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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #821045 (stock #TC242)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #928734 (stock #TC282)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$240.00
This old Chinese container would have been used by a poor farmer or fisherman to carry his lunch, and tea while he was off working for the day. The main container has 2 sections and there is an additional rimmed tray which fits just inside below the tightly fitted lid. All 3 pieces are made from very tightly woven from 2 different types of plant materials.

Roughly 9 inches x 9 inches x 4 inches, with a richly patinated surface, this container is a wonderful ethnographic artifact from anot...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #693340 (stock #T115)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$285.00
The front of this Tibetan Flint Pouch is decorated with silver and bronze ornamentation and an inset coral bead. The back is decorated with bronze buttons to protect the leather from excessive wear. The pouch still has its original leather strap which would have been used to secure the pouch to the wearers belt.

Flint was an essential and valuable item for nomadic and indigenous cultures and as such was frequently carries in pouch specifically designed for its use.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #842059 (stock #Misc131)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$315.00
According to many Indians, this old juicer would also doubled as a pasta maker. With the carved animal heads on each side, and great aged patina, it makes an interesting sculptural artifact of India's culture.

Measures 12 high, 10 inches wide and 6 inches deep.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #1221561 (stock #TC514)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Carved from animal horn this eyeglass case dates to the Qing Dynasty. What appears to be the original cord allows the case to be hung on a belt...The original toggle was replaced sometime (probably in the 50's) with current blue toggle...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #949613 (stock #TC301A)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
In old China, a carpenter's tools were also considered as an symbol of the quality of his craftsmanship. This antique carpenter's tool has a hand carved dragon with some of the original paint remaining in the crevasses. The plumb bob is made from a section of animal antler. The old Chinese carpenter would fill the bowl with charcoal and it would be used to snap a straight line.

modern day items of this are still used by carpenters worldwide but they are made of metal or plastic and filled w...

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 #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 : 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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #783042 (stock #T126)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This old Mongolian artifact was made from leather hides sewn together with leather cord and then formed into a servicable shape approximating an irregular bottle. Handling and pouring was aided by the wooden handles.

A folk art object approx 150 years old and used for many years as a sake container saki. It is approx 19 inches high and 16 inches at the widest point about 10 inches deep.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #661745 (stock #TC174)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$675.00
This is a traditional Chinese pack saddle which were used throughout China for carrying various sacks of grains and goods. The front is carved foo dogs and there is a key carved decoration around the border. It is unusual to find this type saddle with the painted black lacquered finish. This one was probably owned by a wealthy family and used only for special events. The finish is worn off as the straps from the packs and sacks have worn off the finish across the areas where they would have ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #941027 (stock #Misc144)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This Korean antique is a hand carved woodblock which would have been used to print a repeating decorative design pattern onto a textile. It is very old, and well worn with great patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1029643 (stock #T152)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$550.00
The Tibetan leather flint pouch (aka strike a light) is properly known as a "mechag" (me = fire , chag = iron) or fire iron. This Tibetan flint pouch is decorated with ornate silver and bronze ornamentation with an inset red bead which appears to be a replacement for the original bead. The pouch would have been secured to the wears belt with the attached leather strap.

This is large strike a light ...the strike plate spans 6.5 inches and the purse including handle is 5 inches high...an wide...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #577003 (stock #TC128)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Nice old traditional Chinese opium scale with travel case. The measuring stick is ivory and marked to indicate weights. Approximately 13 inches long, this piece is obviously old and shows signs of use but is in good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #818353 (stock #TC238)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
During the Qing Dynasty, hair combs like this were commonly used. The structure is bone and the tines are of wood. A few tines have gone missing with age and use. The comb is about 5 inches x 2 inches.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #629758 (stock #TC156)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$110.00
This is a charming one-of-a-kind hand-carved box. It has a crudely carved dog on top with wooden hinge that swings open. There are side openings for striker strip.
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 #714241 (stock #TC191)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This is an antique Chinese set of carved bone dominoes, complete with dice and original wooden box. Carved by hand sometime in the Qing dynasty, the 32 dominos vary abit in shape, size and thickness and the bone dice are a bit off cube.

The box is just under 5 inches x 2.5 inches x 1.5 inches.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #764835 (stock #TC215)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$625.00
This is a unique Chinese Trousse. The chopsticks are black wood, presumed to be Zitan and are totally enclosed inside the scabbard when the trousse is closed. Both the scabbard and knife handle are covered with tortoise shell and have silver fittings.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1920 item #1373124 (stock #TC570)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$115.00
These 6 antique Chinese needlework implements were brought to the US by the American Baptist missionary Rebecca Cloud-Stewart. They range in size from 3-6 inches long...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #813121 (stock #Af123)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This old set of pygmy quiver and arrows have seen a lot of use. When hunting, the leather quiver would have been worn high on the back. The cap comes off easily and the upper portion of the quiver is bent to allow easy access to the arrows. The metal tips of the 5 arrows are worn and broken with only 1 showing its original shape and barbs. Each arrow has a plant binding around the end with a notch for the bow string. This rare set is a true ethnographic artifact of the African pygmy hunting ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1101055 (stock #SEA145)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Several of the Southeast Asian hilltribes from the "Golden Triangle" region would practice tattooing as body art and religious ritual. This Burmese tattoo tool with the figure head was used to scratch the skin surface and apply the dye.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #815119 (stock #TC237)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small antique Chinese wooden storage container was used for calligraphy implements. Inksticks would have been held in the rear center compartment. Calligraphy brushes would have been held upright on the right and left side compartments. Seals or chops would have been stored in the lidded section. Originally painted with black lacquer, this piece has great age and wear patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1119916 (stock #TC378)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Dr Fu Qing Zhu "published" his book on Women's Health Issues in 1816. Originally hand copied until the 1860's, publications after that were made using hand carved woodblocks. This particular copy appears to be from 1885. It has all 4 volumes and the original cloth binding cover. There are hand written prescriptions on the front of 2 volumes. The condition of this set reflects its age and useage.

Copies of this book have been used by traditional Chinese doctors from its first publication...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #860129 (stock #TC251)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$105.00
These antique Razors were brought back from China by the Baptist Missionary Rebecca Cloud Stewart. The blades are rusty but they are still sharp. One has a wood handle and the other has a horn handle.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #993048 (stock #TC318)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
This antique Chinese lock has a nicely patinated surface and is is working order. Measures 3.8 inches across.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1064545 (stock #TC346)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This old Chinese hand made carpenters tool would have been used as a snapline just as the western metal chalk box and line are used today. Such tools were often hand made and passed from father to son for generations. This particular one has a small antler for a plumbob.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #673085 (stock #J108)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$365.00
Made of iron, this antique Japanese mobile candle stand, known as a teshoku, dates from the Edo period. So typical of the old Japanese ethnographic objects, the design of this single candle holder is totally simple and wonderfully functional. With a lighted candle, this candlestand could be easily carried about the house by use of long very gently curved handle. When set in down, the placement of the 3 legs makes it very stable to minimize chances of it being accidentally knocked over. It is...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1105493 (stock #T172)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small Mongolian hunters flint strike pouch still has flint stone inside. Also know as strike-a-light in American Indian cultures, this hunters folk art implement has bronze tooled fittings. Well aged and in excellent condition...measures 4 inches across the widest part of the striker plate
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1125596 (stock #J170)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Early Japanese version of today's carpenters tool called a "chalk box". Carved from a block of wood, the well would hold cotton saturated with charcoal ash...this one has original wheel and string and shows that it has been well used....
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1940 item #1230855 (stock #TC516)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
This Chinese hair comb was hand carved from a beautifully "grained" translucent animal horn. Obtained from an ethnic minority person, the pair of ducks carved into the handle were commonly used by mainstream Han Chinese as a symbol of a long and happy marriage. Items with this symbol would often be gifted for an anniversary.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #505974 (stock #ZTC105)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
A must have for any lotus shoe collector. This iron was used for pressing lotus shoes. The thin curved end was useful for getting into the toe area. Made of iron, it is somewhat rusty-i.e. pleasantly aged. Length tip to tip is 13"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Weapons : Pre 1910 item #1305171 (stock #ZOc116)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
SOLD
Head-axes were used by the indigenous tribes in the mountainous Cordillera region of the Philippines during the late 1800-early 1900’s. This headhunters axe has the original decorated handle featuring a brass sheet covering with a profusion of cut-work. The blade is very sharp and is uncleaned and unpolished. It is suspected that these axes may have had their origins from Dao axes of Burma and or India.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1304341 (stock #ZTC551)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
This ingenious antique Chinese sundial can be carried in the pocket. When needed, the cover is removed, the pointer is raised and held in place by the notch in the raised semi circle arm. Direction is established by the small compass on one side of the pointer. The small fixed circular dial on the other side of the pointer uses Chinese characters. I was told this was used by Feng Shui practitioners...Though bought in mainland China, the combination of Roman numerals and Chinese characters...Ho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1219176 (stock #zTC512)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
These 3 small oil lamps were brought back to the US by a Baptist missionary who lived and traveled extensively throughout China. Oil lamps like these were used for light source extensively throughout rural China by poor peasants. Simply made, presumed cut from scraps of tin and soldered into shape.. the lids come off for filling with oil and some original home made wicks remain in place. The tallest is 5 inches high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #769478 (stock #TC220)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
This small Chinese traditional oil lamp is complete with the original hand-blown globe and cover. The base has several rows of ornate grillwork. The cover is engraved on one side with a couple. The other side has a poem. The chinese is old in both character and language and difficult to translate.

The lamp is only 5 inches tall and of higher silver content than usual for China at that time, which indicates an owner of wealth. I have cleaned off some of the tarnish in order to be able to s...