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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #996546 (stock #SEA136)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$475.00
This fine antique large betel nut container from Burma is painted with a traditional ornate "yun" incised lacquer design called “yok-thei”. There are tiny dancers swirling through an intricate background of vine vegetation. High sided cylindrical betel boxes called "kun-it" were used to store betel leaves and other ingredients. The deep lid fits snugly to keep the contents fresh.

Unfortunately, this container is missing the original tray insert...

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 : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1800 item #936644 (stock #J145)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$950.00
This old Japanese Noh theater mask has the expressive face of an old man. The mask is carved from paulownia wood and dates to middle Edo period, around 1750. The patina is wonderful.

Mask measures approx 8 inches high and 6 inches wide

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1237398 (stock #J186)
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The 5 musicians from palace set of Girls Day Hina Dolls...the 2 musicians in the rear are are seated on stools are each 4.5 inches tall. The 3 seated on the floor are 3.5 inches tall
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #903513 (stock #TC271)
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All along the four edges of this bone toggle, there is a carved circular pattern design. This pattern is very similiar to a Yao Ethnic Minority pattern and would be unusual in a Han piece.

The last picture enlargement shows how the toggle would have been used to secure the cords of a hat. The bead would be moved up the cords so that the toggle would be tight under the chin...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #713527 (stock #TC190)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
This antique Chinese hand carved wooden bobbin still has a length of home spun thread which winds around the middle. The bobbin shows extensive use, with some areas of paint and finish heavily patinated and other areas just worn away.
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 : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #1316447 (stock #Misc195 )
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
Hand carved heavy old wooden Quran (aka Koran) Muslin book reader out of Middle East, Central Asia. Reader folds flat when not in use and has extra arm separator for storage of additional pages. Good patina, some wear marks as expected in an item of this age
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1287164 (stock #J197)
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This unusual Japanese lacquer clam shell is from Wakasa, a center for exceptional lacquer craftsmanship which began during the Edo period. At that time the lacquerers of the Obama clan, near Wakasa Bay, began decorating their work with designs depicting elements of the ocean floor, For techniques, the Wakasa craftsmen developed a process of repeated lacquer coatings of several colors and rubbing down the lacquer coated surface...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #507247 (stock #J100)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
Rare Japanese antique box. Body of box has treebark finish. The top has 2 very fine lacquerware pieces depicting cranes and irises. The keyhole escheon is floral shaped and is incised. Sorry, no key, condition is very good. 10.5 x 3.5 x 2.5
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 #509177 (stock #TC110)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
This is a charming traditional Chinese child's "wind hat" so called because of the protection the hat gives to the back of the neck. The silk threads of the satin stitched embroidery depict lots of flowers and butterflies. Hat is in good condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1238449 (stock #ZT187)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
This lovely antique bell is a traditional Ghanta, which is a Tibetan Buddhist ritual bell, sometimes called Dril, bu,and/or singing bell. Just over 6 inches tall, this Ghana is paired with the Dorje at the top of the handle, and the surface is decorated with an abundance of Tibetan symbols. This bell has the original clapper, has a lovely tone and beautiful patina. Bell is 6.5 inches (16.5 CM) tall

The Ghanta represents feminine power, wisdom, receptiveness, and the voice of the Buddha.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #871813 (stock #TC258)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$240.00
This Chinese lady's purse was made with silk satin fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin embroidery stitch. The edges are bound with carefully aligned silk threads. Each side opens to a separate storage compartment and there is a third compartment which is accessed from the top of the purse.

Made and used during the late Qing Dynasty, the quality of the materials and workmanship clearly show that this purse was used by a woman of means...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1286780 (stock #TC539)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$395.00
This round inkstone was carved out of a naturally occurring layered stone...both the bottom and cover viewed from the side show the striation of the stone.The covered has a pond design etched with raised koi fish. It is really lovely. The inkstone is just over 4 inches in diameter and .8 inches in height.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1137461 (stock #EMT151)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
Clearly made by an adoring grandmother, this antique Dong Minority hat is covered with a variety of ornate embroidery stitches including both wrapped thread and couching techniques. The hat is topped with silver half beads representing bubbles and a large top knot.. It is a bid dirty which would be expected in a childs hat of this age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1354426 (stock #J217)
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This antique Japanese Marquetry box is a good example of the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that marked the Japanese Meiji Period. The sides of the lid have scalloped opening which ease the removal opening of the box which was probably designed for glove storage. 10.5 x 3.5 x 3.75 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #623494 (stock #TC151)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$245.00
This small wooden box has a charming scene with 2 happy dragons carved into the sliding top. All 4 sides are carved. Late Qing period, box is in good condition, and measures 5" x 3" x 1.5
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #729559 (stock #Oc103)
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This traditional Dayak medicine container is made in 2 pieces. The upright piece is carved from wood representing ancestor spirits at the prow of a boat. The horizontal piece is a carved animal horn, presumably goat. The original wooden hinge pin has been replaced with a new piece of wood as the old one was broken and unusable. Dayak is the general name used for the various indigenous tribal groups living in Borneo, which is now called Kalimantan.
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 1900 item #582272 (stock #T105)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This is a wonderfully detailed silver needle case which was worn hanging from the belt. It has it's original long leather thong and silk tassel. Each side of the silver case has a central stone bead...one coral, one turquoise. The sides of the case (not pictured) have incised cloud/wave pattern. When opened, the case has copper with fabric arm to hold the needles. For indigenous and nomadic people, needles were an essential and valuable tool for survival of daily life...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1221107 (stock #TC513)
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Used for repeated printing of an image onto paper, this carved wooden ink block has the image of Fu Lu Shou, the Chinese God of Longevity. Almost 6.5 x 10 inches...this inkblock makes a nice wall hanging
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Pre 1920 item #596534 (stock #Misc102)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$345.00
This elaborate woman's dress bodice is from Afghanistan, formerly Baluchistan. The fabric was first elaborately embroidered with an applique of thin strands of braids. Then it was heavily decorated with coins and beads.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1074217 (stock #TC352)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
This small strand of Buddhist prayer beads would have been kept in a pocket or looped on a belt. Bought in China from a Tibetan, the strand of tiny dark beads is broken up with coral beads to assist in counting. The 3 fabric triangles, from departed monks robes, are amulets containing various protective prayers. When used for ritual prayers, the fabric talisman would be held in the closed fist while the fingers count the beads...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #1066253 (stock #Misc158)
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This Indo-Persian antique silver repousse lidded container box was probably intended for cosmetics. The elaborate design work is flawless and the attention to detail were hallmarks of luxury items made during the late 19th century in both India and Persia. There are 2 makers marks and some scratches on the bottom of the box. See picture

The box is 3.5 inches in diameter and is 1.5 inches high

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1189139 (stock #TC500)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
Designed for travel, this old Chinese wooden hat stand comes apart to fit flat. Ethnographic item from the Qing dynasty, it has a good sculptural quality and is also good way to display your antique Chinese hat.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1236048 (stock #TC520)
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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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1071505 (stock #M160)
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This antique Chinese small wooden tobacco container would have been looped on a belt. It is probably ethnic minority, and hand carved by its intended user. Such folk art artifacts are now rare and hard to find on the market.

Measures 3 inches tall, and comes with original hand twisted cord, and is in very good condition

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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1114028 (stock #T173)
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The shape of this antique pendant is a Dharmachakra or "wheel with 8 spokes", which is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. Eight oval shaped turquoise surround a ninth turquoise stone, with each stone set in a silver bezel on a silver backing. When mined, turquoise is a soft stone, and all old stones were set into a bezel for protection. Later stablization processes were used so that bezels were no longer required...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #674560 (stock #J109)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$435.00
This wonderful Edo period antique Japanese tobacco box is made of wood and covered with lacquer which is now seriously aged. In the middle of the lid is small sculptured detail. The box has the original cord and horn tip toggle, and still contains tobacco. Circa 1860's this box is 4.5" x 2.5" x 3" high. It is truly a piece of old ethnographic folk art from Japan's Edo period.
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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #905962 (stock #TC272)
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These Chinese woman's Lotus shoes are from Shanxi province and are from the mid 1800's. In Chinese culture, to have, wear or use something from an ancestor (parent, grandparent,etc) was considered as a talisman and gave an element of protection to the user. This pair of lotus shoes was passed to a younger generation whose embroidery skills were, well, not as advanced as the original maker. But clearly the child left her mark on the shoes with the added embroidery of the birds etc.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #678231 (stock #J110)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
Being of both simple and elegant design, this small religious shrine is so typical of Japanese aesthetics. It is made from Cedar wood and dated on the back as "Showa, 2nd year, March 17. Approximately 5" high and 3" wide.
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 : Horn : Pre 1900 item #1221561 (stock #TC514)
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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...