Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #1453741 (stock #Jlry107)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique pair of earrings are from the Miao Chinese Ethnic minority The original "wires" are a bit thick and buyer may want to change them to accomodate contemporary pierced ears... Assumbed to be low grade silver which was typically used in old China... the cubes have the same decorative elements on all 4 sides...each cube has a series of drop dangles hanging from the bottom full length of earings 2 inches ....not including the wires
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1352035 (stock #M171)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$110.00
the woman of many Chinese Ethnic Minority groups did not cut their hair. It was often worn on the top of the head in a bun,and sometimes intertwined with lengths of an ancestors hair for added protection from evil spirits.

The hair was often (especially for festivals) decorated with added silver ornaments and/or hairpins.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1910 item #937901 (stock #Misc141)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique document case would be used to house and transport important documents. The high quality silver decoration of vines and flowers uses both pierced and repousse techniques. The curious emblem displays a spade, heart, club and diamond. Originally owned by a wealthy family, it is from what was considered northern India, (possibly now Pakistan), during the Raj period, before partition. This document case has been held in a private collection for many years.

The case is in excellan...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1960 item #749468 (stock #Af111)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$130.00
This collection of 3 hand carved wooden hair combs is from the Nigerian Yoruba tribe. They were brought to the US by a (then young) anthropologist who traveled extensively in Africa during the early 1960's and have been retained in his personal collection until recently.

The taller center comb is 8 inches and the shorter combs on the sides are 4.25 inches. I prefer to sell them as a collection.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1098039 (stock #T171)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique Tibetan purse would have been used as a costume ornament during festival. It is decorated with silver and bronze fittings and coral and turquoise stones. Passed from generation to generation, and used extensively, this piece shows it age. Such purses would have held precious coins and the occasional flint but would not be considered as a Tibetan "strike a light" because of the lack of the striker plate.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1318287 (stock #J209)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Really nice Meiji period wooden Japanese woman's box with drawers and locking cabinet section (sorry no key). Box has parquet decoration on all exterior surfaces, and original hardware. 12.5 inches wide 10 inches high and 9 inches deep...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1125216 (stock #TC381)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Toward the late Qing and early Republic periods, footbinding in urban centers became less common. But women were still concerned with fashionable footwear. This pair of beaded strips are actually shoes parts which would have been sewn with other matching beaded fabric parts to form a pair of beaded shoes
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #582272 (stock #T105)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This is a wonderfully detailed silver needle case which was worn hanging from the belt. It has it's original long leather thong and silk tassel. Each side of the silver case has a central stone bead...one coral, one turquoise. The sides of the case (not pictured) have incised cloud/wave pattern. When opened, the case has copper with fabric arm to hold the needles. For indigenous and nomadic people, needles were an essential and valuable tool for survival of daily life. Because they were no...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1930 item #1286453 (stock #Af136)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$650.00
Such figures (twins beaded) were reserved for high status "royal" tribal leaders for protection. Heavily decorated with beads, bone and cowrie shells, this pair is 80 years old and have some kind of marking on the bottom. sourced out of Fumbane (foumban), approximately 12 inches high
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #794066 (stock #J127)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
The only differences between this matching pair of Japanese woman's hair combs are the very slight details in the hand-painted design and the size and spacing of the tines. The finely detailed lacquer design was painted in 3 shades of gold. Unfortunately the minute details, flower petals and tree knots are hard to see in the photos.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Pre 1950 item #1453621 (stock #Jlry104)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
Oval shaped pendant decorated with surface decoratrion and bits of gold detailing, all circling a large lapis lazula stone... This pendant was brought out of China sometime in th 60s/70s...along with many other vintage bits and pieces of old jewelry collected thoughout of China. It looks like it was originally from somewhere in the middle east...silk road transport... It is 2 inches wide x 1.5 inches high...and 3/16ths wide... this piece is assumed to be hollow...It may have been used as...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1306613 (stock #J205)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Japanese Lady's Dressing Box Meiji Period. The front and lid are decorated with wood marquetry inlays.The doors have inlays of MOP and assorted stones depicting birds etc. Lots of drawers, original hardware..(sorry, no key) box is 17 x 14 x 7 inches. back and sides are painted black
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1910 item #1275666 (stock #Jlry194)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
this antique Tibetan pendant may have originally been used as earring or clothing ornament. I have slipped a simple black cord so it can now be used as a necklace. Coral and turquoise beads and silver decorations are all strung on a long silver post, so they can pivot around. the silver filigree disc at the bottom is missing one small filigree wire element, and possibly there was one a small stone in the middle of the disc...pendant measures 3+ inches long
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1404284 (stock #TC569)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
During the Qing Dynasty, the feathers of the kingfisher bird were used to create ornaments for woman to attach to clothing and/or wear in their hair... Through the 1800's These ornaments were made and formed with heavy paper (light weight cardboard...) They had large areas of feathers and the edges of the paper form were bordered with gold paint...and the ornaments were often domed By the early 1900's the bird were becoming rare almost extinct ...so intricate and smaller sections of fea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1430285 (stock #TC570A)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
During the Qing Dynasty, the feathers of the kingfisher bird were used to create ornaments for woman to attach to clothing and/or wear in their hair... Through the 1800's These ornaments were made and formed with heavy paper (light weight cardboard...) They had large areas of feathers and the edges of the paper form were bordered with gold paint...and the ornaments were often domed By the early 1900's the bird were becoming rare almost extinct ...so intricate and smaller sections of fea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1323861 (stock #Misc200)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$165.00
lovely very finely woven Bolivian textile from the collection of Dr Evan Maurer. pristine condition main section of belt is 2.25 inches wide and 18 inches long... plus delicately woven narrow strap tie on one side 18 inches... narrow strap tie from other side is 10 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #1257372 (stock #Misc185)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
Clearly for a wealthy family, this small lamp was meant to be used as a personal light. The cat like figure has a filler hole between the ears, good weight (important for stability) and is silver in color, but exact metal content is not known...He/she is charming...4 inches x 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep...
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.