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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #705064 (stock #10-63)
Silk Road Gallery
$200.00
This wool weaving from Nepal represents a phoenix, wings spread soaring toward the sun. Its craggy surface and muted colors evoke the majestic, mysterious Himalayas. The design, at once ethnic and retro, recalls the late 1960s/early 1970s time period when it was made. The piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 30" (76 cm), width 40" (102 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #903490 (stock #57-38)
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$975.00
A Mon Buddha from 18th century Burma has the distinctive facial features and very high finial that identify Mon images from the Ava period. The waisted throne is edged with geometric decorations typical of Mon images of the era. We purchased this figure about 20 years ago in Burma from a dealer whose collection included mostly 19th century Shan images. This one is clearly from an earlier period and, although there is some overlap between the Shan and Mon sub-states in the characteristics of the...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #704729 (stock #61-23)
Silk Road Gallery
$350.00
A bracelet of braided silver has three silver emblems that are an identifying symbol of Janism, an ancient belief system practiced primarily in India, where small but influential Jain communities are scattered throughout the country. The symbol on this bracelet often is seen outside Jain houses. The Jains, typically well educated and prosperous, are known for business acumen and for their prominence in India's jewelry trade. This bracelet is from Jaisalmer, a remote western Indian city on the ed...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1250809 (stock #06-84)
Silk Road Gallery
$320.00
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These teak hangers are from Solo on the Indonesian island of Java and date to the early 19th century. Painted carvings of Hanuman, the heroic white monkey from the Southeast Asian epic, “The Ramayana,” sit atop long curved tails that form textile hangers. Fabrics can be draped so the Hanuman figures face front or to the sides. The hangers have holes at the top end so they can be either suspended or affixed directly to a wall. (See a similar set of hangers with different carved figures by ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1128953 (stock #10-73)
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$200.00
This Yao painting of tribal ancestor spirits originally was part of a set of 27 scrolls that comprised a full Yao (Mien) Bible. (See photos and descriptions of a complete set archived on our website www.silkroad1.com by entering 57-33 in the search box.) This painting is one of two “orphan” bible pages we found that most likely were replaced in a bible with similar new paintings, which is sometimes done to refresh the set. Bible paintings that are replaced are “decommissioned” by a Ya...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Pre 2000 item #694009 (stock #25-08)
Silk Road Gallery
$195.00
Embroidered with a traditional Kirghiz pattern on thick hand-rolled felt, this large bag evokes the nomadic life of the people of Kirghizstan in Central Asia. Bags in this style held household items and were hung on the walls of felt yurts. When it was time to fold the yurt and move on, the bags with the contents simply were slung on the camels' backs--no packing required. This bag was made by women from Kara-Kol, a valley town in the Tien Shan Mountains. They have formed a cooperative to produc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #854196 (stock #10-68)
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$390.00
This large lacquered early 20th century bowl from the Shan people, who live primarily in eastern parts of Burma and across the border in western and northern areas of Thailand, is called a “kwet” and was used to serve huge quantities of rice. It is made of split bamboo basketry supported by six sturdy ribs that curve down to end in six low feet. The basic bamboo construction is coated inside and out with layers of black lacquer overlaid with layers of red lacquer. The basketry shows through ...
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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Thai : Pre 1990 item #937270 (stock #01-81)
Silk Road Gallery
$135.00
A charming hand woven and decorated basket of split bamboo made in an Isan village in Northeastern Thailand is smoothed on the exterior with an application of brick red lacquer thickened with ash. Yellow and green flowers and dots on black grounds give the basket folk appeal. The Isan (also Isaan) people, though sometimes called Thai Isan, are a blend of Lao, Mon and and Khmer, and have their own language, which is Lao-like but written in the Thai alphabet. They are primarily agrarian and live i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #766765 (stock #61-26)
Silk Road Gallery
$900.00
This handsome 19th century sterling silver cuff bracelet with a symbolic Hindu design from Rajasthan is both a collector's item and an unusual piece of wearable jewelry. The sterling weight is 240 grams. Hindu imagery is repeated in five linear segments arranged around the cuff. Leading the iconic parade is the Hindu Goddess Kali, seen as the head of the sacred cow. Next is an antelope, symbol of nature and king of the animals, followed by a lion, emblem of strength and protection. Most likely c...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #821010 (stock #34-56)
Silk Road Gallery
$400.00
Woven in a Toraja village in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, this large 40-year-old ikat blanket is made of exceptionally heavy cotton. The reddish brown, cream and blue are traditional Toraja colors used for their abstract patterned weavings. The piece has minimal fading and is in excellent condition. Dimensions: length 84" (214 cm), width 26" (66 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1223013 (stock #10-72)
Silk Road Gallery
$100.00
Originally part of a set of 27 scrolls, this painting is from the Yao (Mein) tribal people living in the Golden Triangle area where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. The Yao, one of the six so-called hill tribes residing in the Golden Triangle, follow Taoism as it was practiced in China in the 13th and 14th centuries. This painting on mulberry paper was one of several face masks representing ancestral spirits that were part of the complete set of large scrolls. It was worn by a tribal elder during...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1240251 (stock #11-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Asian : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #152889 (stock #14-79)
Silk Road Gallery
$395.00
The kilim bags of the Central Asian Turkmen nomads were woven of camel or goat hair, sometimes combined with wool, on transportable looms. This tightly woven camel hair bag perhaps was made while the weaver was traveling by camel to a new location. Called jaloors or juvals, these rectangular kilim sacks were used to transport and store household effects and goods for trade. This one has three wide bands with geometric designs on a rich red background. The back is natural camel color. It is bound...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #394992 (stock #55-14)
Silk Road Gallery
$695.00
The low, rich sound of this Burmese temple gong is pleasant and gentle, yet impossible to ignore. We found the hand hammered bronze gong while traveling in Burma many years ago. We later had the stand, constructed of aged, reclaimed elm wood, custom made in China using traditional joinery methods. Thick, heavy bronze, blackened in the Burmese style, is responsible for the haunting sound of the gong. The striker, also made in Burma, has a hand sewn fabric cover. Dimensions of gong only: diameter ...
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 : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #888007 (stock #02-65)
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A two-part silver box in the traditional Khmer motif of a singha, a mythical lion, is covered with swirling lines simulating fur, and has a fat pouf of a tail swung up over its broad back. Though it has the open jaw and flattened ears of a protector, its aura is more friendly than fierce. With a weight of 538 grams, this box is relatively large compared with other such boxes in the genre of handmade Khmer silver pieces found in the shapes of myriad birds and animals. (See the article “Khmer Si...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Wood : Pre 1980 item #818403 (stock #12-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$195.00
A small metal balance scale is enclosed within this wood container carved in the shape of the Burmese crane, known as a “karaweik,” that holds a fish in its bill. Although commonly called “opium” scales, such rudimentary instruments, and the so-called “opium” weights used with them, were basic merchant tools used in daily bazaars to measure just about anything that fit into the small trays. Mythical animals and birds were favorite design elements for items associated with the scales....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #935760 (stock #61-32)
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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 : Pre 1980 item #790821 (stock #35-07)
Silk Road Gallery
$140.00
A silver snake bracelet from the Island of Java, Indonesia, expands so that it can be worn on the wrist or on a slender upper arm in Cleopatra fashion. The size is adjusted by slipping the snake head through the curled tail. Snakes, a form frequently used in hand crafted Indonesian jewelry, often are given a human-like expression. In this case, the snake has a furrowed brow. As photographed, the diameter is 2-1/2" (6 cm). Opened so the snake head just touches the outer curve of the tail, the dia...
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #882005 (stock #63-13)
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This very large lacquer tray from the Shan minority people in northeast Burma has four different patterns of basketry weaving showing through the rich persimmon-colored lacquer. Called byat, such handmade trays, used for serving food, were time-consuming to produce. Following the weaving process, each of the many successive applications of lacquer required several days of drying, then burnishing before the next coat of lacquer was applied. Tin trays were replacing these handmade ones a number o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #774309 (stock #27-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$700.00
This early 20th century Russian-made samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia following that small country's independence in 1991 after 70 years as part of the USSR. A maker's seal on the top shows a hammer and sickle under a star, perhaps a reason it was not retained by the original Georgian owners. The stamp includes the letters "BCHX" and "CCCP" as well as a Russian inscription. Another stamp, this one on the foot of the samovar, carries the initials "TK." The brass is coated with a silv...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Contemporary item #1235821 (stock #14-70)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #168408 (stock #15-40)
Silk Road Gallery
$900.00
Susani (sometimes spelled "suzani") is the word for "needle" in Farsi, and the large embroidered dowry textiles of Turkic groups are so named because of the many hundreds of hours of needlework required to produce them. This one is from Uzbekistan, where Uzbeks and Tadzhiks share similar textile traditions with the Turkmen and other neighboring peoples in Central Asia. Susani designs and colors vary quite a bit from one locale to another, and the city of origin often is apparent at a glance to s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #707253 (stock #61-13)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
From Turkmenistan, Central Asia, this silver amulet of the Teke Turkomen people is formed to represent three stylized sets of rams' horns in ascending sizes. A large, flat carnelian centers the largest horn, the other two have small black stones, possibly agate. Although the ornament now hangs from a leather cord as a pendant necklace, it originally was sewn to clothing to ward off evil. The Teke are among a number of Central Asian nomadic Turkic tribes known for silver jewelry designed with sym...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1910 item #874903 (stock #34-91)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #787238 (stock #55-95)
Silk Road Gallery
$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 : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Pre 2000 item #720726 (stock #25-15)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
These three handsome wool pillow covers were woven by hand in the remote area of Chirokchi in the Kashkadarya Region of Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Made for the local market, the covers follow a design handed down for generations. They are as thick and tightly woven as flat-weave rugs, and most likely will last for generations. There was hope among the women home weavers of Chirokchi back in the mid 1990s that their weaving could be developed into export items but, as far as we know, their dream h...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1014401 (stock #14-83)
Silk Road Gallery
$430.00
Flatwoven Kilim bags such as this one were used centuries ago by the nomadic Turkic tribes of Central Asia. The bags were made in various shapes and sizes to hold everything from salt to liquids to household goods. Woven of a combination of camel hair and wool, this bag is from the Uzbek people. The weaving is spectacular—tight enough to hold water—with a clean, intricate pattern inside six horizontal bands. Called “ jabors” or ” juvals,” rectangular bags in this size were tied to ...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #708990 (stock #61-22)
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$250.00
A beautifully made sterling silver link bracelet is formed of 28 small crests that sparkle on the wrist. An unusual link system gives this piece exceptional flexibility, and the 27-gram silver weight gives it a substantial yet comfortable look and feel. The bracelet was made by the Jain people of India, who are known for their artistic skills, particularly in creating fine jewelry. They are a small minority in India, accounting for about only .4 percent of the population, and follow an ancient r...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #839958 (stock #10-81)
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An unusually large early to mid-19th century Shan hsun-ok from Burma, this piece has a diameter of 19 inches and stands 32 inches high. Full size offering bowls with the distinctive hsun-ok silhouette generally are about 13 to 15 inches in diameter. This one is a masterpiece of balance with the ten identifying Shan raised rings around the lid echoed with 10 raised rings around base. The carvings on the spire, punctuated by a large ball, complement the substantial circumference of the piece. Its...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #790468 (stock #54-14)
Silk Road Gallery
$360.00
A Japanese silk summer-weight hitoe obi has impressionistic designs of graceful dancers and tori gates in cooling shades of silver on a purple background. This woven silk kimono belt is unlined and constructed of one layer of fabric, unlike the more formal maru and fukuro obi. A cloud pattern in purple and silver on the reverse side of the fabric shows through under the weave on the right side of the material, giving the silver designs an attractive shimmer that varies from tones of pink to blue...