Stunning ornate silver filigree necklace, 5 matching medallions each measures 1 x 1.5 inches point to point. Each medallion has a large cabochon stone gem stones of soft gray green color. Chain links are long filigree flowers. Made for export, country of origin unknown, possibly Russian, Chinese, India....Marked BAK 925 measures 17 inches long.
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...
This traditional antique opera doll has silk costume with elaborately couched embroidery thread technique. Her head, hands and feet are hand carved wood. She has a lovely painted face, and hands with long fingers, and colorfully detailed shoes.
Made during the Qing dynasty, the silk costume has faded a bit and some areas of the gold paint which was used to depict hair ornamentation is now missing.
This large puppet head dates from the mid 1800's and represents Sun Wu Kong, the "monkey king" who is a beloved character of Chinese folklore. The head is carved from wood, gessoed and painted. It is 12 inches long and retains almost all of the original paint.
The folk tales of Sun Wukong were collected in the 16th-century novel "Journey to the West" by Wu Cheng'en, and his adventures and antics been the subject of many Chinese operas and puppet shows...
This handmade middle eastern low grade silver tribal necklace necklace springs open in the front so it can be slipped over the head easily. It is a bit heavy but is comfortable when worn over a sweater or blouse.
This Japanese Fireman Hanten is made of hand-loomed Sashiko weave cotton fabric. This was the fabric of choice for the firefighting jackets because they could and would be drenched with water to keep the fireman safe from the flames while fighting fires. This piece is hand sewn and has clearly been heavily used. It has several holes and patches. When I got it years ago, it smelled badly of wood smoke...I did wash it to get rid of the smell.
From the CongJiang in Gui Zhou province, this drinking horn is carved from water buffalo. It is a thick (and heavier weighted horn) which, according to my Miao friends is considered an inferior horn. So, this piece would have been owned by a "Poorer" family. It is wonderful primitive art object with carvings that are full of symbols reflecting Miao culture and legends. The hole in the tip would have held a string or metal ring to facilitate hanging the horn...
The bone beads are drum-shaped and inlaid with bits of coral and turquoise. Additional discs of metal are sometimes sandwiched between the bone beads. Prayer beads were hand held strands used for counting mantras during prayer. This strand is long enough to slip over the head easily and it makes a beautiful necklace.
This is a wonderful old mala and it is in very good condition
This Chinese ethnic minority hat was worn by child and is heavily laden with silver ornaments. The lower border of the top section of the hat has a band of stars. The traditional eight immortals with the god of longevity grace the front of the hat. And there are lots of bells and butterflies hanging from silver chains. The embroidery represents various animal characters...
Definitely a utilitarian item, this is a small old Chinese cooking utensil which was used for peeling, and or grating small fruits or vegetables. I admit that I avoid cooking so I am somewhat at a loss as to the specific purposes of the 3 cutting areas. Wrapped around one end is a metal strip, I assume this is for peeling. The other end has a series of 5 small metal circles??? and the middle section is for fine grating...
This red silk pair of shoes have a soft sole and a floral embroidery motif. They were probably made for either an infant or toddler and I am assuming that they originally has ribbons attached to the straps which would tie the shoes onto the child feet. They appear to have had a minimum use. The tops are in very good condition but the soles do show a bit of dirt and wear. They measure 3.5 inches long and are adorable.
The rafter tail is the end of the roof rafter which is architecturally visible. In times past, many cultures would carve traditional objects and design at ends of the rafter tails. This galloping horse is the carved rafter tail from an old Indian building.
Deeply carved from unknown hardwood, the horse is outfitted with a mounting bracket on the back so he can easily be hung on a wall. dimensions top to bottom 10 inches, 4 inches wide and 5 inches deep...
This pair of Chinese toddlers boots were hand made by the Ethnic minority Miao grandmother. They were worn and are somewhat soiled but the are a fine example of needle arts craftsmanship. The upper boot is made with a series of small fabric pieces folded along a curve and then sewn together into a consistent pattern similar to the window pane quilt pattern.
This nice old pair of woman's lotus shoes dates from th 1880's. They do show some minimal wear (and dirt/stain) in keeping with their age. They are from Northern China. The white fabric and matching white trim were embroidered with black thread using an intricate pattern of cross stitches.
This Tibetan prayer bead necklace is made from hand-carved chank shell beads. The chank, a particular form of Conch, is sometimes called Sacred Chank because of its importance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Beads carved from the chank shell were worn mostly by the Buddhist nuns of Tibet
This antique prayer bead necklace is roughly 30 inches in length and the guru bead is carved from bone.
The bone of this hair pin has a delicately carved cross hatch pattern and is decorated with strands of beads and small bronze bells and toped with cowrie shells. This hair ornament is Naga, which is a tribal culture in the hills of the north east region of India.
This is an old Chinese carpentry tool. It was used the same as today's carpenter's "chalk line". The bowl would be filled with powdered charcoal and the string would be pulled through the bowl, and a straight line would be snapped. The string would be rewound by tuning the "crank handle".
Older carpenters frequently made their own tool and the carving on this one is very well done, a dragons head floating in a wave pattern. Note the hand made string...very rare...
This style of Rattan helmet was worn by all foot soldiers during the Qing Dynasty. This helmet retains traces of its original painted symbols, no longer readable, it is presumed that they indicated specific troop or brigade to which the owner belonged.