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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 : 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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 2000 item #700671 (stock #18-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #820664 (stock #10-58)
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SOLD
Long, low Burmese hermit figures with their distinctive hats and monk robes represent heroes from ancient Buddhist legends and folk stories. According to legend, the hermits spend most of their lives in self deprivation striving to perfect themselves morally, and if they achieve that perfection are reborn as zaw-gyi (zagwi), supernatural beings who fly through water, land and air doing good deeds. Some stories say zaw-gyi live forever, others say they live a mere 80,000 years. They are venerated...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #136361 (stock #35-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #922753 (stock #63-29)
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Delicately incised yun designs on a three-piece lacquer betel box from the Burmese city of Pagan depict scenes of five elegantly dressed courtiers, each portrayed within a distinctive and elaborate portal. The name of the artisan, Ko Sein Maung, is incised in one ribbon-like cartouche, and his locale, Pagan Dikesu, in another. The wish, chantha basage (may you be rich), appears in a third cartouche. The container has three parts—a deep lid, a high base and a fitted tray. It is designed to reta...
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 1960 item #813834 (stock #12-83)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1800 item #313771 (stock #24-86)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1970 item #710691 (stock #54-35)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Wood : Pre 1800 item #291897 (stock #02-34)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #800345 (stock #11-25)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #978464 (stock #31-03)
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SOLD
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 1920 item #686777 (stock #63-41)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #854196 (stock #10-68)
Silk Road Gallery
$390.00
This large lacquered early 20th century bowl from the Shan people, who live primarily in eastern parts of Burma and across the border in western and northern areas of Thailand, is called a “kwet” and was used to serve huge quantities of rice. It is made of split bamboo basketry supported by six sturdy ribs that curve down to end in six low feet. The basic bamboo construction is coated inside and out with layers of black lacquer overlaid with layers of red lacquer. The basketry shows through ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #678034 (stock #63-44)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #698608 (stock #30-99)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
This triptych tableau featuring the Buddhist earth goddess, Wathundaye, is carved of teak and fitted with wood hinges to form a folding altar. The mid-20th century piece is from the countryside in Burma, where Wathundaye is a revered Buddhist icon. She is shown in the act of wringing water from her long hair, depicting a Jataka story that credits her with using the water to drown the evil Mara and his armies who were attempting to disrupt Buddha's path to enlightenment as he meditated under the ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #141341 (stock #40-05)
Silk Road Gallery
$550.00
Cast about 30 years ago, this replica bronze Buddha head is in the style of Thailand's Sukhothai Kingdom. The Sukhothai period, which lasted from the mid-13th century to the end of the 14th century, is often called "The Golden Age of Thai Civilization." Religious art and architecture from this period are regarded by many art historians as representing the most classic of Thai styles. The face of a Sukhothai Buddha is immediately recognizable for its regal, commanding look, with heavily lidded ey...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #981876 (stock #10-47)
Silk Road Gallery
$890.00
A classic Burmese bronze Buddha from the late 19th/early 20th century, with the simple, unadorned lines of the Ava Period, is softened with roundness in the face and body. The stepped throne, rather than the traditional diamond shape, also is rounded, adding to the settled, secure look of the figure. Legacies of the traditional Ava style also are seen in the well defined brow over lowered eyes, the slight smile, and a band separating hair and forehead. It was a common practice during the 19th a...
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #929783 (stock #63-14)
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SOLD
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 #147269 (stock #39-03)
Silk Road Gallery
$2,800.00
Made during Burma's Konbaung Period (1752-1885), this crowned Pagan (Bagan) Buddha stands nearly four feet tall. The hands are in the dharmacakra (teaching) mudra. The carved lacquered and gilded wooden image is in the style of the 11th century colossal standing Buddha statues from Ananda Temple in Pagan, with a long robe open to the ankles over body hugging clothing. Also typical for this type of figure are kneecaps that are visible through the clothing. The high crown of pointed leaves topped ...
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 ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #896352 (stock #63-23)
Silk Road Gallery
$695.00
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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Pre 2000 item #703311 (stock #34-60)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
A Balinese interpretation of Romeo and Juliette figures is carved in yellow hibiscus wood. 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. This carving, he says, depicts the couple from the Balinese folk version of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliette. A visit to the Mudano studio in Mas, near Ubud, on...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1910 item #705829 (stock #54-66)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
A tall, thin scholar in a flowing robe centers this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese wood carving. He holds a fan and strikes a pose of the privileged as his little servant stands by on the left. The scholar presumably is on a stroll through his garden, a spot where the Chinese literati were said to spend a good deal of their time and where they often were shown in paintings and carvings. The deep relief carving is inside an octagon, which is contained within a rectangular cartouche. The pan...
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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #153013 (stock #35-95)
Silk Road Gallery
$290.00
A bearded scholar gestures with a fan in this late 19th century Chinese relief carving. In old China, a fan often was used by scholars and officials as part of a gesture to emphasize a special point. Two visitors, a man and a woman, are shown outside the scholar's studio, which is suggested by a bit of roofline, window and a vase of flowers. Carved below the roundel is stylized bat, symbol of good fortune. A hanger has been added to the carving, which may have been an element in a large architec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #919136 (stock #63-64)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : New Century : Sculpture : Contemporary item #1233871 (stock #11-34)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #903490 (stock #57-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #839958 (stock #10-81)
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SOLD
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...