Late 19th century Silver Berber enameled bracelet from Tiznit, almost 2 inches high (4.5 cm). Closed, the bracelet interior diameter is 2.25 inches. With the pin removed and the clasp opened the diameter is widened to 2.75 inches which permits bracelet to slip easily over average womans hand. Bracelet weighs .5 lb. Silver grade is unknown and assumed to be very low.
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
Vintage traditional Miao Woman's hairpin used for festival. 7 inches long
This old Japanese hook would have been suspended over the hearth and used to hang cooking pots over the fire. Obviously carved by the original owner/user, this pothook or jizai kagi is heavily grooved from many years of use. The attached rope is probably a replacement to the original rope. It has been knotted into place for some years and I decided not to attempt to remove it.
This antique Japanese Goten or Palace would have been used to create a Palace scene of the Imperial Court for the display of the 15 traditional Girls Day Hina Doll Collection. The structural parts of the dollhouse are constructed of light weight wood which is painted with black lacquer. Made in the Meiji Period, it is elaborately decorated with painted cranes, pine trees, and flowers, and metal fittings...
This small oil lamp has a floral motif cloisonne base and glass globe. An artifact of the Qing dynasty, this style lamp was often referred to as an opium lamp, presummably because of their use in the opium dens of that period.
At 3.5 inches high, it is in good condition with no dents and no losses.
This carved wooden dragon head and RuYi symbol is from an old Buddhist temple monastery in Inner Mongolia, a region that is now part of China. This piece was probably used to stablize joint between a support post and a rafter beam. Hand carved from teak wood, both sides have the same dragon head at one end and the ruyi form at other end which images as the dragons tail.
The carving is 32 inches long, 3 inches thick and is 9 inches high...
Suspended from its original green silk knotted cord, an agate bead leads to this intricate silver metal Chinese toggle. Tiny bells are suspended from either side. Hanging from the center is a small coral bead and a large turquoise bead. The metal is silver color but is assumed to be low grade. measures 3.5 from the 1st bead below the cord knot to the lowest bell. The cord and knot add another 3.5 inches of length
Very dramatic deeply concave oval shaped African shield from Ethiopia. The animal hide is scraped free of hair and then placed over a shaped board with protrusions which will allow for greater protection in warding off blows. The edge is tightly rolled and there are added tool marks for heightened decoration. The handle is tied and knotted into place at a slight angle to allow for a more comfortable hold.
Shield is 21 inches at the widest point and about 6 inches deep...
Antique Chinese Miao Ethnic Minority wrap belt used home spun yarn, hand dyed and woven. It is over 100 years old. Rare piece. Approx 152 inches long not including fringe and 3 inches. It is in good condition, has obviously been worn (used) and is a bit dirty in some areas. This is a rare piece and looks really good draped back and forth in a clump.
This antique Chinese necklace has an ornately detailed large Kylin as the central medallion. The medallion is 3.5 inches across and there are are five decorative chains hanging from it. Each of these chains ends with a fruit. The low grade silver used for the necklace is typical of the Chinese silver used in old China. The Kylin is a Chinese mythical animal.
This lock necklace can comfortably be worn by a adult even though it was originally intended for a child...
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 style of Rattan helmet was worn by all foot soldiers during the Qing Dynasty. This helmet retains traces of its original painted symbols, no longer readable, it is presumed that they indicated specific troop or brigade to which the owner belonged.
This unusual prayer wheel has both the wooden and horn parts which are intricately carved with Tibetan Buddhist symbols. The wheel comes with it on metal stand.
Stunning ornate silver filigree necklace, 5 matching medallions each measures 1 x 1.5 inches point to point. Each medallion has a large cabochon stone gem stones of soft gray green color. Chain links are long filigree flowers. Made for export, country of origin unknown, possibly Russian, Chinese, India....Marked BAK 925 measures 17 inches long.
This Male Hindu temple figure comes from one of the Indonesian Islands. He is hand carved from a tree trunk and colorfully painted. At 210 cm he is with inches of being 7 feet tall.
This large powder horn would have been used by a Yi ethnic minority hunter in the hills of China's Sichuan Province. It was carved and shaped from 2 pieces of wood joined together. The surface was then decorated with traditional patterns using lacquer paint. The attached rings provided an attachment for a shoulder strap (missing) and the access hole has a bamboo stopper.
Mate is a traditional South American infused drink prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate. This traditional antique tea straw or more accurately, mate straw is called a Bombilla. Both the straw and its matching mate container were made by the Industria Mamboreta of Argentina. The mate container is a gourd decorated with a hammered silver bottom and a wide silver rim. The silver has a deeply etched floral design with highlighted gold tones at the center of the flowers...