All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1388411 (stock #CH1.82)
A rare and unusual “Ordos” bronze pin from one of the nomadic cultures located on China’s north-western borders in the first millennium BCE. It represents a ferocious animal, possibly a wolf, standing on two orbs. The decorations on its flanks and neck indicate the animal’s hair. It may have been intended as a decorative ornament, or it may have been a tool used for leather-work. Length: 8.7 cm. Condition: Excellent, with a deep patina, and a small patch of verdigris. Purchased in...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1492 item #1385700 (stock #TH91)
From Lopburi or early Sukhothai, Thailand, C13-14, this is an elegant bronze offering bowl in the shape of an open lotus blossom. This type of bowls showed a marked technological advance on the bronze vessels of Angkor. It has been turned on some kind of a lathe, giving it a polished appearance with an exquisite patina. Those that we have seen in Thai museums in Sukhothai and Khorat have had broken petals; this is the only one we know in perfect condition. In its purity and simplicity, it embodi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Edged Weapons : Pre 1492 item #1378351 (stock #KH42)
Bronze knife, with a handle showing a crowned Hanuman apparently biting the head of a bull (or calf), with a temple seal on the underside,Angkor Wat, Cambodia, C12. It is rare to find these seal-marked ritual knives with their blades intact as in this case, since in most cases the blades were made of iron, which has corroded. Size: Length, 19 cm. Condition: Great. No sign of repair.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1378350 (stock #KH8)
A bronze figure of Vishnu stepping over the ocean,Khmer, Angkor Wat period, C12-13. Most small images of deities are simple and static. It is rare to find one that portrays a divinity’s power with such dynamism and strength. It was probably made in the palace workshops in Angkor rather than by some provincial foundry in Lopburi. Size: 11.5cm tall. Condition: Execllent
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1366057 (stock #CH3.94)
The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is shown standing on a lotus plinth rising from a four-legged platform, his right hand raisedin tribangha and a kamandalu ('holy water' bottle) pendent from the left hand. He is wearing a crown centered by a figure of Amitabha Buddha, and his head is surrounded by an aureole inscribed with flames, at the top of which another image of the Buddha emerges. This figure dates from the Northern Wei dynasty (6th century CE), and it’s remarkabe for the way in which, des...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1492 item #1365290 (stock #TH241)
This compelling sculpture belongs to a small group of Thai Ping 1 Buddhas cast during a short period of time in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand in the late fifteenth century. Carol Stratton in Buddhist Sculpture of Northern Thailand describes them as being “among the finest images made in the history of the the Lan Na kingdom. Elegant and beautifully rendered… they radiate a luminous spirituality.” This one has a particularly fine patina which comes from the original high lead (and/or silv...
Bronze mirrors were thought to offer protection against evil spirits. The mythological patterns cast into them have very specific, ritualistic functions. This exquisite small example is typical of the very powerful mirrors that were produced in the second half of the Eastern Han. Its borders consist of a band of sawtooth pattern, and a hachured ring, encircling a dramatic creature - a clawed, one-horned tiger (Longhuwen) in a mystical form (hence the name Long hu, meaning dragon-tiger). Its hair...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1332321 (stock #CH1.79)
An extremely rare “Ordos” bronze harness decoration from one of the nomadic cultures located on China’s north-western borders in the first millennium BCE. On its front, at either end, there are two human faces worked into the bronze that has been cast in a two piece-mould. On the reverse, there are two struts to attach it to a leather horse harness. It is particularly interesting that each face has quite distinct features, possibly referring to different ethnic backgrounds. As Jenny So h...