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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #538539 (stock #EMT100)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This baby carrier panel is a lovely old piece. Embroidered with a very intricate flowing pattern using silk floss and wrapped thread and satin stitch techniques. This piece is bordered with hand-loomed fabric. The back of the piece has recently been replaced. Condition is good 19" x 21.5
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #1291276 (stock #M173)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This pair of low grade silver Chinese Bracelets are Miao Ethnic Minority. Low grade silver was used extensively throughout China during the 19th and early 20th century. To a Westerner the backs look like the bracelets are adjustable, this is a decorative element only and they are not adjustable. The fronts are deeply etched with animals. At the widest point in the front the bracelets measure 1.25 inches. They are oval in shape and very comfortable to wear...I prefer to sale them as a pair but ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #718508 (stock #EMT125)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$675.00
Long lengths of treads or first braided into a "tape" and then the tape is tightly sewn to a background in elaborate pattern to depict various elements of Miao legends and myths.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #818419 (stock #SEA126)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
This blouse is from Thailand and made for use by a Karen Hilltribe woman. First the fabric was hand woven from cotton fibers. Next the surface was lower half was elaborately decorated with cotton thread embroidery and tiny sea urchin shells using a geometric pattern. Then it was whip stitched into the form of a blouse using white cotton thread. This garment makes a wonderful display piece and can also be worn for special occassions. 23 inches across and 27 inches long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Baskets : Pre 1910 item #1006081 (stock #SEA137)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Woven from wide bamboo strips, this lidded container was used for storing tobacco. Basket weaving was a traditional folk art throughout southeast Asia and most rural families relied on their own basketry skills to provide themselves with life's necessities.

This slightly miss-shaped container stands 8 inches tall and has the charm and patina which comes only with repeated use and age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #831680 (stock #ZM128)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
The Chinese ethnic minority Miao are very fond of silver and would use any festival to display their ornate silver jewelry. This dragon necklace was used by a young girl child from one of the many Miao villages around the hills of Kali. The pendent is 6.5 inches wide, childs' size, but the decorative chain is long enough for an adult to wear. Because the pendent is hollow, it is comfortable to wear. As one moves, the necklace makes a soft tinkling sound.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #552627 (stock #EMT110)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$575.00
Incredible precision is the hallmark of this hand embroidered baby carrier from Ge Jia. The piece is bordered with batik and hand stitch detail which is so fine and precise that it looks like it was done on a machine but it was definately done by hand. This carrier is in very good condition. This older style is now highly prized and rarely appear on the market. baby carrier is 23 inches wide at the top and 27 inches long.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #540650 (stock #EMT103)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This Miao Baby carrier is from the Bai Ling region of China. As is typical of this region, the straps are embroidered. This attractive piece was probably only used for a few festivals before being stored away for the next generations use. In excellant condition, it measures 38" long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #842698 (stock #SEA132)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
This adult female puppet is clothed in traditional Thai costume with a open shirt. All parts are hand-carved, tied and strung together, which gives the puppeteer lots of choices of movement. The face has eyes which can open and close independent of each other and the mouth can also be opened and closed. Head to toe, she measures is 21 inches tall and with the strings the total lenght is 34 inches. She is absolutely charming, and can hang quietly on a wall as an symbol of Thailand ethnographi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1094077 (stock #M161)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This old Chinese necklace is from either the Dong or Miao minority group. The central medallion is domed on the front and flat on the back. The weight of the medallion indicates that it is hollow. It depicts a minority style dragon from minority legend. With the assortment of items dangling, the necklace is reminiscent of a chatelaine.

the central medallion diameter is just over 4 inches and from the top of the medallion to the bottom of the longest drop is approx 7 inches. It can eas...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1328360 (stock #EMT)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #775658 (stock #M126)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Sourced from southern China, this ethnic minority tobacco container has a hinged lid and "belt clip". I suspect that it is Yi minority.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #538578 (stock #EMT101)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This old panel is thickly Dazi embroidered in a banded pattern to reflect the terraced mountains sides of the Miao homeland. The panel uses lovely soft pinks and grays which are not adequately represented in the pictures. A beautiful piece in beautiful condition. 80 years old from Ge Yi. approx 21" x 23"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1287667 (stock #M172)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
The Chinese people smoked both opium (thanks to the British) and tobacco. This antique pipe was made and used by the ethnic minority of the mountain region of SW China.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #547494 (stock #EMT107)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$500.00
This is presumed to be central panel taken from 100 bird coat from the Bai Ling area. It has been bordered and backed by new fabric. The central panel is very tightly split-thread satin-stitched embroidery over a silk felted (non-woven) fabric. This piece is in pristine condition, and measures approximately 30" by 30"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #822117 (stock #TC243)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
A bride of the Yi Chinese Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province, would have worn the "cock" hat for her wedding day. The hat is made using layers of cotton fabric with a stiffiner between the layers to maintain the shape. Using colorful cotton thread, hat was extravagantly hand embroidered. A few traditional silver ornaments including the bubble, flower and butterfly were added.

Now, it is the very lucky Yi girl who can use her great grandmother's bridal hat for her own wedding. These hats a...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #618001 (stock #EMT113)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$850.00
This is a very finely embroidered baby carrier from LiPing region. Threads of green and purple silk are used in satin embroidery stitches which are so heavy and so finely done that they almost totally cover the hand-loomed fabric. Additional decorative elements include border areas banded with tiny triangular folded fabric and hand-loomed bands.The upper portion of the carrier would be used to protect the baby's head from the elements. The 3 tassles indicated either that the mother has 3 child...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #618862 (stock #M118)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Beautifully carved powder horn from Chinese Miao ethnic minority over 90 years old from Guizhou Province. The underside of the horn is full of old writing. Unfortunately, no one can read the old writing. Around the turn of the century the forests around the Miao villages were full of game and the men would frequently hunt for game to provide family meals. Unfortunately, most of the game has diminished and many of the hunting skills are forgotten.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #848170 (stock #EMT132)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This baby carrier is from the Miao ethnic minority of Qui Yang. Characteristic of the antique Miao baby carriers from this area, the surface decoration is composed of very tiny cross stitches which form geometric embroidery pattern which, to Western eyes, resemble snowflakes. Because of the time required to produce and the attractive appearance of this style baby carrier, they were used mostly for festivals and are now highly prized by both Westerners and Chinese.

This baby carriers is in ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1162629 (stock #EMT157)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This traditional embroidered vest was made and worn by the woman of the Miao minority culture living in the Ge Jia region of China generations ago. The textile fabric was hand woven with a specific thread count to allow for the geometric embroidery pattern which was added later.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #1266886 (stock #M170)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$95.00
This hand carved wooden comb belonged to a Miao Chinese minority women with limited means. Comb would have been worn horizontally between the top of the woman's head and under the twisted bun of her hair. Comb is decorated with symbols which a burned into the wood. comb is 5 x 4 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #871444 (stock #M133)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$650.00
For festivals including her wedding, a Yao girl of marriageable age would wear the traditional "celestial crown" clipped to her hair on the top of her head. This traditional ornament was common among the Yao of Laos, Thailand and China's Yunnan Province. Upon reaching puberty, the Yao girl would be expected to make her own crown following traditional patterns and methods of her local region. For some, the celestial crown would be worn as daily ornament, while other Yao groups would reserve the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1060014 (stock #EMT135)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
This pair of traditional short boots were made and worn by the Miao women of Anshun. They are in very good condition but the upper boot areas have some soiling and the soles show signs of wear.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1205764 (stock #SEA142)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This lacquer serving tray from Burma now called Myanmar) depicts an elaborate palace garden scene populated with nobles in court costumes. The tray is 14.5 inches across. The top surface is somewhat dulled from age end exposure. There is one small area of lost which is irregular in shape, approximately 1/4inch and is locate on toward the rim of the platter and a second area of loss approx 1/8 inch at the widest and follows the curve border rim design for about 1 inch(see pics 2 and 3.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1930 item #1230849 (stock #T186)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This belt would have been worn for festival gatherings. Decorated with beads, cowrie shells and central turquoise medallion the belt strap is narrow approx 1.25 inched wide. Hanging from the belt are beaded strands in graduated lengths with each strand ending with a cowrie shell. There is a cord tie attached so that the belt can be tied at the back of the wearer. It is a lovely piece
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1137461 (stock #EMT151)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
Clearly made by an adoring grandmother, this antique Dong Minority hat is covered with a variety of ornate embroidery stitches including both wrapped thread and couching techniques. The hat is topped with silver half beads representing bubbles and a large top knot.. It is a bid dirty which would be expected in a childs hat of this age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #817711 (stock #SEA125)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This Burmese antique offering plate was the result of work by dedicated and skillful craftsman. Beautifully woven of bamboo strips, the finished shape would be first painted with repeated layers of black lacquer. measures roughly 5 inches high (12.5 cm) by 10 inches wide (24.9 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #599665 (stock #M115)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
Delicately carved with a floral motif, is horn was used to give domestic animals medicine. It is Chinese ethnic minority probably from Inner Mongolia. Horn is about 6" long and has small chip at the end of the bowl. It is a wonderful ethnographic piece for the tribal arts collector
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1920 item #605891 (stock #M116)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
The body of this antique Miao Chinese powder horn is carved with large spider web, small foo dogs, and clouds. The stopper is carved into a lotus blossom. The Miao believe that passed relatives take the form of spiders to visit and watch family members, so spider webs are left undisturbed in the home. This horn is from Kali area and is in excellent condition. It is 80-90 years old and approx 9" long.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #755863 (stock #EMT126)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
This brightly colored child's hat is Dong ethnic minority. The front is decorated with 9 silver Buddha ornaments and lots of intricate embroidery. Tassels and pompoms decorate the sides and silver bells with fish ornaments across the back protect the child from the approach of evil spirits.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1215752 (stock #EMT163)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This apron is from the Huan Xi area and was part of the traditional Miao ethnic minority woman's festival costume. Made from home spun fibers,indigo dyed yarn, it is embroidered with tiny intricate cross stitch geometric design...the ties are also hand woven. The apron measures approx 17 x 17 inches and is in good condition...with a few very light stains which do not show on photo with enhancing...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1235941 (stock #SEA147)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique pipe has burl wood bowl with silver filling (one ring missing) and a horn mouthpiece which has obviously been well used. There are a few short residual threads from what was probably originally a tassel. It is a wonderful ethnographic relic of folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #913520 (stock #M147)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$290.00
For women of indigenous cultures, sewing needles were often hard to come by and considered valuable tools. Commonly, among such groups, cases were specifically designed to protect and safeguard the sewing. This particular antique silver needle case is from the Chinese Miao ethnic minority group and would have been worn by the women as a decorative costume ornament during festival.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #698723 (stock #M119)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$165.00
This Chinese ethnic minority hair comb was hand carved with scalloped edge detail on both sides. Many ethnic minority women would save the hair from ancestors and add it to their own hair for additional bulk...some groups would add bits of wool also to make the hair appear thicker. Combs were used both for combing and for hair ornaments. Carved from walnut wood and 9 inches long at the bottom
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #758510 (stock #ZSEA113)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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This shoulder bag was made and used by the Hmoung women of northern Thailand. It would carry all the traditional items which would have been commonly found in a woman's purse. The bag fabric was hand loomed from the indigenous plants and then embroidered using traditional cross-stitched with geometric patterns. Beads, silver ornaments and tiny pompoms are added for decorative enhancement of the bagface. This piece is in good condition.

This Many Westerners have been told that the Miao et...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1169973 (stock #EMT159)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
This textile wallet would have been used to keep sewing supplies Each page is made from heavy hand paper, hand painted decoration and folded in such a way that numerous pockets and flaps are available for storage of small bits of fabric, snipes of thread, needles, etc. the outside of the wallet is covered with homespun fabric which now attests to the age and use of the piece. This wallet is from the Dong ethnic minority of China, and would have been passed down from one generation to another...