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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #621040 (stock #ZEMT116)
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The 100 Bird Cape is sometimes mistaken by Westerners as a Miao baby carrier. In fact, the 100 bird cape is a man's garment. It would be worn on the back, over the 100 bird coat for special festivals. They are somewhat rare. Not all men could afford (actually the wives) the time and matterials to make such a garment. It takes over a year to collect the feathers for the cape because the feathers must come from birds which were ritually sacrificed. This is a particularly rare cape...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1960 item #749468 (stock #Af111)
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$130.00
This collection of 3 hand carved wooden hair combs is from the Nigerian Yoruba tribe. They were brought to the US by a (then young) anthropologist who traveled extensively in Africa during the early 1960's and have been retained in his personal collection until recently.

The taller center comb is 8 inches and the shorter combs on the sides are 4.25 inches. I prefer to sell them as a collection...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1930 item #1219909 (stock #Misc179 )
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These 6 barefoot maidens are elaborately costumed in traditional ethnographic clothing lots of bangles with bangles, and each is playing a different instrument. They stand approximately 8-9 inches tall. a few are missing a bangle and a few have very small dents in the metal work...metal is assumed to be very low grade silver tin combination. Decorative dolls such as these were made as a traditional folk art in India for a couple of centuries.....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #984992 (stock #Oc111)
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The Manus Island is one of the Admiralty Islands. This traditional hair comb which the islanders would make from the mid ribs of coconut palm fronds...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #796914 (stock #Misc139 )
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This hollow silver anklet is from the Nuristani area of Afghanistan. With the loose metal rattle rolling inside the hollow space, a soft noise was created as the wearer moves...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Textiles : Pre 1960 item #1090865 (stock #Af132)
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$95.00
From Ibaden, Nigeria this traditional Yoruba cloth was woven by the men of the village. It was worn tied around the waist of the woman, and used as a baby carrier. This piece was brought back from Africa in 1961. Hand loomed of cotton fibers, it has a wonderful soft color and texture. It measures 10" wide and 68" long including fringe...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Textiles : Pre 1960 item #1090870 (stock #Af133)
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From Ibaden, Nigeria this traditional Yoruba cloth was woven by the men of the village. It was worn tied around the waist of the woman, and used as a baby carrier. This piece was brought back from Africa in 1961. Hand loomed of cotton fibers, it has a wonderful soft color and texture. It measures 10" wide and 68" long including fringe...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Pre 1910 item #1014168 (stock #ZMisc152)
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Mate is a traditional South American infused drink prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate. This traditional antique tea straw or more accurately, mate straw is called a Bombilla. Both the straw and its matching mate container were made by the Industria Mamboreta of Argentina. The mate container is a gourd decorated with a hammered silver bottom and a wide silver rim. The silver has a deeply etched floral design with highlighted gold tones at the center of the flowers...
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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #771647 (stock #TC224)
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An artifact of past Chinese Culture, this old Abacus has hand made beads of what appears to be clay, specifically stoneware. The frame is a dark hardwood, probably walnut. It is approx 5 long....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1239496 (stock #TC523)
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$110.00
This old relic field marker was dug up by a friends father while doing archaeological research (i.e. digging up fields) in China years ago. For centuries, during planting,such markers were commonly buried in the fields as a talisman for a bountiful harvest. It is made of clay, high fired stoneware, and has a few chips missing...as to be expected after being buried in a field... Approx 2.5 inches high, it is an ethnographic item of rural China, and is an interesting expression of Chinese folk art...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #997799 (stock #ZTC320)
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For centuries, the Chinese practiced ancestor worship as a religious ritual. Ancestor (also known as) or Spirit tablets were a ritual object commonly seen in temples and shrines and on household altars. Usually made of one or 2 pieces of wood. The tablets are inscribed with the title and name of the deceased, dates of birth and death, and additional information such as place of burial and the name of the son who erects the tablet. This pair of antique ancestor tablets were brought to the US by...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #818353 (stock #TC238)
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$145.00
During the Qing Dynasty, hair combs like this were commonly used. The structure is bone and the tines are of wood. A few tines have gone missing with age and use. The comb is about 5 inches x 2 inches....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1086181 (stock #TC365)
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The metal bowl of this traditional old bronze Chinese spoon is heavily patinated from extensive use and was probably used for heating maybe opium. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1236132 (stock #TC521)
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this old wooden storage box was clearly made in a folk art tradition by or for a lower ranking individual, possibly a traveling scribe, or low ranking official. Fully opened, it has compartments for brushes, ink sticks, chops and seals, etc. The numerous splotches of old ink stains on the outside of the box indicate extensive use, under not the tidiest of circumstances. Sourced in southern China year back, it is the only box of this style that I have ever seen......
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1064545 (stock #TC346)
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This old Chinese hand made carpenters tool would have been used as a snapline just as the western metal chalk box and line are used today. Such tools were often hand made and passed from father to son for generations. This particular one has a small antler for a plumbob. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #949613 (stock #TC301)
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In old China, a carpenter's tools were also considered as an symbol of the quality of his craftsmanship. This antique carpenter's tool has a hand carved dragon with some of the original paint remaining in the crevasses. The plumb bob is made from a section of animal antler. The old Chinese carpenter would fill the bowl with charcoal and it would be used to snap a straight line.

modern day items of this are still used by carpenters worldwide but they are made of metal or plastic and filled w...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #821045 (stock #TC242)
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These early Qing dynasty cups were carved from coconut shell, and lined with metal which was originally coated with silver. The Chinese believed that silver would tarnish when in contact with poison. Many wealthy Chinese liked to use silver lined cups and chopsticks tipped with silver fittings was an assurance against poisoning. There are 6 cups in all but each has a slightly different carving and they being sold separately with each to be pictured under this one listing.

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