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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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #862827 (stock #TC254)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$147.00
According to the writing on the back, this small embroidered pencil holder in was made in 1897 by a Mrs Lee for M.J. Thomas who was a member of the Chinese Chicago Mission group. The embroidery stitches are tiny and some of the threads are frayed but it is a warm memento of friendship and an artifact from another era in relations between China and the US.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1267082 (stock #J201)
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An ornate painting of gold plant and leaf decoration swirl around and across the top of this Meiji period Japanese black lacquer 3 tier box. The bottom tier has a deep foot. The container measures 9 inches in diameter and is 11 inches tall. there are several small nicks in the inside lip/rim of the top box but these do not show in the outside...
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1359194 (stock #TC562)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$650.00
This large Chinese scale has metal balance beams and shallow metal bowls. The scale fits into an ornately carved red and black lacquer wooden case which is slightly domed and has its original copper band closure. There is some wood chip loss around what was the hole for the string which allowed the case to be hung up for storage. Dating from the 1800's the braided cords which attach the shallow bowls to the metal balance beam appear to be replacement cords...
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1257248 (stock #J200)
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this old set of books was originally held together into a single volume with a cover.. The cover is now clearly falling apart and the books are all tied together with a leather cord probably done sometime in the 50's. Each volume covers a different aspect of law...civil, criminal etc... There is a very faded red seal on the front page...the photo of the seal has been enhanced to hopefully make it more readable... Lots of Chinese characters used throughout the text...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1297975 (stock #T197)
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Lovely antique copper pot with ornate reposse silver decoration from Tibet. Probably used for butter tea...Roughly 13 inches high...heavy gauge copper with a few minor surface dents commensurate with age...Rare and gorgeous
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #628452 (stock #TC155)
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Used by the bride for wedding this elaborate kingfisher feather crown is a very old and rare piece. The oldest kingfisher ornaments were made by glueing the feathers onto heavy paper. Metal wire was only used to attach pieces together. Both paper and the feathers are fragile, so not many of these old pieces have survived. This one is in average to good condition, some paper loss and some feather loss...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1188842 (stock #EMT161)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
This Chinese pinafore style garment would have been worn by a small girl child of the Dong ethnic minority in Shui Kou. Fabric is handwoven from cotton fiber, hand stitched with intricate decorative applique work and hand woven snowflake pattern ribbon accents the border. No rips, no tears, and no holes...but this piece is old and has been worn and is a bit "dirty".... and still has its original ties. It is 14 inches wide and 21 inches long...great ethnographic textile for framing.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1237400 (stock #J188)
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For Girls Day Palace display 3 male attendants each approximately 4 inches tall
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1264770 (stock #Misc186)
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One of 3 pendants worn by bridegroom for wedding by Afganistan tribal group. The pendant is slightly domed and in very good condition. It is almost 4 inches across and 5.5 inches long including drops. I have hung the pendant on black cord for easy wearing as a necklace...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1290569 (stock #TC544)
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This ornately hand carved hard wooden frame comes with antique Chines lithograph of the summer palace. The frame is approx 8.5 x 13 inches...
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 : 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 : 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 : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1219176 (stock #zTC512)
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These 3 small oil lamps were brought back to the US by a Baptist missionary who lived and traveled extensively throughout China. Oil lamps like these were used for light source extensively throughout rural China by poor peasants. Simply made, presumed cut from scraps of tin and soldered into shape.. the lids come off for filling with oil and some original home made wicks remain in place. The tallest is 5 inches high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #835426 (stock #ZT136)
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This Tibetan talisman has a sealed leather herb bag hanging on each side of a small bronze sitting Buddha which is also displayed in a leather casing. The Buddha is depicted as holding a small bottle. All 3 pieces are hanging from a matching leather strap so that it could be worn around the neck of the individual.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #881410 (stock #TC264)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$190.00
These antique iron stirrups probably belonged to a low level horse soldier of the Chinese army during the Qing dynasty. They are well patinated.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1053665 (stock #EMT134)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This pair of antique Miao boots were made by a young woman from Song Tao to be worn for festivals. The thick sole has iron hob nails to make walking easier on the hills and terraces. The vamp is made from cotton fabric and is heavily embroidered with cottton thread using satin and chain stitch techniques. The upper part of the boot is also made of cotton fabric.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #1377163 (stock #T204)
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Though the traditional practice of Tibetan "sky burial" is well known. But in some areas of Tibet the Buddhist practice of cremation is also used for some individuals, and The ashes are placed in a box made specifically for that purpose. This cremation box dates to the 18th century and has carved line decoration on the sides... It is made so that the top is keyed to the bottom and slides open from one end...
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 : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1910 item #937901 (stock #Misc141)
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This antique document case would be used to house and transport important documents. The high quality silver decoration of vines and flowers uses both pierced and repousse techniques. The curious emblem displays a spade, heart, club and diamond. Originally owned by a wealthy family, it is from what was considered northern India, (possibly now Pakistan), during the Raj period, before partition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1075007 (stock #TC355)
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Finely carved and once elaborately painted, this antique figure was probably from a small shrine. Clearly used and handled over the years, piece still has some areas of original paint. Some residual of an inked signature on bottom. carving may be of a monk or other religious figure. Stands about 2 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1138895 (stock #TC387)
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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 #1336601 (stock #J208)
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Cocks and dragons are the predominate design elements of this colorful antique Japanese obi... Family crest of golden thread on the end. Heavy silk brocade, in beautiful condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #597836 (stock #TC140)
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This sleeve panel is made with light green silk fabric. It is decorated with floral designs in satin stitched blue silk thread with butterflies high-lighted with white,green and purple thread. Condition is very good. Each sleeve measures 3.5" X 30 inches Embroidered section measures 3" x 20"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1213245 (stock #SEA143)
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This lacquer serving tray from Burma (now called Myanmar) depicts has a central medallion with a mythical Burmese creature, a chinthei, surrounded with 12 individual vignettes depicting children and other creatures. The tray is 19 x 11 inches with a rim 3/4 inches high. The top surface is somewhat dulled from age and exposure.
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #994184 (stock #TC319)
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This antique cast iron 2 piece censer retains much of its original red paint. The inside bottom of the censor bowl is somewhat pitted from use. The chop marks are unrecogizable. The piece is 10 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #627880 (stock #EMT118)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$575.00
This blanket shaped Miao ethnic minority baby carrier is from Jian He and is a good example of the whorl pattern which was so significant to the Chinese Minority. Made from hand-loomed plant fibers (maybe cotton, maybe bast fibers) the surface is heavily decorated with appliques edged with chain stitching. This carrier is in good condition showing a minimum of wear and dirt and it 80+ years old
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1296812 (stock #T195)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This old Tibetan pouch would have been worn for festival both for decoration and coins...it is not a flint strike...clearly it has been used (probably passed from generation to generation)...decorated with coral and turquoise...a few metal enhavcements are missiog...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #715001 (stock #TC192)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This lovely small woman's purse was made from silk satin fabric and embroidered with silk thread useing the satin stitch. The purse still has the original silk ribbon attached to the bottom, and belt loop attached at the top.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1098568 (stock #TC173)
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This embroidery panel was originally the front flip of a money belt. The background fabric is a low cut velvet the embroidery stitches are mostly chain stitches. Charming scene of flowers and fish with traditional chinese key border Almost 12 inches across at the widest and 7.5 inches high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Edged Weapons : Pre 1920 item #1097459 (stock #SEA139)
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This knife sheath would be hung from the woven shoulder strap by the hill tribe hunter. This one was brought back from the border region by a friend. Now heavily patinated with use and age, it was beautifully hand made many years ago and was both light weight and serviceable. It is a wonderful artifact of an age and culture that is rapidly disappearing.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1079225 (stock #TC360)
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Old Chinese hand carved wooden mask depicting legendary king of old China. Face was gessoed and polychrome painted. 15 inches x 14 inches wide and 6 inches deep. some areas of chipped and worn paint consistent with age
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #505974 (stock #ZTC105)
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A must have for any lotus shoe collector. This iron was used for pressing lotus shoes. The thin curved end was useful for getting into the toe area. Made of iron, it is somewhat rusty-i.e. pleasantly aged. Length tip to tip is 13"