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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #1237222 (stock #ZOc115 )
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This unusual necklace is made from horn beads (presumably goat). The "hook and eye" ends act as a clasp and are also from goat.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1159719 (stock #ZEMT155)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1066911 (stock #ZTC348)
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Suspended from its original green silk knotted cord, an agate bead leads to this intricate silver metal Chinese toggle. Tiny bells are suspended from either side. Hanging from the center is a small coral bead and a large turquoise bead. The metal is silver color but is assumed to be low grade. measures 3.5 from the 1st bead below the cord knot to the lowest bell. The cord and knot add another 3.5 inches of length
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #656283 (stock #ZTC171)
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The Manchu woman did not practice foot binding or wear Lotus Shoes. However, the women did wear various styles of thick soled and platform soled shoes. The sole on this pair of Manchu shoes is 1.5 inches thick. The vamp is canvas with wonderful large eyed fish embroidered with silk thread towards the back of the shoes. The front fish are made of velvet fabric with chain stitched embroidered details...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #947283 (stock #ZTC300)
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This piece of bamboo has an old Chinese saying which roughly translates as "to rely on yourself is your strength". It was brought back by from her missionary travels in China by Rebecca Cloud Stewart. The back has additional Chinese characters and the note "made of bamboo" is written in English. Plaque is 8 inches tall.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #875706 (stock #ZJ140)
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This antique Japanese Goten or Palace would have been used to create a Palace scene of the Imperial Court for the display of the 15 traditional Girls Day Hina Doll Collection. The structural parts of the dollhouse are constructed of light weight wood which is painted with black lacquer. Made in the Meiji Period, it is elaborately decorated with painted cranes, pine trees, and flowers, and metal fittings...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #832134 (stock #ZT135)
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Tibetan prayer wheels were (and are today) a religious object used by Tibetans Buddhists to send prayers into the universe. By removing the top of the wheel an individual could put written prayers and or sutra pages inside. Replacing the top back onto the Wheel, being held by the handle, the prayer wheel would be rotated in a clockwise direction as viewed from the top. With each rotation of the wheel, the prayer would be sent forth into the universe...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #544139 (stock #ZTC116)
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This beard was purchased in Beijing from Liu Lian Sheng who was a singer with the Beijing Opera Co during the 70's. It is one of the costume beards which he used while performing in the Chinese opera. The beard is hand made of the hair from a Yak's tail. The strands of hair are handknotted around a piece of flexible wire which is formed to fit the face. Different colors and shaped of beards are used to portray different opera characters...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #731442 (stock #ZOc104)
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There are few roads in New Guinea, with the rivers being used as transportation arteries. The various indigenous groups living along the Sepik River of New Guinea make canoes made from hollowed logs and the prows were often carved in the form of crocodiles. Many of the tribes or villages can be recognized by the style of the croc prow of the canoe. This croc head is the remains of an old canoe prow from the mid region of the Sepik river. It is unusually finely carved and nicely detailed...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #1189770 (stock #ZTC501)
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Using stuffed folded fabric on paper backing to form decorative doll type figures was a highly prized art form in old Chinese culture. This large figure of a noble woman riding a donkey is a now rare example of that art form made during the late 19th and very early 20th century. Wonderfully detailed, she has an embroidered bat as a hair ornament and wears a tiny lotus shoe on her foot which is fitted into a stirrup...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #664576 (stock #ZT114)
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This bell is approximately 200 years old and was used on the camels crossing Tibet, NW China into Mongolia. It would be worn on a strap and hang loose below the camels belly between the legs. A light shake and the sound is deep and long. The bell in picture is 13" long and has a leather wrapped handle.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #601722 (stock #ZJ104)
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This is a uniquely shaped piece of early Meiji period Japanese cloisonne. Each of the four sides has a different cloisonne design, bird or flower. The edges of the panels were gilded but some of the original gilding has been worn off. There are no makers marks. Except for the gilding, the piece is in excellent condition. It is 2.5" tall and 3" wide at the top.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #721296 (stock #ZTC195)
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This is a girls sleeping slippers were probably the girls first pair after foot binding. They are from Hubei province, and over 100 years old. Made with silk fabric,embroidered with satin stitch using silk thread in a floral motif, they are soft sided for "comfort" and were not worn for walking, just sleeping. Though clearly from their shape, they were worn, at least minimally worn, but rarely touched the floor.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1149702 (stock #ZTC392)
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This pair of old Chinese toggles would have been used for ornamentation on the costumes of both Han and ethnic minority Chinese. The toggles would be sewn on a jacket or hooked onto a belt. Each of these toggles measure almost 10 inches long. They are made from grade silver which was used extensively in China for jewelry and ornaments during the late 19th century.

I was fortunate to secure a large collection of various old toggles...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #976685 (stock #ZT150)
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This unusual prayer wheel has both the wooden and horn parts which are intricately carved with Tibetan Buddhist symbols. The wheel comes with it on metal stand.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #789138 (stock #ZTC230)
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White was the traditional Chinese color used for mourning. This pair of antique lotus shoes dates from the Qing Dynasty period. They have a plain linen vamp, with a slight heel. They have had minimal use and are in very good condition.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #938231 (stock #ZTC285)
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This beautifully aged antique Buddhist slit drum is carved with the phoenix and dragon facing each other as symbols of Yin and Yang. The slit drum has storage space for its matching hammer. In the morning, the lower ranking monastery monks would line up to go begging for their daily food. The lead monk would use the slit drum as a gong or bell to attract attention (and food donations) from the general public...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #700635 (stock #ZTC185)
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The style of Chinese Lotus shoes for bound feet varied from region to region and also changed over decades and centuries. During the late Qing Dynasty, it became fashionable make a separate heel which could be tied onto the bottom of a flat style of lotus shoe. This allowed the lady the option of wearing a flat style shoe which was probably more comfortable...