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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #771251 (stock #61-24)
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$350.00
Eighteen maharajah turban plumes encircle this sterling silver bracelet from 1930s India. The maharajah rulers of Rajasthan adopted the plume-shaped turban ornaments they called "sarpech" from the Mughals. Made of feathers and jewels, worn pointing skyward from their turbans, the plumes became symbolic of the colorful princely rulers. An inventive jewelry maker from India's Jain minority used the distinctive sarpech shape as the design motif for this bracelet. In India, where they are a minority...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1240251 (stock #11-28)
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$240.00
A 19th century silver charm necklace from China’s late Qing Dynasty has four auspicious symbols hanging on short chains from a crest-shaped pendant of Buddhist iconography. At the center of the crest are crossed rhinoceros horns, symbol of happiness and one of the Chinese eight treasures. At the tip of each horn is a small sauvastika, derived from ancient Sanskrit and meaning “so be it.” (The sauvastika has its crampons directed to the left, unlike the notorious 20th century swastika sy...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #787238 (stock #55-95)
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$120.00
Handmade silver tubes of various lengths are strung together to form this simple, unusual necklace from Tbilisi, Georgia, a beautiful little country in the Caucasus region at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Made of two separate strands, the necklace may have been part of an ethnic costume or just the decorative invention of a home artisan. Dating this necklace is guesswork as a search on Georgian ethnography gave no clue except discussions of the popularity of "silversmith str...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #362722 (stock #61-15)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
The triangle, an ancient symbol of female fertility, is the shape frequently chosen for Turkomen (Turkmen) amulets. This one, made of silver, is inlaid with 19 turquoise stones and centered with another triangle of onyx. The blue of the turquoise was incorporated as protection against the evil eye, and the triangles as effective means of averting danger, thereby making this early 20th century pendant a powerful amulet. The condition of this piece of jewelry suggests that its protective propertie...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #898057 (stock #27-36)
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$590.00
A colorful starburst disk shows the robust design typical of mountainous areas in the Republic of Georgia and in neighboring Dagestan and beyond in Central Asia. This large (5 inch diameter) piece, from Khevsureti, an eastern province in the Republic of Georgia, has been fitted with a long silver chain for use as a pendant but resembles in both size and design similar disks we have seen used as belt closings in regions of the Causasus and Central Asia. Unidentified stones in green, amber and br...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #1020717 (stock #61-29)
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SOLD
Seven images of Ganesh, the happy rotund god revered by Hindus, Buddhists and Janists, are embossed on the seven sterling silver plates that form this early 20th century necklace. The necklace originated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, and has a silver content of 92.5 percent and a weight of 85 grams. Fashioned in a clever manner that gives the necklace the necessary flexibility to fit comfortably below the neck, the five-sided silver plates are strung top and bottom with hidden leather...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #714228 (stock #61-16)
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$295.00
Worn as a powerful amulet, this silver ornament was sewn to the clothing of a woman of the Teke Turkomen nomadic tribe of the Central Asian steppes. Such ornaments hung in profusion from both the front and back of clothes, and were attached to headpieces and hair of young women to ward off evil and attract good fortune. The central shape of this one, a triangle bordered in braided silver wire, is an ancient symbol of fertility. The upper termination may represent a stylized animal horn. The blue...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #417570 (stock #61-30)
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$980.00
A beautifully crafted piece of jewelry from Rajasthan in North India, this sterling silver necklace has finely embossed images of 44 peacocks and is itself shaped to resemble a fanned peacock tail. From the late 19th century, the necklace is made of 92.5 percent silver and weighs 240 grams. Judging by its weight, regal design and motif of the peacock, national bird of India, this was a ceremonial piece and most likely was worn by a man. Eight vertical plates with peacocks and flowers in graduat...
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 : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1910 item #874903 (stock #34-91)
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$345.00
A silver bracelet from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is set with a garnet and has the Victorian look that was the signature design style of jewelry from the delightful central highlands city of Kandy, the capital of the old Singhalese kingdom. The city was, and remains, the artistic and spiritual center of the country. Silver filigree work surrounds both the gemstone and hinge on this late 19th/early 20th century bracelet. The garnet is good quality—Sri Lanka continues to be known for fine gemstones...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #984270 (stock #27-64)
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SOLD
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 : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #353729 (stock #28-15)
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$130.00
From early 20th century Tbilisi, Georgia, this silver bracelet shows some similarity in design to jewelry that originated in the Caucasus Mountains regions to the north. Three beaded balls with flower petal markings are separated with fine silver wire wrapped around the heavier silver wire that forms the bracelet. The pliable bracelet wire, twisted on one side, smooth on the other, can be shaped to fit the wrist. As shown, the bracelet measures about 3" (7 cm) in diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #910169 (stock #27-56)
Silk Road Gallery
$300.00
A silver belt from the Republic of Georgia is made of 30 separate rectangular segments covering leather. The embossed Victorian-look design is similar to sketches in “Ethnography of Georgia” by Nino Brailashvili, Khelovneba Publishing, Tbilisi, 1990, illustration 139. The book describes the work done by Georgian artisans in numerous silver and gold workshops that once were concentrated along one narrow street in Tbilisi. Silver content on this piece is 37 percent. This early 20th century bel...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #905329 (stock #27-57)
Silk Road Gallery
$800.00
A magnificent silver belt is made of 112 separate silver rectangles, all of them hallmarked, fitted closely together around a leather strap. This piece belonged to a family from the Republic of Georgia who identified the belt as Russian, and sold it not long after Georgia declared its independence following the demise of the USSR. Hallmarks appear to be in Cyrillic and, while difficult to decipher, resemble the letters “MP,” which may be an identification of the silversmith. Four of the rec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #306736 (stock #15-14)
Silk Road Gallery
$195.00
Most likely used on a belt or collar, this large, lacy starburst has five circular silver designs centered with a pink stone. The back side of the starburst is centered with a sturdy loop through which fabric or leather may have been pulled as part of a ceremonial costume. For typical week-long wedding celebrations and other festivities in Uzbekistan, Uzbek women still wear intricate tribal jewelry such as this piece. A long antique silver chain has been attached to the top of the starburst so t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #935760 (stock #61-32)
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SOLD
This exotic 19th century sterling silver ceremonial necklace from the opulent past of Rajasthan was once part of the collection of a high ranking Rajput family, most likely worn by a senior member of the clan on festival days. It is 92 percent sterling with a weight of 255 grams. Central to the imagery is a large disc formed by a crouching lion with an unusual extended hinged tongue that wags from side to side as the necklace wearer moves. Spreading to the left and right below the disc are ante...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #719121 (stock #41-24)
Silk Road Gallery
$275.00
Lavender jade from Burma is carved into a figure of Quanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva revered in China as the goddess of mercy. Quanyin stands on the head of a dragon that curves up and behind her, with the tail curving over her head to create a halo. The figure, shown here hanging on a chain as a pendant, is carved on both sides. The lavender hue of the jade is most pronounced across the bottom of the piece where the jade has the greatest depth for the carving of the dragon head with a ball in ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #847943 (stock #54-34)
Silk Road Gallery
$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...