Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #1266195 (stock #T192)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$95.00
This small hand painted picture on cloth, called a Tsakli was used for Buddhist religious instruction and rituals in Tibet. The back of the card has Tibetan writing...Obvious condition issues...This card and others listed on this site were all antique cards when they were brought out of Tibet in the 60's...card is 3 x 3.5 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1266197 (stock #T193)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
This small hand painted picture on cloth, called a Tsakli was used for Buddhist religious instruction and rituals in Tibet. The back of the card has Tibetan writing...Obvious condition issues...This card and others listed on this site were all antique cards when they were brought out of Tibet in the 60's...roughly 3.75 x 3.5 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #992641 (stock #T120)
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Tibetan woman wore their hair in long braids which were slipped into elaborately embroidered textile sleeves for festivals.
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1970 item #1084875 (stock #T167)
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This hat was brought back by a nurse who was in Tibet as part of a medical relief team sometime in the 80's. Hat appears to have not been worn and is in excellant condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1950 item #1155694 (stock #T178)
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This Tibetan pipe was made and used for smoking hand rolled tobacco cigarettes only. The body of the pipe is antelope horn and according to the Tibetans, they stopped killing the antelope many years ago. Pipe is 8 inches long.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #1311514 (stock #TC553)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
Charming Chinese small traditional child garment from the 1930's ...Expensive (from a wealthy family) deep blue silk damask fabric, with hand embroidered decorative central medallion on the front. The top is trimmed out with wonderful detailed pink, white, and tan trim, I think this trim was actually manufactured in France and imported to China during the 30's. There are cord Monkey fist and loop closures. Really good condition, 2 very light stains on the trim fabric just under the chin seen ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1268144 (stock #TC530)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
This pair of matching fans came from an old wealthy collectors estate..along with several others. This pair is in pristine condition with dark wood handles (possible zitan wood) and fan section is basket type weave of unknown plant fiber, the silk tassels have gold bindings...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1242592 (stock #Misc182)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$245.00
Late 1800's -very early 1900's this fixed fan was made and of hide elaborately pierced and painted. The fan handle and support is made from carved and curved horn...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #1310899 (stock #Misc194)
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Face coverings were worn for centuries by the women of various nomadic tribal groups of North Africa and the Middle East. This face cover is from the nomadic Harb tribe of Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia. It was purchased by a collector living in the region during the 1960's.
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1304341 (stock #ZTC551)
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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 1900 item #994184 (stock #TC319)
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This antique cast iron 2 piece censer retains much of its original red paint. The inside bottom of the censor bowl is somewhat pitted from use. The chop marks are unrecogizable. The piece is 10 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1900 item #1297042 (stock #TC545)
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Inside of ring has embedded pipe scale from the glass working process and exterior layer of glass has stress crack with small chip missing...stress crack would also be from glass making process... but ring has been stable for couple of centuries...ring was bought in South China late 90s along with several other rings (all stone and sold) but this one was so unusual that I kept it ...really is lovely
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #1254744 (stock #J191)
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$195.00
This small Japanese case was most likely used for eyeglasses by a wealthy woman. The fine cloisonne work on both sides has slightly differed medallion patterns. Bird one one side butterfly on the other...There is s small sing (with lose on the bird side towards the edge...and the ding goes through to the inside of the case...piece is priced considering the damage...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #1252780 (stock #TC526)
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This Qing Dynasty enamel box is from the late 1800's and was made for export...The bottom has incised stamp of China as required by McKinley Tariff Act. The box is silver over copper with an intricate enamel scene on the top and all four sides. The quality of the enamel work is very good. The interior of the box is lined with wood...Box measures 5.75 x 3.75 x 1.75 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1013427 (stock #Misc151)
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This is a traditional style full length silk robe from Uzbekistan. The pattern was made using an ikat dye technique, and the robe is padded and machine quilted. Excellent condition, shows very little wear...stunning
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #1147946 (stock #TC391)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$285.00
This box is covered with unusually fine cloisonne work. the four sides and top all have the same design motif. Nicely hinged at the back and sits on 4 separate ball feet. excellent condition, measured 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches x 1.5 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #780685 (stock #J123)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$950.00
This is a beautifully detailed Japanese lacquer screen with exceptional quality Maki-e work used to highlight the details. The front depicts a landscape shore scene, complete with a crab stretching upward, a monkey after the fruit in the tree, and the makers signature. The rear has 3 cranes in flight.

Excellent condition, no loses. 7 inches high and 9.5 wide including the stand.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1286187 (stock #TC538)
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Made from burl wood, this elegant Chinese brush pot stands almost a foot (12 inches) tall and 6 inches in diameter. The walls are thick with a repeated rib design and the interior lip has a deep bevel...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1920 item #940019 (stock #Misc142)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Many pieces of turkmen "jewelry" were sewn to clothing as amulets. This rare teke turkomen pendant was originally worn as a necklace and still has the original leather neckstrap. This piece has 5 flat carnelians and gold wash or "fireguilded" detail. The pendant is 6 inches across and 10 inches long.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #1255878 (stock #J194)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$95.00
This tea set was brought back by American missionary who was in China 1920-1948...She was repatriated to the US immediately after WW2 and returned by way of Japan. Considering condition of Japan when she was there, set was probably made sometime before WW2. The 4 piece set was probably used to accompany hina doll display The Habachi has separate lid, food bowl, cup/saucer, netsume has removable top, each piece hand turned wood...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Weapons : Pre 1930 item #1376501 (stock #Oc116)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
Made and used by the tribal indigenous Aborigine people of Australia, this old Mulga wood boomerang was smoothed using a stone adz...no sandpaper in the outback when this was made... the traditional decorative surface markings were made by pressing a hot poker and wire onto the wood surface forming the running kangaroo and border lines...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1236277 (stock #M168)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$95.00
This traditional Miao Chinese Minority hair pin would have been worn by young woman for festival. The butterfly motif is in reference to the Miao creation myth. The hair pin is 5 inches long.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1970 item #1396594 (stock #Jlry100)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
beautifully matched strand of large and med sized beads separated by very small metalic beads...silver filigree clasp marked 925... total length of strand is just over 29 iches
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1960 item #1156915 (stock #Misc174 )
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Probably used once and then packed away for another generation, this vintage silk traditional sari from Varanasi is a vibrant as the day it was loomed. A small leaf pattern of gold metallic thread dots the entire length of the deep green silk field. There is a 2 inch brocaded border on each side which also runs the length of the sari. The end panel is ornately patterned brocaded silk and makes extensive use of gold metallic threads. Throughout India, Varanasi sari are highly prized as wedd...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1970 item #1358232 (stock #T201)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
In Tibetan Buddhism, the Kartika, or Drigug, is a ritual flaying knife used in burial rituals, with the handle crafted as a dorje. A tool of the wrathful female deities known as Dakinis, the kartika symbolizes the cutting of all things material, symbolized by the human body. The blade is left dull (never sharpened) because it was used in a ritual representing the flaying of flesh and not for the actual purpose.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1950 item #1086590 (stock #Oc114)
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Wonderful patina covers this vintage backpack from the Philippines. A bamboo frame supports the basket woven of plant vines which was made and used by one of the indigenous tribal island groups. The woven straps can be adjusted into position and it is actually a light weight and comfortable. Excellent condition...large 22 inches high, 16 inches across and 10 inches deep.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1920 item #1373118 (stock #AF13)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$155.00
This antique traditional tribal dagger was made and used by the Manding people who are indigenous to the Western Sudan region of Africa. The dagger is 10 inches long and has a leather covered pommel. The blade is dulled and rusted with a small bend at the tip. The original matching scabbard has traditionally woven worked leather decoration with belt loop and tassel.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #627880 (stock #EMT118)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$575.00
This blanket shaped Miao ethnic minority baby carrier is from Jian He and is a good example of the whorl pattern which was so significant to the Chinese Minority. Made from hand-loomed plant fibers (maybe cotton, maybe bast fibers) the surface is heavily decorated with appliques edged with chain stitching. This carrier is in good condition showing a minimum of wear and dirt and it 80+ years old
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1183691 (stock #TC399)
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This traditional Chinese woman's headband was made and worn during the Qing Dynasty toward the end of the 19th century. It has an applique embroidered butterfly on each end and a large full kingfisher feathered medallion in the center. The lotus shaped kingfisher is 4 inches x 2 inches. The entire headband in 16 inches in length.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1960 item #1310704 (stock #Misc193)
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Face coverings were worn for centuries by the women of various nomadic tribal groups of North Africa and the Middle East. This particular mask is from the Harb tribe of Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia. It was purchased by a collector living in the region during the 1960's.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #746231 (stock #T122)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This is a very nicely carved old traditional Tibetan ritual Phurba and it is a bit worn from use. The Phurba was brought back to the US in the 60's by a man who had taken a year off and gone trekking about from Turkey across to Nepal.

The Phurba is a special triple sided Tibetan ritual stake, which originated as a stake that tethered sacrifical animals. Ritually used by the Buddhist priest to create an area of stability and or protected space, the phurba was often staked into the ground in...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #825459 (stock #SEA131)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$475.00
This antique carved wooden temple Buddha retains much of his original gilded paint. He sits on a tall base covered with the old Mon Khmer script which had been formed by scratching through the golden paint. The Buddha's head is topped with a stupa-shaped "flame" called usnisa, which symbolizes the realization of Nirvana. Perhaps that explains the soft smile and meditative expression on his face. He appears to be a Buddha from the Tai Lue ethnic group in Burma, the country currently known as...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1214444 (stock #EMT162)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This is an old traditional style top shirt which would have been worn by a young girl of the Yi Chinese ethnic minority from Yunnan Province. the fabric is made from home grown cotton, hand spun, and hand woven. The collar surround and cuffs are trimmed with an intricate batik pattern and the tiniest embroidery stitched I have ever seen. The shirt has its original buttons. Good size for framing 14 inches across the chest.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #837440 (stock #EMT131)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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...