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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #984270 (stock #27-64)
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Folk jewelry from a remote mountain village in the Caucasus region of Georgia has five agate stones and hanging silver-toned embossed disks. Most likely made by a village artisan, this piece has vitality in its less-than-perfect round and oval settings, the variegated orange hue of the stones and the faint jingle from the hanging disks. The design has a Middle Eastern feel, similar to jewelry made in the country of Dagestan, which borders Georgia on the northeast, and also to pieces from Central...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #946568 (stock #04-01)
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This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a country scene—a rustic dwelling snuggled amid old trees, hills and distant mountains. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as portable alternatives to the larger copper-lined wood hibachi and the heavier bronze receptacles. Whether ceramic or metal, hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during cold Japanese winters. The ceramic ones generally were placed under low tables (kotatsu) that...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #154386 (stock #08-07)
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$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 : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #558522 (stock #61-40, 43)
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$1,100.00
The splendor and sophistication of the Delhi court 300 years ago are reflected in this pair of Indian miniatures of a king and queen of Delhi. These portraits were painted in the mid-19th century and memorialize Delhi's past rulers in classic Mughal style. The king, dressed in gold, purple and peach finery, is shown holding a small red book. Two panels above the portrait repeat images of his elaborate headpiece and the book. Panels below show his royal slippers and two flowers. The colors of the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1970 item #884042 (stock #44-63)
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A Tibetan thangka celebrates the revered Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, a monk who, in the eighth century, traveled from his native India to Tibet. The scholar is recognized for smoothing the adoption of Buddhism within Tibet by integrating some of the deities and beliefs of Tibet’s ancient Bon religion into Tibetan Buddhism. On the back of this thangka (sometimes spelled “thanka”) is the Tibetan script for the mantra “om mani padme hum.” The mantra, which is said to contain all the t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1910 item #1237426 (stock #11-19)
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Remarkable carving skill makes this late 19th/early 20th century container a handsome relic of the days when time and care were given to making utilitarian objects for Chinese households. The pleasingly clean form is created by the curved handle and spout, each carved seamlessly as part of staves that are integrated with 13 additional staves to form the container. A symbol carefully carved and gilded on the handle most likely had a significant meaning for the family. This piece, from Zheijian...
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #798545 (stock #36-58)
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$470.00
Shanghai contemporary artist Zhao-Nian Xi represents his country's beloved Huangshan Mountain in this watercolor by devoting the major portion of the painting to the sky. Occupying most of the space from the lower left corner to upper right corner, the sky communicates the vastness and heights of Huangshan's peaks. The technique is a variation of the "one corner" compositional formula of the Southern Sung school, which leaves half the picture nearly blank, adding tension to the subject. This art...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #806740 (stock #64-02)
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$195.00
This most unusual rice ladle from the Shan minority people of Southeast Asia has carvings of a peacock, an elephant, a donkey, a fish and a mystery animal all lined up along its handle. Carving on the double handle, simulating rope, is skillfully done; carving on the animals is more primitive. The bowl is made from a sturdy gourd coated with lacquer. This ladle originated in one of the many small Shan villages concentrated in northeast Burma and was used to scoop rice into the alms bowls of monk...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #800345 (stock #11-25)
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$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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #768880 (stock #03-83)
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$280.00
This charming Chinese folk painting of embroidered felt liners for shoes comes from a rural area in the north of Shaanxi Province. It was painted by a peasant woman who used for her subject the embroidery she was doing for her children, and so merges the centuries-old folk tradition of needlework with the artistic expression of paint on paper. The Luochuan painting community was among more than 50 such groups that began emerging in China in the late 1950s. (See "The Best of Modern Chinese Folk P...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #279346 (stock #08-14)
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$675.00
Elements of folk art blended with features of a classical Burmese Buddha give great charm to this unusual 18th century lacquered and gilded wood figure. The face is finely carved and serene, with well defined brows, downcast eyes and expressive lips. The ears, angled nearly straight out with jaunty flying lobes, and the exaggerated, very high finial are areas where the carver departed tradition in expression, perhaps, of his own personal image of the Buddha. The body is quite rounded and the han...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #760551 (stock #24-06)
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$120.00
A carved vase of hardwood native to Uzbekistan shows the strong relationship in aesthetics between Middle Eastern Persian or Iranian design and that of the Uzbeks 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 ornately carved furniture for the local market in Uzbekistan, family members take great delight in creating small, carefully carved, time-con...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #268585 (stock #57-71)
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$365.00
With its lovely chu-pan foliage design, this 19th century cosmetic (bi-it) box shows the Burmese skill at fine lacquer work. The maker's name is prominently displayed on the lid in a banner carried aloft by a lively nat (spirit). Called a bi-it, the container was used to hold sandalwood powder, which was mixed with water to form a paste applied by Burmese women to their face as a skin refiner and sunscreen. Made by layering many coats of lacquer over a base of thin wood and coiled bamboo strips,...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #778495 (stock #38-76)
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$240.00
The shape of these bound foot shoes, with their very pointed toes and high curved instep, identifies their origin as North China. Their length, six inches, identifies their approximate age as early 20th century. Older golden lotus shoes, as they were called, usually were several inches shorter. Each of these black silk shoes has satin stitch embroidery with a butterfly, symbol of joy; a pomegranate, symbol of fertility, and several types of blossoms. The wear on the little soles and silk uppers ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1980 item #312760 (stock #57-32)
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$500.00
Variations in the shades of these green and white jade chess pieces give this set from Burma (Myanmar) extra appeal. Green knights are dark and opaque; other green pieces are translucent and various lighter shades. Many of the white pieces show a blush of pink. Burma is the source of much of the world's jade, which is found there in several colors. The board, set into the top of a carved teak wood storage/carrying case, also is made of green and white jade. Chess pieces are carved in the Western...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #259258 (stock #58-38)
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$450.00
This 19th century Chinese carved wood architectural panel, once part of a large, richly decorated canopied marriage bed, has been fitted with a mirror. The gilded carvings of a bat and two fish on the lower part of the panel are examples of the use in China during the Qing Dynasty of symbols derived from homonyms to convey important wishes for the future. The similar sounds of the characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," resulted in a fondness for bat carvings that were hoped ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #761334 (stock #45-20)
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$900.00
Colorful embroidered silk shapes linked together with beads and loops create these long, mobile-like bedside hangings from late 19th century China. The auspicious shapes and symbols convey wishes for a long and successful life. These were made in Shaanxi Province, hung on either side of a bed, and originally, of course, were displayed without frames and glass as shown here. Each hanging is assembled from nine cutout shapes. The bottom black section is edged with a ruyi shape, emblem of long life...
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 : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #388659 (stock #61-33)
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$470.00
A synthesis of strong Mughal influence with the Mewar Rajasthani school of painting, this early 20th century miniature depicts a woman dressed in a filmy costume sitting on a balcony playing a string instrument. The peacock chair suggests a royal courtyard, which overlooks water flanked by white palaces with a green hill beyond. Small flowers and delicate Urdu calligraphy border the top and bottom of the scene. The work is done in natural pigments on an Urdu book page. The scene and its inner bo...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #684988 (stock #61-34)
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$120.00
A miniature painted and signed by Bikaner artist Raju Swami contemplates a man spinning thread. Done in soft blues, greens and browns, the study is in Bikaner style, and is soft and quiet. The man crouches on the ground, stares pensively at the cotton in his hand, and appears to be thinking thoughts thousands of miles removed from his task. The miniature, signed lower right, is in perfect condition. Dimensions overall: height 7" (18 cm), width 5" (12 cm). Dimensions of image: height 6-1/4" (16 c...
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 : 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 : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #919688 (stock #07-51)
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$395.00
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 : 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 : 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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1980 item #654371 (stock #61-39)
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$90.00
The graceful musician in this Rajasthani miniature gazes at birds while she plays a stringed instrument. The painting, from the late 20th century, is in a style that originated in the Kishangarh area of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is done on heavy old parchment and includes two lines of calligraphy in Urdu above the painted area. A signature in the lower left indicates the painter was Yogya Pralash. The miniature is in very good condition. Dimensions of parchment: height 7.5" (19 cm), widt...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Chinese : Pre 1990 item #677672 (stock #12-21)
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$375.00
In a folk painting from Huxian County, Shaanxi Province, two charming little girls are seen from the back as they walk to school. One of them appears to be whispering a secret to her friend. Gouache on paper, the painting is unsigned, as is typical for such folk pieces. Huxian (Huhsien) was China's first peasant painting community, established in 1958 in a rural region about an hour's drive outside the city of Xian. From Huxian the peasant painting movement spread across China and by 1989 there ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #395925 (stock #60-66)
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$600.00
Chinese opera scenes are painted on the sides and lid of this late 19th century Chinese trunk. The octagon shape of the container, traditional for Chinese shoe trunks, is echoed in the octagon-shaped borders on the paintings. Such trunks quite often had a background color of turquoise, the hue on this one, or of very dark green, although we have seen them in black and bright blue as well. The size of the trunk makes it suitable for use as an accent table. There is wear on the painted surface app...
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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #970886 (stock #41-66)
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Two finely embroidered silk cutwork panels from 19th century China are framed to create this dramatic pair showcasing Qing Dynasty textile techniques. Four layers of silk are deftly constructed into a dramatic design given depth through the skillful use of cutwork. Red silk embroidered with vases, flowers and butterflies delicately couched in silver thread centers each panel. Black silk overlays the red on the sides and bottom, where intricate cutwork forms the Chinese character for good fortun...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #894706 (stock #63-51)
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These lacquered wood figures of Buddha and five monks are from Burma, where they are displayed to commemorate Dhama Sakya, or First Sermon Day, in honor of what is believed to have been the Buddha’s initial teaching following enlightenment. The important event is celebrated annually on the fourth day of the sixth month of the Buddhist calendar, which falls sometime in June or July. In the tableau, the Buddha, after just achieving enlightenment, meets five ascetics at the town of Saranath, nea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #782459 (stock #52-15)
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$530.00
A silk collar from the late Qing Dynasty is made of six embroidered lappets shaped to resemble clouds. Cloud icons, evolved from archaic pictographs, have been used in Chinese art for thousands of years to symbolize abundance and the nourishment of life. This collar was worn on festival days by a young girl whose mother designed and embroidered it with six auspicious flowers and six auspicious insects to convey added good wishes for her daughter's future. The embroidery is done in a beautifully ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #890110 (stock #52-16)
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$450.00
An embroidered silk cloud collar made for a child in late 19th century China has seven silk lappets, each embroidered with a lamb. In both city and provincial households, embroidery, an ancient Chinese art form, used symbolic animals, birds and flowers in free designs to express hopes for the future of family members. The lambs on this charming Shaanxi Province collar symbolized filial piety, an important Confucian trait that was encouraged on this piece seven times over. Called cloud collars, s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1900 item #257200 (stock #03-17)
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$400.00
The naga, Southeast Asia's "dragon of the sea," is a favorite protector throughout the region. This one, of weathered teak wood, is from Thailand where naga often are seen in pairs at entrances to temple grounds and positioned at intervals along roof lines. They are there to ward off evil spirits and natural disaster just as the naga is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he meditated under a bo tree. This one still has traces of yellow paint, and most likely was studded with bri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #847943 (stock #54-34)
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$275.00
Iridescent blue kingfisher bird feathers were used to create the five petals of this 19th century Chinese pin that was most likely used as a hair ornament. Feathers from the tiny kingfisher bird decorated items used by the ladies of Chinese imperial courts for many centuries. Jewelry and other articles covered with the feathers were found in Tang Dynasty tombs. In the 18th century, the fashion developed for very large, intricate feather headpieces, and these can be seen worn by empresses and the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #813834 (stock #12-83)
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$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...