Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Accessories : Boxes : Pre 1900 item #294478 (stock #58-73)
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Black ink-like sketches on woven reed panels give this skillfully made 19th century Chinese basket added appeal. The twelve sketches are of various symbolic plants, flowers and fruit. Shaped like a bird in flight, the unusual handle is wrapped in bamboo strips at the thick mid-section and on the thinner ends, where the bamboo is woven into a black and natural-color pattern...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1106224 (stock #57-29)
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This 19th century Burmese lacquer offering bowl, called a hsun-ok, differs in size from the typical spired vessels used to carry offerings of food to Burma’s Buddhist monasteries. This one is smaller—20 inches in height and 9 inches in diameter, while the average size of a hsun-ok is about 30 inches tall and 15 inches in diameter...
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 : Contemporary item #186772 (stock #27-37)
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These teak Raffles chairs come from Indonesia where chairs in this style are named for Sir Stamford Raffles, British colonial administrator in the Far East in the early 19th century. Raffles is remembered for discovering Borobodur, the magnificent Buddhist temple complex in central Java, and for documenting the cultural and classical history of Java. As with most contemporary and antique Javanese furniture in the colonial style, the chairs are primarily European in design with Javanese touches...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #173551 (stock #53-41)
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The Manchurian cranes and ancient pine tree in this 150-year-old Korean painting have been used throughout Asia for centuries as symbols to convey wishes for long life and happy marriage. The two red-headed cranes were adopted as emblems of both longevity and fidelity because cranes mate for life and were believed to live well beyond 600 years of age. The pine tree was used as a symbol of long life since it is forever green...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #673848 (stock #63-67)
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This carved wood Buddha from Burma has an especially compelling open and friendly countenance. The half-closed eyes gaze calmly and directly at you whether the figure is placed at eye level or above. The right hand, pointed down in bhumisparsa mudra, is carved so the fingers bend ever so slightly outward, inviting touch. Rounded carving on the figure, the robe and the double lotus throne conveys softness, an effect that is heightened in contrast to the sharp points on the spiked hair and finial...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #289415 (stock #52-14)
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Remarkably professional stitchery and harmonious color combinations and shapes are found in embroidered silk objects that were made by Chinese home embroiderers. The sophisticated work on this 19th century cloud collar was executed with only a few different types of stitches but they are nearly perfect stitches--tiny with exact spacing and even tension. Attached to the circular embroidered neckpiece are 13 embroidered lappets that loosely resemble clouds, hence the name cloud collar...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #156826 (stock #39-37)
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Incised pewter covers half the surface of this 500-year-old Yixing teapot. Yixing pottery comes from the small town of Dingshan in Yixing County in southern Jiangsu Province, just west of Lake Taihu. Teapots were made there as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279) but it was in the 16th century that the industry developed its reputation among scholars and artists, who praised, made, inscribed and collected Yixing teapots...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #759319 (stock #61-25)
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This beautifully made sterling silver bracelet is exceptionally comfortable to wear even though it weighs 64 grams. The six braided chains are supple and move well on the wrist. Five shining flower disks are affixed to the chains and add subdued sparkle as the chains flex. A secure prong clasp is set in a handsome tube. The bracelet is 92.5 percent sterling silver and is stamped as such on the inside of the clasp...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #717962 (stock #63-37)
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This lacquered wood sculpture of Manok-thi-ha, a double-bodied, human-headed lion, sat as a protector in a Shan Buddhist temple or monastery. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam Mount Meru (center of the Buddhist universe said to be in the Himalaya) along with other guardians of the Buddhist/Hindu cosmos such as garuda, kinnara and pyin-sa-yu-pa...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1837 VR item #281376 (stock #53-52)
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Painted in the early 19th century by Suk Chun, this work symbolizes the venerated Korean theme of long life. The ancient pine tree is an emblem of longevity, and the old sage, with his prominent high brow and hairless crown, bears a strong resemblance to Canopus, the star god of longevity. This is a quiet painting, dominated by the wonderful pine that is made more compelling because we see only a part of it. The face of the scholar is all about dignity and discipline with just a hint of humor...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #356671 (stock #42-19)
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Tortoise shell bamboo forms the legs and frames the backrest on this 19th century Chinese chair. A sketch of two birds on a branch decorates bamboo slats set within the backrest framework. The chair folds flat for storage. A nice example of the strength and durability of bamboo, this piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 30" (76 cm), width 47" (120 cm), depth 20" (51 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #191366 (stock #58-94)
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From Shanxi Province in Western China, this mid-19th century bamboo chair could be described in present-day terms as "funky." It also can accurately be described as comfortable, sturdy and light, another example of the versatility of bamboo. The chair is in very good condition; the seat most likely is a replacement. See our catalogue listing #191373 for a similar chair. Dimensions: height 17 1/2" (45 cm) at seat and 27 1/2" (70 cm)at back, width 17 1/2" (45 cm), depth 15" (38 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #668482 (stock #63-63)
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In Burma, this figure known as Shin-thiwali, represented the protector of travelers and was found in Buddhist temples and in private homes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174496 (stock #57-33)
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These paintings are from a set of 27 paintings, sometimes called a Yao Bible, from the Yao (Mien) tribal people who originated in southern China, and now are found across northern areas of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The Yao adopted Taoist beliefs in China five or six centuries ago, merging them with rituals already deeply imbedded in the tribal culture. Since then, the lives of the Yao have been governed by Taoism as it was practiced in the 15th century, mixed with ancestor worship and a...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1990 item #879540 (stock #32-62)
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This ethnic batik of the Bai minority people in China’s Yunan Province is at once tribal and courant. The mysterious indigo figures floating on the cotton rectangle peer out of red eyes and have arms thrown akimbo as though dancing at a marvelous late night party. The late 20th century piece is in excellent condition, and measures 32” (81 cm) wide by 25” (64 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1800 item #271159 (stock #08-17)
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From 18th century Burma, this lacquered and gilded wood Buddha has a mood of complete inner calm and tranquility. The face, with finely arched and sweeping eyebrows set high on a broad forehead, tapers to a small chin. Mouth and nose are delicate and the ears are set far back on the head. The body is in relaxed lotus position with the right hand in earth touching mudra. This carved wood figure from the Shan States in northeast Burma was lacquered first in red, then in black, both of which now sh...