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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #721542 (stock #24-41)
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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 : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #167528 (stock #16-38)
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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 expressions artisans were able to achieve in these relatively simple carvings. The impression conveyed by this particular mask is that of a keen observer somewhat stunned and perplexed by what he sees--a Batak v...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #786953 (stock #01-25)
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Filial respect, a cornerstone of Chinese culture, is portrayed in this woodblock print from the Huxian painting community in Shaanxi Province. Although sometimes attributed solely to Confucian thought, filial piety has been of paramount importance within all belief systems in China and throughout most other Asian countries as well. There is charm and nostalgia in this glimpse back into China's not very distant past. The woodcut was produced in a rural painting cooperative that was one of about f...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #799154 (stock #38-93)
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This early to mid-19th century Chinese pewter teapot is sized to brew two small cups of tea. The outsized handle, made to resemble a Western cup handle, and the long curved spout are said to be a favorite design of that era, probably because it was so functional. Pewter was used for brewing strong teas; ceramics for brewing lighter teas. This pot has a few small dents on one side of the shoulder; otherwise it is in good condition. Dimensions: height 7" (18 cm), width from handle to spout tip 6-1...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #919688 (stock #07-51)
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A Japanese tokkuri, or sake bottle, dating to the late Meiji Era (1868-1911) has underglaze cobalt blue Kanji script identifying the sake shop and its locale. The Kanji is free spirited and bold, appropriate for the use of the container, proclaiming “Miyaka Sake, 214 Genrou Cho.” This utilitarian piece is from Saga Prefecture on Japan’s south island of Kyushu, where early very simple blue and white Imari was produced solely for the Japanese market. (See similar underglaze blue and white ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #261283 (stock #57-66)
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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 : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #949627 (stock #04-23)
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A large wood rice measure from early 20th century Korea, made in a uniquely Korean shape, adapts nicely to a second life as a plant holder. We have also seen these sturdy containers turned over and used as a stool or small table. Originally used to measure rice, it is made of thick planks of zelkova (keyaki) wood fitted together and held in place with black metal bands. The ear-like handles and heavy bottom obviously are hand-hewn. Hangul characters carved into the side indicate the measurement ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1910 item #914262 (stock #62-26)
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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1276022 (stock #10-45)
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This well carved teak Burmese Buddha is peaceful and elegant. The finely modeled face and lavishly decorated robe are lightly touched with a subtle gold wash applied over a thin base of reddish lacquer, allowing the wood grain to show through. Edging on the robe and a body decoration that swirls across the right shoulder and down the arm are impressive examples of Burmese expertise with thayo, a mixture of lacquer and powdered bone or ash that dries to the hardness of wood. The figure sits in ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #880614 (stock #11-06)
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This large dramatic sculpture of a royal Buddha in classic Arakan style is two feet tall and crowned with curled open-work flanges flanking five intricately rendered leaf-covered spires. The practice of outfitting Buddha images in such regal style is said to have started in the Arakan Kingdom that flourished from 1287 to 1752 AD, when it became part of Burma. According to legend, an Arakan king named Jambupati (or Jambuphati) was causing suffering due to his excessive arrogance and pride. In ord...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #924655 (stock #62-25)
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A tall carved teak Mandalay Buddha has an elegantly draped robe with a deep edging of thayo, a lacquering technique used for centuries by Burmese artisans to create the look and feel of intricate wood carving. The forehead band is also thayo, lacquer thickened with bone ash that dries to the hardness of wood. A thin brown/red lacquer applied over the carved teak allows the grain of the dense native wood to show. Traces of gold add richness to the figure and double lotus throne. The face is beau...
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Miniatures : Pre 1837 VR item #861057 (stock #61-02)
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A miniature painting of an Ottoman gentleman is signed by Riza-Zade, a Persian artist who was brought to serve in the Ottoman court in the early 19th century. Although the work is richly adorned with gold and touches of vivid red, the subject's reflective expression and loose green robe give the painting a quiet, subdued feeling. Judging by a small area of minor damage to back surface of the paper, the painting most likely was preserved in a book. It is in excellent condition, and signed in the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #936671 (stock #41-17)
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A dolomite plaque carved with the eight great scenes in the life of Buddha dates to the early 16th century during Burma’s Ava Period (1364 -1752 A.D). Plaques from as early as 700 A.D. depicting these eight events have been unearthed in Burma, and during the Pagan Period (1084-1287 A.D.) carved tablets representing the eight episodes became prevalent. This dolomite (limestone) piece has Pagan attributes such as the definition of the robe on the central Buddha but signals of its later Ava orig...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #153013 (stock #35-95)
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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #698608 (stock #30-99)
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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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #1074923 (stock #19-71)
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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 : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #980111 (stock #24-98)
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #895012 (stock #60-42)
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This late 19th century Chinese utility jar has a glaze of such inviting color that it elevates the piece to folk art status. The primarily turquoise glaze has areas of deep blue and purple, and then stops short of the base showing a glimpse of brown. From Jiangsu, known as China’s ceramics province, this heavy piece has no chips or cracks but does have two firing flaws on one side (see photo enlargement #4). Dimensions: height 9 “ (23 cm), diameter 10” (25.4 cm).