This small intricately carved stone shoes were probably given as a gift of well wishing. 3 inches in length, they were carved from unidentified soft stone, not hard jade. There are numerous cracks and chips from age, but the shoes retain their original carving detail.
This Miao silver drinking horn would have used for special occasions i.e. prospective in-laws visiting etc. The horn is small 6.5 inches from tip to far rim. The reposse design of dragon and fish is mirrored on each side of the horn.
This lovely hand carved old wooden loom pulley comes with is own custom made stand.
This fan case is made from silk satin Chinese midnight blue fabric and the edges were hand-bound with black thread. Each side of the fan case is embroidered with the finest tiny stitches. Silk thread was used to form the tiny seed stitches of the butterflies and flowers and metalic wrapped thread was used to couch the outline of the leaves...
Gifted to America official who was sent to Japan to help reestablish tea industry after the war. Sorry but the matching Emperor doll went with the ex during the divorce and I was never able to obtain it.
wonderful condition: total display is 15 inches across, 10 inches deep and 14.5 inches high. The double platform is 4.5 inches of the total height.
This brightly colored child's hat is Dong ethnic minority. The front is decorated with 9 silver Buddha ornaments and lots of intricate embroidery. Tassels and pompoms decorate the sides and silver bells with fish ornaments across the back protect the child from the approach of evil spirits.
This 6 panel Japanese folding screen would have been used for the background of a Boys Day Doll display. The screen is printed and depicts a series of samurai solders on horseback engaged in warfare.
9.5 inches high by 23.5 inches when opened and fully expanded.
This charming doll is wonderfully detailed. She is all cloth with embroidered face features, beaded necklace and matching headband and thread hair. She is wearing a long under slip. Her dress is has multiple layers of gathered bands of fabric, and is topped with a full length apron which ties in the back.
Held in a private collection for the past 20+ years, she is in excellent condition and stands over 15" high.
The bone of this hair pin has carved series of circles and a very delicate cross hatch pattern. The top is decorated with strands animal hair. The hair pin is 7.5 inches long. This hair ornament is Naga, which is an indigenous tribal culture in the hills of the north east region of India.
This pair of old Chinese toggles would have been used for ornamentation on the costumes of both Han and ethnic minority Chinese. The toggles would be sewn on a jacket or hooked onto a belt. Each of these toggles measure almost 10 inches long. They are made from grade silver which was used extensively in China for jewelry and ornaments during the late 19th century.
I was fortunate to secure a large collection of various old toggles...
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.
This glazed stoneware bowl has delicate slip line design which accentuates its large shallow shape. The bottom of the bowl has incised and slip calligraphy makers and the original metal fitting...
These old Chinese tinted eyeglasses date from the Qing Dynasty. There is a tiny bat on the nose bridge, and ornately detailed hinged temple and ear pieces.