Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
I will be out internet range and out of the country from Nov 29 to Dec 14 2019. Any questions or purchases will be handled after I return.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1305901 (stock #TC552)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Beautifully carved high quality inkstone with grinding surface and deep "inkwell". there is a tiny chip on right edge of the ink stone...see photo for scale measures roughly 6 x 3.5 x .9 inches
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 : 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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #770474 (stock #TC221)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$395.00
This pair of boots were made for the child of a wealthy Han family of the late Qing dynasty. They were made from a pale peach colored silk fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin stitch. The color on lower part of the boots, especially on the outside, has faded to a soft golden color. This would be due to sun exposure during use as the upper part of the boots would be covered by the childs pant legs...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1409379 (stock #TC581)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
Made by a woman of somewhat limited means, this pair of lotus shoes date to the late Qing Dynasty. The vamp has a contrast of lavender and purple cotton fabric. Each toe is decorated with a delicate floral embroidery. There is a round heal attached to the sole... The shoes measure 5 inches. They show a minimal amount of wear...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1066719 (stock #ZTC347)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
This pair of Chinese lotus shoes were made by a woman of limited finances. She bought what materials were needed for the vamp and supplemented with the use of rough home spun fabric scraps to cover the shaped heals and soles. The limited amount of expensive gold couching threads outlining the floral embroidery pattern on each side of the shoes indicates that this pair of lotus shoes would have used only for special occasions...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1255914 (stock #TC528)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This home made traditional (old fashioned) would have been hung on furniture door pulls for added decoration in Han Chinese home...full lenght is 30 inches...upper disc is 2 inches diameter 3 dimensional ball ia 3 inches diameter...made from fine silk fabric scrapes
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #822117 (stock #TC243)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Sale Pending
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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #780958 (stock #SEA116)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$1275.00
This box would have been used to display sacred Buddhist Sutra or text book. The importance of the contents is indicated by the viewing windows on front, back, top and sides of the box. The exterior of the box is covered with black lacquer and over-painted with gold. It is painted red on the inside.

There is some minimal paint loss, which is to be expected in a piece of this age. 24 inches(60 cm) long 5 inches (12 cm) high

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1920 item #1373118 (stock #AF131)
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1278966 (stock #TC533)
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This traditional Chinese antique tea container was made from bamboo. The outside has a carved rib design. This tea caddy would have been used regularly by family and friends during the Qing dynasty. Some minimal loss of finished surface on top ...to be expected with age and use...9.5 inches high
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #859722 (stock #TC251)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$280.00
Needles were a valued woman's sewing tool and were carefully secured in a special case hanging from the belt. This Chinese silver needle case has 6 sides, each with a delicate repousse floral design. The bottom is weighted with a small turquoise and larger amber bead.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #514064 (stock #M112)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This is a wonderful Qing Dynasty child's hat from Shui minority group in the Rong Jiang area. It is traditional looking Chinese cap style made with silk fabric and silk split thread embroidery, and top knot. This hat is over 100 years old, and has wonderfully soft patina, and shows some wear. Truely charming
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1266191 (stock #T191)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$115.00
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 3x 4 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1218202 (stock #ZTC508)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
These old Chinese tinted eyeglasses date from the Qing Dynasty. There is a tiny bat on the nose bridge, and ornately detailed hinged temple and ear pieces.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1253958 (stock #J192)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This 18th century Samurai stirrup has intricate overall floral pattern with inlaid silver wire which is somewhat obscured by tarnish. The raised footpad is red Lacquer and has wear mark in the toe area. There is a small break (and hole) in near the rim of the foot pad, which are commsurate with age and use of a Japanese warriors stirrup.
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 : 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #702997 (stock #TC185)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
During the Qing dynasty, carved wood blocks were used to produce the ancestor portraits which decorated the homes of many Chinese families. The Chinese translation of the term "ancestor Portraits" can be misleading to Westerners. These were not portraits of the particular family's ancestors. They were portraits of various Chinese officials, emperor, empress, etc. for whom the family wished to show respect and or allegiance...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #557328 (stock #TC122)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This wonderful pair of lotus shoes are typical of boots from Shandong. They have a black cuff with hand-embroidered butterfly motif and the remanents of a thin pink woven band. The blue vamp is somewhat faded toward the front of the boot and has delicately embroidered butterfly on each side. The soles have worn leather heels. The inside silk lining is bright pink and in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1035479 (stock #TC335)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$850.00
This antique Chinese wooden carved pedestal stand with attached mirror dates is from the late Qing dynasty. This piece of furniture would have sat on a dresser or chest. The carving is high quality and begins at the base. The mid section carving displays a dragon and pagoda. The frame of the circular mirror has bats carved all around.

This piece has been held in storage by a Texas collector and is in excellent condition...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1409455 (stock #TC582)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
to be sold separately or as a pair
During the 1800's and early 1900's, "Rocaille beads" from southern France were brought into the coastal regions of southern China and used to bead various accessory articles such as headbands purses and shoes... The area of China known as the "staits" became famous for such beaded items. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1138895 (stock #TC387)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1336396 (stock #J207)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Very nice old Maru Japanese Obi in excellent condition. Neutral colors throughout the delicate weave of repeat scenes of cart
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #642572 (stock #TC162)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This Chinese carved bamboo brush rest has traditional dragons chasing pearl and cloud motif. The background shape is the 5 mountains and the rim of the mountains have carved ridges. The piece measures 3.5 inches high and 6 inches across. The natural curve of the bamboo allows the piece to stay upright, and the piece remains balanced on the 1/2 inch thick bamboo. Condition is very good.
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Pre 1900 item #1357262 (stock #Misc202)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
Obvious hand carved, this antique Sarinda is missing the tuning pegs, and the animal skin covering...wonderful patina...This is rare collectors ethnographic piece, and looks great hanging on a wall.

24 x 9 x 7 inches...hand carved from one solid piece of wood.

The "Sarinda" musical instrument was used for centuries in various countries in Central Asia, primarily in Rajasthan (Northern India), Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Baluchistan...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1236048 (stock #TC520)
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 of very fine red silk damask weave fabric with ribbon and silk embroidered trim at the cuffs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1132084 (stock #TC386)
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Charming Qing Dynasty Chinese pot used for warming wine or saki. Hot water would be poured into the main container and the small pot would hold the wine. Made of pewter or low grade silver with bronze fitting. each side of the outer pot has minor scratches on the surface.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1001502 (stock #TC322)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This is one of 2 hexagonal shaped tea cannisters which I have listed separately. This one has an incised spring scene of two young birds and a butterfly on one side. The other side has 2 sentences from the famous Tang dynasty poem by Lu Tong. The bamboo has darkened considerably with age...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1120548 (stock #T175)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
This antique Tibetan neckace bronze pendent has a cast bronze pendent with coral and turquoise beads. The pendent is suspended from a hand made chain.
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 : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1060915 (stock #J160)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This Japanese tooled leather tobacco pouch (tabakoire) is embossed with a large dragon swirling about the back and front. The metal clasp is decorated with a coiled dragon. Attached to the pouch by 2 rows of 5 chains is a wooden netsuke (manjui) wooden netsuke with metal dragon. The inside of the pouch has 2 sections and the interior leather is tools with a flower motif.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1287388 (stock #TC541)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
Personal care items with long handles to reach the back...the brush is carved from wood and the back scratcher is carved from bamboo...roughly 22 23 inches long...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1253859 (stock #T188)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
Charming mythical creature from Nepal..head is separate and rotates in fitted sleeve...intricate metal work with raised enamel drops giving the appearance of stones...crature stands roughly 4 inches high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #1012290 (stock #T151)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$650.00
Originally part of a full sized Tibetan adult costume, this piece was cut down to complete a childs festival costume. Decorated with turquoise, coins, tassels and silver ornaments, this type of textile accessory would often be attached to the elaborate headdress or hat and drape down the back to complete the wearers costume. The Tibetan people are not wastefull and items of festival garments in any condition are hard to acquire. I have had it hanging on my wall for a number of years. Today, ...