Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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 : 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #806072 (stock #TC235)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
This old Chinese silk hat would have been owned and worn by a gentleman of some financial means. The gold fretted trim was expensive and used on both mens and woman's clothing of the during late Qing dynasty. There is some blue trim fabric lost as shown in the pictures. The hat is lined with red cotton fabric and has writing in 2 of the 6 sections.
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 : 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 : 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 : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #1066007 (stock #Misc157)
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This antique Korean ink stone was carved from a thick piece of black stone, and is 7.25 inches (18 cm) x 11 inches (28cm) x 3 inches (7.6 cm) high. It weights about 14 lbs. The lid is deeply carved with a swirling dragon. The base of the stone has a grinding surface that slopes to a deep inkwell for collecting the liquid ink. The border of the base is carved with a simple repeat decoration.

One corner of the lid has a chip with most of the loss on the underside...

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #755876 (stock #TC212)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
This old pair of Chinese shoes were made for a small child. Appliqued onto the red cotton background fabric are bits of trim and cotton fabric which give the appearance of a cats face. Gold thread is used in a couching embroidery stitch for the design on the both sides of each shoe.
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 : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1330617 (stock #J212)
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This old Japanese hook would have been suspended over the hearth and used to hang cooking pots over the fire. Obviously used by a rural farm family, this pothook or jizai kagi would have been hung by a rope above the fireplace, and the hook has been "firepolished" from years of use.
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 : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1920 item #1373124 (stock #TC)
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 : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #507874 (stock #J101)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
Possibly made from an old kimono, this sweet drawstring purse charming painted and appliqued scenes of trees, rocks and flowers going around the body of the purse. The bottom shows a country gentleman sitting on a rock under a tree enjoying the mountain view. overall condition is very good, however the fabric sleeve for the drawstring is deteriorated. Purse measures 7" across bottom
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #897628 (stock #M146)
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This wide cuff Chinese bracelet has deeply repousse design composed of detailed symbols related to Miao Ethic Minority myths and legends. Such bracelets would have been worn in matched pairs, one on each wrist, by the women of the "short skirt" Miao of Dan Zhai, and the bracelets would have been handed down from mother to daughter for generations.

The cuff is almost 3 inches at the widest point in the front because of its large size and rolled edge it easily slips onto most wrists.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #663309 (stock #TC114)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$675.00
This rural Mongolian bucket is made from lemon wood and was used daily to draw water from the local village well. Truely an ethnographic relic with original iron fittings, and evidence of constant use and old repairs. It is both large and heavy. The diameter of the bucket is 18" and the bucket alone is 14" deep, add another 11" for the handle and iron toggle fitting. The weight is approx 15 lbs. Originally made about 250 yrs ago and probably used constantly for a couple of centuries.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1216210 (stock #TC504)
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This beautiful mottled gray/green color stone There is a carved with dragon which is deeply undercut so that he is suspended across the top of the stone. The ink reservoir has a matching stone cover. The ink stone is carved from a thick slab of stone, 10 inches across the back, 6+ inches back to front, and over one inch thick. It is heavy. It has been held in a private collection for about 20 years....conservatively dates from early 1800's...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1170809 (stock #T180)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique copper gau would have been kept in a prayer niche in the home and would be worn as an ornament for festival. In place of the Tsatsa (clay figure), there is a Tsakli. It was common practice to use a tsakli (small picture card) to represent the religious item which would be placed in the gau, when time and money became available. The original written talisman remains inside the gau also...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #675836 (stock #EMT122)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$850.00
After hand-weaving their home spun yarn, the Miao women of Na Dan would use contrasting thread colors to create an intricate embroidery of geometric patterns on their precious baby carriers. These pieces were highly prized, used primarily for festival, and were handed down through succeeding generations.

The pouch at the top of the tassel most likely contains various herbs to bring health and good fortune to the baby...

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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1910 item #1141862 (stock #J175)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
This set of 3 dolls court dolls are each mounted on their original matching stands. Wonderful carved wooden faces with gofun finish. The hands and feet are also carved from wood. A charming set...each doll with the stand is about 6 inches tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1281068 (stock #TC535)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
This finely carved small 3 hole flower (plant) antique Ikebana type vase was sourced in China but design quality is very Japanese...Deeply carved dark dense,finely grained hardwood, possibly walnut, or zitan...feels wonderfully smooth...approximately 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches x 1.5 inches....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1015366 (stock #TC333)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This charming pair of old Chinese lotus shoes were made from a sturdy cotton fabric and embroidered with cotton thread. The lack of silk matterials would indicate that the maker/wearer was probably from a less afluent family. The soles indicate are well worn but the vamps are in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1160767 (stock #EMT156)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This old Chinese Miao ethnic minority child's hat is thickly padded for winter wearing. The red silk fabric with silk thread satin stitch embroidery really stands out. One silver butterfly ornament decorates the back of the hat and provides noise to protect the child from evil spirits. a bit dirty but hat is in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1237396 (stock #J184)
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Ornate small pair of Japanese Girls Day display Emperor and Empress Dolls 4 inches tall... complete with hat, headress, fan etc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #634861 (stock #TC159)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$395.00
This antique Chinese silver bracelet is hinged at the back and opens in the front. The silver work displays plant leaves and a bird. The bead work is both coral and turquoise. Bracelet is stamped "China" which according to trade laws makes it late Qing, about 1890. Its in very good condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1132971 (stock #EMT150)
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This was the traditional jacket used by girls of the Yi Chinese ethnic Minority. Girls wore this style until they were married. This garment is small and was most likely worn by a child between 7-10 years old. It is sun faded and has an area of small drip stains on the lower back and is otherwise in good condition...No rips, no tears...2 traditional silver buttons
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1313296 (stock #TC7)
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There are a total of eight signs, each with a different "saying" having to do with well wishes. Due to the age of the calligraphy, and the vagueres of the old Chinese language, accurate translations have not been possible for each sign. Each sign is carved out of wood with raised wooden characters and inlayed with MOP flakes. Each is 21 inches tall and roughly 4.5 inches wide. I have listed them separately, to allow for pictures of each
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1313289 (stock #TC3)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
There are a total of eight signs, each with a different "saying" having to do with well wishes. Due to the age of the calligraphy, and the vagueres of the old Chinese language, accurate translations have not been possible for each sign. Each sign is carved out of wood with raised wooden characters and inlayed with MOP flakes. Each is 21 inches tall and roughly 4.5 inches wide. I have listed them separately, to allow for pictures of each
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1339030 (stock #TC557)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This traditional antique Chinese childs top was made using a fine, deep royal blue damask silk with black silk trim. From a wealthy family, this top was padded for winter use, has all the original frog and monkey fist knot closures, and a hand embroidered rondel with lots of couching and seed stitches (aka forbidden stitch)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1215346 (stock #J181)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This lovely set of 5 antique Japanese blue and white porcelain sake cups was made for export during the McKinley Tariff Act of 1890-1914 which required that the name of the country of origin appear in writing on each piece of pottery or porcelain imported into the country. Each cup has the makers name on the bottom as well as the country of origin. they are in excellant condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Baskets : Pre 1910 item #1006081 (stock #SEA137)
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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 : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1004755 (stock #J156)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This is one of a pair of wooden (not papier mache) chinoiserie footed plates made for export. The central medallion Japanese scene is classic and the rim has ornate panels of individual woman in various poises. Each side has handle shaped and painted as an ivy leaf.

On the black lacquered back is the rement of a very old label. Plate is 10.75 at the widest point. Sourced from an old estate in the US, Chinoiserie of this detail and quality are rare, probably Edo Period between 1840-1850

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1347625 (stock #T199)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
Lovely old pair of matching Tibetan tea bowls. Carved from burl wood with silver/metal decoration around the foot and silver liner inside the bowls. bowls are roughly 2 inches high and 3.75 inches diameter across the rimmed bowl
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #855192 (stock #J132)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This matching Japanese 5 piece set consists of 2 deeply footed shallow serving bowls and 3 small shallow bowls. The deep rich red/orange lacquer background serves to highlight the gold, black and gray landscape scene which graces the inside of each piece. Flying high overhead a gold crane surveys the pine tree and series of sacred mountains. The largest piece is 7 inches diameter, next piece is 6 inches diameter and the 3 pieces each have a 3.5 inch diameter.