Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1301345 (stock #TC549)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Spectacles were only affordable for the very wealthy in China during the 1800's. The lenses were ground from crystal of various shades. Because of the cost, if a lens or frames were broken the remaining pieces would be refitted into a replacement set...as happened with this pair of antique Chinese eyeglasses. The vestiges of the original fitting remain on the left lens.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #928734 (stock #TC282)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$240.00
This old Chinese container would have been used by a poor farmer or fisherman to carry his lunch, and tea while he was off working for the day. The main container has 2 sections and there is an additional rimmed tray which fits just inside below the tightly fitted lid. All 3 pieces are made from very tightly woven from 2 different types of plant materials...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #858497 (stock #TC250)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$365.00
A Chinese man would have worn this egg shaped wooden tobacco container hanging from his belt. Both front and back are decorated with metal studs and fitting attached with copper nails. The lid is hinged and held in place by a decorative pin which is pulled up to open.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #774097 (stock #M125)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
This old Chinese ethnic minority needle case is hand carved with geometric marking from end to end. Needle cases were essential tools for all indigenous cultures and frequently became important objects of decorated folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1172069 (stock #TC397)
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Sourced from an old estate, this pair of lotus shoes came with a hand written tag/label sewn to the back of one heel and a red paper the shape of the inner sole place inside on of the shoes. The paper is at the point flaking and disintegrating and the writing is in old Chinese and no longer readable. Because of the "tag and label, I suspect that these shoes were presented as a "gift" to a Western missionary, teacher or friend...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #721012 (stock #TC101)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
Many Chinese would "grind" a day's supply of ink in advance and store the liquid ink in a metal "inkbox". According to the calligraphy on the top of this inkbox, it was a gift in the year of the goat, to a medical inspector upon completion of his 3rd year of work in Yuncheng city, Shanxi province. The inkbox is 3 inches in diameter and has an dried ink in the bottom and a built in inkstone inside the lid.
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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #982456 (stock #TC315)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$475.00
Manchu women never practiced foot-binding. However, during the Qing dynasty, they did wear pedestal aka platform shoes, hoping to give the appearance of smaller feet. These shoes would give the woman a more careful walk which was perceived as dainty and more sensual. In addition, the tips of the shoes would appear to peak out from under the robes, giving the foot more dainty appearance. These shoes are embroidered on both sides with a floral motif...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1244542 (stock #TC524)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This Chinese golden colored Sha-green is large by shagreen standards...it spans almost 7 inches at the longest point front to back, and stands just over 3 inches high. The top clearly has some scuffs and loss to the hide, which for me enhance the beauty of the box. The box is hinged at the back and the inside is lined with leather.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #914695 (stock #TC277)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
By the early 1900's, foot binding fell somewhat out of fashion with the upper social classes of Han Chinese women, especially in the north. With various degrees of success and a lot of pain, a few brave women chose to have their feet re-broken and reset into a more natural size and shape. This pair of boots belonged to one such woman...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #499723 (stock #TC 100)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
During the late 1800's and early 1900's eyeglasses became an important accessory for the Chinese. Upon seeing eyeglasses on visiting Western dignitaries and businessmen, the Chinese perceived and admired these "spectacles" as age enhancing. Not only did the eyeglasses improve eyesight...but they added age and dignity to the face of the wearer. Equating age with wisdom and respect, many Chinese took up the custom of wearing eyeglasses...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1007197 (stock #TC330)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
This old Chinese stoneware ceramic pipe bowl (smoke chamber) would have been placed onto the smoking pipe to allow for a small piece of opium to be smoked. The tiny opening at the top would allow the smoke to be drawn into the stoneware chamber and cooled before being inhaled by the smoker.

The piece has 2 different makers marks which are clearly stamped into each side of the clay underside of bottom hole.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #916152 (stock #T146)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique lamp was sourced from an old Buddhist Temple in Mongolia. It would have been used as a light source, commonly using fat but also occasionally using oil for fuel. The surfaces are rusted and corroded from centuries of use and weather, which gives the piece character and shows it to be an ethnographic artifact of cultures past and passing. Approx 8 inches wide across the rim of the base and approx 12 inches high. Weight is approx 4.5 lbs
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1074217 (stock #TC352)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small strand of Buddhist prayer beads would have been kept in a pocket or looped on a belt. Bought in China from a Tibetan, the strand of tiny dark beads is broken up with coral beads to assist in counting. The 3 fabric triangles, from departed monks robes, are amulets containing various protective prayers. When used for ritual prayers, the fabric talisman would be held in the closed fist while the fingers count the beads...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1079225 (stock #TC360)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Old Chinese hand carved wooden mask depicting legendary king of old China. Face was gessoed and polychrome painted. 15 inches x 14 inches wide and 6 inches deep. some areas of chipped and worn paint consistent with age
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1236048 (stock #TC520)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
A properly dressed Chinese woman would wear a pair of leggings to cover her lower legs from the bottom of her skirt to the top of her lotus shoes. The leggings would be tied into place with a hand woven sash made specifically for that purpose. These lotus shoe accessories are now rare and very hard to find. See my listing TC236 and ZTC233. This pair of leggings are of very fine red silk damask weave fabric with ribbon and silk embroidered trim at the cuffs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1001502 (stock #TC322)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This is one of 2 hexagonal shaped tea cannisters which I have listed separately. This one has an incised spring scene of two young birds and a butterfly on one side. The other side has 2 sentences from the famous Tang dynasty poem by Lu Tong. The bamboo has darkened considerably with age...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1074536 (stock #EMT137)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$150.00
This purse would have had a shoulder strap attached and would have been used by an adult female of the Chinese Yi ethnic minority group. All hand stitched with cross stitching embroidery and other techniques, hand made cording (string) knotted across the bottom. The bag is lined with home spun had woven fabric made from "fireweed" plant. Back is unadorned.

piece is 12.5 inches across. light soiling from use.