Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1354426 (stock #J217)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1107938 (stock #TC377)
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This Qing Dynasty scroll is a kossu woven silk tapestry (kesi is the Japanese term) meticuliously depicts the famous Chinese painting scroll by Ding Yunpeng called The White Horse Carrying Sutras. The original painting was done in 1625 and illustrates the story of the 2 monks who traveled through Western China with a white horse carrying the Buddhas Scriptures. The original hangs in the National Palace Museum (Forbiddon City in TaiPei).

The kossu textile is in excellant condition...

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 : 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 : 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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1125216 (stock #TC381)
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Toward the late Qing and early Republic periods, footbinding in urban centers became less common. But women were still concerned with fashionable footwear. This pair of beaded strips are actually shoes parts which would have been sewn with other matching beaded fabric parts to form a pair of beaded shoes
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #941027 (stock #Misc144)
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This Korean antique is a hand carved woodblock which would have been used to print a repeating decorative design pattern onto a textile. It is very old, and well worn with great patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1304341 (stock #ZTC551)
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This ingenious antique Chinese sundial can be carried in the pocket. When needed, the cover is removed, the pointer is raised and held in place by the notch in the raised semi circle arm. Direction is established by the small compass on one side of the pointer. The small fixed circular dial on the other side of the pointer uses Chinese characters...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1910 item #1141862 (stock #J175)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
This set of 3 dolls court dolls are each mounted on their original matching stands. Wonderful carved wooden faces with gofun finish. The hands and feet are also carved from wood. A charming set...each doll with the stand is about 6 inches tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1266191 (stock #T191)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$95.00
This small hand painted picture on cloth, called a Tsakli was used for Buddhist religious instruction and rituals in Tibet. The back of the card has Tibetan writing...Obvious condition issues...This card and others listed on this site were all antique cards when they were brought out of Tibet in the 60's...roughly 3x 4 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #846379 (stock #M130)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$187.00
From the Yi ethnic minority group, this antique Chinese container would have been used to store tobacco. The decorative cinnabar paint color draws attention to the gentle dome shapes of the lid and bottom sections, which fit together with a deep overlap. The worn areas of the cinnabar expose the black lacquer undercoat...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #821045 (stock #TC242)
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These early Qing dynasty cups were carved from coconut shell, and lined with metal which was originally coated with silver. The Chinese believed that silver would tarnish when in contact with poison. Many wealthy Chinese liked to use silver lined cups and chopsticks tipped with silver fittings was an assurance against poisoning...
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 : 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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #597829 (stock #TC139)
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$95.00
Floral embroidery in several shades of blue silk thread decorate this white silk sleeve band. Mostly embroidered with satin stitch, there is a rose embroidered with peking knots and high-lighted with gold couching. There is some slight discoloration on the white silk border which could easily be avoided in framing. Embroidered area measures 4" x 16 full panel measures 7" x 32
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 : 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 : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1234384 (stock #TC517)
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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 purple satin weave fabric with ribbon and silk embroidered trim at the cuffs. There is some ares of fade on the basic fabric.
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 : 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 : 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 : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #506244 (stock #EMT104)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This small purse was made by Miao girl to be given to "boyfriend"...If he accepts and wears the purse on his belt...he favors her. The embroidery stitch is called Daiz but westerners know it as Peking knot aka forbidden stitch. 5.5 x 3 excellant condition
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 : Korean : Pre 1900 item #1066007 (stock #Misc157)
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This antique Korean ink stone was carved from a thick piece of black stone, and is 7.25 inches (18 cm) x 11 inches (28cm) x 3 inches (7.6 cm) high. It weights about 14 lbs. The lid is deeply carved with a swirling dragon. The base of the stone has a grinding surface that slopes to a deep inkwell for collecting the liquid ink. The border of the base is carved with a simple repeat decoration.

One corner of the lid has a chip with most of the loss on the underside...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Dolls and Puppets : Pre 1920 item #941273 (stock #TC286)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$1,170.00
This charming adult female Door of Hope doll is 11 inches tall. Her face is somewhat darkened with age and the lower fronts of her trouser legs are faded from sunlight. She has all of her original clothing layers. Her top tunic is a bit dirty in the front and has a small tear at the rear of the right sleeve. Yet, even with these "condition problems" she retains the quiet beauty which has made the door of hope dolls such a collectors treasure.
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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1837 VR item #929887 (stock #T148)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$655.00
Both the wooden front and back covers of this Buddhist Sutra book are hand carved with different symbols. The numerous text pages are beautifully written with rich black ink with specific words written in red ink. The book still has its original leather binding strap.

This Tibetan sutra book approximately 12 inches wide, 4 inches tall, and 2 inches thick. Though the pages are in good condition, the covers show years of wear and use and is a wonderful artifact of an old culture.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #886856 (stock #Misc138)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$243.00
This Indonesian container would have been carried by a man using the handmade string as a shoulder strap. The "purse" was hand carved out of a local hardwood and both the top and bottom have decorative details.

The container sits stably on it base but can also be hung on the wall as an interesting sculpture artifact.

Approximately 9 inches high, 7.5 inches across and 4 inches deep.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1008113 (stock #J157)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This Japanese Meiji period 6 sided porcelain chocolate pot was made for export to the Western markets. The chocolate pot has a lovely traditional Japanese scene which was hand painted, with bits of moriage detail. Excellent condition, no chips, no cracks, pot is 9.5 inches tall. There are 3 matching cups and saucers will be listed separately.

Dated by McKinley Tariff Act requiring name of country of origin to be permanently engraved (stamped) or imprinted into a piece.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1290569 (stock #TC544)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #582713 (stock #TC136)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This small hinged metal case is covered with leather and opens to display both red ink pot and personal ivory chop. The person's name on the base of the chop is clearly carved. Leather in old China was very expensive...the owner of this chop must been a person of both status and wealth. The leather shows age but is intact and set is in very good condition. The case measures 2.5" X 1+" This is a rare old piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1323533 (stock #J211)
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This antique Japanese small drawstring fisherman's bag is woven from hand rolled cording using indigenous natural plant fibers. It would be used for carrying home the catch at the end of day. The bag shows some areas of staining and one small area near the bottom where a few fiber cords have split. these condition areas are to be expected of a folk art item of this age and use. ,,,,,

the bag is roughly 10 x 12 inches and has a generous amount of cording for adjustable straps.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1299902 (stock #SEA)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
Carved out of Bamboo this Buddha is 13.5 inches high,5 inches wide and 4 inches deep. He is a wonderfully carved example of folk art tradition with very gentle countenance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1088868 (stock #TC366)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
This antique Chinese rectangular serving tray is elaborately inlayed with Mother of Pearl. The ornate 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 : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1098178 (stock #T170)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This Buddhist figure was cast in bronze and sewn into a leather case. It would have been carried in a pocket or worn hanging about the neck by the leather thong...a personal amulet or talisman meant for protection. Good condition, 4 the case in 4 inches high and 3 inches across at the widest point.
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