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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #300478 (stock #60-52)
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Mounted as a hanging scroll, this Qing Dynasty painting depicts five gods, or kings, of the Taoist pantheon seated at tables on two tiers. They appear to be a tribunal in the process of proclaiming an edict. Each of the three gods on the upper tier has ink, seals and paper in front of him. The two gods on the lower level, senior members of the quintet, have only papers on their table...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #791083 (stock #62-54)
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Carvings of flowers representing the seasons and auspicious wishes surround this octagonal 19th century Chinese lidded box. The cypress wood container is constructed of eight panels held together with metal bands. Flower carvings are set within a rectangular frame in each panel. This piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 12" (31 cm), diameter 13-1/2" (34 cm).
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 2000 item #764434 (stock #12-82)
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Artist Levan Mekhouzla merges lyrical with architectural and East with West in this quiet etching of a simple scale. Mekhouzla lives and works in his native Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia as well as in Paris, and his work is exhibited throughout Europe. Early training as an architect forms the foundation for his carefully executed etchings and lithographs, which he then softens with whimsy...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #323861 (stock #60-56)
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White fur trim on a blue/black coat with silk pleats showing beneath it provide opulent contrast to the stark face and unadorned head above, making this an exceptionally dramatic ancestor portrait. We know the subject was the wife of a civil official because of the bird on her rank badge but rank obviously was secondary to costume since it is mostly hidden by fur and voluminous sleeves. The huge size of this hanging scroll adds to its impact...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #330846 (stock #56-18)
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Rich reddish-brown elm wood, brass bands and side carrying handles make this 19th century Chinese shoe trunk a handsome accent piece. Well designed and crafted boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes were used throughout China to hold shoes. This one is constructed of staves held together by metal bands. A metal hasp swings down from the lid to act as a lock. The front half of the lid is removable...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #686911 (stock #55-50)
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A 19th century Chinese box used for utilitarian food storage is so nicely made that it qualifies as a handsome accent piece for shelf, desk or bureau. The box originated in Zhejiang Province, one of China's wealthiest provinces (the capital city is Hangzhou), and has a simple design when compared with utilitarian items from the more rural provinces. The barrel-like construction technique, though, is similar to that used throughout the provinces...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #268011 (stock #41-53)
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Originally mounted as a hanging scroll, this 17th century painting survived its 300-plus years in quite good condition. Scrolled paintings that were given periodic "rests" from wall display tended to retain color and detail well after the scroll mounting became discolored and tattered. This one has been given a new silk mat and is framed in a plain metal frame. The theme of the work is a scholar with a musical instrument tucked under his arm traveling toward a friend's house in the mountains...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #378055 (stock #06-86)
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Carved in a graceful curve from a single piece of wood, each of these 19th century textile holders from East Java ends with the painted figure of a goddess. Originally used as a pair to hold open heavy draperies, they also can be used separately to display collectible fabrics such as ikats or heavy silks. The face appears to be that of Dewi Sri, goddess of the rice harvest. She is handcarved of teak wood in Majapahit, or Hindu, style...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #146196 (stock #24-61)
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Each of these four 19th century rosewood panels depicts one of the legendary gods of the Chinese Taoist sect. The four gods, or immortals, are carved along with their symbols in great detail and framed with rosewood fretwork in an open key pattern. The Taoist immortals are similar to the Chinese Buddhist Lohan or Arhat in that they are recognized for supernatural powers and distinguished by their respective symbols...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #137195 (stock #57-68)
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Luminous cinnabar-colored lacquer is paired with subtle intricate design on this early 20th century betel box from Burma. Fine black lines incised on the lacquer create a tortoise shell pattern, which is punctuated around the side and top of the deep lid with small astrological figures also drawn in black. The deep hatbox style lid fits snugly over the high-sided container, also covered with the tortoise shell design...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #773997 (stock #12-41)
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Astrological symbols for days and months encircle this early 20th century Burmese lacquer box. On the top of the lid are eight symbols used by the Burmese people to represent the days of the week, with two signs for Wednesday--an elephant with tusks for the a.m., a tuskless elephant for the p.m. A peacock, emblem of the Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) and symbol of the sun, centers the lid...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #293944 (stock #60-12)
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A Lake Taihu scholar's rock in a reddish hue is balanced here on a wood base that adds tension and intrigue. This piece is beautiful when viewed from any angle, the hallmark of a fine stone. Rocks from Lake Taihu in southern Jiangsu Province near Suzhou originally were collected in much larger sizes for use in gardens. During the Tang Dynasty, these rocks with many craters were highly prized and appear in Tang garden paintings and poetry...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #296466 (stock #43-90)
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The style of this silver bracelet identifies its origin as Kandy, the old Sinhalese capital in Sri Lanka's central highlands. Traditional jewelry from this city, the cultural and spiritual center of Sri Lanka, used gemstones native to the country in unusual designs. This piece is designed with a prong lock often used on Kandy bracelets. The stone is set over two prongs that slide out to allow the sides of the bracelet to swing open on a hinge. Silver filigree work surrounds both the stone and th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #803134 (stock #40-11)
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An interesting piece that evokes hilltribe elders and smoky fires in the mountains of the Golden Triangle, this pipe is made of seven sections fitted together over a wood shaft to form a long tube. The wood ball on the end fits over the shaft that runs down the center of the metal tube. Embossed designs of an exotic bird and foliage cover the tube, made of an alloy with silver content. The mechanics of usage or whether the pipe is usable is a mystery to us. We acquired it as part of a purchase ...
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. A tone on tone silk mat and p...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1960 item #265066 (stock #34-86)
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Carved of dense rosewood, this mid-20th century Buddha from Sri Lanka is seated in vajrasana position, a variation of the lotus attitude, and the hands are in dhyana mudra, a gesture of absolute balance and meditation. The folds of the robe are represented by evenly spaced incised lines, a technique favored by Sri Lankan artisans. The stylized face has deep-set eyes, aquiline nose and slightly smiling, full lips. The head and prominent usnisha are covered in tight curls. The figure is in perfect...
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 : 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...