This old pair of Chines dragons appear to be dancing when facing each other. They are heavily rusted from time and exposure to the elements. Presumed to be an architectural enhancement to something, there are no marks of wear and no evidence of nail holes for use of attachment.
They are a bit heavy and are each about 12 inches across at the widest point.
This vintage Japanese doll is dressed in Samurai clothes and Kabuki make-up. His face, hands and feet are cloth. He 19 inches tall and in excellent condition. According to the label on the bottom of the stand he was made by the Nishi Co
This is an child's size pedal style antique Chinese cloud collar. The background fabric is silk and the embroidery uses silk thread with satin stitch. The front face of the collar is in excellent condition. The rear lining fabric is intact but shows some natural wear/with areas of fading and staining. The collar band is almost 13 inches and the collar length is 7"
For centuries, the Chinese practiced ancestor worship as a religious ritual. Ancestor (also known as) or Spirit tablets were a ritual object commonly seen in temples and shrines and on household altars. Usually made of one or 2 pieces of wood...
For centuries, Asian cultures have made "raincoats" out of available plant fibers, sisal, palm fronds etc. Depending on the region and the time period, the "type" of raincoats have varied. On the Li River in China, most of the boat people who lived their entire lives on the Junks never learned to swim. Typically, an infant sized "raincoat" was made and hung outside the junks door as a talisman to protect the children from falling into the river...
Produced during the 50's and 60's, these geisha dolls were often sold to the American GI's as gifts to family members back home. The face and hands are fabric and the costume is very accurately detailed. Most of these dolls were made in a standing position. This doll is rarer as she is reclining in a clearly provocative position with her kimono sleeve in her mouth, geta and fan spread on the floor.
She is in excellant condition and is 17 inches X 9 inches and 8 inches high.
This is a sweet pair of lotus shoes. The vamp is satin weave cotton and the pale blue color has faded with age. The toe area has delicately embroidered bird on one side and a butterfly on the other. The soles are also delicately embroidered. Measures heel to toe 5.5 inches. Clearly they have been worn but they are in good condition.
This antique Japanese wooden Buddha stands on its own a intricately carved base. The golden lacquer is worn away in some areas showing the under coat of black lacquer. This Edo period Buddha stands 8 inches tall including the stand.
This large powder horn would have been used by a Yi ethnic minority hunter in the hills of China's Sichuan Province. It was carved and shaped from 2 pieces of wood joined together. The surface was then decorated with traditional patterns using lacquer paint. The attached rings provided an attachment for a shoulder strap (missing) and the access hole has a bamboo stopper.
Made from indigo blue dyed cotton homespun fabric, this pair of Chinese lotus shoes were made and worn by peasant woman of southern China. They are small (only 4 inches along the sole and have clearly been worn by a woman who walked about regularly.
Multi-layered costume denotes high status on this antique Japanese male doll. He is 10 inches tall, seated with his feet tucked under him. There is a crack behind the ear on one side of the head and some loss around the ear and hairline on the other side of the head. The exterior kimono is in good condition but the fine silk of the under layers has deteriorated.
This traditional Chinese Libations Cup, aka Jue, was a gift and is inscribed on the inside lid with the name Chi Fan Duan. As a gift, it was probably given on the event of the birth of a child or a wedding. Exact age is not known but the direction of the writting indicates that it is sometime after the 1950's. It is silver and stands 9" high and is in excellent condition.