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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #858930 (stock #33-96)
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A wood tray from late 19th century China is gilded with a scene from a scholar’s or high official’s home of an elaborately robed lady of leisure. She is seen in a screened and curtained area, indicated to the left of the tableau, and is seated reading poetry at a table. The woman’s attitude is casual and her surroundings elegant. Gilded foliage decorates the tray’s rim, and a maker’s seal is painted in red on the back side...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #277308 (stock #60-58)
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Calligraphy on the table plaque behind the two figures in this Chinese ancestor painting reads, "Born March 06, 1456, Died December 08, 1538." Ancestor portraits generally were commissioned after the death of the subjects, later retouched as needed, or often completely repainted and, as a result, are difficult to date. This painting, we believe, dates to the 19th century, possibly earlier...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #168041 (stock #22-17)
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From late 18th/early 19th century Korea, the striking characters on this four-panel folding screen represent four principles of Confucian morality. The paintings are called "munjado" and were used in Yi Dynasty households to teach Confucian virtues to children as well as to serve as daily reminders to adults about values they should uphold. Confucian ideals were then and still are exceptionally important in Korean society...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #133515 (stock #38-81)
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Five Taoist immortals are molded in high relief around the sides of this 14th century Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) teapot. The figures are glazed in apple green on a background of thick crazed amber glaze that stops short of covering the base, revealing the Yixing clay body of the pot. An early example of Yixing ware, it is a heavy vessel with thick walls and a sturdy handle, and has survived the years in very good condition with wear showing only on the high areas of the green glaze...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #762237 (stock #38-84)
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A silver bracelet from Java is formed by a sinuous coiling snake with over-sized eyes staring out at the curious world. Whimsy merges with realism as incised scales on the coil change into scrolling, a flower, then back to scales. The out-stretched head with its bug eyes appears to be searching for a friend rather than a victim. This bracelet can be worn several ways: on the wrist, pushed up toward the elbow or around the upper arm in Cleopatra fashion...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #171472 (stock #58-98)
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Painted panels framed in intricate gesso work cover all four sides of this mid-19th century Tibetan box-table. Used in Tibetan monasteries to serve tea and perform rituals, low tables such as this one have long, pull-out drawers to hold Buddhist texts or scrolls. Both ends of this table are painted with the Buddhist "jewel of the doctrine," a cluster of wish-fulfilling gems known as "cintamani" on a tray...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #835364 (stock #30-69)
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Charcoal on paper is transformed into rippling water reflecting huge ceramic jars in this work signed by Vietnamese artist "My." The jars, though they dwarf both boat and man, serve somehow to draw the viewer into these smaller elements, creating an intimate portrait of the white-beaded grandfather poling his vessel up the river. This Danang artist specializes in capturing with charcoal such moments in the lives of her country's elder citizens...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #357366 (stock #52-51)
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Chinese sculptor Dong Zuo Hai used strong, simple lines to create this powerful granite figure. Called "Man from Shandong," the sculpture honors the many thousands of people from the artist's home province who were forced by severe flooding along the Yellow River during the 1920s to relocate from temperate Shandong to the frozen region of Dongbei (Manchuria) in the north along the Russian border...
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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #296730 (stock #60-46)
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A glaze in a gorgeous shade of green with random streaks of blue/green elevates this late 19th century storage jar from its original utilitarian status to folk art. Stopping about an inch from the bottom of the jar, the heavy glaze drips down over the dark pottery in some areas, adding to the look of spontaneity. The glaze has the usual small inconsistencies of coverage found in provincial wares of this type. The condition of this piece is very good...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1960 item #859642 (stock #23-59)
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Designed to display ceremonial weavings, this teak wood hanger from Sumatra is carved into a sinuous pattern of swirling vines. A slot below the pierced carving allows thin cloth to be slipped through so that the carved vines act as a headpiece or crown for the fabric...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174490 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 13 through 16 of 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 w...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #260634 (stock #58-12)
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Two wood rectangles floating inside a larger rectangular frame are held in place by carvings in this 19th century Chinese architectural panel. The mirror has been added. When used in China during the Qing Dynasty as interior windows or as decorative elements in the alcoves of large canopied beds, panels such as this often were fitted with sliding solid pieces of wood that could be moved over the openings for privacy. The seven separate carvings on this panel are pegged into the rectangular piece...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 2000 item #695552 (stock #53-07)
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A celadon vase signed by Ko Chung, one of Korea's master potters, is inlaid with designs of plants representing the four seasons and four virtues. Spring is conveyed with a branch of plum blossoms, which also symbolize courage; summer is the orchid, emblem of refinement; fall is the chrysanthemum, which stands for productivity, and winter is bamboo, symbolizing integrity. The flower and leaf designs are inlaid, or cut into, the body of the vase in the manner celadon has been made for centuries i...
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. It was not until much later in the Ming and Qing Dynastie...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #149828 (stock #50-42)
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Birds, often used as a symbol of the beauty of nature on Chinese architectural carvings, are the theme of this 18th century camphor wood fretwork panel. The center section shows a bird on a flowering tree branch, and the unusual fretwork incorporates four birds with berries in their beaks. Carved panels in this size were used as interior windows or on screens. The panel is in good condition. Dimensions: height 34 1/2" (88 cm), width 13" (33 cm), depth 3/4" (2 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 2000 item #829843 (stock #09-77)
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Hand carved of teak wood in Laos, this hanger provides an elegant way to display large collectible textiles. The end pieces are fully carved front and back with lotus flowers, Buddhist emblem of purity and perfection. (The symbolism is based on the fact that lotus flowers emerge from the mud beautiful and undefiled.) The center rod measures 31 ½ inches (80 cm) across to hold over-sized textiles such as ikat blankets, silk shawls, sarongs, and tribal and folk weavings. End carvings are shown in ...