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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #761306 (stock #T124)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Hanging from the belt on a leather strap, the stylized milking hook was the essential item of ornamentation for any Tibetan woman properly dressed for a festival. Surrounding the hook surface is a heavy etched silver band. The bronze/brass hook has is etched with markings and is inset with 5 large beads, set in silver bezels. The original leather strap shows lots of wear.

These ceremonial hooks have become hard to obtain. The hook alone measures 5.5 inches long and the strap adds anothe...

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. An Ancestors tooth, not bone, hangs from one of the talismans to...
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 : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1095654 (stock #M162)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$1200.00
This is a heavy Chines necklace which was worn by the Dong ethnic minority women. It can be worn and also makes a very impressive display artifact.

The bib front and back are domed to a thickness of about 1 inch at the center and the piece spans over 10 inches side to side. The weight of the piece (approx 2 lbs)indicates that the piece is definately not hollow

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #716523 (stock #T119)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This elaborate beaded breastplate would have been worn for festivals by a wealthy Tibetan woman. The main section has 3 ornate silver and turquoise ornaments surrounded by a raised beaded coil which is bordered with cowrie shells. The neckline rolled and padded.

It is 13 inches across at the widest point and can be tied around the neck using the attached fabric ties. As is obvious in the pictures, there are a couple areas of lose on the turquoise ornaments.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1054936 (stock #TC340)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
I bought this antique Tibetan ethnic minority needle case years ago in China. Needles were an important sewing tool for women of every indigenous culture and for the Tibetans the needle case was frequently worn as a jewelry accessory for costume adornment festivals. The small jade bi functions as a weight for stability at the bottom of the needle case. It is beautiful.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #698723 (stock #M119)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$165.00
This Chinese ethnic minority hair comb was hand carved with scalloped edge detail on both sides. Many ethnic minority women would save the hair from ancestors and add it to their own hair for additional bulk...some groups would add bits of wool also to make the hair appear thicker. Combs were used both for combing and for hair ornaments. Carved from walnut wood and 9 inches long at the bottom
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1323861 (stock #Misc200)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$165.00
lovely very finely woven Bolivian textile from the collection of Dr Evan Maurer. pristine condition main section of belt is 2.25 inches wide and 18 inches long... plus delicately woven narrow strap tie on one side 18 inches... narrow strap tie from other side is 10 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #1257372 (stock #Misc185)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Clearly for a wealthy family, this small lamp was meant to be used as a personal light. The cat like figure has a filler hole between the ears, good weight (important for stability) and is silver in color, but exact metal content is not known...He/she is charming...4 inches x 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #794066 (stock #J127)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
The only differences between this matching pair of Japanese woman's hair combs are the very slight details in the hand-painted design and the size and spacing of the tines. The finely detailed lacquer design was painted in 3 shades of gold. Unfortunately the minute details, flower petals and tree knots are hard to see in the photos.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1318287 (stock #J209)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Really nice Meiji period wooden Japanese woman's box with drawers and locking cabinet section (sorry no key). Box has parquet decoration on all exterior surfaces, and original hardware. 12.5 inches wide 10 inches high and 9 inches deep...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #831680 (stock #ZM128)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
The Chinese ethnic minority Miao are very fond of silver and would use any festival to display their ornate silver jewelry. This dragon necklace was used by a young girl child from one of the many Miao villages around the hills of Kali. The pendent is 6.5 inches wide, childs' size, but the decorative chain is long enough for an adult to wear. Because the pendent is hollow, it is comfortable to wear. As one moves, the necklace makes a soft tinkling sound.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1258766 (stock #EMT164)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This Chinese ethnic child's hat has wrapped thread embroidery technique which was used by the Miao the Miao minority. The set of silver ornaments across the from are Buddha images. the The ornament in the back is a stylized butterfly of Miao Legend...the dangle of bells at the back is to scare off evil spirits who would attack the child from the rear..This hat is old and in surprisingly good condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #582272 (stock #T105)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$310.00
This is a wonderfully detailed silver needle case which was worn hanging from the belt. It has it's original long leather thong and silk tassel. Each side of the silver case has a central stone bead...one coral, one turquoise. The sides of the case (not pictured) have incised cloud/wave pattern. When opened, the case has copper with fabric arm to hold the needles. For indigenous and nomadic people, needles were an essential and valuable tool for survival of daily life. Because they were no...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1377468 (stock #T205)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
This beautiful antique short strand of beads would have been carried in the pocket and taken out for ritual religious prayer...2 spacer counter beads are honey amber and the 3rd is red coral...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1930 item #1230849 (stock #T186)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This belt would have been worn for festival gatherings. Decorated with beads, cowrie shells and central turquoise medallion the belt strap is narrow approx 1.25 inched wide. Hanging from the belt are beaded strands in graduated lengths with each strand ending with a cowrie shell. There is a cord tie attached so that the belt can be tied at the back of the wearer. It is a lovely piece
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #1297651 (stock #Misc189)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
Heavy fine silver bracelet. Origin Indian Raj period or central Asian. Weighs 1/2 lb...band is braided strands of silver almost 2 inches wide...mid to late 1800's...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #817094 (stock #ZMisc124)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
sold
This lovely antique Indo Persian box is covered with silver and bronze elaborate damascene work on the top and 4 sides. The box lid is slightly domed and the inside is lined with wood. Made in what was Persia, now Bidar India, this box dates to the early part of the 19th century, and is an fine example of Damascene metal work. In excellent condition, the box is 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches x 2 inches high.

Known in India as "Bidri", damascene metalwork was developed by the Persian court silversm...