A glass bead decorated gourd from the Maasai people in Kenya. This type of gourd is used traditionally for the mixture of milk and blood that is a staple of the Maasai diet. Early 20th century.
Approximately 24 cm long. In fine condition. Noted are half a dozen insect holes in the lid, these are old and mostly filled in. Please note that the stand is not included with this item.
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This nine eyed dzi bead is circa 250 years old and is in very good condition. Size 5 cm.
Japanese antique nobori banner, hand painted on cotton, a tiger in bamboo grove. The style of the painting is derived from ancient Korean paintings of tigers. It is a style that became popular in Japan from the 16th century and you will see many screens and scrolls of tigers painted in this manner. The popularity of these paintings in this style continued throughout the Edo period(1608-1868) and into the Meiji era. The quality of the artwork tell us that this nobori is likely to have been done b...
A fine,large and very rare eight sided documentary vase (with fitted wood stand) - decorated in Chinese scholar's taste and bearing two poems. The first, small poem on the neck of the vase, describes the under glaze blue painted picture on the reverse side. Roughly translated - "Fisherman looks across riverbank - there are Huang Yang trees. There are three roads leading home and he carries a 'dan' (two baskets with carrying yoke). He is wearing a raincoat and hat and it is raining - he sees a fa...
A magnificent vintage platinum brooch formed as a floral bouquet featuring three primary blossoms tied at the bottom with a ribbon, and set with a mix of old single cut, old Swiss cut, old European cut, old mine cut, early modern brilliant round cut and French cut diamonds and round brilliant cut sapphires. The center flower features a .83-carat, old mine cut diamond of fancy cognac color and SI2 clarity; surrounded by sapphires. A flower bud is represented just above by a prong-set .34-carat ...
An Old Sheffield Plate Covered Entree and Warming Dish by Matthew Boulton, circa 1800. Insert inside to separate warm water from food. Dimensions; 12.75" long x 7.5" deep x 6" high, to handle. Weight; 4 pounds, 6 ounces. Excellent condition.
Used by the bride for wedding this elaborate kingfisher feather crown is a very old and rare piece. The oldest kingfisher ornaments were made by glueing the feathers onto heavy paper. Metal wire was only used to attach pieces together. Both paper and the feathers are fragile, so not many of these old pieces have survived. This one is in average to good condition, some paper loss and some feather loss. It has its original long silk tassels and large glass beads though some of the small beads...
A Buddhist shrine, made for a temple, containing the 8-armed, weapon-bearing goddess Benten; her head adorned with a gilt bronze crown in the shape of a Shinto gate, decorated with birds, sun and moon, and beads. On the top of her head sits the snake-bodied water deity Ugajin. Behind her head a circular mandorla with three flaming jewels. Benten sits on a double lotus throne, placed on top of a rock formation.
The figure and the lotus dais are made in wood with gilding over red lacquer, wi...
This jar represents the human-headed Imsety, who guarded the liver. With long lappets, defined ears, strong nose and prominent facial details. Third Intermediate Period, probably 21st Dynasty, 1069 BC to 945 BC. 10 1/2 inches high. Intact. Possibly from a workshop. Purchased in Egypt in 1975, by Dr. M. R. of New York. Purchased from a well-respected, licensed antiquities dealer in Luxor named Mohamed Hassani, whose shop was right next to the Old Winter Palace Hotel.
By the time of the 21st D...
Outstanding quality antique, 19th century, Islamic, Turkish Ottoman Empire, (Egypt), Cairo -Ware, Mamluk Revival, Silver and copper, inlaid brass, large hanging Mosque lamp,Qandeel.
A body of classical dome form and small conical finial surmounted by an elaborated openwork finial, the central wide band adorned with four large copper, inlaid and pierced, medallions containing a calligraphic Arabic inscription, profusely inlaid in thick silver and interrupted by four elaborated cartouches decora...
Ko-Kutani means old-Kutani or pre-Kutani.
Kutani kiln is famous for its gorgeous overglaze enamels.
In fact, Ko-Kutani did not made in Kutani kiln, made at the kiln in Imari area even ahead Kutani kiln.
These pieces are called Nanjing(China)type and expressed bird and plants with overglazed gorgeous enamels by elaborate hand work.
5 pieces for one set are contained in wooden box,
The seal mark expresses "大明成化”（GREAT MING CHENG HUA PERIOD), but while it is not real, it means ...
Hanging scroll. A dragon shoots upwards through the clouds. Its head clearly visible, pointing straight up, the tail faintly disappearing in the darkness of the sky. Black ink on silk. Very skillful use of many shades of black and gray. Signed and dated in the lower left: Bunka year of the monkey (1812), Fuyu and artist’s red seal Rintai.
Image: H 52.5 x W 20 in.
Mounting: H 81.5 x W 25 in. (lower roller 27.25 in. wide)
Mounting in excellent condition, painting too.
Zushi in the shape of a Shinto shrine housing a carving of a curled up snake, it’s tongue stuck out. Glass pane behind the double doors, so that the snake is sort of enshrined. Left door inscribed with dedication by the donor. Inside, behind the snake, inscription in black ink, referring to Fudo Myoo, one of the guardians fighting ignorance, and the Deva Marishiten, representing light and sun.
Sugi-wood (cryptomeria) shrine, snake in light wood carving. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era (1910s...
Very rare cast bronze sculpture of the Chinese monk Xuanzang with a pile of Buddhist scriptures rolled up and stacked in the pack on his back and a lotus leaf over his head from which dangles an incense burner, as he returns to China from India.
In his hands he was holding a scroll and a fly whisk that are now missing. Figure stands on an irregularly shaped base. Japan, mid Edo period, 18th century.
Height incl. base ca. 5.25 inches (13.3 cm).
Hands slightly damaged.
Heisey Glass Company made Empress from 1932-34. There are no chips or cracks in the glass. Thanks for looking.
2 are available
Stunningly unique antique Gothic Revival white painted cast iron garden chair by Taggart. Featuring solid construction, this chair makes for a terrific accent piece in your garden or patio.
- Measurements: 19ʺ Wide × 15.5ʺ deep × 39ʺ high
- Seat height is 16.5"
- Very good condition
- Dates early 20th C
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A fine polychrome, New Kingdom wood shabti for Imen-em-heb. Depicted mummiform, wearing a tripartite wig, face and hands in dark flesh tones, arms crossed over chest, hands holding agricultural implements, seed sack, yoke and pots on back, and a column of hieroglyphic text naming Imen-em-heb, sailor of Amon, as the owner. 19th/20th Dynasty, 1293-1070 BC. 8.2 inches high. All original polychrome. From an old French private collection. Comes with a French passport.
An old Tibetan thangka of a main figure of Lama, possibly 14th / 15th century. Natural pigment on canvas. Dimensions: 75 cm x 50 cm. Provenance: Estate of Dr. Edward Gerber