I have classified the age of this Naga Hunter's Hat on the conservative side. Potentially, it is much older. It is a traditional hat used by the hunters of India's Northwest mountain state of Naga. The basic shape of the hat is woven of plant fibers. Additional bast fibers are hand twisted into strings which are used to attach the trim strips of bear fur and the metal shape symbolizing a boars tusks.
This set of 10 graduated sized traditional marriage baskets are trimmed with black leather. They are from the African Ivory Coast, now the country called Burkino Faso. All stacked together they are 8 inches and 12 inches tall. This old set is complete with all ten basket and the lid. The outer basket being most exposed over time has patinated.
This is an elaborate Chinese Trousse, aka Picnic set, containing a complete double set of eating implements. The tidy wooden carrying case is covered with an intricately patterned metal sheath.
Open one side to access 2 sets of chopsticks, a pair of tongs, pair of skewers, a pair of "forks", a spoon and ivory trimmed knife.
The other end contains 2 saki cups and saucers.
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 pair of Chinese Lotus Shoes were found in an estate in the US. Dating from the early 1900's, the embroidery threads are satin stitched into a floral design and the trim is a delicate silk ribbon. A hand wrapped thread binding extends around the top of the vamp and down the front to the toe.
Because of the lack of any evidence of leg ties, the small size and the pristine condition, it should be assumed that this pair of shoes was made for and given as a gift to a close female friend.
This set of 5 traditional antique Chinese display stands conveniently nest into each other for storage. They are graduated sizes from smallest is 11 cm x 11 cm by 23 cm tall (4.25 inches by 9 inches tall) and the largest is 24 cm x 24cm x 32 cm tall (9+ inches by 12.5 inches tall). They were sourced from an old high end estate in the US and are in good condition with some areas of wood being a bit faded from sunlight.
Made from indigo blue dyed cotton homespun fabric, this pair of Chinese lotus shoes were made and worn by peasant woman of southern China. They are small (only 4 inches along the sole and have clearly been worn by a woman who walked about regularly.
A tiny silver flower tops the large turquoise beads on each of these Tibetan silver covers on this pair of weighted calligraphy seals. The silver is fully covered with repousse decorations of animals. Each piece has a small coral bead on one side and a small turquoise bead on the other. The seal bottom symbols are well worn: one is a conch shell and the other is hard to decipher. Sourced out of Tibetan, now part of China, these antique seals are a rare ethnic artifact of a past time...
The berber Tuareg people are indigenous nomads of the Saharan interior of North Africa and West Africa.
This delightful pair of chops was brought to the US by a returning missionary. Approximately 1.5 inches tall and .5 inches wide, they have mirrored carved images of a house with a large pinetree in foreground. The Pinetree (an ever green) in Chinese culture symbolizes long life, etc. The chop marks are personal names so it is likely that this pair belonged to a couple and represented their hopes for (or the fulfillment of) their long lives together.
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
Sourced out of Inner Mongolia, this calliqraphy paint brush uses a huge antelope horn for a handle. The horn has a graceful curve and a series of ridges which are ideal for a proper calligraphy hand grip and control when doing large scale paintings.
Over 150 years old...This is a rare and beautiful object.