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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1371710 (stock #TC564)
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During the Qing Dynasty, Chinese court gentlemen and ladies used elaborate hair styles. To assist in these construction of the "hairdo's", they used a wire form was covered with a mesh fabric. This particular "cap" was used to cover a bun of hair on the center of the head. The silver flat "hairpin" was used to hold the cap in place by pushing it through one side hole, between the hair bun and the scalp and through the other side hole. The inside of the cape clearly shows its age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1226438 (stock #TC516a)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$375.00
This necklace consists of 2 carved ivory beads 3/4ths inch diameter, 8 large carved bone beads 3/4th inch, and 88 smaller carved bone beads (1/2 inch). Each large bone and ivory bead has a protective metal sleeve around the stringing hole. If opened up the strand would measure approx 48 inches...beautiful patina on both the ivory and the bone beads....
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 : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #859722 (stock #TC251)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$280.00
Needles were a valued woman's sewing tool and were carefully secured in a special case hanging from the belt. This Chinese silver needle case has 6 sides, each with a delicate repousse floral design. The bottom is weighted with a small turquoise and larger amber bead.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1373028 (stock #TC567)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$35.00
This set of old Chinese bookmarks was sent home to the US by Baptist Missionary Rebecca Cloud-Stewart... Each bookmark has original string and is made with embossed paper with silver surround on image of rural China.... set comes with Original Paper cover very good condition...never used... size 6.5 x 2 inches the ties are not included in the measurements
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1132971 (stock #EMT150)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This was the traditional jacket used by girls of the Yi Chinese ethnic Minority. Girls wore this style until they were married. This garment is small and was most likely worn by a child between 7-10 years old. It is sun faded and has an area of small drip stains on the lower back and is otherwise in good condition...No rips, no tears...2 traditional silver buttons
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1328360 (stock #EMT)
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sold
Wonderful satin stitch embroidery of flowers and butterflies decorate this charming antique Chinese Miao baby hat. The front has 4 silver Buddha ornaments and the back sports the traditional Miao ornament of a butterfly with dangling bells to protect the child from evil spirits. The hat is softly padded to keep baby's head warm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #696769 (stock #TC183)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$325.00
This pair of Chinese lotus shoes, aka bound feet shoes, have a soft golden color silk vamp. Each side of the shoes is embroidered with the same pattern, and uses satin stitch silk thread.

The embroidery pattern on these lotus shoes has always mystified me. There is a woman and an animal that is possibly intended to be a giraffe. I vaguely remember some bits of information. The Chinese first heard about the African giraffes from verbal and written descriptions...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1920 item #1075647 (stock #T165)
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$110.00
This mini snuff bottle is formed from copper and decorated with brass wire and turquoise. The writting is Mongolian (not Tibetan) and there is one stone missing on each side. The bottle is a scarce 1.25 inches high.
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 : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #770474 (stock #TC221)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$395.00
This pair of boots were made for the child of a wealthy Han family of the late Qing dynasty. They were made from a pale peach colored silk fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin stitch. The color on lower part of the boots, especially on the outside, has faded to a soft golden color. This would be due to sun exposure during use as the upper part of the boots would be covered by the childs pant legs...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1003427 (stock #TC325)
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This is the second of 4 small individual antique Chinese carvings which I am listing separately. I had always assumed them to be 4 of the eight immortals but upon close inspection, I am now not sure which gods, ancestors or legends they represent. Each character stands with its own faithful foo type dog and carries an implement of some kind. Each has a peg on the bottom which fits into the own homemade stand. This character stands 5.75 inches x 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #913520 (stock #M147)
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$290.00
For women of indigenous cultures, sewing needles were often hard to come by and considered valuable tools. Commonly, among such groups, cases were specifically designed to protect and safeguard the sewing. This particular antique silver needle case is from the Chinese Miao ethnic minority group and would have been worn by the women as a decorative costume ornament during festival.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Horn : Pre 1900 item #775658 (stock #M126)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Sourced from southern China, this ethnic minority tobacco container has a hinged lid and "belt clip". I suspect that it is Yi minority.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1066719 (stock #TC347)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
This pair of Chinese lotus shoes were made by a woman of limited finances. She bought what materials were needed for the vamp and supplemented with the use of rough home spun fabric scraps to cover the shaped heals and soles. The limited amount of expensive gold couching threads outlining the floral embroidery pattern on each side of the shoes indicates that this pair of lotus shoes would have used only for special occasions...
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 : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #749211 (stock #M122)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Large by Western standards, this is actually the "childs" size version of this foo dog necklace worn by the Chinese Miao minority 70-90 years ago. Made of low grade silver, typical of Chinese jewelry of the time period, the intricate pendant is 5.5 inches across, 6.5 inches long and suspended from a long hand-made chain. The heads of the foo dogs are in a pin which allows them to turn freely and the central "flower" is also suspended on a wire which allows it to spin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #955297 (stock #TC303)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This small hand carved wooden container would have been used to store smoking tobacco, and would have been worn hanging from a belt the same as a Japanese inro. Although similar types of containers would have used by both traditional Han Chinese and ethnic minority Chinese, this particular container is definately traditional Han Chinese. One side has a carved scene of a bird and branch, the other side has written characters...