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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #758950 (stock #27-29)
Silk Road Gallery
$995.00
This nicely proportioned early 20th century brass samovar from the Republic of Georgia has a Russian maker's seal on the top front. It is one of a number of interesting acquisitions made by Silk Road Gallery owners as they explored a little known branch of the ancient Silk Route that once passed through Tbilisi, Georgia's capital. As a country that geographically and historically bridges East and West, and that was closed off to the world during its 70 years as part of the USSR, Georgia is a ric...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #810505 (stock #37-65)
Silk Road Gallery
$700.00
Two panels of Chinese calligraphy convey an exotic and compelling vision: “In the amber light . . . hear the sound of drums and dance and fly like a bird.” Written in free-flowing cursive script, these late 20th century panels are mounted on grey silk appropriate for framing or scrolling. A fascinating window into Chinese history, calligraphy began with oracle bone script in the 11th and 12 centuries BC and progressed through various styles of script—seal, clerical, standard, and cursive. ...
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 : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #321080 (stock #56-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
This low bench with four drawers was used by a street barber in 19th century China as a portable stool for his customers, to carry his tools and as a money box. Since such benches essentially served as the barber's shop, they were solidly built, generally with widely splayed legs, and usually with some decorative touches. Note the carving along the bottom edges. For an old illustration of a barber carrying a similar bench on one end of a long pole, balanced on the other end by a small stove for ...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #1227248 (stock #11-03)
Silk Road Gallery
$600.00
The hands of this vintage teak Burmese Buddha are carved in a variation of the Darmachakra mudra, the gesture that represents teaching and the Buddhist wheel of law. The mudra is most often expressed with thumbs and index fingers of both hands forming separate circles. Here, the thumb and finger of the right hand encircle the middle finger of the left hand. When we found this Buddha in Burma, complex explanations about the precise meaning of this variation were not understandable to us, and w...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #678833 (stock #08-31)
Silk Road Gallery
$360.00
Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this. Copper vessels of all sorts still are made in Patan, the artisan section of the city, where small back streets echo with the sounds of copper and other metals being beaten into bowls, po...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #815349 (stock #33-33)
Silk Road Gallery
$700.00
These striking Chinese calligraphy panels celebrate two of the most magnificent creatures in Buddhist and Taoist legends--the crane and the dragon. Portraits of cranes, a most admired bird in China, and dragons, chief among reptiles, have appeared for centuries in temples and houses as symbols of admirable traits and good fortune. The calligraphy on one panel reads, "The sea is the world of the dragon," and the companion panel says, "The sky is the homeland of the crane." The beneficent Chinese ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1837 VR item #894121 (stock #07-61)
Silk Road Gallery
$890.00
A merchant’s money box, or zeni-bako, from Japan’s Edo Period carries an inscription that reads, “Purchased one lucky day in November in the 12th year of Bunsei,” which was 1829. The small copper coins in use at that time were called “zeni” and led to the development of simple, strong boxes for merchants to store coins during the business day. This box is made of thick keyaki wood and fitted with an iron lock and hasp. The top is constructed in two sections with a hole in the middle ...
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 1910 item #1233983 (stock #11-01)
Silk Road Gallery
SOLD
This serene early 20th century Burmese Buddha, cast in heavy black bronze, is in excellent condition and was most likely displayed on a home altar. The peaceful face has the broad brow, large downcast eyes and half-smile that first characterized Buddha images during Burma’s Ava Period (1364-1752) and has been adopted by many of the country’s artisans down through the centuries. Simple clean lines of the unadorned robe and the right hand resting lightly in earth touching mudra give the figure...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1128330 (stock #12-20)
Silk Road Gallery
$670.00
A gilded Mandalay Buddha standing two feet tall strikes a graceful pose, with right hand in the varada mudra of charity and the fulfillment of wishes. Carved of dense Burmese teak wood, this early to mid-20th century figure is coated with a dark red matte lacquer highlighted with a liberal application of gilding. This Buddha’s finely carved face is striking, with especially large elongated eyes and brows. Elaborate draping and folds on the robe are emphasized with gilded scrolling and beading...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1222465 (stock #63-84)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 #638991 (stock #62-45)
Silk Road Gallery
$1,600.00
Fine relief carving on this late Qing Chinese bed panel expresses symbolic wishes for good fortune. Made of beautifully grained hongmu (Chinese mahogany), the long panel (88 inches) is suitable for use over a king-sized bed. Stylized characters and traditional symbols, most likely chosen by the parents who commissioned the work, were used to bestow wishes on the newly married couple for long and happy lives. Carvings within the three rectangular sections demonstrate the Chinese love of homonyms....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1126165 (stock #12-57)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #815705 (stock #12-44)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
A small lacquer box incised with the Burmese “yun” technique has an unusual lid design of a scarf encircled with foliage. Using the yun method, the pattern is accomplished by cutting through top layers of lacquer to reveal one or more differently colored lacquer layers underneath. In this case, just black and light red lacquers were used, producing a container with a simplicity that sets it apart from the multi-colored intricate yun work seen on the larger cylindrical betel boxes from Burma....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #154386 (stock #08-07)
Silk Road Gallery
$500.00
In Burma's remote villages, Buddha images displayed in temples and homes sometimes were the work of local artisans. The figures, created with great reverence, are humble and often quite appealing. This charming 18th century folk Buddha is from the Shan people, one of the numerous ethnic groups that make up Burma's devoutly Buddhist population. The image, carved from teak wood, was coated with several layers of black lacquer and then gilded, typical for Burmese carved wood figures. As a final ste...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #668805 (stock #60-31)
Silk Road Gallery
SOLD
A rustic jar with stylized designs on a rich blue/green glaze, this 19th century Chinese utility ware evokes a time when even the most humble items were hand made with artistry. Three freely brushed sketches of flowers and calligraphy decorate the sides of the vessel; the top has three abstract foliage designs. Uneven coverage of the turquoise glaze adds to the jar's earthy appeal. Brown glaze covering the interior indicates it was intended for use as a storage urn. Made of coarse, heavy clay, i...