Beautiful antique Qing dynasty carved rose quartz pendant re-set in modern gold finial for box, necklace pendant, toggle, lamp or brooch. Exquisite gem grade quartz with very refined, detailed carving of vines and animals.
Measures 3" X 2".
This rare piece of antique Chinese butterscotch amber is a delicately carved and articulated jewel. It is set off in a pendant brooch in a highly refined vermeil filigree setting with a wonderful dragon weaving around the pendant. The main subject is the wheel of the dharma, with an eight petaled flower set in the auspicious wheel, with a bat, flames and floral embellishments. The amber is in perfect condition with no chips or cracks...
A fine and attractive, old Chinese bronze seal. The characters stylized to fit a round impression area. The grip labeled with a more legible reading (in contrast with the stylized impression). Either red lacquer or seal vermillion in the recesses help the characters of the label stand out. A ring through the grip, with higher copper content than the seal, also displaying a rich, old patina. Very good condition. Diameter of the impression area, 1 1/4 inches (3.175 cm)...
A Chinese bronze alloy seal of light color (perhaps high in zinc) and tall, rectangular-cube form with shaped top. Very good condition with some fingerprint impressions on the surface (not as conspicuous in person as they are under light in the photographs.) Weighty for the size at 10.2 oz (288 gm). An informed associate once related to me (many years ago now) that antimony in earlier Chinese bronze alloys contribute significantly to weight...
A simple Chinese bronze seal. Of flat, square form, the redeeming virtue of this seal is the attractive archaistic four characters. Has quite an early if not utilitarian feel. Good condition with some small areas of pitting. About 1 1/4 inches (3.175 cm) square.
Beautiful antique Mongolian silver necklace with heavy chain and nice big red coral beads on the sides. The coral beads are 16mm X 10mm, The turquoise bead at the end is 17mm X 22.5mm. The main medallion measures 2.75" (70 mm) X 1/4" (7 mm), 30" chain, and 6" length pendant. The 4 larger spherical turquoises are 12mm, the two smaller 10mm. Very good condition overall
Impressive 3.9" X 3" Chased repousse silver antique Chinese 19th Century lock with Qilin and boys on front, and inscription on verso. Lock metal has not been tested but appears to be silver with worn off gold vermeil. It is signed. The coral bead is a whopping 25 millimeters in girth, X maybe 23mm, hard to measure because of the bead caps. Bead caps may be removed by request for accurate measurements. The coral bead and bead caps weighed alone, separate from the entire necklace, weigh 28 grams...
Unusual pottery water dropper (scholar's object) in the form of a three-legged frog. The frog has a sansai glaze of a basic straw-colored glaze with drippings of yellow and green glazes. This water dropper was made with a hole in its back for placing the thumb to regulate the flow of water from its mouth...
c. 70-135 CE
This large mold made oil lamp is an excellent example of its type. The body is circular with a volute nozzle attached. The discus of the lamp is delineated by a small rim around the fill hole and another on the edge of the lamp. This area is well decorated with a grape leaf with tendrils above the nozzle terminating in two clusters of grapes, one of either side of the fill hole. A perforated handle is attached on the rear of the lamp...
Chinese Antique Cinnabar Vase with Children Playing in Panels. Beautiful and elegant shape with well carved children in various pursuits, receiving lessons,
sleeping, playing at water basin, hide and seek. Upper and lower panels of various flowers of the four seasons.
Qing Dynasty. Some old restoration. Size: 16" High.
Qing Dynasty Turqoise Glazed Ceramic Grouping of Buddhistic Lions, or Foo Dogs, China ca. 1880. A trio of lions in playful positions revealing teeth and tongue. Note this piece has been repaired and has some loss as seen in images. Purchased at Sotheby's South Kensington. In Buddhism lions are symbolic of the bodhisattvas, the "sons of the Buddha" or "Buddha's lions". In buddhist iconography we find the lions in their role of dharma protectors supporting the throne of the Buddha and Bodhisattva...
Antique Japanese bugaku theatre mask, skillfully hand-carved into the face of a tengu, or birdlike spirit, characterized by an usually long nose. His face is painted in red lacquer with black facial hair, and gold-lacquered eyes typical of a demon. The insides bears the usual rough chisel markings of a finely hand-carved piece.
Size: 8.25" height, 6" width
Striking antique East African Sculpture-surface shows wear-sculpture has wood hook carved as part of base that was used ritually-no condition problems or repairs-figure wears raffia skirt and there is woven raffia around bottom of base-uncertain as of tribe--good size-30 inches tall
early carved wood African medicine box-has fitted lid as well bas relief carved feet--shows wear and was certainly used to contain all sorts of magical tribal items-oval shape 9 inches by 7 inches-5.75 inches high
This is an extremely rare female shabti of King Psusennes II.
Turquoise-green faience with black wig and inscription on the back.
The royal necropolis in Tanis was excavated in 1939 by Pierre Montet.
Six worker-shabtis and seven overseer are in the Egyptian Museum
Cairo (JE 86958-59, TR 7/5/44/2-3).
For references see:
Montet, Kêmi 9 (1942), p. 78 no 256, fig. 56, pl. XXVI.
Montet, Psousennès, p. 52 no 256, fig...
A Byzantine Bronze Censer with Cross Motif, 6th - 7th Century CE. The circular bowl with three attachment loops on the rim, suspended from three chains with central cross pendants bearing a geometric design and attachment hook above. In custom lucite case. Bronze Censer is 21" long with bowl 4" diameter. In excellent condition with beautiful patina. Ex: Arieh Klein Ltd, Jerusalem. Byzantium was the ancient Greek city on the site that later became Constantinople (modern Istanbul). It was founded ...
A fine Chancay coca bag from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It measures 3” x 2-1/2” and is woven with beautiful traditional patterns. The bag contains an offering of a piece of alpaca hide covered in red pigment. In excellent condition.
A large and very attractive image of Wenchang, the God of Literature on his horse. Carved from an immense section of bamboo root and part of stem. Good details, smooth surface and deep patina. Qing, 19th cent. H 34.5 cm. Condition: Very good but with chips to front of hat. No worming.