Good Kayan Orang Ulu gawai rice festival ceremonial mask, circa 40 years old, from Sarawak. I bought this piece in Kuching, Sarawak in 2003. This mask would be held by the teeth on a piece of rattan on the inside. Used only twice a year for rice planting and harvesting festivals (gawai), these gatherings were usually a good excuse for a party and celebration to encourage the spirits to ensure a good harvest. H: 25cm/9.8in and W: 16cm/6.2in.
Collection of small bamboo containers from the Khmu (Khamu) ethnic minority in Northern Laos. These people are the original inhabitants of the region and predate the Lao and Thai peoples. They usually live in remote areas around Luang Prabang and practice simple agriculture, hunting and gathering as well as bartering goods with other neighboring minorities. These would date between 20 and 50 years...
Good monkey khik carved from wood, contrary to how I see these often advertised they, have little to do with attracting women, but are worn by on the side by men for luck and prosperity or used by women to ward odd “evil men” and attract money. The symbolism goes way back to Hindu mythology where the Shiva lingam represents primordial creative energy and the Monkey God Hanuman embodies courage and devotion. L: 5cm/2in...
Rare pair of old lidded baskets from the Rawang ethnic group from Northern Burma circa 40 to 50 years old. The small basket is H: 12.3cm/4.8in, W: 6.3cm/2.5in and L: 13.2cm/5.2in. The larger basket is H: 20.5cm/8in, W: 10cm/4in, and L: 33cm/13in. In good condtion. Please see last enlargement one “brace” to the top binding is not secured- can’t tell if this is damage or just the way it was made.
Vintage woman’s peasant dress from Isaan, Eastern Thailand. One faded spot otherwise good condition and very wearable. Made of all handspun cotton cloth with silk embroidered wide hem border. Width at waist band: 128cm/50.5in and L: 84cm/33in.
Two Yao/Mien garments (one men’s vest and woman’s long sleeved jacket). These are made from all hand spun and woven indigo dyed cotton thread with original silver alloy buttons. Very wearable with black linings, please see enlargements for dimensions (please email if want more specific measurements). I found these in the Golden Triangle region of Thailand recently, and they were in pretty sad shape so I had them repaired and washed and they came out looking quite nice...
Silver bracelet from Indonesia, Timor, owned by aristocrats. Inner wi :7,5 cms, H:10 cms. JSA 209, BE 296 (see Bibliography)
A auspicious colorful carved wedding box with birds and animals in red and gold from tribal Malays.
Size: L. 50cm. H. 25cm. W. 14cm.
Condition; No repairs.
Tobacco pipe of curved shape, with lavish geometric decor, its bowl in the shape of stylized lotus. Silver, fine darkish patina. Thailand, Northern Region, Lawa Peoples. Height: 14 cm. Very good condition. Collected in 1974 by its former owner.
A long silver pipe made in two parts, with bamboo connecting piece. Condition: traces of usage, bowl with old repair, few bumps. Dimension: c. 31 cm long, weight: 60 g.
Magnificent all rattan hand woven Rawang “san phi” basket, from the remote Putao area in Northern Burma near the Tibetan border. This one is quite old circa 50- 80 years, in good condition (one repaired loop), still pliable and not brittle, with excellent natural patina. The Rawang are a subgroup of the Kachin people and live in some of the last great wilderness forests left in Burma. Arts of Asia 2007: Vol 37, #3, by Michael Howard has a good article on Rawang crafts...
Nice old Thai sticky rice “lunch box” in Lanna or Issan style. This is about 30 or 40 tears old with typical double wall construction. There are areas that have been lovingly repaired with some nylon cord. To the purist this may be seen as a distraction but I see time and an ethic where nothing was ever wasted- this was a valued very personal object. Next to it I have placed a contemporary one...
Wonderful old “farmer’s lunchbox” from Northern Thailand, used for carrying sticky rice to the fields for hard day’s work. This is probably about 50 years old possibly more, with a classic double wall construction. The contracted rim at the mouth is quite unusual and it is the only time I have seen this. In excellent condition it is made from split bamboo with the original natural fiber cord. H: 20cm/8in and W: 20cm/8in.
Exceptionally fine split bamboo gathering basket from Northern Thailand. This was probably be made by either the Akha or Shan people living along the border of Burma. In perfect condition, it is more than 50 years old and has a sturdy double wall construction. Great authentic (non artificially induced) patina. H: 18cm/7in and W: 14.5/5.8in
Classic example of Papuan New Guinea art in the form of a mask made from mud, a turtle shell a few lyre bird feathers and ochre pigment. I acquired this in 1988 from a dealer who bought it along the Upper Sepik River and it was around 30 to 40 years old when he got it. There is some pigment loss and a crack in the mud on the side noted in enlargements. H: 22cm/18.5in and W;16.5/6.5
Healing hand amulets are used by Lao herbalists, curers and shamans .
The amulets are made with ceramic and quartzite stones from the Mekong River into a hand and used by a healer who places it on a painful area to assist in a cure. They are also carred by an individual as they are believed to have protective powers.
The herbalist or shaman selects river-washed quartzite stones from the Mekong River found on sandbars in the dry season when the water level is down...
Superb small bamboo strip basketry box from Northern Thailand, please note enlargements to see fine details of this piece. This quality is almost impossible to find locally in Thailand these days and has an extra inner wall to give it added durability. The body is still quite pliable, there are a couple of folk repairs on the lip of the inside box. L 14cm/1.5in, H: 6.5cm/2.6in and W: 6cm/2.3in.
Circa pre WW 2.