Good Kayan Orang Ulu gawai rice festival ceremonial mask, circa 40 years old, from Sarawak. I bought this piece in Kuching, Sarawak in 2003. The mask would be held by the teeth on a piece of rattan on the inside. H: 27cm/10.5in and W: 15.8cm/6.2in.
A auspicious colorful carved wedding box with birds and animals in red and gold from tribal Malays.
Size: L. 50cm. H. 25cm. W. 14cm.
Condition; No repairs.
Tobacco pipe of curved shape, with lavish geometric decor, its bowl in the shape of stylized lotus. Silver, fine darkish patina. Thailand, Northern Region, Lawa Peoples. Height: 14 cm. Very good condition. Collected in 1974 by its former owner.
A long silver pipe made in two parts, with bamboo connecting piece. Condition: traces of usage, bowl with old repair, few bumps. Dimension: c. 31 cm long, weight: 60 g.
Magnificent all rattan hand woven Rawang “san phi” basket, from the remote Putao area in Northern Burma near the Tibetan border. This one is quite old circa 50- 80 years, in good condition (one repaired loop), still pliable and not brittle, with excellent natural patina. The Rawang are a subgroup of the Kachin people and live in some of the last great wilderness forests left in Burma. Arts of Asia 2007: Vol 37, #3, by Michael Howard has a good article on Rawang crafts...
Nice old Thai sticky rice “lunch box” in Lanna or Issan style. This is about 30 or 40 tears old with typical double wall construction. There are areas that have been lovingly repaired with some nylon cord. To the purist this may be seen as a distraction but I see time and an ethic where nothing was ever wasted- this was a valued very personal object. Next to it I have placed a contemporary one...
Wonderful old “farmer’s lunchbox” from Northern Thailand, used for carrying sticky rice to the fields for hard day’s work. This is probably about 50 years old possibly more, with a classic double wall construction. The contracted rim at the mouth is quite unusual and it is the only time I have seen this. In excellent condition it is made from split bamboo with the original natural fiber cord. H: 20cm/8in and W: 20cm/8in.
Exceptionally fine split bamboo gathering basket from Northern Thailand. This was probably be made by either the Akha or Shan people living along the border of Burma. In perfect condition, it is more than 50 years old and has a sturdy double wall construction. Great authentic (non artificially induced) patina. H: 18cm/7in and W: 14.5/5.8in
Classic example of Papuan New Guinea art in the form of a mask made from mud, a turtle shell a few lyre bird feathers and ochre pigment. I acquired this in 1988 from a dealer who bought it along the Upper Sepik River and it was around 30 to 40 years old when he got it. There is some pigment loss and a crack in the mud on the side noted in enlargements. H: 22cm/18.5in and W;16.5/6.5
Healing hand amulets are used by Lao herbalists, curers and shamans .
The amulets are made with ceramic and quartzite stones from the Mekong River into a hand and used by a healer who places it on a painful area to assist in a cure. They are also carred by an individual as they are believed to have protective powers.
The herbalist or shaman selects river-washed quartzite stones from the Mekong River found on sandbars in the dry season when the water level is down...
Superb small bamboo strip basketry box from Northern Thailand, please note enlargements to see fine details of this piece. This quality is almost impossible to find locally in Thailand these days and has an extra inner wall to give it added durability. The body is still quite pliable, there are a couple of folk repairs on the lip of the inside box. L 14cm/1.5in, H: 6.5cm/2.6in and W: 6cm/2.3in.
Circa pre WW 2.
A nice old Ramayana mask from Bali , few wounds but good condition considering the age
At least from mid 20th
H 23.5 cm wide 15 cm
Balinese Mask of a fanged man/demon used in the art form of the Topeng dance drama, which came about in the 15th century in Bali and Java. The Balinese version of Topeng would include many different character masks, some speaking and some non-speaking. The mask has real hair mounted on strips of leatherr lacquered face and eyes, with a lot of detailed carvings such as his teeth and wrinkles. circa 1920s
Size: 8" height, 5.75" width
Balinese Mask of a strong male or Panglembar Keras, used in the art form of the Topeng dance drama, which came about in the 15th century in Bali and Java. The Balinese version of Topeng would include many different character masks, some speaking and some non-speaking. The mask has real hair mounted on strips of leather for his eyebrows and mustache, with carved sideburns, lacquered face and eyes, and metal inlaid teeth. circa 1920s
Size: 9.75" height, 6" width
Four old sharp gaffs in a wooden case used for cockfights in Indonesia. Condition: rust, case with losses. Please look at pictures carefully they make part of the condition report. Dimension: knives: up to 13.8 cm long, case: 18.2 cm long.
Mhong pipe with silver stem and ornementation.
Very good condition. Laos. 31 cms
One of a kind quirky Thai pangolin amulet carved from bone with Khon script signifying this has some spiritual meaning. I have never seen one of these before- possibly used as knife in symbolic blood letting rituals where the shaman cuts out “evil” from his patient. Probably about 30 year old this is a lovely abstract interpretation of a Scaly Anteater. L: 13cm/5.2in.
Good anthropomorphic spoon carved from coconut circa mid 20th century. Perfect condition. L: (curvilinear) 15.4cm/6in and W: 6.2cm2.5in.