This red silk pair of shoes have a soft sole and a floral embroidery motif. They were probably made for either an infant or toddler and I am assuming that they originally has ribbons attached to the straps which would tie the shoes onto the child feet. They appear to have had a minimum use. The tops are in very good condition but the soles do show a bit of dirt and wear. They measure 3.5 inches long and are adorable.
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.
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 lovely lotus shaped box is covered with golden color shagreen leather and dated from the late Qing Dynasty. I found it in Yunnan province. It is in beautiful condition and measures 5.5x x4.5 x 2.5 inches
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.
A couching embroidery stitch of gold metallic thread was used to define the large butterfly which spreads its wings along each side of this antique pair of red lotus shoes. They have obviously been worn and their condition is not perfect.
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 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 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.
Sourced from Rong Jiang area of China, the silver sectioned container was made and used by the Miao ethnic minority as a smoking accessory. Worn hanging from a belt, the collection of pipe cleaning tools would act as a toggle to counter weight the container at the other end. Made from low grade silver, the 3 sectioned container has an etched and pierced design and is held together with handmade chain...
This antique Japanese cloisonne plate is extensively decorated with border pattern and 8 panels of flowers and butterflies. The center medallion depicts a bird in flight with a brown goldstone background. The back is heavily enameled with dark green in a sculptural wave pattern. All this is packed into the surface of the plate which is a mere 6 inches across.
This deep red lacquer Japanese inro has 4 compartments and black lacquer interior. The brown cord connects the clear crystal ojime and etched bone netsuke. The inro and netsuke are in excellant condition. The ojime has surface chips as shown in photo enlargement #3
These Chinese eyeglasses have lightly tinted lenses in a tortoise shell frames. Eye ware was favored by the Chinese because it was felt that they enhanced ones age appearance i.e. made the wearer appear older than their chronological age. The spectacles are detailed with a carved design at the nose bridge and have hinged side pieces which end in a circular stop which was very typical of the Chinese eye ware of the period.
This is a traditional Han hat for a small child made during the late Qing Dynasty. The hat made from black silk background fabric with various parts outlined with silk ribbon, black short fringe and/or silk cording. The small embroidered flowers are satin stitched and couched with silk thread. The top of the hat has a large lotus blossom appliqued onto it.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #596105 (stock #ZT109)
The wheel is covered with deep red coral beads. Additional strands of coral beads and the turning weight are attached to a narrow leather strap which bands the center of the wheel. The handle was hand turned. Almost 12" hight and 5" in diameter, this old prayer wheel has seen many turns.
-This hand made antique model replica of a European cross bow was found in an antique store in Gubbio Italy during the late 60's. Wonderfully crafted from wood and metal, the detail and craftsmanship are excellant. The cross bow comes with its own stand and arrow. There are no makers marks but the name Gubbio is carved into the stand along with a symbol or design that resembles the outline of a shell. The arrow has a metal tip and flat tail to fit the string and trigger assembly.
This antique silk embroidery panel was probably used as a table runner or scarf during the Qing dynasty. Some staining and fading has occured over time but the embroidery detail has remained bright and clear. Measures 16.75 x 68 inches
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.