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 dual compartment horn seal box contains small ivory chop and the remains of red ink which was usually reserved for officials. However, the chop bottom gives only the persons name which indicates that this seal was used only for personal letters etc. The horn case has a fitted cover with slides open. Ivory chop has small notch with marking which indicates direction for use. Condition is excellent. Box measures 2.75" x .75" x .75"
For centuries, Asian cultures have made "raincoats" out of available plant fibers, sisal, palm fronds etc. Depending on the region and the time period, the "type" of raincoats have varied. On the Li River in China, most of the boat people who lived their entire lives on the Junks never learned to swim. Typically, an infant sized "raincoat" was made and hung outside the junks door as a talisman to protect the children from falling into the river...
This Chinese winter court officials hat has an elaborate gold acorn finial, silk velvet brim, and red silk tassels. The black chin strap cord is tied with a double adjusting slip knot.
The hat is in good condition.
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.
A properly dressed Chinese woman would wear a pair of leggings which would cover her foot bindings from her lower leg to the top of her lotus shoes. The leggings would be tied into place with a hand loomed sash made specifically for that purpose. These lotus shoe accessories are now rare and very hard to find. This pair of silk sashes were were woven with an diamond pattern which runs the length of the ribbon, and the long warp end threads are braided into tassels...
This pair of Lotus Shoes are a small, old treasure.
In old China, depending on the region and family finances, a girls feet were bound when she was 4 to 8 years old. Though bindings were changed regularly, the feet were never left unbound for any length of time. Bindings were worn to bed with soft "sleeping slippers" worn on the bound feet. This pair of lotus shoes were used as sleeping slippers. Probably they never touched the floor...
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...
The making of beautiful ink cakes was considered an artform and the cakes were appreciated and collected by the Chinese as one of the "Four Treasures". This antique Chinese inkcake in its original box measures approx 18" x 5". It is detailed on top, sides and bottom and in very good condition.
This traditional Chinese Libations Cup, aka Jue, was a gift and is inscribed on the inside lid with the name Chi Fan Duan. As a gift, it was probably given on the event of the birth of a child or a wedding. Exact age is not known but the direction of the writting indicates that it is sometime after the 1950's. It is silver and stands 9" high and is in excellent condition.
This old Chinese ceramic pipe bowl (smoke chamber) would have been placed onto the smoking pipe to allow for a small piece of opium to be smoked. The tiny opening at the top would allow the smoke to be drawn into the stoneware chamber and cooled before being inhaled by the smoker.
This glazed stoneware bowl has delicate slip line design which accentuates its large shallow shape. The bottom of the bowl has incised and slip calligraphy makers and the original metal fitting...
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 collar and closure bib is what remains of the traditional dress front of a Yi Chinese Ethnic minority child. Made from homespun and hand-loomed fabrics, it has an added embroidered leaf design and batik border. Wonderful for framing.
This is a large hand carved old Chinese wooden signature chop aka seal. The edges of carved ridges have been worn smooth to the touch. The piece has patinated nicely with age and use, and makes a good example of an artifact of Chinese folk art.
I believe the name translates to Huang FuFu. The chop is 3.5 inches and because of the size, I am assuming the it was used to sign paintings or calligraphy art.
This elaborate silver Miao headband would be worn by a woman for festival. First a piece of fabric would be tied around the womans head to protect her from the sharp edges of the metal. The headband would make a soft pleasing sound as the woman moved her head. The man on horseback and flowers are a reference to the Miao myth of bringing light into the world. The headband is approx 20 inches long.
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.
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.
This old carpenter's detail handsaw was clearly home made by an experienced carpenter craftsman who took pride in his work. It is decorated with delicately carved swirls of clouds and has metal fittings for strength. It has the original blade which was sharpened to cut on both forward and back strokes and is still remarkably sharp. This saw was (according to my carpentry friend) was probably used for fine marquetry work. The saw measures 11" long. It is a rare find and a pleasure to own.