Antiques, Folk Arts, Arts Populaires, Chinese Nuo masks, toggles by Bhadrakalpa BHADRAKALPA
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1389790 (stock #M-X1Q )
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Very beautiful and delicate antique lacquered mask of Xienfang Xiaojie, Miss Vanguard, wearing her characteristic phoenix headdress ; very expressive handwork, remnants of original marouflage.
Due to its quality and sophistication, this mask is probably a rare « court » nuo mask which belonged to the same set as M-T1Q. Very good condition, some lacquer missing (see pix). 24 x 16 cms. 19th C or before. RM 93,145,163; MC 122-125 (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1389789 (stock #M-T1Q )
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Very big and beautiful antique lacquered nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1384268 (stock #M-T2C )
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Nuo mask of Tudi Gong, the "God of soil" and grains, essential in an agrarian country. He is the main actor in Wunuo cult, usually represented with a smiling face, and long eyebrows and beard often missing or replaced later; when missing, we can see holes where the hair was fastened.
This is a very fine exemplar: more than smiling, he is really laughing.....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1384267 (stock #M-K1C )
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Nuo mask of Kailu, "Open the path", god with a terrifying face (horns, fangs) who leads the funerary procession; his fierce face is intended to repulse the bad spirits (and the dangerous wild animals?).
Very rare big portrayal of Kailu with very big eyes and mouth, the only one of this kind i ever saw; 3 growing horns, big eyes and mouth, 2 fangs; ancient polychromia, nice patina...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1382172 (stock #TIB-T2D)
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Long antique pipe from Tibet made of yak horn, brass and copper.
Typical Sino-Tibetan craftsmanship including fish design. It was usually slipped inside the boot.
Good condition with expected wear and tear commensurate with age, light knocks on the stem (see pix). Beautiful patina. 33 cms. End of 19th C ?
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1900 item #1380561 (stock #MAC-C1N )
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Very old Chinese Shadow Puppet of a General; very thick water buffalo leather. Beautiful headdress with animal and complete original costume.
Old native repairs with leather and metal in headdress, neck and banner (see pix) ; 33 cms. Sha'anxi, 19th C. or before.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1900 item #1380560 (stock #MAC-C15H )
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1 des + bel (= C4H?). Very delicate puppet of a buffon, headdress with moving elements, very rare shoulder's double joints.
Old native repairs with leather at the torso (see pix), 29 cms. Sha'anxi, 19th C.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1380473 (stock #B-N12N )
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Cricket cage with sliding door made of wood and bamboo, no nails only tenons.
A very well made charming folk art object which, for decades, housed Chinese tiny singing pets.
This cage has an interesting curved shape for the sides and a massive black door ; beautiful patina. North China. H: 7 cms
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1380469 (stock #B-N7N)
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Cricket cage with sliding door made of wood and bamboo, no nails only tenons.
A very well made charming folk art object which, for decades, housed Chinese tiny singing pets.
This small cage has an interesting incurved shape and a beautiful carved decoration on the roof and under the floor ; beautiful patina. North China. H: 6,5 cms
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1380465 (stock #D1-H )
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Rare and very old mouflon horn carved in the shape of the monkey king head ( san wukong ) wearing his helmet, and engraved with a beautiful design.
Believed to be a shaman's talisman; I rather think that it was a « protective » utensil hanging at the belt of the horsemen, used to untie the tight knots of their leather straps.
Very nice patina, very good condition. 12 cms . 19Th C. or before. China (Shanxi) or Mongolia.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1356583 (stock #M-X1H )
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Antique Nuo half-mask of Kui Xing ; very fine and expressive carving, beautiful patina, small accidents (see pix). H:19c, l:17c
These half-masks were specially made to facilitate talking and singing. Yunnan, RM242 (see bibliography). 19th C or before.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1352249 (stock #M-BT1C )
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Rare antique Nuo mask of Niang Cai. Very old and heavy mask with twisted mouth,  ; primitive style ; remnants of original marouflage.
Left ear deteriorated, ancient native restorations (see pix); 24 x 16 cms; Guizhou, Tujia, at least 18th, possibly Ming 17th; RM 243, 250 (see bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1350377 (stock #BI-B1D )
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Rare and beautiful pair of Mongolian bracelets made of bent bamboo and silver. Floral design, protectve lion heads craft in the bamboo. Chinese stamps on the silver bands.
Perfect condition, beautiful patina. Inner diam: 6,3 cms. BE 253 (see Bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1348439 (stock #CTD-D3N )
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€ 180.00
Antique wood toggle representing a traditional Chinese drum ; it is made of wood, bone and brass ; flowers and butterflies designs made of bone inlays (lacks, see pix). L, D: 3c. TCT 135 (see Bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1800 item #1348436 (stock #CTI-P4N )
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Ivory Toggle of a male baby with moveable male appendage holding a lotus blossom, symbolising the continuous birth of sons; he is wearing a doudou (apron).
Perfect condition, beautiful well worn patina ; exceptionnally big and chubby baby : L :5,5c x l :3c x W:2c. Very appreciated wedding present.China,18th C. or before ;TCT152 (see bibliography).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1348174 (stock #CTB-D9D )
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€ 40.00
Very old wood toggle of a pair of shoes ; L: 4cms, TCT 84 (see Bibliography)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1348173 (stock #CTB-D7D )
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€ 100.00
Very unusual wood toggle depicting yin-yang and bagua symbols ; chips on some edges. D: 4 cms
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1348171 (stock #CTB-N10H )
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€ 50.00
Huangyangmu (rosewood) toggle of a bottle gourd ; big, very beautiful patina, L: 7 cms. TCT 94 (see Bibliography).