All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #782135 (stock #EMT128)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This Miao Chinese ethnic minority jacket would have been worn by a teenage girl for festival. All the batik work was hand-painted and all stitches and embroidery was done by hand. The row of silver hemisphere's across the back represent the "bubble" in the Miao creation myth.
The jacket is approx 70 years old and is from Zhi Jin
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #1266195 (stock #T192)
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...card is 3 x 3.5 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #779213 (stock #J122)
This pair of Japanese handmade long square cut nails are 5" long and appear to have never been used. The nail heads are solid and shaped into a hemisphere. The silver colored decorative metal escutcheons have scalloped edges and markings to represent a flower. The escutcheons are just under 1" in diameter and have a squared center hole which exactly fits the nail shank.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #714061 (stock #Oc101)
This is an accurate model of an outrigger canoe from the Ellice Islands, now the island nation of Tuvalva. The v-shaped hull is made of an upper and lower sections,sewn together with string of plant fiber and forming a notched prow which provides stability in ocean waves. There is fishing platform, complete with net, fishing fly and weight, a bailer, 2 paddles and 2 masts. Only the sails are missing.
Overall length of model canoe is 25". In several of the pictures, I have included a qua...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1237398 (stock #J186)
The 5 musicians from palace set of Girls Day Hina Dolls...the 2 musicians in the rear are are seated on stools are each 4.5 inches tall. The 3 seated on the floor are 3.5 inches tall
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #625825 (stock #TC152)
Bamboo Vests were used as undershirts under silk garments. They served the duel purpose of allowing some air circulation and protected the silk garments from body oils. These vest were fragile and they have become very rare and hard to find. They were made with small pieces of bamboo which are literally strung together to form a garment. This bamboo vest is a particularly nice one. It was constructed of very small bamboo pieces, the edges of the garment are bound with a thin band of linen fab...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #597829 (stock #TC139)
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1301345 (stock #TC549)
Spectacles were only affordable for the very wealthy in China during the 1800's. The lenses were ground from crystal of various shades. Because of the cost, if a lens or frames were broken the remaining pieces would be refitted into a replacement set...as happened with this pair of antique Chinese eyeglasses. The vestiges of the original fitting remain on the left lens.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1256933 (stock #TC537)
This antique pair of spectacles folds into the space of a single eyeglass for easy carrying. Lacking ear pieces, they rest on the nose, hence the name pince nez. The rims are tortoise shell.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1098039 (stock #T171)
This antique Tibetan purse would have been used as a costume ornament during festival. It is decorated with silver and bronze fittings and coral and turquoise stones. Passed from generation to generation, and used extensively, this piece shows it age. Such purses would have held precious coins and the occasional flint but would not be considered as a Tibetan "strike a light" because of the lack of the striker plate.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #540641 (stock #EMT102)
Rare old Shui ethnic minority baby carrier is from Gui Zhou province China. The upper section is elaborately embroidered using mostly satin stitch technique. The lower section is embroidered with horsehair wrapped thread design. Although this carrier shows extensive use, and shows a bit of dirt, it retains its beauty. Measures approx 20" x 36"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1096051 (stock #TC369)
This traditional antique Chinese brushpot is made from bamboo, and is deeply carved with upper and lower scenes. The brush pot measures 11 inches tall. Surface cracks do not go through to the inside of the pot.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #618862 (stock #M118)
Beautifully carved powder horn from Chinese Miao ethnic minority over 90 years old from Guizhou Province. The underside of the horn is full of old writing. Unfortunately, no one can read the old writing. Around the turn of the century the forests around the Miao villages were full of game and the men would frequently hunt for game to provide family meals. Unfortunately, most of the game has diminished and many of the hunting skills are forgotten.
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
The puppets costume and "figure" are that of a of a medieval matron. Her head is paper mache and is manipulated from inside. Her head has a wide range of motion side to side, extending high with long fabric neck and can be cocked in different directions for added expression. The arms are long reaching and are supported and manipulated by metal rods, one is original and the other has been replaced.
She stands 21 to 22+ inches depending on length of neck extension. She is in good conditio...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #713527 (stock #TC190)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This antique Chinese hand carved wooden bobbin still has a length of home spun thread which winds around the middle. The bobbin shows extensive use, with some areas of paint and finish heavily patinated and other areas just worn away.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #718508 (stock #EMT125)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Long lengths of treads or first braided into a "tape" and then the tape is tightly sewn to a background in elaborate pattern to depict various elements of Miao legends and myths.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1125215 (stock #TC380)
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1930 item #1286453 (stock #Af136)
Such figures (twins beaded) were reserved for high status "royal" tribal leaders for protection. Heavily decorated with beads, bone and cowrie shells, this pair is 80 years old and have some kind of marking on the bottom. sourced out of Fumbane (foumban), approximately 12 inches high