All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1179864 (stock #SM001)
This is an antique shaman's mask from Nepal carved in hardwood, with a lustrous brown/black patina and holes for attachment. The protruding forehead, oval eyes and open mouth showing teeth combine to create a compelling expression. Height: 26.5 cm, width: 20 cm. It is estimated to date to the early 20th century or earlier and shows encrustation consistent with its age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1177445 (stock #T001)
This is an antique bronze seal stamp from Tibet or Bhutan, depicting a snow lion. It measures 1 inch by 1 inch and 1 1/2 inches in height. These kind of stamps were used by officials to seal letters and other important documents with a personal wax imprint. For the last 100 years the snow lion has been the national emblem of Tibet, appearing on coins, post stamps, banknotes and the national flag. It represents unconditional cheerfulness, fearlessness, east and the earth element. This stamp is estimated to date from the early 20th century or earlier.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre 1492 item #1172243 (stock #SN01)
Measuring 47.3 cm (18 5/8") including the 14 kt gold clasp, this ancient glass bead strand dates to the Sassanian period (3rd to mid 7th century AD). It features a balanced mix of mostly green and blue beads with transparent silver, gold and colorless beads tapering in size at the ends. Bead diameter ranges from 3 to 12 mm. Condition is very good considering the age of this strand, with one cracked clear bead near the center (see enlargement 8). There are two brass beads on each end of the necklace. The Sassanid Empire encompassed all of today's Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, eastern Syria, the Caucasus, southwestern Central Asia, part of Turkey, certain coastal parts of the Arabian Peninsula, the Persian Gulf area, and some areas of Baluchistan (Pakistan).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre 1492 item #1146997 (stock #SG01)
Measuring 24½ inches extended with the clasp, and 12 inches in the bifold, this ancient glass bead strand dates from the Sassanid period (AD 224 to AD 642). At its peak, the Sassanid Empire stretched from Syria to northwest India, but its influence was felt far beyond these political boundaries. The strand is composed of 95 iridescent beads, 42 of which are blue translucent glass beads ranging from 8x11 mm in length to 3 mm in diameter. There are 30 blue glass spacer beads measuring 5x6 mm, and 21 clear glass and/or gold spacer beads ranging from 3x4 mm to 5x6 mm. The necklace is capped at each end with brass spacer beads. The focal bead measures 4.4 mm x 6 mm. Condition: very good, with some wear to be expected in a necklace of this age (see photos).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pre AD 1000 item #1079728 (stock #PN01)
A strand of 58 Phoenician or Carthaginian beads composed of glass, circa 6th to 2nd century BC. The bead shapes are ovoid to nearly spherical, with eyes of dotted concentric circles applied to an ivory or white matrix, with two of the beads showing a red matrix. Most of the "eye" beads depict five or six eyes. Condition of the beads ranges from well preserved to well weathered, with some corrosion and wear to be expected from their age and extended burial. The strand has 58 beads total, 30 of which depict the compound eyes in blue on white, the other 28 being spacer beads. Eighteen of these spacer beads are an iridescent gold with patches of ivory patina. The focal bead measures 25 mm in length with a circumference of 55 mm. The hole measures 6 mm in diameter. This bead shows some damage and repair work. The compound eye beads measure an average diameter of 10 mm, and range from 5-8 mm in length, while the spacer beads measure on average 9 mm in length. One last bead before the ring clasp is a wood bead. The strand measures 39 cm when elongated, 19 cm in the bifold. Weight: 39 grams. The Phoenicians inhabited the coastal region of Syria during the fifth to second millenium BC and were active seafarers and traders, who made contacts with civilizations throughout Europe and Asia and were responsible for initiating many cross-cultural influences. They also invented a phonetic alphabet sometime before 1600 BC that became the precursor of all European, Middle Eastern, Indian, South East Asian, Ethiopian and Korean alphabets.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1071306 (stock #MG001)
A museum quality Mayan necklace of ancient greenstone beads from the Mezcala culture, Mexico. It is estimated to date from the late Classic period (500-950 A.D.) and is comprised of 34 beads with a carved greenstone masquette as the center pendant. The necklace is a mix of tubular, round, and pebble beads, individually hand-drilled and polished, ranging from 3-18 mm in diameter, and 4-24 mm in length. The longest tubular bead is 24 mm in length. The necklace is strung on cotton linen threads and is closed with a toggle clasp. The pendant measures 3 cm in width and 4.1 cm in length and depicts a stylized humanoid figure with drilled eyes and three etched lines at the top indicating a nose. These dark speckled beads are commonly referred to as "jade" but are more precisely the mineral metadiorite. The necklace measures 26 cm (10 1/4 inches) in length in the bifold, 43.2 cm (17 inches) when elongated. Weight: 122 grams (4.3 oz). Pre-Columbian necklaces such as this one were commonly valued as status symbols by the Maya. The condition of this necklace is near excellent, showing normal wear for its age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1069315 (stock #NM01)
Late Edo or Meiji period ivory carved majnju ("rice cake") netsuke depicting a duck and bamboo spray on one side, on the reverse, a pair of dice and stlized branch inlaid with red coral and silver buttons. One of the buttons appears to be a restoration. Also, there is also a coral button missing from one hole. The condition of this netsuke manju is otherwise good with no cracks. The piece measures 2 inches in diameter. Cream color with age patina. Lightly carved in sunk relief. The carving is accomplished with a simplicity of technique that has a quality of folk style. Although unsigned, this piece demonstrates a high level of artistry which, along with its age, mark it as a work of integrity.