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 6 sided pair of Chinese cloisonne vases are in pristine condition. They stand 19 inches high and the top flairs to 10 inches. circa 1860-1880
From Yunnan Province, this minority hand woven open container has wonderful age and patina.
The wife said it was used at family dinners for pouring wine, the husband said used for pouring tea. I just smiled and nodded in agreement.
The piece was obviously woven tight enough to contain liquid. There is a small piece of bamboo inserted into the basket spout which aids in controlling the flow. Condition is very good and the piece measures 8" x 5" high.
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 belt is part of the traditional costume worn by the Hmoung ethic minority group in the mountains of northern Thailand. Every square inch of the belt is intricately embroidered with a series of embroidery techniques including applique, sumack and cross stitches. The belt is decorated the various sized wooden beads probably from China and very old coins from Burma. The belt makes a stunning display and can easily be worn. The size can easily be adjusted by moving the large silver balls...
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 heavy lock would have been used on a large furniture cabinet. Both sides are heavily incised.
One side has old calligraphy symbols..."tian chang di jiu" (Long heaven, long earth)
Meaning: enduring as the universe; everlasting and unchanging:Mostly used for the descriptions of couples. To the right of the calligraphy is a couple in a boat with moon bridge and willow tree...
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
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.
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.
Circa 1890, the heel to toe measurement on this single lotus shoe is under 3". The embroidery on the front section of the vamp is a combination of chain and couching stitches using the finest metalic thread that I have ever seen. The couching thread towards the heel is the usual standard thickness and was clearly also original to the shoe. There is a little evidence of wear, the vamp is a bit dirty, and the original leather stripe on the sole heel is missing...
This old Chinese toggle would have been used for ornamentation on the costumes of both Han and ethnic minority Chinese. The toggle would be sewn on a jacket or hooked onto a belt. Low grade silver was used extensively in China for jewelry and ornaments during the late 19th century.
Years ago, I was fortunate to secure a large collection of various old toggles
Both of the sides and the soles of these lotus shoes are covered with an elaborate satin stitched floral motif. The background fabric is black cotton, so it is assumed that they were made by a woman with excellent needlework skills and limited finances. Their use must have been very special to her. Clearly, these shoes had some limited use and show some dirt, and the cream colored fabric of the soles show some pink dye runs from the embroidery threads.
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 strand of malachite Tibetan Prayer beads has been somewhat dulled with time and use, but the color patterns of the beads are still clear and beautiful. The coral counter beads are a bit lighter color than appears in the photo. I am dating them conservatively as pre 1950 but it is possible that they actually are from the later Qing dynasty. If open up, the total length of the mala would measure 39 inches.
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...
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.
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...