Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #316685 (stock #52-56)
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Water bubbles gently out the top of this tall column of veined marble and glides down over carved lotus petals. The marble column fits over a small recirculating pump that rests inside a separate basin carved from granite. When the basin is set into the ground so that only a few inches of its rim show above ground level, it creates a pool around the lotus column...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #773997 (stock #12-41)
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Astrological symbols for days and months encircle this early 20th century Burmese lacquer box. On the top of the lid are eight symbols used by the Burmese people to represent the days of the week, with two signs for Wednesday--an elephant with tusks for the a.m., a tuskless elephant for the p.m. A peacock, emblem of the Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) and symbol of the sun, centers the lid...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #672604 (stock #63-35)
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Gold leaf over black lacquer on this dome-covered offering stand from Burma provides a stunning canvas for swirling designs of foliage and flowers. Deva figures, Buddhist celestials, or "angels," occupy four space cells (bilu-gwin) on the cone-shaped lid. The stand rests on three slender bird legs that extend from elegantly shaped aprons with more scrolling foliage. Ornamental stands such as this one, called daung-baung-kalat, were used for the presentation of offerings at monasteries...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #298281 (stock #60-10)
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An intricately textured surface and delicate color shadings against brilliant white combine to make this a scholar's rock of breathtaking beauty. The carved hong mu base has an elliptical shape that balances and stabilizes several overhanging projections on the vertically oriented rock. Judging by the shape of the rock, popular during the Qing Dynasty, and the type of base, typical during early Qing years, this piece most likely was collected during the 19th century or earlier...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #294758 (stock #52-18)
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Hangings with auspicious symbols wishing good fortune and long life were deemed essential for newly married couples in provincial China. This pair of 19th century silk embroidered banners originated in Shaanxi Province and were made to be hung on either side of the marriage bed. Each banner is constructed of five shaped silk pieces arranged in a line from narrow at the top to wide at the bottom and held together with beads strung on silk thread...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1950 item #636635 (stock #62-18)
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Embroidered in the tribal style of the mountain-dwelling Red Yao, this homespun natural indigo tunic came from a village in Tuyen Quang Province in the North Vietnam Highlands. Although this Yao group, also known as the Mien, lu Mien, Dao and Highland Yao, shares some cultural traditions with their Yao tribal cousins in Laos, Thailand and Burma, the Red Yao wear costumes with their own distinctive touches...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1900 item #345931 (stock #35-55)
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Expertly fashioned silverwork and nine disks of gorgeous green aventurine make this 19th century necklace from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) a stunning piece. Each disk is enclosed in a worked silver bezel and hangs from a small silver hinge attached to a 12-sided silver bead. Strung on a fine braided rope, the beads are separated with small silver circles. On each side, the green disks and beads are bracketed with a slender, curved slider...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Contemporary item #186772 (stock #27-37)
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These teak Raffles chairs come from Indonesia where chairs in this style are named for Sir Stamford Raffles, British colonial administrator in the Far East in the early 19th century. Raffles is remembered for discovering Borobodur, the magnificent Buddhist temple complex in central Java, and for documenting the cultural and classical history of Java. As with most contemporary and antique Javanese furniture in the colonial style, the chairs are primarily European in design with Javanese touches...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #760204 (stock #11-24)
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Two native bearers hold aloft a bronze gong creating a tableau that was likely made for a colonial official during Burma's long colonial period (1885-1941). This is a large piece--the figures nearly two feet tall, weighing 22 pounds each--suited for use in a large dining room or entry hall...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #800005 (stock #18-31)
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An obi with a vivid tulip-like design of green, yellow, red, black and white is further sparked with lots of metallic gold thread. This han haba (half width) kimono belt is from early 20th century Japan. The brocade pattern runs the full length--nearly 12 feet--on both sides of the piece, similar in construction to the wider maru obi worn by Japanese women for more formal occasions...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #165476 (stock #02-62)
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Nine Chilin march around the perimeter of this heavy silver betel box, an exceptionally fine example of silver craftsmanship from early 19th century Laos. The deep lid slides snugly down over the high sides of the container, and insured that the ingredients stored inside stayed fresh...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #717657 (stock #03-61)
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A Chinese folk painting from a rural community in Shaanxi Province celebrates the beauty of pink lotus plants blooming in a pond. The lotus, emblem of purity and perfection, is highly regarded in China, where every part of the plant has a use--as food, medicine or cosmetics. Chinese artists often depicted the lotus along with ducks, as in this painting where the lotus plants are oversized in relation to the black ducks swimming in a stream through the stems...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #133742 (stock #57-02)
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Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, generally seen as a standing figure, is shown kneeling in this late 18th century bronze. The bodhisattva holds a small bowl, and her robe and jewelry are shown in detail. Her face is serene, and her elaborate hairstyle and crown are finely defined. The bronze has a mellow patina and the statue is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 6 1/2" (17 cm), width 3" 3/4 (10 cm), depth 2 3/4" (7 cm).
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #858930 (stock #33-96)
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A wood tray from late 19th century China is gilded with a scene from a scholar’s or high official’s home of an elaborately robed lady of leisure. She is seen in a screened and curtained area, indicated to the left of the tableau, and is seated reading poetry at a table...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #262454 (stock #58-57)
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Made of elm wood finished in a rich reddish brown, this late 19th century Chinese stool comes from Shandong Province. Eight spandrels with pierced carvings of ruyi, a mushroom-shaped symbol for long life, decorate the areas between the stretcher and the half-round legs. Stools were much-used pieces of furniture in Chinese households and were quite solidly constructed. This one, in excellent condition, is a good size for use as a small side table. We have a pair of these stools available. Dimensi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1837 VR item #281376 (stock #53-52)
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Painted in the early 19th century by Suk Chun, this work symbolizes the venerated Korean theme of long life. The ancient pine tree is an emblem of longevity, and the old sage, with his prominent high brow and hairless crown, bears a strong resemblance to Canopus, the star god of longevity. This is a quiet painting, dominated by the wonderful pine that is made more compelling because we see only a part of it. The face of the scholar is all about dignity and discipline with just a hint of humor. D...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #795320 (stock #55-82)
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Six vintage Chinese handmade ceramic tiles fit together to form dragons playing with a round flaming object that represents in traditional Chinese art a flaming pearl or the sun. The Chinese dragon is a beneficent creature. When shown with a horn, as the dragon on the left, it lives in the sky; hornless, as the dragon on right, it lives in the sea. (A third category, the dragon of the mountains, is identified by a body covered with scales.) There is a long history in China of making tiles that a...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #149757 (stock #52-17)
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During the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), this embroidered silk cloud collar was worn on special days by a little girl whose mother most likely spent months executing the fine needlework. Embroidery was the forerunner to painting in China and remained an important art form into the early years of the Republic Period (1912-1949). In a Chinese household, every piece of silk was embroidered--from shoes to bedcovers to screens. An embroidered silk cloud collar was an essential part of a girl's festi...