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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 1920 item #651337 (stock #ZT112)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #949361 (stock #ZJ146)
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This rare pair of antique Japanese Samurai stirrups date to the mid Edo Period. The are inlaid with bits of abalone shell. The cut-out below the buckle appears to be the a representation of the trifold Asarum leaves, which was the mon of the Tokugawa shoguns.

There is some loss of abalone shell and there is a crack in one of the foot pads. But they are a gorgeous example even with these condition issues.

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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #612690 (stock #ZTC147)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #857196 (stock #ZTC248)
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This pair of Chinese Lotus shoes dates to the early part of the 20th century. The vamp is made by combining both black and blue cotton background fabric, which was hand sewn and intricately detailed. Each side is decorated with an embroidered floral motif using cotton thread.

The soles are somewhat dirty and the upper edge of the vamp of one shoe has some fraying...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #676590 (stock #ZTC179)
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This ingeniously designed antique Chinese metal brush rest from the Qing Dynasty holds 7 calligraphy brushes. The brushrest intact and is still held together with its original nut caps. And the metal is now heavily patinated to a deep brown color

3.5 inches high, 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep

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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #513390 (stock #ZM111)
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This sweet child's hat is traditional in shape but is actually Miao Minority. There are 7 silver ornaments representing Buddha on the front of the hat along with 7 silver half spheres which represent the "bubble" of the Miao Butterfly creation myth. The side silver ornaments will make noise and thus protect the child from evil spirits.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #655801 (stock #ZTC170)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #828115 (stock #ZEMT130)
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This pair of Chinese toddlers boots were hand made by the Ethnic minority Miao grandmother. They were worn and are somewhat soiled but the are a fine example of needle arts craftsmanship. The upper boot is made with a series of small fabric pieces folded along a curve and then sewn together into a consistent pattern similar to the window pane quilt pattern.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #876102 (stock #ZTC261)
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This flap style hat was commonly used by the men in the cold winters of Northern China, formerly Manchuria, now considered Heilungjiang Province. Padded and lined with silk velvet fabric on the inside and covered with silk satin fabric on the outside, the different layers were quilted together with a decorative floral pattern.

There is a label sewn into the back but any information on it has been worn way from use. The hat is in good condition:no rips, no tears, no holes...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #721296 (stock #ZTC195)
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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.
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 : Pre 1900 item #881821 (stock #ZTC264)
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Manchu women never practiced foot-binding. However, during the Qing dynasty, they did wear pedestal aka platform shoes, hoping to give the appearance of smaller feet. The tips of the shoes would appear to peak out from under the robes, giving the foot more dainty appearance.

This pair of antique Chinese shoes were made with a silk background fabric and embroidered with silk thread using satin stitching. Added appliques velvet fabric in the shape of fish are embroidered with a chain stitch...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1000450 (stock #ZJ153)
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This antique Japanese wooden Buddha stands on its own a intricately carved base. The golden lacquer is worn away in some areas showing the under coat of black lacquer. This Edo period Buddha stands 8 inches tall including the stand.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #1041571 (stock #ZTC338)
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This charming old doll was produced in China during the 20's and 30's for the European and US market but this one was actually brought to the US by a military family stationed in Japan. The costume is elaborately embroidered using both satin and couching embroidery stitches. The tightly fitted shoes are fabric and could be removed but never have been. The head and hands are made of wood composition matterial...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #505974 (stock #ZTC105)
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A must have for any lotus shoe collector. This iron was used for pressing lotus shoes. The thin curved end was useful for getting into the toe area. Made of iron, it is somewhat rusty-i.e. pleasantly aged. Length tip to tip is 13"