Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #587618 (stock #T107)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small elaborate Buddhist monk's medicine bottle is sewn into a larger pouch of burgundy homespun wool fabric with yellow/gold silk lining. When worn, the stopper would be securely held in the bottle by a system of handmade cords and bands. The medicine bottle would be worn outside the robes and suspended on the Monk's belt. These were used for both travel and ceremonies.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #507874 (stock #J101)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
Possibly made from an old kimono, this sweet drawstring purse charming painted and appliqued scenes of trees, rocks and flowers going around the body of the purse. The bottom shows a country gentleman sitting on a rock under a tree enjoying the mountain view. overall condition is very good, however the fabric sleeve for the drawstring is deteriorated. Purse measures 7" across bottom
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #765952 (stock #TC216)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
Carved from a single block of hardwood, this Chinese drum has great patina aged surfaces. An old folk art instrument, it shows the wear of use during many musical performances at chinese operas and street festivals. When "beaten" with its accompanying drum stick, it has a deep attractive sound.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1086240 (stock #EMT138)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$165.00
This old Chinese child's cloud collar was hand sewn by a proud Miao Ethnic Minority grandmother. The ornate embroidery stitching includes applique and daiz which is misnamed the forbidden stitch by Westerners. The collar is in excellant condition and is 9.5 inches in diameter
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #845290 (stock #TC247)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
The use of chopstick holders was common throughout China. The style varied from region to region. This particular chopstick container was from the Northern provinces, formerly Manchuria. It was hand turned and is slightly out of round and in years past, the lip may have been nimbled by a rodent. It is a definately an object in the tradition of Chinese folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #718924 (stock #TC193)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
Leather products were rare and expensive during the Qing Dynasty in China. Fans were in common usage and a quality fan would have required a proper protective case. A wealthy woman could have afforded this suede fan case and would have considered it as the acceptable accessory to properly detail her finery.

The case is 9+ inches long with silk cord for drawstrings, elaborately knotted and tasseled.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1101055 (stock #SEA145)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Several of the Southeast Asian hilltribes from the "Golden Triangle" region would practice tattooing as body art and religious ritual. This Burmese tattoo tool with the figure head was used to scratch the skin surface and apply the dye.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1125215 (stock #TC380)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Toward the late Qing and early Republic periods, footbinding in urban centers became less common. But women were still concerned with fashionable footwear. This pair of beaded strips are actually shoes parts which would have been sewn with other matching beaded fabric parts to form a pair of beaded shoes.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1015366 (stock #TC333)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This charming pair of old Chinese lotus shoes were made from a sturdy cotton fabric and embroidered with cotton thread. The lack of silk matterials would indicate that the maker/wearer was probably from a less afluent family. The soles indicate are well worn but the vamps are in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #785949 (stock #TC229)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
These 3 bobbins aka thread holders would have been used in China when hand sewing was the major activity of the women of the house. Each bobbin was individually carved and each has a small ball which moves freely within the carved slot. Either individually or as a group, they are nice ethnographic artifacts of the Chinese culture during the Qing dynasty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #905962 (stock #TC272)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
These Chinese woman's Lotus shoes are from Shanxi province and are from the mid 1800's. In Chinese culture, to have, wear or use something from an ancestor (parent, grandparent,etc) was considered as a talisman and gave an element of protection to the user. This pair of lotus shoes was passed to a younger generation whose embroidery skills were, well, not as advanced as the original maker. But clearly the child left her mark on the shoes with the added embroidery of the birds etc.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #860129 (stock #TC251)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$105.00
These antique Razors were brought back from China by the Baptist Missionary Rebecca Cloud Stewart. The blades are rusty but they are still sharp. One has a wood handle and the other has a horn handle.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #824544 (stock #Misc130)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
Instead of shoes, sandals such as these were worn in villages throughout India. Hand carved from indigenous woods, frequently teak and fitted to the individual wearer. The knob on the toe prevented the sandals from falling off and no other attachment was used.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1900 item #976007 (stock #TC307)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$550.00
During is height of popularity in the Qing Dynasty, when one went to the opera, souvenir dolls were often purchased. This pair of Chinese opera dolls is probably the oldest that I have seen. Both dolls are in fragile condition. They are mounted on separate stands which may be of the same age as the dolls. They have been together for over 100 years and I am not willing to separate them
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1155377 (stock #T177)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique type of metal work was common in Nepal during the 1800's and into the early 1900's. The birds beak is carved from bone which is dyed to color. The "jewels" are colored glass i.e. enamel drops of orange, turquoise and dark brown. Beak to tail tip the bird measures 3.5 inches and stands 2 inches high. Very good condition with one "jewel" missing on the side.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1183697 (stock #T182)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique copper reposse gau houses a picture instead of a clay tsa tsa which was common for a family gau. when the family could afford to do so, the picture would be replaced by a clay tsatsa. Curiously, this gau also houses 2 amulets, which were typically provided by a monk. The paper is very old and I am told it is bad Karma to unfold the amulet...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #742339 (stock #TC199)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This plain pot metal vessel was used to contain hair oil during the reign of Chinese Emperor Daoquang about 1850. Standing about 6 inches high and 3.5 inches diameter at the widest point, a woman would dip her comb into the oil before combing her hair. I do have an identical matched pair of these but am selling them separately.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #625825 (stock #TC152)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Bamboo Vests were used as undershirts under silk garments. They served the duel purpose of allowing some air circulation and protected the silk garments from body oils. These vest were fragile and they have become very rare and hard to find. They were made with small pieces of bamboo which are literally strung together to form a garment. This bamboo vest is a particularly nice one...