Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #543450 (stock #ZTC115)
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Depending on the region and the century, the Chinese used various forms and styles of Clogs, i.e. shoes with heavy wooden soles for working out in the muddy fields and hillside terraces. This old pair of Clogs has has thick wooden soles with metal cleats which are somewhat rusted with age and leather uppers.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #545830 (stock #ZM114)
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Miao womans Zhaotong style robe from Guizhou province, Wumeng mountain region. The traditional arrow pattern of this garment was considered as a protection from the arrows of enemies. Combining cotton and wool homespun, these garments were used literally as blankets to protect from the cold while tending cattle. Not many survived and the condition reflects the use. Robe is close to 5 feet in width.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #643089 (stock #ZTC164)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #820677 (stock #ZTC240)
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Surrounding the outside of this giant bamboo section is a very deep relief carving of a traditional Chinese scene. There are 3 children struggling to control an angry ox. One of the boys has been tossed to the ground and the other 2 boys are each desperately hanging onto opposite sides of the bulls back. The carving is very detailed including the twist of the ox rope and straps holding hats as they fly off the heads of the boys...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #594984 (stock #ZEMT112)
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This is a charming child's hat with lots of embroidered symbols. At the front are 7 silver Buddhas to guide the child. The phoenix birds at the back of the hat indicate that the hat is for a girl child and the silver bells at the back are to protect the child from evil spirits. The butterfly on the sides of the hat represent the "butterfly mother" of the Miao people. And, of course, the flowers, because the Miao people love flowers. The hat is in very good condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #905733 (stock #ZSEA134)
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This slender expressive statue represents the right hand of the Buddhist female deity worshiped as Quanyin in China, White Lotus in the US, Tara in Tibet, and Kuan Eim in Thailand, etc. The hand retains much of the original paint remains and is mounted on its own display stand. The hand alone is 14 inches high and including the stand is approx 18 inches high.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #748553 (stock #ZTC205)
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This nice old pair of woman's lotus shoes dates from th 1880's. They do show some minimal wear (and dirt/stain) in keeping with their age. They are from Northern China. The white fabric and matching white trim were embroidered with black thread using an intricate pattern of cross stitches.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #647564 (stock #ZT111)
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This horn was sold to me as being used for giving animals medicine but I suspect from the carved shape of the open end that it was used for a scoop, possibly for tea or other herbs. The carving is of the front of a horse with his feet on top of a dragons head. The horn has a translucent quality which makes it more valuable in Chinese Ethnic Minority societies. The closed carved end is darkened from years of being handled...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #600490 (stock #ZTC145)
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This charming old Chinese embroidered panel is depicts 2 fish at the bottom of a water plant,....and butterfly at the top flower. There is a double border of black and pale blue silk which surrounds the gauze weave creme colored background fabric. The embroidery stitching is very tiny and it is done with cotton thread. If this were a European panel, it would be described as a very fine needle point tapestry. But it is from China. The panel measures top to bottom 21" and 7" side to side.
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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #811115 (stock #ZT131)
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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 : Pre 1900 item #890933 (stock #ZTC267)
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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.

The 8 sided glazed stoneware bowl has incised key border, 6 calligraphy panels and 2 raised mask panels. The top and bottom are devoid of surface decoration. The piece is It is 2 inches diameter and 1.5 inches high...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #657398 (stock #ZTC172)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #655509 (stock #ZTC169)
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This antique Chinese necklace has an ornately detailed large Kylin as the central medallion. The medallion is 3.5 inches across and there are are five decorative chains hanging from it. Each of these chains ends with a fruit. The low grade silver used for the necklace is typical of the Chinese silver used in old China. The Kylin is a Chinese mythical animal.

This lock necklace can comfortably be worn by a adult even though it was originally intended for a child...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #995350 (stock #ZMisc148)
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The rafter tail is the end of the roof rafter which is architecturally visible. In times past, many cultures would carve traditional objects and design at ends of the rafter tails. This galloping horse is the carved rafter tail from an old Indian building.

Deeply carved from unknown hardwood, the horse is outfitted with a mounting bracket on the back so he can easily be hung on a wall. dimensions top to bottom 10 inches, 4 inches wide and 5 inches deep...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1950 item #1010485 (stock #ZT152)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #811569 (stock #ZMisc120)
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The bone of this hair pin has a delicately carved cross hatch pattern and is decorated with strands of beads and small bronze bells and toped with cowrie shells. This hair ornament is Naga, which is a tribal culture in the hills of the north east region of India.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #942988 (stock #ZTC288)
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This girl doll stand 6.5 inches high. Her costume is complete and in very good condition with the exception that the front of her tunic and pants are slightly sun faded when compared to the back. Her face is slightly darkened from exposure to the sun.

The Door of Hope dolls were sold to raise money for the Door of Hope orphanage in Shanghai...