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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #774309 (stock #27-38)
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$700.00
This early 20th century Russian-made samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia following that small country's independence in 1991 after 70 years as part of the USSR. A maker's seal on the top shows a hammer and sickle under a star, perhaps a reason it was not retained by the original Georgian owners. The stamp includes the letters "BCHX" and "CCCP" as well as a Russian inscription. Another stamp, this one on the foot of the samovar, carries the initials "TK." The brass is coated with a silv...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 2000 item #700671 (stock #18-59)
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$300.00
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Three bamboo cages made by fishermen in Japan to harvest shrimp are wonderful examples of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Organic forms, simplicity and imperfections render these humble objects beautiful and timeless. (The Japanese cultural concept of wabi-sabi is nicely presented in the small book "Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers" by Leonard Koren, Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California, 1994.) These three bamboo forms together take on new life as an unusual piec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #266405 (stock #57-62)
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$450.00
Elegantly executed designs in red, yellow and green on a black background decorate this 19th century Burmese lacquer box. Called a "bi-it," this beautifully crafted container held combs, oil, perfume and sandalwood powder. The unusual scene on the lid shows a man and woman walking among trees collecting fruit. Their multi-patterned traditional clothing is drawn in great detail. Graceful flowers, calligraphy with a wish for happiness, and the signature of the maker decorate the sides of the lid a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #153340 (stock #33-09)
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$390.00
From the latter half of Japan's Edo Period (1600-1868), this 18th century Buddhist ceremonial bell preceded Japanese sophistication in the art of bronze casting and their development of an export market for fine metalwork. Prior to the Meiji Era, most metalwork was for domestic use. The inscription on this piece reads "God's Bell" and, in spite of imperfect casting, the humble bell has great appeal. A free-floating metal ball that rolls around in the bell chamber creates a modest tinkling sound....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #839958 (stock #10-81)
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An unusually large early to mid-19th century Shan hsun-ok from Burma, this piece has a diameter of 19 inches and stands 32 inches high. Full size offering bowls with the distinctive hsun-ok silhouette generally are about 13 to 15 inches in diameter. This one is a masterpiece of balance with the ten identifying Shan raised rings around the lid echoed with 10 raised rings around base. The carvings on the spire, punctuated by a large ball, complement the substantial circumference of the piece. Its...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #811124 (stock #64-05)
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$450.00
The monks Sariputta and Mogallana have been honored in Burmese Buddhist art as the two chief disciples of Buddha for more than 800 years, as evidenced by their images on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan. Until the late 18th century they were most often integrated into carvings and bronzes of the Buddha. After artisans started carving and casting each of the figures separately, the pose of each monk evolved into the traditional poses seen on these black lacquered carvings, and now vary mai...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #813834 (stock #12-83)
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$495.00
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 : 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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #929783 (stock #63-14)
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An especially handsome lacquer bowl, called a “kwet,” is from the Shan people, a southeast Asian tribal group living primarily in northeast Burma. Similar Shan bowls, though not identical to this one, are pictured in a book from the British Museum Press entitled “Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer” by Isaacs and Blurton, on pages 183 and 184, where they are labeled with the spelling “khwet.” This bowl has an inscription on the bottom that is difficult to deci...
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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #277996 (stock #10-46)
Silk Road Gallery
$550.00
Pieces of the blue and gold tiles that once covered the scales of this 19th century naga, or water dragon, remain on the weathered surface, adding interesting glints of light to the exotic sculptural form. Traces of red can be seen on the beard, around the eye and between the scales. The naga curved gracefully toward the sky on the roof of a Buddhist temple. One of the most revered forms in Thailand, the naga is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he meditated under the bodhi tre...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #312760 (stock #57-32)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1345209 (stock #64-46)
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Eight bronze weights, commonly known as opium weights, are cast in the image of a mythical wild goose. The bird, referred to as "hintha" in Burmese or as "hamsa" in Sanskrit, is regarded as a sacred icon and also is the symbol of Burma's Mon People. Weights in the forms of mythical birds and animals were used in Burma from the 18th century into the 20th century to weigh small household items purchased in the marketplaces. Over the years, they became known as "opium" weights, but according to S...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #809473 (stock #12-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$320.00
The Ramayana story of the heroic white monkey god Hanuman's rescue of Sita is portrayed by the carving that forms the handle of this teak wood rice scoop. Characters from the Indian epic Ramayana, familiar icons throughout Southeast Asia, are seen on folk and fine art, in children's books and on temple walls as representations of good and evil. In this carving, Hanuman is carrying Sita across the sea back to Rama after rescuing her from the evil king Ravanna. Hanuman is holding his long tail, wh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #136356 (stock #39-11)
Silk Road Gallery
$795.00
The Chinese goddess of mercy, Guanyin, is carved in relief riding on the back of a dragon whose feet are supported by clouds. Although the stone is irregularly cut around the edges, the carving appears to have been done as a stand-alone tablet rather than as part of a larger plaque. The Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin has been a popular Chinese figure for centuries. This carving possibly was displayed outside as the face of the goddess is slightly weathered. The rest of the piece is in excellent co...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1970 item #802398 (stock #63-86)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1244658 (stock #39-32)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
From late 19th century Burma, this parabaik, or book, is made of thick cardboard-like paper folded accordion-style with front and back covers of gilded relief lacquer. The paper was made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree that was boiled for a day until soft, then pounded and spread on fabric that was stretched across a frame. The frame was repeatedly dipped in water and drained, then dried in the sun, spread with glue and chalk powder, and finally, polished with seeds. The thick paper ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #845521 (stock #12-46)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #760551 (stock #24-06)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 #941725 (stock #35-92)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
Chinese opera characters are carved in relief on this late 19th century wood roundel. The central character strokes his beard and looks pleased; the figure on the right thrusts his drinking cup aloft. In the background, a barefoot servant runs off holding a small scroll. A bat, Chinese emblem of good fortune, is carved into the base of the piece. While the two main characters on the roundel are in excellent condition, the figure of the running servant is inexplicably worn on the face (see photo ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #699949 (stock #25-64)
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$1,100.00
This Ava Period (1287-1752) limestone Buddha head was found in Burma in the mid-1990s. It obviously was cut from a stone backslab, indicating an early to mid Ava timeframe since the use of backslabs, prevalent during the earlier Pagan Period, declined during the late Ava years. The Buddha has a wide, squarish face, prominent eyebrows, well modeled lips and smooth cap, all Ava attributes. It is intriguing to speculate whether it was grouped with other figures and where it was displayed, as the ba...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #780643 (stock #12-42)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
Tiny yellow dots incised freehand into a black lacquer background cover this small early 20th Burmese box. The design, produced with a time-consuming technique called "yun," is one of the more subtle traditional yun patterns developed by Burmese lacquer artisans. Yun involves the use of a stylus to engrave designs, one color at a time, on a lacquer surface. The yellow, red and green patterns on this box required three separate sessions of engraving with the stylus, rubbing the color into the inc...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #806740 (stock #64-02)
Silk Road Gallery
$195.00
This most unusual rice ladle from the Shan minority people of Southeast Asia has carvings of a peacock, an elephant, a donkey, a fish and a mystery animal all lined up along its handle. Carving on the double handle, simulating rope, is skillfully done; carving on the animals is more primitive. The bowl is made from a sturdy gourd coated with lacquer. This ladle originated in one of the many small Shan villages concentrated in northeast Burma and was used to scoop rice into the alms bowls of monk...
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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #708063 (stock #24-04)
Silk Road Gallery
$120.00
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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #886035 (stock #11-15)
Silk Road Gallery
$600.00
An early 20th century Buddha from a Shan village in Burma wears an outer robe that flares wide at either side framing a lavishly adorned robe pulled tightly across the legs in a form fitting look originally associated with Pagan figures. The Buddha has the right hand turned palm out in varada mudra, a gesture of wish fulfillment and charity. Carved of teak wood, it is coated with dark red lacquer touched with gilding. Robe adornments were created with a uniquely Burmese lacquer process involvin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #265851 (stock #10-44)
Silk Road Gallery
$300.00
One of the most exotic sculptural forms in Southeast Asia, the naga, a sea dragon with a high curving spire, is seen at temple entrances an on roofs. This 19th century carved teak wood naga was once a finial on a temple roof in Thailand. The mythical serpent is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he sat meditating under a bodhi tree and so is used to guard against evil spirits, particularly natural disasters. When in use at temples, the sculptures generally are covered in colorfu...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1980 item #818403 (stock #12-28)
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$195.00
A small metal balance scale is enclosed within this wood container carved in the shape of the Burmese crane, known as a “karaweik,” that holds a fish in its bill. Although commonly called “opium” scales, such rudimentary instruments, and the so-called “opium” weights used with them, were basic merchant tools used in daily bazaars to measure just about anything that fit into the small trays. Mythical animals and birds were favorite design elements for items associated with the scales....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #834732 (stock #10-62)
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A fine, tight weave of thin reeds gives texture to the cinnabar and black lacquer finish of this mid-19th century Burmese bowl. The textural quality is heightened by the wearing of top layers of cinnabar lacquer revealing black lacquer underneath for a handsome negoro effect. Resting on four low feet, the bowl, or “kwet,” flares out to a wide point about three-quarters up its height, and then gently angles in toward its crisp upper edge. The inner surface is smoothed with many coats of la...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #696096 (stock #19-46)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #919136 (stock #63-64)
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$595.00
Two kneeling nats, possibly representing the Taungbyon brothers, among the most revered deities in the Burmese spirit world of nats, are carved with identical positions and thrones but faces that are quite different from one another. Widespread belief among the Burmese of nats, the spirits of certain departed humans, and also of nat spirits of trees, rivers, rocks and more, predates the introduction of Buddhism in Burma. Thirty-seven nats, both protectors and rogues, each with its own complex s...
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 : Middle Eastern : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #897630 (stock #10-52)
Silk Road Gallery
$200.00
Hand printed fabrics were created with these early 20th century carved wood printing blocks from Turkey. Each of the five variously sized and shaped blocks is deeply carved with different types of flowers. The four smaller blocks are shaped with a hand grip on the sides; the largest block most likely was placed in a handled holder. These relics of Turkey’s textile industry probably were used to print silk, as the production of even enough material for a scarf would have required considerable ...