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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1236132 (stock #TC521)
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this old wooden storage box was clearly made in a folk art tradition by or for a lower ranking individual, possibly a traveling scribe, or low ranking official. Fully opened, it has compartments for brushes, ink sticks, chops and seals, etc. The numerous splotches of old ink stains on the outside of the box indicate extensive use, under not the tidiest of circumstances. Sourced in southern China year back, it is the only box of this style that I have ever seen...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #821045 (stock #TC242)
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These early Qing dynasty cups were carved from coconut shell, and lined with metal which was originally coated with silver. The Chinese believed that silver would tarnish when in contact with poison. Many wealthy Chinese liked to use silver lined cups and chopsticks tipped with silver fittings was an assurance against poisoning. There are 6 cups in all but each has a slightly different carving and they being sold separately with each to be pictured under this one listing.

They are all in...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1160767 (stock #EMT156)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This old Chinese Miao ethnic minority child's hat is thickly padded for winter wearing. The red silk fabric with silk thread satin stitch embroidery really stands out. One silver butterfly ornament decorates the back of the hat and provides noise to protect the child from evil spirits. a bit dirty but hat is in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #755876 (stock #TC212)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
This old pair of Chinese shoes were made for a small child. Appliqued onto the red cotton background fabric are bits of trim and cotton fabric which give the appearance of a cats face. Gold thread is used in a couching embroidery stitch for the design on the both sides of each shoe.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #657520 (stock #TC173)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
This antique Chinese circular lidded container was made from a single valuable horn. It is a tribute to both the horn and the skill of the craftsman. Horn can be cut, and carved, but it is not a flexible material. According to my Chinese friends, the thinner and more translucent the horn, the more it is valued. The cross-section of an ox (buffalo)horn is oval, but a Yak horn is circular. This is a prized horn. Approx 4" high and 2.5" diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #675836 (stock #EMT122)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$850.00
After hand-weaving their home spun yarn, the Miao women of Na Dan would use contrasting thread colors to create an intricate embroidery of geometric patterns on their precious baby carriers. These pieces were highly prized, used primarily for festival, and were handed down through succeeding generations.

The pouch at the top of the tassel most likely contains various herbs to bring health and good fortune to the baby. The 3 main tassels are actually subdivided into 3, which represented the ...

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Organics : Ivory : Pre 1920 item #1215337 (stock #TC505)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
made in China for the export market, this one piece ivory page turner has a dragon carved into the handle on one side. It is 7 inches long and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1003427 (stock #TC325)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This is the second of 4 small individual antique Chinese carvings which I am listing separately. I had always assumed them to be 4 of the eight immortals but upon close inspection, I am now not sure which gods, ancestors or legends they represent. Each character stands with its own faithful foo type dog and carries an implement of some kind. Each has a peg on the bottom which fits into the own homemade stand. This character stands 5.75 inches x 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick. The stand adds ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1138895 (stock #TC387)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
This antique Chinese lotus shaped serving tray is elaborately inlayed with Mother of Pearl. The MOP design covers the surface of the tray and also goes about the exterior face of the narrow rim. Wood is most likely ebony and tray dates from mid 18th century.

Condition: All the MOP inlay is intact but there are numerous tiny nicks and chips in the surface finish on the inside and outside edges of the rim surround. Most of these nicks can only be seen when the edges are caught in a specific ligh...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1328360 (stock #EMT)
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sold
Wonderful satin stitch embroidery of flowers and butterflies decorate this charming antique Chinese Miao baby hat. The front has 4 silver Buddha ornaments and the back sports the traditional Miao ornament of a butterfly with dangling bells to protect the child from evil spirits. The hat is softly padded to keep baby's head warm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1199437 (stock #M165)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
The groups of Yao minority live in in both China and Thailand. This necklace is of low grade silver which was typical of the Chinese jewelry around the late 1800's and early 1900's. The necklace is light weight and comfortable to wear.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #798296 (stock #TC231)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$675.00
This tall bamboo incense holder is elaborately carved with a bird attacking a snake. The birds wings are out-stretched and spread around the container and the bird is being cheered on by a much smaller rooster. The carving is deep and detailed.

The holder is 12 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter and has a deep mahogany brown patina.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1198276 (stock #TC502)
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This vamps of this lovely pair of Chinese Lotus shoes, aka bound feet shoes, are embroidered all around with butterflies and flowers. The soles are covered with fabric and leather...the heels are covered with leather which is nailed into place to call attention to the wearers movements when walking. Very condition ... one small rip in fabric at the back of one heel. Measures barely 4 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #774097 (stock #M125)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
This old Chinese ethnic minority needle case is hand carved with geometric marking from end to end. Needle cases were essential tools for all indigenous cultures and frequently became important objects of decorated folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #785949 (stock #TC229)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
These 3 bobbins aka thread holders would have been used in China when hand sewing was the major activity of the women of the house. Each bobbin was individually carved and each has a small ball which moves freely within the carved slot. Either individually or as a group, they are nice ethnographic artifacts of the Chinese culture during the Qing dynasty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1096324 (stock #TC371)
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This traditional Chinese antique tea container was made from bamboo. The outside has a carved rib design and was lacquered black. This tea caddy would have been used regularly by family and friends during the Qing dynasty. The inside lid is stamped with the manufacturers information.

The tea caddy is 10 inches tall and shows patinated wear marks and chips in the lacquer surface which would be expected on a piece of this age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1098568 (stock #TC173)
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This embroidery panel was originally the front flip of a money belt. The background fabric is a low cut velvet the embroidery stitches are mostly chain stitches. Charming scene of flowers and fish with traditional chinese key border Almost 12 inches across at the widest and 7.5 inches high.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #914282 (stock #M148)
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This Yao necklace and matching pair of earrings have added beads and long silk tassels. Both are light weight and easy to wear. The earrings are hollow with the same repeated design pattern on the backside. The wire loop may be a bit thick as they were made to accommodate the large ear holes which are traditional for the Chinese minority groups. These loops could easily be changed out for posts or a thinner wire hoop.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1232391 (stock #M167)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
This traditional tribal comb would be worn for festival by Yao ethnic minority woman of Southern China. The comb was carved from sections of bone which are held together with twining technique. The bone sections are inked with design pattern. The comb alone is 5.5 inches long and 3 inches wide. The combined length with the pompom and tassels is almost 12 inches long
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1287507 (stock #TC542)
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This old silk embroidery panel may have originally been part of a larger scene. the is light stain to the background above the riders head. the piece measures panel is approx 19 x 15 inches ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1234384 (stock #TC517)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
A properly dressed Chinese woman would wear a pair of leggings to cover her lower legs from the bottom of her skirt to the top of her lotus shoes. The leggings would be tied into place with a hand woven sash made specifically for that purpose. These lotus shoe accessories are now rare and very hard to find. See my listing TC236 and ZTC233. This pair of leggings are purple satin weave fabric with ribbon and silk embroidered trim at the cuffs. There is some ares of fade on the basic fabric.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #950425 (stock #TC301)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$355.00
This Chinese antique wood carving was possibly part of an architectural structure or possibly from a piece of furniture. The wood is approximately 1.3 inches thick and retains much of the original finish though it is obviously worn in some areas. The tradition carvings of 2 dragons chasing the pearl is very well done. The piece is about 5 inches high and 17 inches long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #837440 (stock #EMT131)
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The Zhuang are one of the larger of the Chinese Ethnic Minority groups. This is a rare old baby carrier from Yunnan Province. Because silk was not readily available in the rural areas, the use of silk as the background fabric indicates that this carrier came from a wealthy family. The central panel uses several colors of fabric appliqued into a large stylized lotus flower. Silk thread is used for the delicate satin stitched embroidery of butterflies and flowers. The upper border uses multip...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #872479 (stock #TC260)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$343.00
This hand carved panel is from a Chinese Buddhist Temple erected around 1860. The panel is deeply carved with a scene which takes place at the foot of the sacred mountain. Bits of Mother of Pearl are inlaid into the mountain and is also used to highlight a few costume details.

This panel was used as an architectural element and has the mortise cuts in the top which were used to hold the panel in place. It is one of a pair of panels which were taken from the temple. The condition of this p...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #752655 (stock #M123)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
Though sourced from northern China, this antique powder flask is most likely Chinese ethnic minority from the southern regions. There are 3 flasks for carrying gun powder. Used rifle cartridges are used both as stoppers and bullets are held in the shaped spacers between the powder flasks. It was made by shaping and then sewing 2 pieces of heavy leather (probably elephant hide)together.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1258766 (stock #EMT164)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This Chinese ethnic child's hat has wrapped thread embroidery technique which was used by the Miao the Miao minority. The set of silver ornaments across the from are Buddha images. the The ornament in the back is a stylized butterfly of Miao Legend...the dangle of bells at the back is to scare off evil spirits who would attack the child from the rear..This hat is old and in surprisingly good condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #860325 (stock #TC252)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
This well worn pair of Woman's Lotus shoes for bound feet are from the later part of the Qing Dynasty about 1870-1880. The vamp fabric is red cotton with a matching floral embroidery pattern on each side. The delicate hand stitching detail clearly shows the pride taken by the owner/maker. The soles are short of the toe vamp which was done to give the wearer a more floating and sensual appearance when walking.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1298663 (stock #M)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
Women of the Miao Chinese minority did not cut their hat...when the hair was worn "bun Style" on the top of the head, the comb would be positioned horizontally, with the tynes pushed under the "bun"...and the silver dangles would hang down...the actual "comb" is hand carved and covered with silver for decoration...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #587618 (stock #T107)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small elaborate Buddhist monk's medicine bottle is sewn into a larger pouch of burgundy homespun wool fabric with yellow/gold silk lining. When worn, the stopper would be securely held in the bottle by a system of handmade cords and bands. The medicine bottle would be worn outside the robes and suspended on the Monk's belt. These were used for both travel and ceremonies.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #749211 (stock #M122)
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Large by Western standards, this is actually the "childs" size version of this foo dog necklace worn by the Chinese Miao minority 70-90 years ago. Made of low grade silver, typical of Chinese jewelry of the time period, the intricate pendant is 5.5 inches across, 6.5 inches long and suspended from a long hand-made chain. The heads of the foo dogs are in a pin which allows them to turn freely and the central "flower" is also suspended on a wire which allows it to spin.

This piece is a c...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #905962 (stock #TC272)
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These Chinese woman's Lotus shoes are from Shanxi province and are from the mid 1800's. In Chinese culture, to have, wear or use something from an ancestor (parent, grandparent,etc) was considered as a talisman and gave an element of protection to the user. This pair of lotus shoes was passed to a younger generation whose embroidery skills were, well, not as advanced as the original maker. But clearly the child left her mark on the shoes with the added embroidery of the birds etc.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #962676 (stock #TC304)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
This heavy wooden pillow was hand carved from a block of hard wood. A relic of the Qing dynasty during the 1800's, it would have been used more as a head rest, i.e. supporting the back of the neck so that the hair style remained undisturbed. It is carved into a series of graceful curved forms and the finish has a wonderful pattern of wear and patina. 11.5 inches x 4 x 3.25 weight 2 lbs
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #846379 (stock #M130)
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sold
From the Yi ethnic minority group, this antique Chinese container would have been used to store tobacco. The decorative cinnabar paint color draws attention to the gentle dome shapes of the lid and bottom sections, which fit together with a deep overlap. The worn areas of the cinnabar expose the black lacquer undercoat. As a folk art object, this tobacco container combines both the pleasing aesthetic craftsmanship and utilitarian need which shaped the daily lives of many indigenous ethnic gro...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #663309 (stock #TC114)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$675.00
This rural Mongolian bucket is made from lemon wood and was used daily to draw water from the local village well. Truely an ethnographic relic with original iron fittings, and evidence of constant use and old repairs. It is both large and heavy. The diameter of the bucket is 18" and the bucket alone is 14" deep, add another 11" for the handle and iron toggle fitting. The weight is approx 15 lbs. Originally made about 250 yrs ago and probably used constantly for a couple of centuries.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1313289 (stock #TC3)
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There are a total of eight signs, each with a different "saying" having to do with well wishes. Due to the age of the calligraphy, and the vagueres of the old Chinese language, accurate translations have not been possible for each sign. Each sign is carved out of wood with raised wooden characters and inlayed with MOP flakes. Each is 21 inches tall and roughly 4.5 inches wide. I have listed them separately, to allow for pictures of each
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1281068 (stock #TC535)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
This finely carved small 3 hole flower (plant) antique Ikebana type vase was sourced in China but design quality is very Japanese...Deeply carved dark dense,finely grained hardwood, possibly walnut, or zitan...feels wonderfully smooth...approximately 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches x 1.5 inches....