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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #299458 (stock #57-60)
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Used for presentations of food to a monastery, this early 20th century Burmese lacquer hsun-ok has family dedications written in black lacquer bands encircling the top and foot of the container. A lacy design of flowers in black lacquer covers the entire middle section of the container where lid and pedestal fit together. Glossy cinnabar-colored lacquer covers the hsun-ok exterior and is visible beneath the black lacquer designs; the interior is black lacquer...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #145836 (stock #53-57)
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This mid-19th century pictorial ideograph painting, called a "munjado," has an interesting cultural tie to Korea and its strong Confucian ideals. Ink and slight color on paper, it is unsigned as is typical for munjado. The ideograph is a graphic, stylized interpretation of the Chinese character "shin" meaning "trust," which is one of the eight major Confucian principles of morality...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #943598 (stock #57-44)
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This fantastic composite creature, a “tadiya yupa,” with features of a lion, goat, bird and serpent, once stood as a good omen in a Buddhist temple in Burma. Often referred to as brave lions, such friendly/fierce chimera figures are much loved in Burma, appearing in temple art and on personal items such as medicine and betel boxes. They are regarded both as protectors and as dispensers of good fortune. This one is particularly impressive because of its size and detailing...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #271873 (stock #22-07)
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This delicately executed mountain landscape is signed and sealed by the Yi Dynasty Korean painter Lim Sam. Ink and slight color on silk, it dates to mid 19th century and depicts a warm country scene in front of a soaring forested mountain. A snug house with soft light in the windows suggests early evening and is apparently the destination of a lone figure on the back of a water buffalo crossing a small bridge. Fine ink lines and muted color produce a restful effect...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #396013 (stock #50-03)
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The early 19th century panels on this graceful fretwork screen are centered with carved roundels, each with a different vignette of a bird and flowers. An unusual pattern of curved, carefully fitted fretwork with finely done carvings of endless knots, urns, flowers and nature dragons recalls the style and iconography of ancient Chinese bronzes. Flowers and grasses are carved in low relief in different scenes at the bottom of each panel. Pierced carving at the top of the panels depicts a ruyi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #155720 (stock #39-18)
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This bronze 17th century Buddha is attended by two important disciples--the monk, Sariputta, on his right and the monk, Mogallana, on his left. This magnificent group of three figures has a long history in Burmese art, appearing on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan, and on stone reliefs down through the centuries until the late 18th century when sculptors began portraying the two monks separately. Here the monks are shown kneeling on long lotus stems...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1837 VR item #354018 (stock #61-01)
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Painted around 1830 by Persian miniaturist Riza-Zade, this is a delightful figure of a grand Ottoman gentleman. Riza-Zade painted this work in Istanbul, where he was a member of the court of Sultan Mahmud II. It was a common practice of the Ottoman sultans to bring artisans, particularly miniaturists, from Persia to serve the court's needs. The painting is signed in the lower right quadrant. The subject, most likely a vizier, has an exceptionally sensitive face and elegant stance...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #847266 (stock #57-22)
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This large 19th century teak wood carving of a peacock tucked within exotic foliage was once part of a Burmese bullock cart. The size of the carving—over three feet long—suggests that it was ornamentation on a very special cart, perhaps used for ceremonial occasions. The peacock, national bird of Burma, is carved in an unusual way, with its tail unfurled and both wings raised, riding in a bower of foliage...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #134711 (stock #57-30)
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Lacquer containers with soaring spires that echo the architecture of Buddhist temples in Burma were used by families to carry offerings of food to the monasteries. The design of a series of raised circles on the lid of this 19th century container identifies it as Shan, one of the major ethnic groups in Burma...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #291327 (stock #57-39)
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This weathered stone Buddha head from Burma reflects the same simplicity and tranquillity that was achieved in stone sculpture during the great Gupta period in North India. When Buddhism spread from India to Burma more than 2000 years ago, Indian styles profoundly influenced Burmese art traditions and continued to show up in its Buddha figures long after Burma began developing its own local styles...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #144498 (stock #38-80)
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An everyday item, probably used to store cooking oil, this underglaze blue and white Kangxi Period (1662-1772) jar has the charm and spontaneity of provincial China. A playful design of four round faces creates four loops for rope so the jar could be hung from a wall hook. On the sides are drawings of two very rotund children under lotus leaves. Freely drawn scrolls and sprigs surround the spout...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #175515 (stock #53-34)
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A monkey sitting on a tree branch gazes soulfully at a full moon in this painting from late Yi Dynasty Korea that evokes an old folk tale...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #696717 (stock #63-03)
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A very fine 19th century lacquer offering bowl, or hsun-ok, from the Shan people in Burma has a tall gilded spire marking it for use only on special ceremonial occasions. Shan hsun-ok for daily use were wider with a lower spire and no gilding. Cinnabar-colored lacquerware from the Shan states in the eastern part of Burma is known for the depth and warmth of the red hue, and this piece showcases that. Because they were made for the meritorious act of presenting offerings to the monasteries, hsun-...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #1024442 (stock #57-70)
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This early 20th century five-piece Buddhist offering bowl is a lacquerware design unique to Burma. It is from a classification of vessels called “hsun ok,” containers that were used to present offerings of food at Buddhist monasteries, an especially important rite in the practice of Buddhism in Burma. The particular design of this one, know as an “ok kwet,” or a “hsun kwet,” was practical for that purpose, incorporating three bowls and two trays into a pleasingly rounded shape crown...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #639372 (stock #61-44)
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From Rajasthan, painted in the Mewar style, this miniature depicts two members of a royal household on a picnic. They are attended by three servants--one whisking away flying insects, one pouring wine from a flask and the third holding another flask. The seated couple are sharing a cup of wine. All five figures stand out in stark contrast to the dark gray/green forest that surrounds them. Two lines of Urdu calligraphy float in gold-colored paint across the top of the miniature. This early 20th ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #772494 (stock #32-60)
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A gift cloth with a pert pair of Mandarin ducks from mid 20th century Japan demonstrates the great care given to small things by the Japanese. The simple scene, created with a resist dye technique called katazome, required several hand applications of rice paste and repeated immersions in dye vats. After the outline of the ducks was drawn and filled with resist paste, dyeing built the scene up by steps from the basic shape, adding black detail, then blue detail. The gold that gives sparkle to th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #345931 (stock #35-55)
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Expertly fashioned silverwork and nine disks of gorgeous green aventurine make this 19th century necklace from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) a stunning piece. Each disk is enclosed in a worked silver bezel and hangs from a small silver hinge attached to a 12-sided silver bead. Strung on a fine braided rope, the beads are separated with small silver circles. On each side, the green disks and beads are bracketed with a slender, curved slider. The necklace was made in the old Ceylonese hill town of Kandy, and...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #416134 (stock #61-27)
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Two peacocks perch smartly atop this early 20th century silver comb from the state of Rajasthan in North India. The handle is a reservoir for scented oil dispensed in small amounts as the comb is drawn through the hair. A cap between the peacocks screws out to allow the handle cavity to be filled. Etchings, each centered with a different flower and surrounded by foliage, cover both sides of the handle. The peacocks, Hindu symbol of immortality, give this unusual piece the regal Rajasthani look. ...