This rare antique hand made snuff container was clearly owned by a wealthy Mongolian. It would have been suspended from a belt when worn for a festival ornament.
This hand made beater board was used with an old backstrap loop by one of the hill tribes of northern Thailand. Now, as a folk art tool from another culture, it is an authentic ethnographic artifact and is also an interesting piece of sculpture.
The beater board is 4 inches wide and 27+ inches long, and has lost a few "teeth" with age.
This wonderfully detailed Antique pendant is from Tibet. It has silver dragons surrounding a large veined turquoise stone with a smaller coral stone. Additional small bits of turquoise form the background for the dragons tail. The entire scene is backed and bordered with scalloped bronze. The rear of the pendant another oval shaped turquoise stone in a ribbed bezel. The pendent can be easily suspended from a simple black cord using the 2 attached bronze loops...
This antique Chines fifth rank summer court official hat has its original fringe, crystal finial and chin strap. The hat has its original storage box, which shows both its age and use. There is a tear on one side of the rim (pictured) and the rear hinge works but is also in poor condition.
Traditional Han Chinese water pipe used for smoking opium. Lovely cloisonne base with fretwork background. The pipe brush/tweezers tool is missing. There is a makers/factory symbol on the inside of the container lid.
Tiny area of damage to the cloisonne on the lower right side see pic
The wheel is covered with deep red coral beads. Additional strands of coral beads and the turning weight are attached to a narrow leather strap which bands the center of the wheel. The handle was hand turned. Almost 12" hight and 5" in diameter, this old prayer wheel has seen many turns.
This is an old Chinese carpentry tool. It was used the same as today's carpenter's "chalk line". The bowl would be filled with powdered charcoal and the string would be pulled through the bowl, and a straight line would be snapped. The string would be rewound by tuning the "crank handle".
Older carpenters frequently made their own tool and the carving on this one is very well done, a dragons head floating in a wave pattern. Note the hand made string...very rare...
The front of this Tibetan wooden snuff bottle is covered with silver repousse ornamentation. The back is surface is also silver.
The bottle is 5 inches x 4 inches x 2.5 inches.
Stunning old Tibetan necklace...the Gau is over 3.75 inches long. The entire necklace is 27 inches long. Large red coral beads with silver separators the necklace is held together with silver wire. Gorgeous as a display piece or a piece of Jewelry.
Traditionally the style and shape of these old Tibetan wool boots was used by all Buddhist monks, and were considered part of the monks costume. The specific decorative cut pattern and colors of fabric indicated the area of Tibet and the position of the Monk. I am not able to identity the Tibetan region or station of the monk who worn this particular pair of boots
The sole and vamp of the boot is very ridged and heavy...
The bone beads are drum-shaped and inlaid with bits of coral and turquoise. Additional discs of metal are sometimes sandwiched between the bone beads. Prayer beads were hand held strands used for counting mantras during prayer. This strand is long enough to slip over the head easily and it makes a beautiful necklace.
This is a wonderful old mala and it is in very good condition
Made from palm fronds, this male seminole indian doll is from the late 1940's.
He is wearing the traditional costume and excellant condition except that he is missing his traditional hat. He is 7.5 inches tall with an adorable face and black short hair.
The 100 Bird Cape is sometimes mistaken by Westerners as a Miao baby carrier. In fact, the 100 bird cape is a man's garment. It would be worn on the back, over the 100 bird coat for special festivals. They are somewhat rare. Not all men could afford (actually the wives) the time and matterials to make such a garment. It takes over a year to collect the feathers for the cape because the feathers must come from birds which were ritually sacrificed.
This is a particularly rare cape...
This slender expressive statue represents the right hand of the Buddhist female deity worshiped as Quanyin in China, White Lotus in the US, Tara in Tibet, and Kuan Eim in Thailand, etc. The hand retains much of the original paint remains and is mounted on its own display stand. The hand alone is 14 inches high and including the stand is approx 18 inches high.
The front of this Tibetan snuff bottle has deep silver repousse with animals and plants. Top stopper has a long copper spoon. The front has a larger circular opening which is fitted with a matching silver repousse stopper decorated with a piece of turquoise. Both the top and front stoppers are tied to the main bottle with a leather thong to prevent loss. The rear has a design deeply etched into the silver surface.
The bottle is roughly 4 inches high, 3 inches across and 2 inches thick.
This unusual necklace is made from horn beads (presumably goat). The "hook and eye" ends act as a clasp and are also from goat.
This rare pair of antique Japanese Samurai stirrups date to the mid Edo Period. The are inlaid with bits of abalone shell. The cut-out below the buckle appears to be the a representation of the trifold Asarum leaves, which was the mon of the Tokugawa shoguns.
There is some loss of abalone shell and there is a crack in one of the foot pads. But they are a gorgeous example even with these condition issues.
Manchu women never practiced foot-binding. However, during the Qing dynasty, they did wear pedestal aka platform shoes, hoping to give the appearance of smaller feet. The tips of the shoes would appear to peak out from under the robes, giving the foot more dainty appearance.
This pair of antique Chinese shoes were made with a silk background fabric and embroidered with silk thread using satin stitching. Added appliques velvet fabric in the shape of fish are embroidered with a chain stitch...