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Silver Qing Necklace with Auspicious Symbols

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Jewelry: Pre 1900   item# 1240251 (stock# 11-28)

Silver Qing Necklace with Auspicious Symbols
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$240 

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 symbol, ...click for details


Carved Teak Himalayan Jewelry Box

Catalogue: Gifts & Home Decor: Jewelry and Accessories: Jewelry Boxes: Contemporary   item# 1235821 (stock# 14-70)

Carved Teak Himalayan Jewelry Box
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$275 

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 to the ...click for details


Sterling Silver Ganesh Indian Rajput Necklace

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1920   item# 1020717 (stock# 61-29)

Sterling Silver Ganesh Indian Rajput Necklace
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$595 

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 ...click for details


Caucasus Region Folk Jewelry from Republic of Georgia

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre 1900   item# 984270 (stock# 27-64)

Caucasus Region Folk Jewelry from Republic of Georgia
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$395 

Folk jewelry from a remote mountain village in the Caucasus region of the Republic 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 pie ...click for details


19th Century Ceremonial Necklace from Rajasthan

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900   item# 935760 (stock# 61-32)

19th Century Ceremonial Necklace from Rajasthan
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$1700 

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 ...click for details


Qing Pendant Necklace with Auspicious Emblems

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900   item# 925410 (stock# 11-26)

Qing Pendant Necklace with Auspicious Emblems
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SOLD 

A 19th century Chinese silver pendant has auspicious symbols to bring its wearer the fulfillment of wishes, abundance and wealth. The emblems on both sides of the crest-shaped pendant above the charms are “mani,” known as the jewel of the doctrine, and represent the magical powers of Buddhist beliefs. Hanging on chains from the pendant are three charms—a pearl, a pomegranate and a fish. The pearl, entwined with ribbons, represents a good future. The pomegranate, bursting open to reveal its numer ...click for details


Teke Turkoman Tribal Pectoral Plate Jewelry

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Jewelry: Pre 1900   item# 918086 (stock# 27-35)

Teke Turkoman Tribal Pectoral Plate Jewelry
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$695 

Two pierced and jeweled diamond-shaped metal plates are Teke Turkoman in design. A similar 19th century pectoral plate is pictured in the periodical, Arts of Asia, May/June 2009, on page 122 in the article “Beyond Orientalism: Works Inspired by Islamic Art,” by Lucien De Guise, curator of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Other similar rhomboid pectoral jewelry is pictured in “The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan,” by Johannes Kalter, Thames and Hudson, 1984, page 126. The two 19th century plates p ...click for details


Embossed Silver Belt Early 20th C Republic of Georgia

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 910169 (stock# 27-56)

Embossed Silver Belt Early 20th C Republic of Georgia
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$300 

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 belt is ...click for details


Silver Belt with Russian Hallmarks 19th Century

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1900   item# 905329 (stock# 27-57)

Silver Belt with Russian Hallmarks 19th Century
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$800 

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 rectang ...click for details


Silver Javanese Snake Bracelet

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1980   item# 900567 (stock# 35-16)

Silver Javanese Snake Bracelet
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$90 

A silver bracelet from the Indonesian island of Java is formed by a slender snake coiled around to meet its tail. The piece is pliable and springy so can be worn on the wrist or Cleopatra-style on the upper arm. Made is the mid-1990s, it is in excellent condition. A silver content stamp inside the bracelet reads "925." As photographed, the bracelet measures 2 ½” (6.4 cm) in diameter but can be adjusted to fit. SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM


Large Jeweled Disk Pendant from Khevsureti

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Middle Eastern: Pre 1910   item# 898057 (stock# 27-36)

Large Jeweled Disk Pendant from Khevsureti
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$590 

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 ...click for details


Silver Filigree and Garnet Bracelet from Ceylon

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka: Pre 1910   item# 874903 (stock# 34-91)

Silver Filigree and Garnet Bracelet from Ceylon
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$345 

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—a ...click for details


Kingfisher Feather and Coral Qing Flower Pin

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Jewelry: Pre 1900   item# 847943 (stock# 54-34)

Kingfisher Feather and Coral Qing Flower Pin
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$275 

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 ...click for details


Chinese 19th Century Scholar Writing Box

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1900   item# 847598 (stock# 60-21)

Chinese 19th Century Scholar Writing Box
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$470 

This Qing Dynasty scholar’s box has four rosewood doors hand painted with ivory-colored flowers and foliage, following the traditional practice of Chinese scholars to surround themselves in their studios with reminders of nature. Made to be displayed on a table or desk, the box was used to store carved signature seals, ink sticks and other small items. The rosewood door panels are set within hand carved elm beading and frames, and the front, sides and top of the piece are made of elm wood in a r ...click for details


Javanese Silver Coiling Snake Bracelet

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1980   item# 790821 (stock# 35-07)

Javanese Silver Coiling Snake Bracelet
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$140 

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, th ...click for details

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