Antique Chinese Miao Ethnic Minority wrap belt used home spun yarn, hand dyed and woven. It is over 100 years old. Rare piece. Approx 152 inches long not including fringe and 3 inches. It is in good condition, has obviously been worn (used) and is a bit dirty in some areas. This is a rare piece and looks really good draped back and forth in a clump.
Both sides of on this antique printing woodblock are hand carved with 3 pages of text on each side. The text is a poem about the moon.
With the upper sections of each page in Chinese characters and the lower text in Mongolian, this is a rare and interesting artifact of the Qing Dynasty reign.
The woodblock is covered in ink from repeated use but the text is still crisp and clear. Measures 9 inches x 14 inches.
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.
This charming antique purse from Tibet was hand-made to be worn hanging from a waist belt. Lacking ornamentation, is was probably a daily use item to hold coins. A simple endless knot toggle is used for closure. The purse is 3.5 inches at the widest point.
Many of my Tibetan items are "categorized" as Chinese. Most westerners think of Tibetan's as being within the boundary of the current borders of the country known as Tibet...
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"
This wonderfully detailed tiny carved boat with people on board was made with it own custom made stand...shown with a US penny for scale...the doors open out (one door missing on each side..I have been told that this was carved from a peach pit..
This traditional old Tibetan carved woodblock was used to print the "vast luck" pattern on Buddhist prayer flags. There is a double dorje in the center where it is written "May the holder of this charm be given the gift of eternal life." The corners are carved with the 4 animals: the garuda, the peacock, the elephant, and the wind horse and the mantras to protect and increase life, health, wealth and good fortune...
The carving shows a nicely wood homeland scene with a few people. The lid has carved openwork permitting lots of fresh air. Every pet crickets dream home.
Condition is very good. 6.5 X 2.5
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 ingeniously designed antique Chinese metal brush rest from the Qing Dynasty holds 7 calligraphy brushes. The brushrest intact and is still held together with its original nut caps. And the metal is now heavily patinated to a deep brown color
3.5 inches high, 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep
This set of 5 traditional antique Chinese display stands conveniently nest into each other for storage. They are graduated sizes from smallest is 11 cm x 11 cm by 23 cm tall (4.25 inches by 9 inches tall) and the largest is 24 cm x 24cm x 32 cm tall (9+ inches by 12.5 inches tall). They were sourced from an old high end estate in the US and are in good condition with some areas of wood being a bit faded from sunlight.
This antique Chinese Child's Hat is wonderfully detailed and represents the Foo Dog complete with a ball in his mouth, crinkly nose, bug riding on his dragon scale back, and movable tail. From the late Qing Dynasty period, he/she is in excellent condition. Definately, this hat is the best of example of this type that I have ever seen.
The Chinese have always appreciated the fine craftsmanship of small objects as miniature replicas of household objects. Such miniatures were not considered children's toys. This boxed set consists of a long buffet table, 1 alter table, 2 tall plant stands, 2 side tables, 6 straight chairs and 4 curve back chairs. The detail is amazing. This set came out of an estate in the US, and no history is available...
These Chinese eyeglasses have lightly tinted lenses in a tortoise shell frames. Eye ware was favored by the Chinese because it was felt that they enhanced ones age appearance i.e. made the wearer appear older than their chronological age. The spectacles are detailed with a carved design at the nose bridge and have hinged side pieces which end in a circular stop which was very typical of the Chinese eye ware of the period.
Wonderful soft silk hand-painted wedding kimono in excellant condition. As is traditional with the Japanese, this kimono has areas of the painting which are heightened with embroidery, red lining and padded red band at bottom
This charming pair of hand made young child's shoes have elaborately embroidered cat faces and very delicate seed stitched floral motifs on each side. Meant for a toddler, judging from the mint condition of the soles, this child's feet did not touch the ground.
Depending on the region and the century, the Chinese used various forms and styles of Clogs, i.e. shoes with heavy wooden soles for working out in the muddy fields and hillside terraces. This old pair of Clogs has has thick wooden soles with metal cleats which are somewhat rusted with age and leather uppers.
Stunning old Tibetan necklace...the Gau is over 3.75 inches long. The entire necklace is 27 inches long. Large red coral beads with silver separators the necklace is held together with silver wire. Gorgeous as a display piece or a piece of Jewelry.