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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #820399 (stock #06-81)
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$320.00
Pair
Teak hangers for decorative textiles or drapes are carved with figures of Dewi Sri, Hindu goddess of agrarian fertility, a revered icon on the Indonesian island of Java. The painted faces are in the style of the old Majapahit Empire that flourished in East Java during the 13th to 15th centuries. These hangers are from the early 19th century. Throughout Java, Dewi Sri takes on a variety of appearances, sometimes dressed as royalty, sometimes in local costume, in wood, ceramic and bone figures, a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1245861 (stock #57-74)
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #969594 (stock #10-78)
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This graceful Mandalay Buddha, nearly two feet in height, seems to float above its low double lotus throne. The floating effect is achieved with the robe, edged in a Burmese lacquer technique called thayo that ripples lightly across the wide pedestal and cascades in loose folds down the front and back of the slender figure’s left shoulder. The face is serene, with wide downcast eyes and finely executed nose and mouth. Carved of Burmese teak, the surface is a rich red/brown, sealed with a lig...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #678034 (stock #63-44)
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$595.00
Seated in lotus position, this early 20th century bronze Burmese Buddha has classic Ava features. The right hand is in bhumisparsa mudra (earth touching, centering), the robe is quite simple, the face triangular with small upturned mouth and the head is topped with an onion-shaped finial--all Ava attributes. Unlike the more ornate double lotus throne seen on many Ava figures, however, this Buddha of later vintage sits on a plain waisted throne. The relatively small size and simplicity of the thr...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1970 item #710691 (stock #54-35)
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$130.00
An amber-colored snuff bottle has carvings of eight fish, auspicious Chinese symbols of wealth, abundance, freedom and harmony. Four fish swim on one side below calligraphy incised on a shoulder of the bottle; four fish on the other side swim among lotus plants, emblems of fruitfulness. For good measure, a ninth fish is incised between the two carved areas. Dating from mid to late 20th century, this piece is a relative newcomer in the venerable snuff bottle field. It is in excellent condition ex...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1126165 (stock #12-57)
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$290.00
This late Qing scholar’s box has a removable dark red and gold carved front panel that secures four drawers behind it. The intended interpretation of the gilded garden scene carving is a mystery: A man and woman appear to be observing or celebrating an object, possibly a manuscript, tied with a rope into a bundle that is suspended above them from an overhanging flowering branch. It is interesting to speculate that perhaps the scholar just completed some important writing and this is a celebrat...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1236618 (stock #10-76)
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$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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1222465 (stock #63-84)
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$890.00
This teak sculpture, more than three feet tall, represents a supernatural character from ancient Burmese folklore, Zaw-gyi, who is said to possess a fantastic range of powers. Zaw-gyi is immortal, forever youthful, can fly and practices alchemy, to name just a few of his talents. He lives in solitude and strives for spiritual perfection. An important member in the region’s pantheon of superheroes prior to the arrival of Buddhism in Burma, he was solidly integrated into Buddhist...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #845521 (stock #12-46)
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$690.00
A Burmese Buddha with elaborate thayo edging on the robe and throne sits in lotus position with right hand in earth touching mudra. Carved of teak, the figure is lightly gilded, allowing the dark wood grain to show through, particularly on the face, arms and feet. Generous edging on the robe and double lotus throne is made of thayo, a lacquer and bone ash mixture used by Burmese artisans for relief molding. The serene face and tightly curled hair with low rounded unisha are classic Mandalay styl...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1800 item #313771 (stock #24-86)
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$595.00
Pierced carvings of foliage widely spaced around a framed rectangular relief carving give this 18th century Chinese elm wood panel a light and airy look. The central carving depicts a three-tiered village scene with a stylized mountain in the background. A horizontal pierced carving inset at the top of the panel represents foliage, and a relief carving inset at the panel's bottom depicts a bird and a flowering branch. All the elements are set within frames so the piece has a balanced, ordered fe...
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 : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1837 VR item #795716 (stock #35-91)
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$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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #696096 (stock #19-46)
Silk Road Gallery
$135.00
Natural variations in the color and grain of yellow hibiscus wood give this carved mask of a Balinese princess a special appeal. It is from the studio of I. W. Mudano, a second generation master carver who has exhibited internationally for decades. He works primarily with yellow hibiscus wood, producing both original abstract forms and traditional Balinese figures and masks. A visit to his studio in Mas, near Ubud, on the Indonesian Island of Bali, reveals the amazing range of beautiful shapes, ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #860292 (stock #31-27)
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A pair of pulleys that were used on a hand loom in Burma show the Burmese love for exuberant decorative elements on objects for everyday use. The tall carved peacocks are larger than the pulleys, and may have been just one of a number of such decorations on a woman’s loom. Simple household objects are traditionally well made and attractive in Burma, where no lines are drawn between fine arts and folk or applied arts. The peacock, emblem of the Kon-baung Dynasty (1752-1885), remains a favorite ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #724257 (stock #62-48)
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$600.00
This well preserved tablet dating to the 11th century is a terracotta image of Buddha seated in bhumisparsa, or earth-touching position, within an arched niche under a tree. The tree possibly represents the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment. Relics such as this have been recovered from under stupa throughout Burma. Small clay votive plaques were first introduced in neighboring India as mementos for pilgrims visiting Buddhist sites. They were adopted in Burma during the 7th century a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #312760 (stock #57-32)
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$500.00
Variations in the shades of these green and white jade chess pieces give this set from Burma (Myanmar) extra appeal. Green knights are dark and opaque; other green pieces are translucent and various lighter shades. Many of the white pieces show a blush of pink. Burma is the source of much of the world's jade, which is found there in several colors. The board, set into the top of a carved teak wood storage/carrying case, also is made of green and white jade. Chess pieces are carved in the Western...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167528 (stock #16-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 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...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #1074923 (stock #19-71)
Silk Road Gallery
$230.00
Pair
The faces of comedy and tragedy are represented in this pair of masks carved of hibiscus wood by I. W. Mudano, a second generation master carver from Indonesia. Mr. Mudano, who has exhibited internationally for decades, works primarily in yellow hibiscus wood, and is recognized for his special talent in making delightful artistic use of the natural variations in the wood’s grain and shades. These masks were purchased more than 20 years ago from the carver in his studio in the small town of Mas...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #136361 (stock #35-59)
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$790.00
This 18th century ceramic figure of the Chinese Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy is unusual in several respects. The form is uncharacteristically simple for the popular Chinese goddess who typically was shown with elaborate flowing robes. The pert face is particularly different with its full lips, upturned nose and wide eyes. Only one hand is visible and it rests on her right knee. The high beaded headpiece and heavy necklace identify the figure as Guanyin. The weighty ceramic figure is heavily gla...
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 1800 item #903490 (stock #57-38)
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$975.00
A Mon Buddha from 18th century Burma has the distinctive facial features and very high finial that identify Mon images from the Ava period. The waisted throne is edged with geometric decorations typical of Mon images of the era. We purchased this figure about 20 years ago in Burma from a dealer whose collection included mostly 19th century Shan images. This one is clearly from an earlier period and, although there is some overlap between the Shan and Mon sub-states in the characteristics of the...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Thai : Pre 2000 item #832718 (stock #57-81)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1237426 (stock #11-19)
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Remarkable carving skill makes this late 19th/early 20th century container a handsome relic of the days when time and care were given to making utilitarian objects for Chinese households. The pleasingly clean form is created by the curved handle and spout, each carved seamlessly as part of staves that are integrated with 13 additional staves to form the container. A symbol carefully carved and gilded on the handle most likely had a significant meaning for the family. This piece, from Zheijian...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #686777 (stock #63-41)
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$795.00
Right hand raised in jnana (teaching) mudra, this Burmese bronze Buddha sits in lotus position on a double lotus throne. The Buddha's thumb and index finger form a circle to signify the Buddhist wheel of law, the dharmachakra. This early 20th century Buddha is Ava in style, with the body tilting slightly forward on a waisted lotus throne that is tall relative to the height of the figure. The simple, unadorned robe leaves one shoulder bare, and the hair is separated from the face with a narrow ba...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #142931 (stock #39-02)
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$2,900.00
Nearly four feet in height, this 19th century Burmese Mandalay Buddha holds the right hand in the varada gesture to signify fulfillment of all wishes, boon granting and charity. A small fruit offering also is held in the right hand. This graceful classic figure is carved from dense Burmese teak and stands on a lotus throne. An undercoating of dark red lacquer that shows through worn areas in the gilding gives the piece an attractive patina. Large Buddha images such as this were placed above eye-...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #638991 (stock #62-45)
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$1,600.00
Fine relief carving on this late Qing Chinese bed panel expresses symbolic wishes for good fortune. Made of beautifully grained hongmu (Chinese mahogany), the long panel (88 inches) is suitable for use over a king-sized bed. Stylized characters and traditional symbols, most likely chosen by the parents who commissioned the work, were used to bestow wishes on the newly married couple for long and happy lives. Carvings within the three rectangular sections demonstrate the Chinese love of homonyms....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #164750 (stock #40-84)
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$950.00
Still bearing very slight traces of gold leaf, this small 15th century bronze head of Buddha is from Burma's Ava Period (1287-1752). It most likely was commissioned and donated by a family as an act of merit, and was buried under a stupa for centuries. The Burmese of the time were skilled metalworkers. When a bronze Buddha image was cast, even a small one such as this, astrologers were called in to name the most auspicious day and hour for the casting, and monks cleansed the site of evil spirits...
All Items : New Century : Sculpture : Contemporary item #1233871 (stock #11-34)
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$395.00
This nicely contoured Buddha face, carved in three separate wood panels, is from North Thailand. We add this contemporary Buddha to our collection, which over several decades has included only antique and vintage Buddha images, because it is an interesting interpretation of an ancient form. While features of Buddha representations varied from period to period and region to region down through the centuries, this contemporary piece recasts the traditional into sleek and striking. It is purely ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #853841 (stock #51-49)
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Dated 1870 on the base, this late Qing Dynasty ceramic figure is of General Guan Gong, a popular character in Chinese opera, who is cast as brave, swashbuckling and, above all, fiercely loyal to the emperor. The piece is quite detailed, with decorative elements of the butterscotch and white costume defined in relief as well as with intricate incising. Within the general’s wide, open-mouthed grin, his tongue and seven teeth are clearly visible. His face and hands are unglazed. His headpiece sho...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1128330 (stock #12-20)
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$670.00
A gilded Mandalay Buddha standing two feet tall strikes a graceful pose, with right hand in the varada mudra of charity and the fulfillment of wishes. Carved of dense Burmese teak wood, this early to mid-20th century figure is coated with a dark red matte lacquer highlighted with a liberal application of gilding. This Buddha’s finely carved face is striking, with especially large elongated eyes and brows. Elaborate draping and folds on the robe are emphasized with gilded scrolling and beading...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #936671 (stock #41-17)
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$1,800.00
A dolomite plaque carved with the eight great scenes in the life of Buddha dates to the early 16th century during Burma’s Ava Period (1364 -1752 A.D). Plaques from as early as 700 A.D. depicting these eight events have been unearthed in Burma, and during the Pagan Period (1084-1287 A.D.) carved tablets representing the eight episodes became prevalent. This dolomite (limestone) piece has Pagan attributes such as the definition of the robe on the central Buddha but signals of its later Ava orig...
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....