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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #815790 (stock #ZTC241)
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This unusual pair of lotus shoes have a green velvet vamp and a rolled leather heel. The style of the shoes indicates that the owner and or maker was exposed to and influenced by Western fashion. There is a delicate floral pattern of embroidery on each side of the shoes.

The hand sewn pink edge-binding trim threads is worn and shredded away in several sections.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #580716 (stock #ZT103)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #759348 (stock #ZTC214)
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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.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #883688 (stock #ZOc107)
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This antique shield is an artifact from the Dutch War with the Atjeh (now Aceh). In short, the Dutch colonial government considered Indonesia "theirs". The indigenous people, the Atjeh, on the Northern part of Sumatra, disagreed. The war began in 1883 and extended into 1904 when "peace" was declared.

This large war shield, made and carried by an Atjeh warrior, has a double layer of woven Rattan with circles of 6 pointed metal stars and brass pins...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1256820 (stock #ZJ195)
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Wonderful pumpkin shaped Japanese Ikebana woven basket...15 inches across and 7 inches high...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1970 item #668877 (stock #ZEMT120)
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Wonderfully detailed child's hat with a bird on top, embroidered butterflies, pompoms for flowers, etc, etc, etc, all stitched on a burgundy colored velvet background fabric. Mint condition, approximately 30-35 years old. This hat is younger and brighter... it is so charming that I could not resist it.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1950 item #909595 (stock #ZSEA135)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1150580 (stock #ZTC393)
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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

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #788788 (stock #ZJ125)
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This unusual Japanese lacquer clam shell is from Wakasa, a center for exceptional lacquer craftsmanship which began during the Edo period. At that time the lacquerers of the Obama clan, near Wakasa Bay, began decorating their work with designs depicting elements of the ocean floor, For techniques, the Wakasa craftsmen developed a process of repeated lacquer coatings of several colors and rubbing down the lacquer coated surface. This process produced a random decorative pattern...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1235806 (stock #ZTC519)
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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
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #880383 (stock #ZTC262)
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This pair of male and female Chinese medical models were salvaged from an old Chinese Medicine Acupuncture school in Beijing. These 30 inch models would have been assigned to an individual medical student for the term of their studies. They were carved from a light weight wood so that they could be easily carried, and they were covered with gesso to give a smooth writing surface. These Chinese acupuncture models have holes to indicate the correct needle placement...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #890884 (stock #ZTC266)
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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...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #811275 (stock #ZT132)
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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.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #664078 (stock #ZTC176)
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The lovely floral motif has been very delicately embroidered on the silk background fabric of both the toe and the back of the heel of this small lotus shoe. I suspect that the mate to this shoe was lost early by the original owner because this shoe shows very little sign of wear. The leather heel and toe tips are missing. Many Westerners believe that red lotus shoes were worn only by the bride at for her wedding...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #611979 (stock #ZT111)
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This is a traditional Buddhist Lama's hat from Tibet. It is made from hand-knotted pile of cotton fiber, which is gathered to form a crest. There are no rips or tears but the fabric shows areas of dirt from wear. This dramatic looking ethnographic artifact makes a great display piece. It measures approx 24" from the height of the crest to the bottom of the lower straps.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #925415 (stock #ZTC281)
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These antique Chinese hand carved wooden plate display stands are from the Qing dynasty. The front of the stand has an ornate pair of foo dogs playing with a ball. There are slender grooves cut into the inside edge to accommodate the rim of a plate with a diameter of approximately 16.5 cm (about 6.5inches). The back support for the plate has a cleverly designed wooden swing hinge which is also removable...
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 1900 item #661930 (stock #ZTC175)
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This is an child's size pedal style antique Chinese cloud collar. The background fabric is silk and the embroidery uses silk thread with satin stitch. The front face of the collar is in excellent condition. The rear lining fabric is intact but shows some natural wear/with areas of fading and staining. The collar band is almost 13 inches and the collar length is 7"