Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
I will be out internet range and out of the country from Aug 30 to Sept 13 2019. Any questions or purchases will be handled after I return.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #981900 (stock #TC313)
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This antique molded gourd cricket case has a tight fitting rosewood lid. In China, during the Qing dynasty, crickets were considered household pets, and they were also used for fighting contests and, betting was a regular part of the fight scene.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1298862 (stock #TC547)
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On Hold
He is charming...well detailed leaning on a pillows ...a few nicks and bruises to the finish as to be expected at this age...roughly 4 inches tall and 6 inches wide...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1258086 (stock #TC530)
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This charming footed small teapot has handle wrapped with bamboo and is etched all over with a floral design...no signature of any kind...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1054936 (stock #TC340)
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I bought this antique Tibetan ethnic minority needle case years ago in China. Needles were an important sewing tool for women of every indigenous culture and for the Tibetans the needle case was frequently worn as a jewelry accessory for costume adornment festivals. The small jade bi functions as a weight for stability at the bottom of the needle case. It is beautiful.
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #748813 (stock #J117)
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$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 : Central Asian : Pre 1920 item #1254823 (stock #Misc183)
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The saddle seat is Leather and decorated with small tuffs of wool yarn and strips of flat metal (presumed low grade silver) which are embed into the leather in an ornate geometric design.

I replaced the tie which secured the front of the seat to the metal saddle tree...the original cord was literally falling apart...Limited research indicates this saddle was from Rajastan India.

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1275666 (stock #T194)
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$175.00
this antique Tibetan pendant may have originally been used as earring or clothing ornament. I have slipped a simple black cord so it can now be used as a necklace. Coral and turquoise beads and silver decorations are all strung on a long silver post, so they can pivot around. the silver filigree disc at the bottom is missing one small filigree wire element, and possibly there was one a small stone in the middle of the disc...pendant measures 3+ inches long
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1403898 (stock #TC568)
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$175.00
This long handled basket is out of Shanxi Province. There are the remnants of the original woven rattan "ring" on the handle which allowed the basket to be hung from a hook on the ceiling rafters...safe from rodents... Inside the rim of The outer basket, there is a smaller basket which allows for a separate food storage area... 25 inches tall and 10 inches wide at the bottom
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1409455 (stock #TC581)
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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 : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1172069 (stock #TC397)
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$325.00
Sourced from an old estate, this pair of lotus shoes came with a hand written tag/label sewn to the back of one heel and a red paper the shape of the inner sole place inside on of the shoes. The paper is at the point flaking and disintegrating and the writing is in old Chinese and no longer readable. Because of the "tag and label, I suspect that these shoes were presented as a "gift" to a Western missionary, teacher or friend...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #768862 (stock #T125)
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$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 : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1920 item #902544 (stock #Oc107)
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This shell necklace is an ornament from one of the indigenous tribal groups from West Papua New Guinea. Shells were often used as both adornment and currency with these groups. The string/rope is handmade from a plant fiber. As with many items from the tribal groups of New Guinea, it is difficult to put an age on this piece. It is an interesting ethnographic artifact and can be used for display and can also be worn as a necklace. The diameter of the opening is just over 8 inches...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #698723 (stock #M119)
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$165.00
This Chinese ethnic minority hair comb was hand carved with scalloped edge detail on both sides. Many ethnic minority women would save the hair from ancestors and add it to their own hair for additional bulk...some groups would add bits of wool also to make the hair appear thicker. Combs were used both for combing and for hair ornaments. Carved from walnut wood and 9 inches long at the bottom
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1900 item #822901 (stock #Oc105)
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This ethnographic artifact is a seated ancestor female figure carved from goat's horn. It is from one of the Indonesian Islands by one of the indigenous Dayak tribes.

The horn is in good condition with no chips or losses and stands approximately 6 inches tall.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1015366 (stock #TC333)
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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 #1137461 (stock #EMT151)
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$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 : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1095654 (stock #M162)
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$1200.00
This is a heavy Chines necklace which was worn by the Dong ethnic minority women. It can be worn and also makes a very impressive display artifact.

The bib front and back are domed to a thickness of about 1 inch at the center and the piece spans over 10 inches side to side. The weight of the piece (approx 2 lbs)indicates that the piece is definately not hollow

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #744164 (stock #TC201)
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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 : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1214444 (stock #EMT162)
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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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1256933 (stock #TC537)
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This antique pair of spectacles folds into the space of a single eyeglass for easy carrying. Lacking ear pieces, they rest on the nose, hence the name pince nez. The rims are tortoise shell.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1920 item #698092 (stock #Oc100)
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Price on Request
Very rare, this oceanic artifact was brought back by from New Guinea by a pilot sometime in the 1950's. The dog teeth and boar tusks are held together by hand twisted stings woven and interlaced tightly around the widest ends.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1304899 (stock #TC550)
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sold
Very old and very fine embroidered sleeve panels..satin and "forbidden stitch" (Peking knots) with antique trim border...some discoloration due to age... measures 11 x 22.5 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #538539 (stock #EMT100)
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$375.00
This baby carrier panel is a lovely old piece. Embroidered with a very intricate flowing pattern using silk floss and wrapped thread and satin stitch techniques. This piece is bordered with hand-loomed fabric. The back of the piece has recently been replaced. Condition is good 19" x 21.5
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1910 item #1062090 (stock #Misc156)
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This antique small iron mortar fits easily into the closed hand was used for grinding medicinal herbs. The pestle is attached with a hand made chain. Sourced from Maharasha, India...great aged patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #825239 (stock #TC245)
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$225.00
By the latter part of the 19th century the ruling Qings were obsessed with every last detail of dress. This antique top grain leather fan case could only have been owned by very wealthy Chinese woman.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1404229 (stock #T207)
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$175.00
This woven Tibetan container would have been used to hold a pair of wooden tea bowls...there is an interior separator (removable) which allows for the separation of tea bowls. Hand made using plant materials (hemp) and rattan with leather closures Bowls would have been packed into container such as this when traveling... and from the condition of this one...it has traveled many times. The container is 6 inches diameter at the top and 4 inches high...well aged fair condition...
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 1920 item #554092 (stock #TC120)
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Only a wealthy Chinese woman would have been able to own this rare antique silk headband. Decorating each side of the headband are mirror images of an ornament depicting a bird and using the prized Kingfisher bird feathers. Intergrated with each kingfisher bird ornament is a finely embroidered bird on a branch.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1900 item #872479 (stock #TC260)
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$343.00
This hand carved panel is from a Chinese Buddhist Temple erected around 1860. The panel is deeply carved with a scene which takes place at the foot of the sacred mountain. Bits of Mother of Pearl are inlaid into the mountain and is also used to highlight a few costume details.

This panel was used as an architectural element and has the mortise cuts in the top which were used to hold the panel in place. It is one of a pair of panels which were taken from the temple...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1377165 (stock #ZT204)
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sold
This is woodblock is carved on both sides so that it was used to print 2 different pages of a Tibetan Sutra book. ...Age and use are obvious and there are a few nicks and bruises but no serious loss... A true ethnographic relic measures 14 inches x 3 inches x 7/8th inch...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1314944 (stock #TC554)
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This pair of antique Chinese sleeve panels have wonderfully detailed hand embroidery of satin, seed, and couching embroidery techniques. The panels are bordered with plain silk of the period total length 21.5 x 9 inches wide
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #796115 (stock #Misc118)
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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 #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 : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #593434 (stock #T108)
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$175.00
Suspended from a small leather belt loop, this old Mongolian pipe pouch has trekked a long way. This ethnographic relic was clearly hand-made, with a simple closure of leather thongs tied into a traditional knot, and a few beads add a decorative element. For pipe cleaning, there is added piece of twisted metal wire decorated with green thread. Approx 12" long and about 3" at the widest point. It is a relic from a nomadic ethnic culture and its condition.....