Asian ethnic minority artifacts textiles, tribal arts, primitive Asian Ethnic Artifacts
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #743502 (stock #ZT122)
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This charming antique purse from Tibet was hand-made to be worn hanging from a waist belt. Lacking ornamentation, is was probably a daily use item to hold coins. A simple endless knot toggle is used for closure. The purse is 3.5 inches at the widest point.

Many of my Tibetan items are "categorized" as Chinese. Most westerners think of Tibetan's as being within the boundary of the current borders of the country known as Tibet...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #710393 (stock #ZJ114)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #508167 (stock #ZM109)
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Edited by The Cultural Palace of Nationalities and Published by Nationality Press, Beijing 1985 hard to get English version. 200+ pages of excellant color photos Frankly, the best book on the subject...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1940 item #621040 (stock #ZEMT116)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #643089 (stock #ZTC164)
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This old carpenter's detail handsaw was clearly home made by an experienced carpenter craftsman who took pride in his work. It is decorated with delicately carved swirls of clouds and has metal fittings for strength. It has the original blade which was sharpened to cut on both forward and back strokes and is still remarkably sharp. This saw was (according to my carpentry friend) was probably used for fine marquetry work. The saw measures 11" long. It is a rare find and a pleasure to own.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #624129 (stock #ZEMT117)
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This Chinese ethnic minority hat was worn by child and is heavily laden with silver ornaments. The lower border of the top section of the hat has a band of stars. The traditional eight immortals with the god of longevity grace the front of the hat. And there are lots of bells and butterflies hanging from silver chains. The embroidery represents various animal characters...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #543450 (stock #ZTC115)
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Depending on the region and the century, the Chinese used various forms and styles of Clogs, i.e. shoes with heavy wooden soles for working out in the muddy fields and hillside terraces. This old pair of Clogs has has thick wooden soles with metal cleats which are somewhat rusted with age and leather uppers.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #1243171 (stock #ZMisc182)
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This rare teke turkomen pendant was originally worn as a necklace. This piece is studded with carnelians and decorated with gold wash aka "firegilded" detail. The pendant is 4 inches wide and 9.5 inches long.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #892882 (stock #ZM145)
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Sourced from Rong Jiang area of China, the silver sectioned container was made and used by the Miao ethnic minority as a smoking accessory. Worn hanging from a belt, the collection of pipe cleaning tools would act as a toggle to counter weight the container at the other end. Made from low grade silver, the 3 sectioned container has an etched and pierced design and is held together with handmade chain...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #976685 (stock #ZT150)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #655801 (stock #ZTC170)
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This Chinese winter court officials hat has an elaborate gold acorn finial, silk velvet brim, and red silk tassels. The black chin strap cord is tied with a double adjusting slip knot. The hat is in good condition.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #753002 (stock #ZTC208)
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This unusual pair of Chinese dolls were made with wire bodies covered with fabric padding and then silk clothing. Their heads, lower arms and feet are made from some kind of composition material and then painted. Because of their wire construction, their arms, legs, and bodies 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.

Each doll is approx 9.5 inches tall in standing position...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #647888 (stock #ZTC166)
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The is a rare, old, long Chinese lock necklace with coral beads and matching amber drops. The handmade upper chain leads to a lower strand of very small silver beads, with 4 pumpkin shaped coral beads alternating with 5 silver balls on each side. From each side of the beaded chain is a short chain ending with male and female ducks which represent a long and happy marriage. The medallion is 4" wide and 3.5" long with numerous beautifully articulated images...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #506354 (stock #ZM102)
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This large embroidered money belt was used by Miao man for festival. The front face has delicate embroidery which is chain stitched over a black velvet background. The rear is padded and quilted home spun, indigo dyed cotton fabric. There are several areas between the different fabrics which are used as pockets for the storage of possessions. Very good condition, circa 1900-1910. excluding belt loops piece measures 21" across and 13 inches high
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #596105 (stock #ZT109)
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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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #656283 (stock #ZTC171)
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The Manchu woman did not practice foot binding or wear Lotus Shoes. However, the women did wear various styles of thick soled and platform soled shoes. The sole on this pair of Manchu shoes is 1.5 inches thick. The vamp is canvas with wonderful large eyed fish embroidered with silk thread towards the back of the shoes. The front fish are made of velvet fabric with chain stitched embroidered details...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #705430 (stock #ZT118)
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Used by Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Priests, this old prayer wheel is adorned with an ornate silk fringed top. The copper barrel has a narrow silver collar with 3 coral beads and a traditional design is pressed into the silver bottom. The heavy lead weight will keep the prayer wheel spinning smoothly atop the hand hewn wooden handle. This prayer wheel is approximately 12 inches long.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #1198155 (stock #ZMisc176)
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This antique pair of Hand made leather are the old traditional shoes which were worn in Turkey. They were called Charoog...spelling may vary. The soles are concave and curl to a point in the front. The heels are very narrow. They are an interesting ethnographic item of a time long past. They measure 9 inches long