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...
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 hat was made and worn by a Chinese woman of the Bai nationality ethnic minority from Yunnan province. The hat has been meticulously embroidered using both chain stitching and wrapped thread techniques. It is further ornamented with a combination of beads, coins and fabric strips.
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...
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.
This antique eyeglass case is finely needlepointed on both sides with matching traditional Chinese patterns, and banded with black silk. There is a very nice carved toggle bead which slides on a hand made cord to keep the case closed, and a long silk tassel which hangs from the bottom for added decoration. Both sides of the case show a bit of dirt and wear.
This old hand carved Tibetan horn still has most of its original paint and its original leather thong. The carved dragon head on the end is very expressive. Horn instruments were commonly used in Tibetan rituals and ceremonies. This one is 15" long and has a deep piercing sound for one who knows how to play a horned instrument.
This rare antique hand made snuff container was clearly owned by a wealthy Mongolian. It would have been suspended from a belt when worn for a festival ornament.
This pair of hex-shaped Japanese lacquer storage boxes have matching stands. They are decorated with a 3 tone golden leaf and flower design over a deep black Roiro finish.
Each box on its stand is 18 inches high and 14 inches across. They are in beautiful condition.
This antique pair of Hand made leather are the old traditional shoes which were worn in Turkey. They were called Charoog...spelling may vary. The soles are concave and curl to a point in the front. The heels are very narrow. They are an interesting ethnographic item of a time long past. They measure 9 inches long
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.
This was a traditional Jacket worn by the Yi woman of marriageable age in Yunnan Province. The background fabric is made from home grown, and home spun cotton which was indigo dyed. The jacket is elaborately decorated with additional bands of woven fabric, silk ribbon and embroidery using cotton thread. The sleeve length comes just below the elbows to allow for the woman to show off her many silver bracelets. This sleeve length is typical of Miao, Yi and Dong Chinese ethnic minority groups...
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 charming Chinese Mongolian demon puppet slides over the hand and the head and arms can be manipulated using the thumb and figures. He does have carved wooden hands which extend out from the arms of his costume. There are also cloth legs with carved wooden boots.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1940 item #1147690 (stock #ZT176)
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.
This Chinese ethnic minority hat is elaborately decorated with embroidery stitching called Diaz which is a slightly more complicated version of the seed stitch. With silver Buddhas on the front and silver butterfly with bells at the back, this Miao hat protected the wearer from evil spirits. This winter hat is well padded and extends at the back to protect the neck from the cold wind.
This pair of woman's Lotus shoes for bound feet have the high attached heel and upturned toe typical of the style during the later 19th century. Tiny stitches and the careful embroidery on a cotton background fabric indicate that this pair was made by a woman with limited finances.
The 100 Bird Cape is sometimes mistaken by Westerners as a Miao baby carrier. In fact, the 100 bird cape is a man's garment. It would be worn on the back, over the 100 bird coat for special festivals. They are somewhat rare. Not all men could afford (actually the wives) the time and matterials to make such a garment. It takes over a year to collect the feathers for the cape because the feathers must come from birds which were ritually sacrificed. This is a particularly rare cape...