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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1250809 (stock #06-84)
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$320.00
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These teak hangers are from Solo on the Indonesian island of Java and date to the early 19th century. Painted carvings of Hanuman, the heroic white monkey from the Southeast Asian epic, “The Ramayana,” sit atop long curved tails that form textile hangers. Fabrics can be draped so the Hanuman figures face front or to the sides. The hangers have holes at the top end so they can be either suspended or affixed directly to a wall. (See a similar set of hangers with different carved figures by ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #844816 (stock #58-20)
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$295.00
A late 19th century Chinese wood panel has excellent sinuous pierced carving on wide bands that stretch across the top and bottom and are set within a contrasting wood frame. The plain frame in a lighter reddish hue draws the eye to the quality of carving in the darker red/brown bands. The piece has been fitted with a new mirror, which for photography purposes, has been sprayed with a temporary non-reflective film. Originally part of a multi-panel screen, this Qing carving is in very good condit...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #1074923 (stock #19-71)
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$230.00
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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 : 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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #875686 (stock #63-20)
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$620.00
This early 20th century lacquer betel nut container has intricate incised scenes that recreate the magical interior of the old Burmese court. Dancers, mythical animals, courtiers, and servants surround the king on this throne in vignettes that cover the deep lid and base. The inscriptions "good health" and "be rich" are etched along the top edge of the deep lid. All the scenes are surrounded by fine bands of color and foliage with a cross-hatched background. Two trays that slide inside the high...
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 : 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #985475 (stock #55-25)
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This hand hammered bronze gong from Burma emits a mid-range mellow tone when struck at the center of its starburst pattern with a padded mallet. Hanging circular gongs of this sort are used in a Burmese orchestra, where an ornate lacquered wood gong circle, called a “kyi waing” surrounds 20 or so gongs of graduated sizes and tones. Gongs of various sizes also are used for Buddhist rites in temples and monasteries throughout Burma. When created for use as musical instruments, these carefully ...
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 : 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1344377 (stock #11-14)
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$600.00
A Burmese Buddha revered for healing the spirit as well as the body holds a pot containing the water of long life. Ornamentation is especially dramatic, with a high spired crown and the lavish use of a Burmese lacquer process called thayo on the robes to represent elaborate embroidery. The cape is flared at the sides giving the figure a striking silhouette. Small applications of gold leaf added by the devout when a Buddha is displayed add interest to the dark brown teakwood carving. This mid-19...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #721542 (stock #24-41)
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$250.00
A late Qing relief-carved wood panel has ten figures in martial arts poses. Trees and rocks frame two scenes. Touches of original gilding remain on the figures and define foliage in the top scene. The panel once was part of a larger piece such as a screen or perhaps a bench. It shows uneven wear, with the only the two figures at bottom right worn and weathered so that their features are no longer distinct. Overall, this late 19th century panel is in quite good and solid condition. Dimensions: he...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1960 item #878356 (stock #56-07)
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Carved bone chessmen patterned after Nepalese and Indian royalty and their subjects make up this mid-20th century bone chess set from Nepal. Both kings wear elaborate costumes. One of them is carved with multiple mustachioed faces; the other is in hunting regalia with his long hair hanging down his back. The buxom queens have heavy brows and wear patterned head scarves. Knights are winged horses, rooks are elephants, bishops are camels, and pawns are long-haired attendants in uniform. These han...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #799411 (stock #57-43)
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$1,700.00
Traces of gold leaf remain on this Pagan dry lacquer Buddha head from the late 1700s. The head rests on a contemporary removable black metal stand. The dry lacquer technique, used by Burmese artisans from the mid-18th century until the beginning of the 20th century, produced finely modeled hollow images that were light in weight but very strong. The labor-intensive method involved a number of steps. First the image was shaped from clay, then wrapped in a lacquer-soaked cloth. A pliable mixture ...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #261283 (stock #57-66)
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$175.00
The lid of this 19th century Burmese lacquer traveler's box is incised with a charming scene of two figures, separated by a tree, each of them with one hand raised in a farewell wave. Made by layering many coats of lacquer over a base constructed of fine strips of coiled bamboo, Burmese lacquerware is light and durable. The design on this box is hand drawn using a method called yun-incising. Lines were incised through the top coats of black lacquer to reveal the persimmon-colored lacquer underne...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #284166 (stock #08-04)
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$450.00
Seated on a faded red lacquer throne, this little Buddha is a humble, quiet figure. With shallow carving that suggests rather than sharply defines the facial features, the smooth oval face takes on an enigmatic, ethereal look. The small body is compactly folded to fit precisely on the narrow throne, giving the impression that the figure is conserving space. Fingers on the right hand, in earth touching mudra, are exceptionally long. Three lines of script etched into the lacquer around the base of...
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1244658 (stock #39-32)
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$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 : 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 : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1239618 (stock #63-26)
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$500.00
This cinnabar-colored four-piece lacquer box from late 19th century Burma has intricate designs incised in fine black lines on its hatbox-style lid, high-sided container and two trays. The tortoise shell design is interspersed with small circles, and the lid top is centered with a gold-accented drawing of a character in native dress. Cylindrical boxes such as this, called “kun-it,” were designed for storing and serving ingredients to assemble a quid, or chew, of betel, a mild stimulant tha...
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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1136045 (stock #63-11)
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$370.00
The cinnabar lacquer covering this late 19th/early 20th century Burmese “kwet,” or serving bowl, is satin smooth and cool to the touch. Years of daily use have enhanced both the look and feel of this large bowl, with black lacquer showing through the red in areas of wear. Six black ribs curve down to the feet, and the top is curved and rolled inward, giving the vessel beautiful balance. The old Burmese process of producing such lacquer pieces was labor intensive and time consuming. Woven an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #820664 (stock #10-58)
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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 : 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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #1021472 (stock #35-43)
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$295.00
A dragon’s mouth holds the flame in this 19th century bronze oil lamp from Ceylon. The dragon head and lamp base, cast as a separate unit, screw off the top tiered part of the lamp, which is hollow to hold the oil (see photo enlargement #3). The oil flows down through the dragon head to feed a wick threaded into the mouth. A heavy chain cast in double links is attached to a loop at the top of the lamp, allowing it to be used either as a hanging or a standing piece (see photo enlargement #6). T...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #877672 (stock #63-04)
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$800.00
This mid-19th century wood offering bowl is from Pagan, an area recognized for producing the finest lacquer items in Burma. Many layers of black lacquer cover the wood base and are topped with a lacquer mixed with cinnabar pigment. These outer red layers have worn away in many places, showing the black lacquer underneath and creating an attractive patina. (For a similar offering bowl see "Burmese Crafts Past and Present" by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, color plate 45.) The ta...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #687835 (stock #64-37)
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$1,200.00
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Finely modeled scenes from the "Jataka," stories of important events in the life of the Buddha, cover the lid and three sides of this "sadaik," or manuscript chest, from a Burmese monastery. (See similar chests in an article in "Arts of Asia" magazine, May-June 2013 issue, page 82, by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, with detailed information on Jataka stories depicted on manuscript chests.) The lid on this chest shows two scenes especially revered in Burma: The first is a compelling representation of the Budd...
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 ...