Charming tiny Burmese antique cricket cage, made of bamboo and with a beautiful deep patina, sliding door made of three tiny sticks, the top has a little ring of metal, early 20th century.
Size: 2 1/8" high x 1 3/4" wide x 1 1/4" deep.
Food basket of globular shape, made partly of wood, partly of wicker, its lid made of wicker with a handle in the shape of a lizard. Nice brown patina. Philippines, Luzon Island, Ifugao Peoples. Height: 6" (15,2 cm). Very good condition. A rare piece.
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.
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.
Betel nut basket covered with sotis, a colorful fabric with contrasting warps woven in a striking geometric design. Betel nut chewing is a habit practiced in most Southeast Asian countries. Signs of wear, a few beads missing. Circa 1950, Indonesia. Measures (closed) 3.75" tall x 2.5" wide x 2" deep.
Woven basket with nesting lid. Betel nut chewing is a habit practiced in most Southeast Asian countries. Circa 1950-60, Indonesia. Measures (closed) 2.5" wide x 4.75" long.
Good anthropomorphic spoon carved from coconut circa mid 20th century. Perfect condition. L: (curvilinear) 15.4cm/6in and W: 6.2cm2.5in.
Rare phallic charm from Lamphun Northern Thailand- serendipitously enough, where they have an annual sausage festival. Originally these were worn by men at the waist and were thought to protect the wearer from any harm to his penis and in a more general sense they also are believed to bring luck especially in terms of “wealth generating or protection”, so a woman might keep one in her cash box to increase cash flow or purse to prevent it being “snatched”...
Exceptional semi antique, over 60 years old, two paneled Tai Daeng (Red Tai) blanket from Northern Laos with supplementary weft embroidered silk Chinese Shou longevity character medallions and key fret design. This was collected in Laos over 10 years ago. I was in Vientiane recently and textiles of this quality are no longer to be found. There are two repairs noted in enlargements 2 & 3 as well as some minor weft design loss...
Unusual fetish necklace with, as a pendant, a monkey skull held with colored string and affixed to two large boar teeth, the necklace part being made of tiny old colored glass pearls and red textile with two boar teeth at its end. Indonesia, Borneo Isl., Dayak Peoples. Length: 17" (42 cm). Very good condition. Ex. old French collection.
Lime containers with anthropomorphic design engraved on bone and hand carved wood heads as stoppers. These containers are used for lime used in betel nut chewing - a practice prevalent in Southeast Asia and said to have originated in Indonesia. It has been referred to as the most pervasive social custom in the region. Indonesia, 20th century. Measuring from 5 1/4" x 1" x 1 1/2 to 5 1/8" x 1" x 5 1/4".
Collection of small bamboo containers from the Khmu (Khamu) ethnic minority in Northern Laos. These people are the original inhabitants of the region and predate the Lao and Thai peoples. They usually live in remote areas around Luang Prabang and practice simple agriculture, hunting and gathering as well as bartering goods with other neighboring minorities...
A wonderful ethnographic folk art object, this style of farm animal bell has been used in Thailand for centuries. Hand carved from wood by the herder and tied around the animals neck this traditional bell is hinged (or pegged) in 2 places to allow for a gentle knocking sound. This one was used for a goat and has remnants of the original hand made rope.
As in the Chin ethnic group in Burma (not chin bones), eclectic strand of round wood, cylindrical bone and horse tooth beads. Some of the bone beads have “pumteked”, i.e. dyed to resemble old stone pumtek heirloom beads, possibly by a wax resist method. These were collected in the 1980s and had some age at the time so I will date around 1960. Total L: 71cm/28in.
Unusual “talking head” from the Yao (aka Mien) ethnic minority, Northern Thailand, this piece was not meant to be part of a complete body. As far as I know the Yao do not have a tradition of puppetry so I am guessing this was probably a toy carved to amuse the kids, never seen anything like this before. Very well carved with an expressive face...
Round basket, approximately 40-50 years old. Beautiful patina and condition. Philippines; 13" diameter, 5 1/2" high.
Round rattan and bamboo basket. Kalinga Igorot tribe, Philippines. Beautiful patina and condition, approximately 40-50 years old. 22 1/2" diameter.