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.
Hand carved and shaped from burl wood, this antique tibetan bowl was used for drinking tea and or other liquid refreshment. The silver lining on the inside of the bowl was thought to warn the drinker if the contains had been poisoned. The foot of the bowl has a silver surround for added decoration.
the bowl is 3.5 inches across the outer rim and 2 inches high.
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...
This very old short strand of Tibetan prayer beads has its original leather thongs with silver counters. There is one crudely faceted cornelian bead (very unusual) with is used as a spacer. The other spacer beads are agate. A combination of coral and bone are also used.
The is a rare, old, long Chinese lock necklace with coral beads and matching amber drops.
The handmade upper chain leads to a lower strand of very small silver beads, with 4 pumpkin shaped coral beads alternating with 5 silver balls on each side. From each side of the beaded chain is a short chain ending with male and female ducks which represent a long and happy marriage.
The medallion is 4" wide and 3.5" long with numerous beautifully articulated images...
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. The tips of the shoes would appear to peak out from under the robes, giving the foot more dainty appearance.
This pair of antique Chinese shoes were made with a silk background fabric and embroidered with silk thread using satin stitching. Added appliques velvet fabric in the shape of fish are embroidered with a chain stitch...
This Male Hindu temple figure comes from one of the Indonesian Islands. He is hand carved from a tree trunk and colorfully painted. At 210 cm he is with inches of being 7 feet tall.
This saddle has ornate silver and cloisonne detailing. The basic wood saddle tree is covered with leather and the edges are rimmed with strips of silver metal with colorful floral enameling. Addition large flat buttons of silver and cloisonne are sewn to the leg flaps and are also used on the saddle seat to keep the original Tibetan rug saddle pad in place.
Saddle comes with custom made stand.
The front of this Tibetan snuff bottle has deep silver repousse with animals and plants. Top stopper has a long copper spoon. The front has a larger circular opening which is fitted with a matching silver repousse stopper decorated with a piece of turquoise. Both the top and front stoppers are tied to the main bottle with a leather thong to prevent loss. The rear has a design deeply etched into the silver surface.
The bottle is roughly 4 inches high, 3 inches across and 2 inches thick.
Suspended from its original black silk knotted cord this antique Chinese toggle has a tiny bell dangling from each side. There is a small coral bead and a large turquoise bead dangling from the center. The silver colored metal is assumed to be low grade. the assembledge measures 3 inches from the first bead to the bottom bell drop. the cord and knot add another 3 inches.
Made from palm fronds, this male seminole indian doll is from the late 1940's.
He is wearing the traditional costume and excellant condition except that he is missing his traditional hat. He is 7.5 inches tall with an adorable face and black short hair.
This handmade pair of Tibetan boots was typically used by the Tibetan Minority groups for centuries. Each regional Tibetan group used its own distinct colored thread design pattern. Monks and officials also could be recognized by the thread design of their boots. These were a "commoners" boot and judging by their size, they were used by a young teenager. I suspect that they were only worn once or twice and they are in wonderful condition. Heel to toe they measure 9" and stand 12" high.
This unusual inkstone has a carved fitted lid of the same quarried duane stone as its base. There is also a carved figure on each side. Bought in QuiYang in Guizhou province, and is in very good condition. It is approximately 5" x 4" x 1.25" deep.
This old Tibetan copper Gau box is has a face plate etched with Dorjie and lotus symbols. One of the copper ring fittings has been resoldiered. The repair is poorly done but is old so I have left it intact. The gau box is 4 inches wide, 3 inches high plus another 1.5 inches to include the attachments and 1.5 inches deep. Because of its age and simplicity, it makes a nice ethnographic artifact.
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.
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.
Traditional Han Chinese water pipe used for smoking opium. Lovely cloisonne base with fretwork background. The pipe brush/tweezers tool is missing. There is a makers/factory symbol on the inside of the container lid.
Tiny area of damage to the cloisonne on the lower right side see pic
Each page of this antique Chinese accordian style book has a hand painted picture which together tell an old folk tale. There are 8 paintings and they are each delightful.