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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 : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #685967 (stock #63-19)
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Beautiful basketry is strengthened and preserved under many applications of cinnabar and black lacquer on this low handwoven rattan bowl. The bold and unusual pattern of the rattan weaving is retained as the design element of the piece...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #155460 (stock #25-93)
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The Japanese craftsman's skill for making everyday utilitarian things into handsome objects is apparent in this Meiji Era bronze hibachi. Used to hold hot coals as a source of heat in homes, Japanese hibachi were made of various materials, including ceramic, copper-lined wood and lacquer as well as in bronze, and in sizes ranging from hand warmers to containers more than two feet in diameter. Roaring lion-like kirin form the handles of this 19th century brazier...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #804079 (stock #41-30)
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A young boy in service as a novice monk sets out on his morning rounds to beg for food in this watercolor that conveys the essence of Burma. It is the practice for boys between the ages of about 7 and 13 years of age to leave their families and live for a time as novices at their local monastery where they receive instruction and live monastic lives. This painting, signed by Khan Bo, captures the boy's sense of duty, picturing him alone in a sun-baked Burmese landscape...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #751735 (stock #63-43)
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This large hand chased repousse silver bowl is encircled with six beautifully detailed life-like scenes from a Buddhist parable about the triumph of good over evil. Exceptional workmanship in this piece is marked by detailing on the characters--a prince, an ogre and a king--whose faces register anger, surprise and wariness. The scenes, each bordered by a cartouche, are set within an opulent palace and along a woodland path. Lavish scrolling foliage and six elegant peacocks surround the vignettes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #140879 (stock #57-03)
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This classic Burmese Pagan (Bagan) standing Buddha holds both hands in karana mudra, gesture of expelling all evil. Once completely covered with gold leaf, there is still some gold remaining over the bronze figure, which dates to the late 18th/early 19th century. This Buddha has a mystical and graceful quality and, especially in profile, looks as if about to rise upward...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #375672 (stock #61-46)
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A type of bench found in teahouses and homes in Qing Dynasty China, this is a versatile piece of furniture that also could have served as a martial arts weapon. Benches in this design still are used in kung fu training to build strength. According to kung fu lore, the benches originally found their way into the martial arts when teahouse arguments broke out and patrons picked up the benches to drive home their points...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #139121 (stock #27-46)
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Bearing a Russian production date seal of 1904, this samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia, once part of the former USSR. Numerous other stamps on the vessel attest to the fame and awards accorded its Russian maker. Georgians, who were under Russian rule for 70 years, followed many Russian practices, among them the customs surrounding tea drinking. After their country became independent, they sold off many of their Russian possessions...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1700 item #264876 (stock #41-47)
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From the 17th/18th century, this carved wood Himalayan shaman mask shows the wear of many years of use in tribal rituals. The primitive piece is the work of the Rai people from the middle hills of Nepal, and depicts an ancient deity or ancestor. The fur most likely was replaced several times during its years of use. The piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 11" (28 cm), width 8" (20 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #263543 (stock #58-64)
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Of the many handsome utilitarian items made of wood that were in use in Chinese households during the Qing Dynasty, this two-piece fir tub is one of the most interesting. It was used to bathe infants. The larger bottom portion was filled with warm water and the infant placed in the removable shallow basin, which served both as bath tub and warmer. Tub and basin are constructed of staves held in place by brass straps...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #133676 (stock #07-81)
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An example of the care that was taken by artisans in old Japan to produce utilitarian items of quiet beauty, this 19th century mid-Meiji period cask was used for mixing and storing sushi rice. It is constructed of cedar staves held in place with twisted bamboo. A favorite Japanese motif, the plum blossom crest, decorates the lid and one end of the piece, and another crest, probably the mon of the family that had the tub made, decorates the other end piece. It is in excellent condition...
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...
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 : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #265053 (stock #53-85)
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The striking cinnabar-colored lacquer on this 19th century trunk signals its use as either a dowry chest or as an especially fine gift for the newly married couple. It is from Korea's South Cholla Province. Yellow brass hardware is a nice contrast to the rich hue of the lacquer. The size of this trunk makes it suitable for use as a small coffee table or low side table. It is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 3" (59 cm), width 29" (74 cm), depth 15" (38 cm).
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #797340 (stock #56-20)
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Chinese skill at basketry is on display in this late Qing woven bamboo lantern basket. Colored a rich, dark red, the ovoid form, set on a gold-colored bent bamboo base and topped with a tall bent handle, is a striking piece of utilitarian folk art. Six different weaving techniques are incorporated to add to the tactile quality. The basket maker, or perhaps the basket's owner, added calligraphy, four characters on the lid and four on the base, to the container which was used to carry lantern ligh...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #672604 (stock #63-35)
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Gold leaf over black lacquer on this dome-covered offering stand from Burma provides a stunning canvas for swirling designs of foliage and flowers. Deva figures, Buddhist celestials, or "angels," occupy four space cells (bilu-gwin) on the cone-shaped lid. The stand rests on three slender bird legs that extend from elegantly shaped aprons with more scrolling foliage. Ornamental stands such as this one, called daung-baung-kalat, were used for the presentation of offerings at monasteries. Generally...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1990 item #781683 (stock #02-07)
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One exotic flower is the focus of this ink and wash painting by Dr. Sun Zhongwei who during his long career was associated with the Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Research Institute of Culture and History. Born in 1917 in Penglai, Shandong Province, he later moved with his family to Beijing (Peking) when his father, Sun Danlin, became Governmental Minister of Internal Affairs. Because of his father's position, he was able to spend time in the Imperial Palace to study and copy the famous painti...