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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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1218241 (stock #TC509)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique Chinese civil rank badge has the golden goose representing 4th rank. Embroidered using brick stitch this badge is has a fret background,key border and is decorated with bats, turtles and flowers. Curiously the sun is missing but the badge is old and still has the remnants of a few threads which were used to sew it to the front of the robe. The badge has traditional blue silk lining and is in excellent condition...
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 : Middle Eastern : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1403300 (stock #Misc204)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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this matching pair of Turkomen Yomud tent bags, aka chuval, are out of my private collection...beautiful condition Sumak weave on bag faces plain woven canvas backs 39 x 17 inches (not including fringe)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1313294 (stock #TC5)
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 : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1221107 (stock #TC513)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1098600 (stock #TC175)
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During the Qing dynasty, an essential part of the Chinese woman's costume was the doodoo, which was worn covering the chest. This one is fine silk with lovely embroidery and is lined with traditional blue silk. It measures 16 inches across and 17 inches high. excellant condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #721012 (stock #TC101)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
Many Chinese would "grind" a day's supply of ink in advance and store the liquid ink in a metal "inkbox". According to the calligraphy on the top of this inkbox, it was a gift in the year of the goat, to a medical inspector upon completion of his 3rd year of work in Yuncheng city, Shanxi province. The inkbox is 3 inches in diameter and has an dried ink in the bottom and a built in inkstone inside the lid.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Ivory : Pre 1920 item #1358980 (stock #J218)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
Nicely aged patinated Japanese old ivory letter opener or possibly a page turner with carved and dyed lizard making its way up the handle. The piece is 9.5 inches long and .5 inches wide. It is slightly doomed across the width and the "blade" section is sharpened on one side... Really a lovely piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #570913 (stock #TC127)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$195.00
This pair of Lotus Shoes have a lotus blossom embroidered on each side of the white silk vamp. Used and showing many signs of wear, they are also a bit are dirtier than they appear in the pictures. One of the leather heels is missing. They measure just a bit over 5" heel to toe tip...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1837 VR item #1182143 (stock #Af134)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$135.00
Strand of Tuareg seed pod prayer beads from the region of Timbuktu, Mali. A talisman is added on with handmade cord and decorated with elephant hairs (from tail) and cowrie shells. The original cord was broken long ago and a few seed pods are missing. The original cord has been left in place and I have added a second strand to keep the strand together.
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 : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1233035 (stock #J183)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
Each saki cup of this set of 6 has hand painted flower or foliage in the inside. The set is Japanese lacquerware from Meiji period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1120548 (stock #T175)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
This antique Tibetan neckace bronze pendent has a cast bronze pendent with coral and turquoise beads. The pendent is suspended from a hand made chain.
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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #848170 (stock #EMT132)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This baby carrier is from the Miao ethnic minority of Qui Yang. Characteristic of the antique Miao baby carriers from this area, the surface decoration is composed of very tiny cross stitches which form geometric embroidery pattern which, to Western eyes, resemble snowflakes...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #981063 (stock #TC312)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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This antique Chinese box would have been used during the Qing dynasty, possibly by a scholar or shop keeper. The bottom of this box has covered compartments for seals, chops,calligraphy brush, ink sticks and a built in inkstone. There is an abacus built into the lid.

The original hinge pin was lost and has been replaced. The box was made with large dovetail joints and from a hard wood of unknown origins. The outside is dirty and I have not cleaned it...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1258766 (stock #EMT164)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This Chinese ethnic child's hat has wrapped thread embroidery technique which was used by the Miao the Miao minority. The set of silver ornaments across the from are Buddha images. the The ornament in the back is a stylized butterfly of Miao Legend...the dangle of bells at the back is to scare off evil spirits who would attack the child from the rear..This hat is old and in surprisingly good condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #813121 (stock #Af123)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This old set of pygmy quiver and arrows have seen a lot of use. When hunting, the leather quiver would have been worn high on the back. The cap comes off easily and the upper portion of the quiver is bent to allow easy access to the arrows. The metal tips of the 5 arrows are worn and broken with only 1 showing its original shape and barbs. Each arrow has a plant binding around the end with a notch for the bow string...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1900 item #976007 (stock #ZTC307)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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During is height of popularity in the Qing Dynasty, when one went to the opera, souvenir dolls were often purchased. This pair of Chinese opera dolls is probably the oldest that I have seen. Both dolls are in fragile condition. They are mounted on separate stands which may be of the same age as the dolls. They have been together for over 100 years and I am not willing to separate them
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1014263 (stock #J158)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
These 3 Japanese porcelain cups and saucers were hand painted with a delicate landscape scene. They are the matching set to the previously listed Japanese chocolate pot dealers number J157 or troc #1008113. Thought the set was made for chocolate, it can easily be used for tea.
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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #581942 (stock #TC135)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$450.00
This late Qing Dynasty hat is in excellant condition. Made with silk fabric with silk thread embroidery on both front and back, it has long tassels on each side.
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 : Edged Weapons : Pre 1920 item #1097459 (stock #SEA139)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #815119 (stock #TC237)
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This small antique Chinese wooden storage container was used for calligraphy implements. Inksticks would have been held in the rear center compartment. Calligraphy brushes would have been held upright on the right and left side compartments. Seals or chops would have been stored in the lidded section. Originally painted with black lacquer, this piece has great age and wear patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #698723 (stock #M119)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$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 : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1406968 (stock #T)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$450.00
This Tibetan gau (aka prayer box) is actually a small shrine. When not being worn as an ornament during festivals, it would be kept in the prayer niche of the family home. The back of the box slides open. Frequently, a special prayer i.e. sutra pages would be placed inside. The small glass window at the front displays a Tsa tsa, which is a clay statue of a Buddhist Deity. These statues were made only by the monks and considered to be a holy relic...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1700 item #942718 (stock #TC295)
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This antique Chinese offering cup would have been filled with water for Buddha and left at the temple alter. It dates from WanLi Reign during the Ming Dynasty.

The cup is black lacquer, peach shaped for long life, has a footed bottom, and ornate finger stops on each side. It has several nicks and chips as is appropriate for its age. The cup is 1.25 inches high and 3 inches across at the widest point.

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 #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...