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 : 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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #799443 (stock #T130)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This Mongolian oil lamp was made in 3 sections, which were then "welded" together. From the 3 seam marks, it appears that the base was made from 3 parts which were joined and hammered into shape. The stem was a long square length of rod which was twisted during heating. Typically, these lamp stands would have a shallow bowl with a short dull spike for a candle, or a tripod oil bowl could also be placed on the top bowl according to the owners resources and preferences...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #798296 (stock #TC231)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$675.00
This tall bamboo incense holder is elaborately carved with a bird attacking a snake. The birds wings are out-stretched and spread around the container and the bird is being cheered on by a much smaller rooster. The carving is deep and detailed.

The holder is 12 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter and has a deep mahogany brown patina.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #796115 (stock #Misc118)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique Korean serving tray would have been used for serving tea or individual meals. The signature characters on the bottom are followed by the symbol for "student", presumably the tray was carved by an apprentice. The bottom also has rough darken areas for a more secure gripping surface and shallow attached feet which also have rough bottoms.

The tray has a delicately upturned lip, a deep rich red brown color. It is approx 13" x 9.5 inches...

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 : 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 #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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #782243 (stock #TC228)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
This old wooden dragon was hand carved with an expressive face and large black eyes. He balances nicely with his tail on a short pedestal. Gripping his prized pineapple in his paws, he licks it with his tongue, clearly relishing the sweet taste. The pineapple has a short hollow plug on top to provide for an incense stick.

The name Zhang Feng Chao is carved on the underside of the pedestal. This old dragon is a wonderful example of an old Chinese folk art artifact...

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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #779213 (stock #J122)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$95.00
This pair of Japanese handmade long square cut nails are 5" long and appear to have never been used. The nail heads are solid and shaped into a hemisphere. The silver colored decorative metal escutcheons have scalloped edges and markings to represent a flower. The escutcheons are just under 1" in diameter and have a squared center hole which exactly fits the nail shank.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #777469 (stock #TC227)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
Using these Chinese lotus-shaped lacquer tea saucers simplified passing and serving hot tea. Traditional Chinese symbols are delicately painted with copper color over a black lacquer background. There is a double happiness symbol at each end along with clouds, water waves and lucky bat symbol in the center. The back side is traditional Chinese red.
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 : 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 #771647 (stock #TC224)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
An artifact of past Chinese Culture, this old Abacus has hand made beads of what appears to be clay, specifically stoneware. The frame is a dark hardwood, probably walnut. It is approx 5 long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1900 item #771284 (stock #TC222)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
This antique toggle was sourced from China. I suspect that was originally from Tibet. The carved circular markings on bottom of 2 of the sides of the toggle are more typical of the ethnic minorities.

Toggle is almost 2 inches long and .5 inches x .5 inches.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #770934 (stock #J121)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$400.00
This matched set of Japanese lacquer consists of a 10 inch diameter shallow serving bowl and 5 plates, 5.75 inches in diameter. Each piece has a silver rim and nashiji finish with a decorative motif of bamboo leaves with abalone shell inlay flowers.
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #769478 (stock #TC220)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$450.00
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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #768862 (stock #T125)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$750.00
This old drum from Nepal was used for festival and carried in parades. The man would use the left hand to hold the drum by the handmade ropes across the back of the drum. He would use the right hand to strike the drum skin. The chains and metal bits hanging from the bottom would add an extra "jangle" sound while drum moving. Clearly made as folk art instrument, the drum is somewhat out of round and about 18" at the widest diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #766378 (stock #TC216)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This unusual hat stand is made of 2 very thin interlocking pieces which were black lacquered and painted with a floral and peach motif.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #765952 (stock #TC216)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
Carved from a single block of hardwood, this Chinese drum has great patina aged surfaces. An old folk art instrument, it shows the wear of use during many musical performances at chinese operas and street festivals. When "beaten" with its accompanying drum stick, it has a deep attractive sound.
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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #761306 (stock #ZT124)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
Hanging from the belt on a leather strap, the stylized milking hook was the essential item of ornamentation for any Tibetan woman properly dressed for a festival. Surrounding the hook surface is a heavy etched silver band. The bronze/brass hook has is etched with markings and is inset with 5 large beads, set in silver bezels. The original leather strap shows lots of wear.

These ceremonial hooks have become hard to obtain...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #757569 (stock #TC213)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
May be sold separately $135 each
These Chinese long wooden bobbins were used for winding thread for routine sewing chores. As a household tool, used by generations of women within the family, they were hand carved and painted with the continious use in mind. Inside each bobbin there is a small bead which freely moves back and forth and acts as a noise maker when the bobbin is in motion...or falling to the floor.
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 : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1920 item #753677 (stock #TC210)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This set of Chinese dolls were made with wire bodies covered with fabric padding and then silk clothing. Their heads, lower arms and feet are made from some kind of composition material and then painted. Because of their wire construction, their arms, legs, and bodies etc can be carefully repositioned. The feet are wired together to provide a more stable base...it is a theory which frankly does not always work well...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1920 item #753507 (stock #TC209)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$85.00
This Chinese doll was made with a wire body covered with fabric padding and then silk clothing. His heads, lower arms and feet are made from some kind of composition material and then painted. Because of his wire construction, his arms, legs, and body etc can be carefully repositioned. The feet are wired together to provide a more stable base...it is a theory which frankly does not always work well...
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 : Horn : Pre 1900 item #752067 (stock #TC207)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
Made from ox horn, and shaped into a perfectly balanced shoehorn, this antique Chinese folk art artifact serves in both form and function. There is a delicately carved design on the back. The handle part of the horn has eyes carved so that the piece takes the shape of an animal and there is a hole carved so that the shoehorn can be hung from a cord. I vaguely remember hearing that the Chinese inventing the shoehorn, but have not been able to verify this as historic fact.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #751720 (stock #J118)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
The top of this black lacquer Japanese box is heavily carved with leaves and foliage. The carved oval cinnabar panel in the center depicts a long and stable marriage scene. The standing wife has just served her sitting husband tea in the garden, outside the house surrounded by mountains. The four sides of the box are carved with continuous textile design.

The box is 5.5 inches x 4.75 inches and 2+ inches high.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #749848 (stock #TC206)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
may be sold as set or Priced Separately
These antique Chinese hat stands are carved from an unknown wood. Their interlocking parts can be separated easily, so they may have been designed for traveling. They can be sold separately or in groups and used to "show off" your hat collection or as interesting artifacts of Qing dynasty culture.

The hat stand on the left side comes apart into 2 pieces and stands 11" high.

The stand on the right also comes apart into 3 sections with 2 pieces in each section. This stand is 12" tall.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #748813 (stock #J117)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$425.00
Intricately detailed, this miniature scaled model of a japanese tea house was the result of a village folk art craftsman sometime between the late 1890-1920. Each piece is carved from bamboo and is pegged into place. The rice paper shutter doors slide and addition solid shutters are stored in the exterior swinging compartments. The roof is easily removed to reveal the inside which is furnished with an alter, bamboo scroll,flower vase and serving tansu with sliding doors...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #744791 (stock #TC202)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$115.00
This antique lidded container was made for jewelry or other small household items. Obviously hand made, probably by the original owner, it does have a few surface nicks from age and use. With a 5 inch diameter and standing approx 4 inches high, it is a charming artifact of Chinese folk art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #744164 (stock #TC201)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
To be sold as set only
An unidentified hard wood was used to carve this set of 4 matching wooden saucers. They would have been used for tea bowls and have traditional red/orange lacquer paint over a treebark carved pattern on the front surface. Each saucer was carved into a diamond shape with gently curved sides and are each was carved into a thin, shallow bowl shape. This is a rare and unusual set in very good condition.

Each piece measures 5 inches x 4 inches and 1 inch deep.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #742339 (stock #TC199)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This plain pot metal vessel was used to contain hair oil during the reign of Chinese Emperor Daoquang about 1850. Standing about 6 inches high and 3.5 inches diameter at the widest point, a woman would dip her comb into the oil before combing her hair. I do have an identical matched pair of these but am selling them separately.