stock #17-53)
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Tropical scenes from a Javanese village are carved in teak wood in long, low formats making them suitable for hanging in shallow spaces above windows, doors or the like. One of the pair shows a festival, with a large gong and children playing. In the other carving, two horses are very reluctantly pulling a cart in a family going to market scene. These pieces are lighthearted and charming, with spirit, movement and rustic appeal. From the early 20th century, they are in excellent condition. Dimen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1900 item #257200 (stock #03-17)
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$400.00
The naga, Southeast Asia's "dragon of the sea," is a favorite protector throughout the region. This one, of weathered teak wood, is from Thailand where naga often are seen in pairs at entrances to temple grounds and positioned at intervals along roof lines. They are there to ward off evil spirits and natural disaster just as the naga is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he meditated under a bo tree. This one still has traces of yellow paint, and most likely was studded with bri...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167518 (stock #16-44)
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$160.00
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 facial expressions artisans were able to achieve in these relatively simply carved masks. This particular mask is unusual because the face appears to be smiling; its world class bloodshot eyes, however, are simi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1076254 (stock #12-49)
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$1,500.00
This late 18th/early 19th century Chinese wood Buddha, nearly three feet tall, is carved in the Udayana image, an iconic pose used to portray the Shakyamuni Buddha. The figure, standing on a double lotus throne, gazes imperturbably out at the world with right hand extended in varada mudra, the Buddhist gesture of charity and blessings. Covering the entire wood surface are strong remains of original paint—russet , indigo and soft green define robes and throne; face, arms, hands and feet are ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #894706 (stock #63-51)
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These lacquered wood figures of Buddha and five monks are from Burma, where they are displayed to commemorate Dhama Sakya, or First Sermon Day, in honor of what is believed to have been the Buddha’s initial teaching following enlightenment. The important event is celebrated annually on the fourth day of the sixth month of the Buddhist calendar, which falls sometime in June or July. In the tableau, the Buddha, after just achieving enlightenment, meets five ascetics at the town of Saranath, nea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #191478 (stock #41-10)
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This is a museum-quality 16th century bronze Ava Buddha with a dedication inscription on the back of the high stepped throne. The bronze has aged to a wonderful black patina, and remaining gold leaf on the finely modeled figure and throne adds richness. The face has sweeping brows and well executed eyes. The high usnisha is topped with a narrow lotus bud finial. The Buddha sits in interlocking lotus position with the bottoms of both feet prominently displayed. Subtle, pleasing designs mark the e...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #800345 (stock #11-25)
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$450.00
Monks Sariputta and Mogallana, two chief disciples of Buddha, are carved in heavy Burmese teakwood. Important to the Buddhist iconography of Burma, the two are said to have been Brahmin ascetics who were among the earliest followers of the Buddha. The figures have a long history in Burmese art, appearing beside Buddha on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan and down through the centuries in bronzes, paintings and carvings, always accompanying Buddha. Around the late 18th century, artisans beg...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #998093 (stock #12-89)
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This medicine Buddha from early 20th century Burma holds the healing fruit of the myrobalan tree in the right hand with the palm extended upward over the right knee. The left hand rests in meditation, palm upward in the lap, without the begging bowl often included in medicine Buddha figures. Variations in medicine Buddha forms may be seen throughout Asia, particularly in Burma, where the elliptical myrobalan fruit sometimes is offered from the right hand of a standing rather than sitting Buddha....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1245861 (stock #57-74)
Silk Road Gallery
$500.00
A Khmer face with full lips, short nose and eyes that tilt upward at the outer corners identifies the Cambodian origin of this early 20th century cast metal standing Buddha. The gesture of blessing and protection, abhaya mudra, is conveyed with the right hand, and both palms are incised with the Buddhist wheel of law. A high lotus finial tops tight curls on the rounded head. The torso is bare to the waist where a body-hugging robe is defined with deep incising around the hips and on a panel ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #788418 (stock #64-03)
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An elephant with raised trunk, symbol of hospitality, forms the handle of this carved teakwood Burmese rice scoop. The dark red lacquer, applied over black lacquer in the traditional manner of Burmese artisans, is worn so the black undercoat shows through in areas, giving this early 20th century piece an inviting patina. The elephant trunk, which forms the scoop handle, is especially worn and shows evidence of many years of use. A simple decorative pattern is carved along the top of the scoop, a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #972160 (stock #63-88)
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$675.00
A bronze oil lamp that dates to the latter years of Burma’s British colonial period (1890-1941) is built around the figure of a smiling Burman holding out a small oil receptacle. The piece, nearly two feet in height, has a decidedly art deco look, in spite of the figure’s native dress. According to Sylvia Fraser-Lu in her book, “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” British colonial administrators had little appreciation for indigenous Burmese art but they acknowledged the superior metalwork...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #1235821 (stock #14-70)
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$275.00
A teakwood jewelry box with deep carvings of lotus flowers, dragons and a peacock recalls Nepal’s old city of Bhaktapur, where streets are lined with lavishly carved windows and courtyards and above it all are the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas as a backdrop. This piece has 14 “secret” compartments hidden in the top, middle and lower levels inside the box (see photo enlargements #4, 5 and 6). The lid slides off to reveal the top six compartments, which in turn slide to allow access t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1236618 (stock #10-76)
Silk Road Gallery
$700.00
This sitting Mandalay Buddha is an outstanding example of the fine skill of Burmese artisans in using thayo. The opulent robe with intricate frills and edging, the figure's tightly curled hair and well defined lotus throne were created using thayo, a mixture of lacquer and bone ash that dries to the hardness of wood. The figure's erect posture adds to the sculpture's aura of settled elegance. Carving of on the hands and feet is carefully modeled and realistic. The unusual lightly brushed dull...