The bouquet of flowers for this stunning silk fukusa was made using yuzen resist dying, free-hand embroidery, and gold surihaku, with gold and silver foil couching applied to create the bow. On the reverse side is a large mons (family crest). Three of the four original silk tassels are still intact. As a decorative item, this fukusa would make a fabulous wall hanging or framed artwork. In excellent condition, we estimate this fukusa to be mid Showa. It measures 26” wide x 29” high...
A slender Buddha figure from mid-20th century Burma stands on a double lotus throne with right hand in varada mudra, gesture of charity and compassion. The tall crown, ornate side flanges, chest ornament and epaulets are in the style of the old Arakan Kingdom that became part of Burma in 1752 AD. This relatively small (14" tall) carved teak image was made by the Shan, a minority people residing primarily in Burma and Thailand...
A primitive stylized ghurra, showing a protector or an ancestor in Namaste position ,( hands joined).
Red mud (Rato mato) encrusted patina, obvious signs of used age can 20 to 40 years
Height 24 cm , the piece is nicely presented on a metal stand
An Important phurba showing a double set of 3 ancestor faces, the Makara mouth and the Naga (the snakes on 2 sides of the triangular blade are deeply craved, on the third face of of the blade , obvious signs of long use much over 50 to 79 years The possibly that this phurba was first carved as a dyangro handle which has been reworked to make a phurba could not be discarded,
Height 30 cm , The phurba is nicely presented on a metal stand
Just lovely antique Japanese Taisho Period c.1925 bronze flower vase with cranes under a moon in superb raised relief. Hotsuma Katori was born Meiji Period c.1874 and died in 1954. He was a graduate of the prestigious Tokyo Art School in 1891 winning honors as the top student and artist. He won the silver prize In the 1900 Paris World Expo. His works are in the Kyoto National Museum and the Tokyo National Museum. His son, also a bronze craftsman, is a National Treasure. Comes with wood stand...
This headdress would have been worn by a young Pashtun woman. It is heavily beaded and decorated with wonderful embroidery, and various buttons and coins. The Pashtun range across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. This hat was sourced in India but it may not have started there.
The head dress hat is 25 inches long and is in excellent condition.
This item is coming from people from Terai community,
It represent a drum player which be activated through a complicated rope network, at least two or three explanation can be forwarded regarding the role of this piece.
Height 23 cm wide 23 cm, the piece is based on a metal stand
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A simple ghurra with a long stick design,showing an important size and a very nice thick glossy. Obvious signs of good age, likely over 50 to 60 years
Height 31 cm, the piece is presented on a metal stand
A classical design with a very nice black encrusted patina and very precise carving some insect bites but the piece is safe. obvious signs of great age possibly over 100 years
Height 27 cm, the piece is nicely presented on a metal stand
A simple ghurra showing an exceptional sign of use and wonderful patina
Height 21 cm
Unusual carving with great symetrical lines, light brown encrusted patina, the back side is not carved. Obvious of use , age is about 50 years
Height 37 cm
The monks Sariputta and Mogallana have been honored in Burmese Buddhist art as the two chief disciples of Buddha for more than 800 years, as evidenced by their images on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan. Until the late 18th century they were most often integrated into carvings and bronzes of the Buddha...
A nice Ghurra showing a long stick design, geometrical carving , good signs of use , age is about 50 years
Height 29 cm , the piece is presented on a metal stand
A precisely carved Ghurra with an audacious design. the top figures a house, Note that two corners of the leaves are missing, this can be seen in picture 6, however patina has took over the wounds
West Nepal magar people
Height 23 cm
Simple but unusual design, strong symetrical lines , very good signs of use , hard dark patina Height 33 cm , presented on metal stand
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼An impressive Ghurra, East Nepal, unusual large H 40 cm , very old encrusted light brown patina, the piece is presented on a metal stand
Two panels of Chinese calligraphy convey an exotic and compelling vision: “In the amber light . . . hear the sound of drums and dance and fly like a bird.” Written in free-flowing cursive script, these late 20th century panels are mounted on grey silk appropriate for framing or scrolling. A fascinating window into Chinese history, calligraphy began with oracle bone script in the 11th and 12 centuries BC and progressed through various styles of script—seal, clerical, standard, and cursive...
This is a fabulous woven silk fukusa designed with Japanese tastes in mind. It is woven in silk with the addition of gold lacquered silk threads. Each of the four corners has four turtle tassels. The reverse side is red with a gold paulownia mon also woven with god threads. This is a very striking piece and makes a superb interior design statement. In excellent condition, it measures 24.5” square. We date this to mid-Showa.
Figurine of Cai Shen, God of Prosperity, with his sceptre, c 1930 or possibly 1944. Enameled in Famille Rose colours, the face left unglazed but painted. Impressed Chinese lettering to the base, and 44. Height "5 ½/ 14 cm. Condition: fine.
Japanese silk fukusa with yuzen technique and sumi-e hand painting. The shimmering effect of the water was achieved by the delicate use of silver surihaku. Red embroidery on the crane’s head and some white embroidery on tail feathers highlight those features. On the reverse is red rinzu silk with a large peony motif. All four original tassels are still intact. There is a break in the boarder thread in the upper left corner (see last photo) but could be repaired...
A cylindrical vase or small easel stand, c 1900 – 1920. High relief decoration of blossoming prunus and a butterfly mainly in the Sancai palette, green and puce on a yellow ground, all in the style of 19th c artist Wang Bingrong. Height "5 ¼/ 13 cm. Condition: hairline, otherwise fine.
Japanese Banko marbleware teapots, 1930’s. Enamelled decoration of flowers – irises and maple leaves to one pot. Unmarked. Height "3 ½/ 8,5 cm, width from spout to handle "6/ 15 cm. Together with a similar miniature pot (no lid), marked, height "1½/ 4 cm. The exterior unglazed, the insides glazed. Both pieces very thinly potted, translucent to the light, making all the different shades of clay visible. Condition: fine.
The Ramayana story of the heroic white monkey god Hanuman's rescue of Sita is portrayed by the carving that forms the handle of this teak wood rice scoop. Characters from the Indian epic Ramayana, familiar icons throughout Southeast Asia, are seen on folk and fine art, in children's books and on temple walls as representations of good and evil. In this carving, Hanuman is carrying Sita across the sea back to Rama after rescuing her from the evil king Ravanna...
A republic or Qing dynasty style brushwasher, globular body and unglazed base, possibly products of 1920s or earlier.
Brush washer is in good condition no chip. no crack, no restoration except some scratches. It is scholar table object de art, nice collection piece in any chinese or japanese art collection. Please enquire....
This most unusual rice ladle from the Shan minority people of Southeast Asia has carvings of a peacock, an elephant, a donkey, a fish and a mystery animal all lined up along its handle. Carving on the double handle, simulating rope, is skillfully done; carving on the animals is more primitive. The bowl is made from a sturdy gourd coated with lacquer...
Japanese woodblock print, kuchi-e (with the two typical vertical folds). A woman sits in front of her writing desk and looks in the mirror. Behind this image sit two demons (a green and a red one) with a kanebo and watch her. Red seal: Toshikata.
8.9 x 11.8 inches (22.5 x 30 cm)...
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Antique Chinese tea cup and saucer made of porcelain and glazed a beautiful emerald green color, decorated with a detailed raised motif of scrolling peony vines and chimera or dragons, bottom of both saucer and cup have mark of 6 characters printed in red, early 20th century.
Size of cup: 3" high x 3 1/2" wide (not including handle)
Size of saucer: 5 1/4" wide
A sleek bronze figure, cast in Burma about 40 years ago, assumes an art deco form as he smilingly holds up a receptacle for lamp oil. The design is likely a remnant of Burma's earlier colonial period (1890-1941) when British administrators, with little appreciation for indigenous Burmese art, commissioned ornamental images made to their own specifications. Burmese metalsmiths, whose skill was evident in the Buddhist art they produced, adapted their artistry to turning out secular European desig...
A fabulous dark royal blue Nagoya obi with painting of men crossing a bridge. Screen printed with some hand painting, the figures are drawn in a modern art deco style. Early Showa. The obi measures 38” to the fold and 12” wide. The main scene measures 10” high x 12” wide. The smaller scene on the folded area measures 13” x 6” and is repeated on the back side. There are some minor age spots on one of these scenes, other wise obi is in very good condition. The whole obi measures 15...
A smaller scale Moroccan shoeshine box intended for use as a personal valet for maintaining one's clothing and shoes. Various bottles for cleaning products as well as rose water and and other perfuming agents. It measures 12" long, by 11.5" tall, by 5" deep, and weighs about 8 pounds before packing. Although one would usually associate this style of shoeshine box with Turkey, the enameling is consistent in color and texture to Moroccan enamel, and I have seen similar full sized shoeshine boxes i...
Monks Sariputta and Mogallana, two chief disciples of Buddha, are carved in heavy Burmese teakwood. Important to the Buddhist iconography of Burma, the two are said to have been Brahmin ascetics who were among the earliest followers of the Buddha. The figures have a long history in Burmese art, appearing beside Buddha on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan and down through the centuries in bronzes, paintings and carvings, always accompanying Buddha. Around the late 18th century, artisans beg...
A good Australian Aboriginal bark painting of a spirit figure. This item was acquired 'second hand' in the UK in the 1990s and was probably painted during the 1980s. Condition there is wear and losses to the paint. 16 inches (41cm) high, 9.5 inches (24cm) wide.
This is a real jade (hard stone) carving of Cicadas pendant, it is a symbol of purity in chinese culture over thousands of years, it is very nice and simple works of art. In good condition except some small chips caused by wear and age, it is from circa 1920s and can be much earlier than that, please ask for detail photos.
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A village canal scene is done in tawny tones against a gauzy background by contemporary Shanghai painter Zhao-Nian Xi. The artist works primarily in watercolor on paper, and has focused particularly on small villages near Shanghai where life centers on a network of canals. He often chooses to leave portions of his scenes shrouded in mist as he did here with the top of the curved bridge and the more distant house. Zhao-Nian Xi was born in 1944 and was graduated from the Shanghai School of Fine Ar...
This is a beautiful and gorgeous book titled "Textiles: The Soul of India" by Hiroko Iwatate who is a prominent collector and researcher of antique and modern Indian textiles for about 40 years. There was a highly reputed exhibition of her Indian textiles collection at Japan folk Crafts Museum ( Nihon Mingei-kan ) in Tokyo in 2007 as well as in other museums in Japan. It has 207 pages with full color pictures and captions and descriptive texts in Japanese as well as in English. Published by KYU...
Japanese baby's first formal kimono (miyagi), falcon on a pine tree in sumi-e (black ink) style on silk, 32 1/2" W x 41" L.
This type of kimono is used during a newborn's first visit to the shrine.
The ritual takes place about one month after his birth. Traditionally,
the kimono was sent by the mother's side of the family to their daughter's
new family, bearing the family crest of the husband's side. The newborn will
be held in the arms of his mother-in-law and accompanied ...
A mirror pair of 7.25" vases, enameled in deep red enamel over metal bodies incised in a pattern of birds in a bamboo grove. They are marked "Made in Japan" on their silvered bases. Top rims are copper colored, the counter-enamel is deep red. The pair has no chips, hairlines or repairs.
A silver snake bracelet from the Island of Java, Indonesia, expands so that it can be worn on the wrist or on a slender upper arm in Cleopatra fashion. The size is adjusted by slipping the snake head through the curled tail. Snakes, a form frequently used in hand crafted Indonesian jewelry, often are given a human-like expression. In this case, the snake has a furrowed brow. As photographed, the diameter is 2-1/2" (6 cm). Opened so the snake head just touches the outer curve of the tail, the dia...
A Japanese silk summer-weight hitoe obi has impressionistic designs of graceful dancers and tori gates in cooling shades of silver on a purple background. This woven silk kimono belt is unlined and constructed of one layer of fabric, unlike the more formal maru and fukuro obi. A cloud pattern in purple and silver on the reverse side of the fabric shows through under the weave on the right side of the material, giving the silver designs an attractive shimmer that varies from tones of pink to blue...
Dating around the 1920s is this 8-sided pierced metal opium lamp. Each of the eight panels has glass inserts to protect the flame. A pair of doors opens in the front to light the flame and in some cases to heat the opium tar housed in a damper bowl at the end of an opium pipe. This lamp is in original condition with a removable brass burner. All the cut-outs are intact. I have not identified the metal, but there is a faint coating of rust on the lamp. This lamp was designed to be hung by ...
Wooden folk art carving of a giant penis. Strapped around it are red and white twisted cotton cords (imenawash) with paper strips (gohei). Japan, 20th century.
H 24.5 inches (62.2 cm).
The piece may have stood in a fertility shrine or may have been used in a festival.
Silver wired flowers decorate this 3.75" signed Ando Jubei white cloisonne kogo. The interior is silvered, the rims copper colored.
Condition: Good, there are two hairlines beneath the bottom rim on opposite sides, one of which is illustrated in the fifth photograph.
Filial respect, a cornerstone of Chinese culture, is portrayed in this woodblock print from the Huxian painting community in Shaanxi Province. Although sometimes attributed solely to Confucian thought, filial piety has been of paramount importance within all belief systems in China and throughout most other Asian countries as well. There is charm and nostalgia in this glimpse back into China's not very distant past. The woodcut was produced in a rural painting cooperative that was one of about f...
The mark of Ando Jubei is stamped on the bottom gilded rim of this 6.5" tall 20th century cloisonne vase. A cluster of silver wired grapes and leaves decorate the deep green ground.
Condition: Good, with only scuffing to the bottom rim, and a small indention to the upper. Also, there is a slight scratch below the grape cluster and another above the left wire tendril, too faint to photograph. The various white spots are merely light reflection.
This Miao Chinese ethnic minority jacket would have been worn by a teenage girl for festival. All the batik work was hand-painted and all stitches and embroidery was done by hand. The row of silver hemisphere's across the back represent the "bubble" in the Miao creation myth.
The jacket is approx 70 years old and is from Zhi Jin
Japanese 20th century flower design plique a jour cloisonne vase with chrome rim. The vase measures 5 1/8" in height and is 3 1/2" in diameter.
Beautifully simple Japanese hexagonal vase, made wood with black lacquer finish, inlaid on three sides with abalone shell, silver insert for flowers, with original tomobako (box).
Deco Style c1930.
Size: 12" high x 5 5/8" wide
A finely carved Chinese wood emaciated monk; skeletal figure with a kindly spirited realized expression. H: 5” with some cracking. $65.00
Lovely Japanese large cut crystal vase, light yellow color with white carved design of flowers, Taisho Period.
Size: 12 1/4" high x 5 1/2" wide.
Old (1920's) Japanese Articulated Kobe Wood Toy Man in Cart
It is 4 inches (10 cm) tall by 6.25 inches (16 cm) by 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) wide.
It is in good condition with no cracks, or chips and is working, except the tongue, stick, and fan has been replaced (not original).
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A strong and old Ghurra from western Nepal .
Very beautiful encrusted patina with important signs of use
height 25 cm , wide 13 cm
a) Two-sided cookie mold carved with three molds with text and two with mani-design on one side, and five molds with text on the other side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 15 7/8 in. (40.4 cm). b) Two-sided cookie mold with five molds with text on each side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm).
a) Traces of usage (some splintering at edges and few stains), b) repaired stress crack. Both with eyelet attached to hang on wall.
Two-sided cookie mold for two different candies. One side has 10 half globular indentations to form five spherical candies. The other side has five square molds for cookies with text. Burn mark of the manufacture. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period.
L ca. 13.5 in. (34.2 cm)
Stress crack in the tip, abrasions at the tip, beautiful dark patina from heavy use (obviously on one side only), metal eyelet attached to hang mold on wall. All in all very good condition.
This is a Chinese JADE PENDANT with Depictions of a DRAGON on one side and a PHOENIX on the second side.
Size is 1 1/2" X 2 1/8". Ca. late 20th Century. Fine Carving
Japanese Mid 20th century bronze vase by master bronze artist AIDA TOMIYASU (1903-1988). Vase is simple cylindrical form with slightly flared rim and abbreviated side handles. 11 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" diameter. Comes with TOMOBAKO, original artist custom made wooden storage box.
Single piece kashigata for peony-shaped candy. Cherry wood. Japan, early 20th century.
L 11.5 inches (29.2 cm).
Some dents and scratches, all attributed to use.
Eighteen maharajah turban plumes encircle this sterling silver bracelet from 1930s India. The maharajah rulers of Rajasthan adopted the plume-shaped turban ornaments they called "sarpech" from the Mughals. Made of feathers and jewels, worn pointing skyward from their turbans, the plumes became symbolic of the colorful princely rulers. An inventive jewelry maker from India's Jain minority used the distinctive sarpech shape as the design motif for this bracelet. In India, where they are a minority...
Cotton workman’s livery coat and two pair of pants. On each of the lapels of the coat the name of a shop in white. On the back the shop logo (the character kichi under a double mountaintop) also in white. All around the hip stylized characters in gray in dye-resist technique. Dark indigo blue cotton. The inside of the back lined with a piece of light indigo blue and the lower part of the sleeves lined with pieces of brown cotton. Hand sown.
Comes with two pair of workman’s pants. Dark...