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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #698608 (stock #30-99)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #797804 (stock #24-90)
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A pair of architectural panels from 19th century China have an elegantly simple fretwork design. Made of rosewood, the half-round pieces comprising the pattern are fitted together to form curving lines that emphasize the soft sheen of the smooth wood surfaces. Four abstract trees can be seen in the fretwork pattern. In China, these pieces may have been rescued from interior windows of an old house that was demolished, or they may have been part of a large canopied marriage bed. Both panels are ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #897630 (stock #10-52)
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #1221946 (stock #13-08)
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An exceptionally beautiful face distinguishes this mid-20th century reclining Mandalay Buddha. Carved from one piece of dense Burmese teak, the sleek dark reddish brown figure depicts the Buddha passing into Nirvana. On the wrist is a bracelet with the magic wish-fulfilling jewel Cintamani(see photo enlargement #6). The neck is slender and carved with the three folds characteristic of most Burmese Buddha images. Intricate edging on the graceful draped robe is created of thayo, a lacquer thic...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #980111 (stock #24-98)
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$690.00
A 19th century Chinese red lacquered wood panel is carved with the gods of happiness, prosperity and longevity surrounded by lively attendants running to and fro in a garden scene. Gold leaf applied sparingly over the lacquer adds richness and depth to the carving. The panel is in two parts, with the gods and their retinue carved in relief on the upper section, and fine pierced carving on the bottom section, with beautifully executed symbolic icons: a peony representing honor and masculinity is...
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 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 : 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 : 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 1837 VR item #396830 (stock #39-38)
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$1,200.00
Shimmering gold and blue tiles represent scales on this 200-year-old naga (sea dragon) that stands 50 inches (127 cm) tall. Used in Thailand as temple roof finials or in pairs at entrances to guard against evil spirits and natural disasters, the powerful, mystical naga are among the most revered Buddhist symbols. With its soaring, curving form and large size this particular naga is especially sculptural. It shows the emerging outline of the sinuous Thai cho-fa, a simplified, streamlined shape th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #800706 (stock #58-47)
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$175.00
Among the many varieties of red lacquered containers used during China's Qing and early Republic years, none has a more striking form than the humble lunch pail. An elegantly designed everyday item, it is constructed of shaped wood staves, a tall bent willow handle and a notched lid that snaps securely in place around the handle. Pails in this design also are referred to as berry pails. The recessed bottom on this one is decorated with two drawings of flowers, perhaps done by the maker of the pa...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167531 (stock #16-39)
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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 in Indonesia. 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 simple carvings. This particular mask has a bird theme, with rather predatory owl-like eyes and a red and green bird head that ha...
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 : 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 : Southeast Asian : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #924123 (stock #17-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$120.00
Candle holders, carved in East Java of onyx mined from a mountain not far from the shop, have a clean design that emphasizes the natural patterns created by striations in the stone. Produced in the late 1980s, and hopefully still being produced today, such contemporary lines stand in interesting contrast to much Indonesian art, especially that of East Java, where forms typically recall the more ornate style of the Majapahit empire. These pieces are in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 8 ¼...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1345065 (stock #10-50)
Silk Road Gallery
$675.00
Carved from stone, weighing 98 pounds and standing 32 inches tall, this Buddha is unique--both spare and complex. From the side the figure is simplified and angular; the front and back are rounded, and the face is detailed. The figure conveys both strength and warmth through facial expression and hand gestures. A touch of hauteur in the face is softened with hand gestures (mudra). The right hand is raised in abhaya mudra, which grants protection and reassurance; the left palm is turned outward i...
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #847598 (stock #60-21)
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$470.00
This Qing Dynasty scholar’s box has four rosewood doors hand painted with ivory-colored flowers and foliage, following the traditional practice of Chinese scholars to surround themselves in their studios with reminders of nature. Made to be displayed on a table or desk, the box was used to store carved signature seals, ink sticks and other small items. The rosewood door panels are set within hand carved elm beading and frames, and the front, sides and top of the piece are made of elm wood in a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #335268 (stock #57-18)
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$395.00
The hin-tha, or sacred goose, an icon found in both the folk and Buddhist art of Southeast Asia, is the subject of this 19th century teak wood carving from Burma. The bird's head points skyward and it holds a small fish in its beak. A kneeling man rides in the curve of its long neck. Also called a hamsa, the hin-tha is among the many creatures that play roles in The Jataka, stories about the lives of The Buddha. It is found on sacred objects as well as everyday utilitarian items. This carving wa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #898500 (stock #63-30)
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A late 19th century lacquer betel box from Burma is incised in an intricate pattern called “yok-thei,” with tiny dancers swirling through vegetal scrolling. The small design, primarily red and green, is punctuated with black and green circles that look like launching pads for the flying stylized dancers. (For a betel box with a similar yok-thei pattern, see color plate # 41 in “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994.) This is one of the more...
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 : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #886035 (stock #11-15)
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$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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 2000 item #700671 (stock #18-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$300.00
set of 3
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 1837 VR item #262688 (stock #57-54)
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$250.00
The deep, close-fitting lid, two interior trays and small size of this luminous cinnabar-colored box suggest that it was used to carry a personal supply of ingredients for assembling a quid of betel. Betel leaves would have been stored in the bottom, and areca nuts, lime and spices carried on the trays. The container dates from the early 19th century. A subtle tortoise shell design covers the top and side of the lid. The side and bottom of the box are decorated with narrow bands of incised lines...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #921672 (stock #58-63)
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A large basket from China’s late Qing Dynasty has a sturdy weave of reeds bordered by two wide bands of bent willow, originally painted with bright flowers that now are faded. An example of the provincial Chinese skill and artistry devoted to utilitarian objects, the basket is designed to form two serving bowls when fully opened. Dumplings were stored and served in this container, which is from the western region of Shaanxi, where excellent dumplings are a source of provincial pride. A metal r...
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 : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #888007 (stock #02-65)
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A two-part silver box in the traditional Khmer motif of a singha, a mythical lion, is covered with swirling lines simulating fur, and has a fat pouf of a tail swung up over its broad back. Though it has the open jaw and flattened ears of a protector, its aura is more friendly than fierce. With a weight of 538 grams, this box is relatively large compared with other such boxes in the genre of handmade Khmer silver pieces found in the shapes of myriad birds and animals. (See the article “Khmer Si...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #895454 (stock #64-04)
Silk Road Gallery
$320.00
The Ramayana characters of Hamunan, the white monkey god, and Sita, the abducted wife of Rama, form the handle of this hand carved teak rice scoop from Burma. Hanuman is depicted carrying Sita back across the sea to Rama after rescuing her from the evil king Ravanna. The figures are familiar icons in the arts of Southeast Asia, particularly in Burma where the many heroes and villains of The Ramayana are universally recognized because the epic is still regularly performed there in puppet shows an...
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 : 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 : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167518 (stock #16-44)
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 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 : 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 : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #941725 (stock #35-92)
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$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 : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #259829 (stock #08-12)
Silk Road Gallery
$750.00
The strong, primitive carving, broad face and very tall finial on this 18th century Buddha suggest that it was carved in a Mon village. The figure comes from Burma and dates to the Konbaung Period (1752-1885) when the Mon people, an ethnic minority, held some power briefly before they fled in large numbers to Thailand. This image owes its originality and charm to a village carver. Though it conforms to guidelines for representation of the Buddha, and reflects as well the popular style of the per...