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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 : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1970 item #710691 (stock #54-35)
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #1227248 (stock #11-03)
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$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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Thai : Pre 2000 item #832718 (stock #57-81)
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$275.00
This soaring form, called a gaelae (galae), is seen in Northern Thailand on the peaked rooftops of houses and other structures built by the Thai Lanna people. On old buildings gaelae are extensions of the ends of roof beams crossed to form a V-shape. On newer houses they usually are separate carvings such as this one and are attached to the peaks of the steep roofs after the basic structure is completed. As to their original use, the most commonly heard explanation is that they were meant to di...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #708063 (stock #24-04)
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$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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #142931 (stock #39-02)
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$2,900.00
Nearly four feet in height, this 19th century Burmese Mandalay Buddha holds the right hand in the varada gesture to signify fulfillment of all wishes, boon granting and charity. A small fruit offering also is held in the right hand. This graceful classic figure is carved from dense Burmese teak and stands on a lotus throne. An undercoating of dark red lacquer that shows through worn areas in the gilding gives the piece an attractive patina. Large Buddha images such as this were placed above eye-...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #136356 (stock #39-11)
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$795.00
The Chinese goddess of mercy, Guanyin, is carved in relief riding on the back of a dragon whose feet are supported by clouds. Although the stone is irregularly cut around the edges, the carving appears to have been done as a stand-alone tablet rather than as part of a larger plaque. The Buddhist bodhisattva Guanyin has been a popular Chinese figure for centuries. This carving possibly was displayed outside as the face of the goddess is slightly weathered. The rest of the piece is in excellent co...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #893819 (stock #17-53)
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Tropical scenes from a Javanese village are carved in teak wood in long, low formats making them suitable for hanging in shallow spaces above windows, doors or the like. One of the pair shows a festival, with a large gong and children playing. In the other carving, two horses are very reluctantly pulling a cart in a family going to market scene. These pieces are lighthearted and charming, with spirit, movement and rustic appeal. From the early 20th century, they are in excellent condition. Dimen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1837 VR item #902690 (stock #38-56)
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$600.00
An early 18th century inkstone has a gourd-shaped ink pool cut into a deep black stone slab that, along with brushes, ink and paper, represented what was referred to in Chinese literature as “the four precious things of the library.” Among the four objects, inkstones were considered the most important, the soul of the scholar’s library, because they were said to represent “the infinite subtlety of nature.” Although they appear to be relatively humble objects, inkstones were praised, co...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #933778 (stock #11-05)
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$835.00
A royal Buddha, with right thumb and forefinger forming a circle, the vitarka mudra, sits in lotus position on a high double lotus throne. The vitarka gesture, sign of the Buddhist wheel of law, signifies intellectual discussion of philosophy and doctrine. This is one of several variations of the mudra, also conveyed with the circle sign given by the hand raised with palm outward, or the hand palm up resting in the lap. This figure, carved of dense Burmese teak wood, is attired in the distinc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #820399 (stock #06-81)
Silk Road Gallery
$320.00
Pair
Teak hangers for decorative textiles or drapes are carved with figures of Dewi Sri, Hindu goddess of agrarian fertility, a revered icon on the Indonesian island of Java. The painted faces are in the style of the old Majapahit Empire that flourished in East Java during the 13th to 15th centuries. These hangers are from the early 19th century. Throughout Java, Dewi Sri takes on a variety of appearances, sometimes dressed as royalty, sometimes in local costume, in wood, ceramic and bone figures, a...
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)
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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. 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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #696096 (stock #19-46)
Silk Road Gallery
$135.00
Natural variations in the color and grain of yellow hibiscus wood give this carved mask of a Balinese princess a special appeal. It is from the studio of I. W. Mudano, a second generation master carver who has exhibited internationally for decades. He works primarily with yellow hibiscus wood, producing both original abstract forms and traditional Balinese figures and masks. A visit to his studio in Mas, near Ubud, on the Indonesian Island of Bali, reveals the amazing range of beautiful shapes, ...
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 : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #686777 (stock #63-41)
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$795.00
Right hand raised in jnana (teaching) mudra, this Burmese bronze Buddha sits in lotus position on a double lotus throne. The Buddha's thumb and index finger form a circle to signify the Buddhist wheel of law, the dharmachakra. This early 20th century Buddha is Ava in style, with the body tilting slightly forward on a waisted lotus throne that is tall relative to the height of the figure. The simple, unadorned robe leaves one shoulder bare, and the hair is separated from the face with a narrow ba...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #155372 (stock #27-74)
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$275.00
From Tbilisi, Georgia, this 19th century wine decanter was turned, then hand carved with distinctively Georgian designs that reflect the country's geographic position between East and West. Wine making and wine drinking have been serious pursuits for many centuries in Georgia, so many of the country's old, collectible objects center around viniculture. This decanter is evocative of Georgia's ethnography, a melange of Asian, Middle Eastern and European that reflects its geographic role as an East...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #949034 (stock #57-73)
Silk Road Gallery
$850.00
This cast metal Buddha from Cambodia stands on a low pedestal with right hand raised in abhaya mudra, a gesture of blessing and protection. The facial features—full lips, short nose and heavy-lidded eyes, as well as the rounded head of tight curls with a wide usnisa (top knot) and no finial—are classic Khmer. Decorative detailing on the body-hugging robe is emphasized by the silver tone of the heavy metal alloy. This early 20th century Buddha is in good condition, with some surface pitting c...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #924655 (stock #62-25)
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$600.00
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #141341 (stock #40-05)
Silk Road Gallery
$550.00
Cast about 30 years ago, this replica bronze Buddha head is in the style of Thailand's Sukhothai Kingdom. The Sukhothai period, which lasted from the mid-13th century to the end of the 14th century, is often called "The Golden Age of Thai Civilization." Religious art and architecture from this period are regarded by many art historians as representing the most classic of Thai styles. The face of a Sukhothai Buddha is immediately recognizable for its regal, commanding look, with heavily lidded ey...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #699949 (stock #25-64)
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$1,100.00
This Ava Period (1287-1752) limestone Buddha head was found in Burma in the mid-1990s. It obviously was cut from a stone backslab, indicating an early to mid Ava timeframe since the use of backslabs, prevalent during the earlier Pagan Period, declined during the late Ava years. The Buddha has a wide, squarish face, prominent eyebrows, well modeled lips and smooth cap, all Ava attributes. It is intriguing to speculate whether it was grouped with other figures and where it was displayed, as the ba...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 2000 item #700671 (stock #18-59)
Silk Road Gallery
$300.00
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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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #919136 (stock #63-64)
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$595.00
Two kneeling nats, possibly representing the Taungbyon brothers, among the most revered deities in the Burmese spirit world of nats, are carved with identical positions and thrones but faces that are quite different from one another. Widespread belief among the Burmese of nats, the spirits of certain departed humans, and also of nat spirits of trees, rivers, rocks and more, predates the introduction of Buddhism in Burma. Thirty-seven nats, both protectors and rogues, each with its own complex s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #278822 (stock #60-16)
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$250.00
As a nation of tea drinkers, the Chinese have lavished care on the artistry of implements associated with tea. This handsome wood box originated in Shaoxing, near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and was used for storing small, handle-less teacups. Wood boxes for this purpose were made throughout China in a variety of shapes, some with large, fold-down handles such as this one, some with fixed handles, some with no handles. The type and amount of carving and other decoration also varied but almost w...
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 : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1837 VR item #795716 (stock #35-91)
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$150.00
From the old capital of Kandy in the hill country of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, this primitive bone carving represents a Singhalese king. Carving on the face and upper body of the figure is quite primitive and contrasts with finer detailing in the swirling patterns on the long skirt, which ends in carved, comb-like teeth. The surface of the large, heavy bone is darkened with age except for one area on the right near the hand, which is white and worn smooth. This suggests it was used as an implemen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #291897 (stock #02-34)
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$600.00
Inscriptions cover the left and back sides of the throne under this 18th century seated Burmese Shan Buddha. Made of lacquered wood coated with gilt, the figure is graceful and well proportioned, with a finely carved face. Long, tilted eyes under high eyebrows that sweep upward toward the hairline are the most arresting features of the peaceful face, which is smoothly capped in dark lacquer and topped with an exceptionally tall finial. Hands and robe details are simple and realistic; the feet, d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #768181 (stock #63-56)
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$850.00
This very unusual rotund 19th century Burmese Buddha is patterned after a statue said to be carved of the wood of the sacred Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. See a photo and description of a similar Dakkhina Sakkha Buddha in the periodical "Arts of Asia" June 1981 issue in an article on Burmese Buddha figures by Burma art expert Sylvia Fraser-Lu. Nine small knob-like disks representing auspicious marks are prominent on this Buddha--one on each shoulder, elbow and knee, two on the posterior...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #147269 (stock #39-03)
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$2,800.00
Made during Burma's Konbaung Period (1752-1885), this crowned Pagan (Bagan) Buddha stands nearly four feet tall. The hands are in the dharmacakra (teaching) mudra. The carved lacquered and gilded wooden image is in the style of the 11th century colossal standing Buddha statues from Ananda Temple in Pagan, with a long robe open to the ankles over body hugging clothing. Also typical for this type of figure are kneecaps that are visible through the clothing. The high crown of pointed leaves topped ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #277996 (stock #10-46)
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$550.00
Pieces of the blue and gold tiles that once covered the scales of this 19th century naga, or water dragon, remain on the weathered surface, adding interesting glints of light to the exotic sculptural form. Traces of red can be seen on the beard, around the eye and between the scales. The naga curved gracefully toward the sky on the roof of a Buddhist temple. One of the most revered forms in Thailand, the naga is said to have protected the Buddha from lightning as he meditated under the bodhi tre...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #882912 (stock #64-06)
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$695.00
A large 19th century bronze bell from Burma has a tall holding ring with legendary figures from Burmese Buddhist iconography—kinnari, half man/half bird creatures, and manok-thi-ha, half man/half lion sphinx-like images. Two kinnari stand with their large wings spread upward to create the form of the tall spire. Two manok-thi-ha (also called manushi or manuthiha or a number of other names derived from the Sanskrit words “manu” for man and “simha” for lion) crouch with their backs suppo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1800 item #284166 (stock #08-04)
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$450.00
Seated on a faded red lacquer throne, this little Buddha is a humble, quiet figure. With shallow carving that suggests rather than sharply defines the facial features, the smooth oval face takes on an enigmatic, ethereal look. The small body is compactly folded to fit precisely on the narrow throne, giving the impression that the figure is conserving space. Fingers on the right hand, in earth touching mudra, are exceptionally long. Three lines of script etched into the lacquer around the base of...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #845521 (stock #12-46)
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$690.00
A Burmese Buddha with elaborate thayo edging on the robe and throne sits in lotus position with right hand in earth touching mudra. Carved of teak, the figure is lightly gilded, allowing the dark wood grain to show through, particularly on the face, arms and feet. Generous edging on the robe and double lotus throne is made of thayo, a lacquer and bone ash mixture used by Burmese artisans for relief molding. The serene face and tightly curled hair with low rounded unisha are classic Mandalay styl...
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 : 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 ...