Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1910 item #1024442 (stock #57-70)
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This early 20th century five-piece Buddhist offering bowl is a lacquerware design unique to Burma. It is from a classification of vessels called “hsun ok,” containers that were used to present offerings of food at Buddhist monasteries, an especially important rite in the practice of Buddhism in Burma...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1980 item #172549 (stock #16-42)
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This primitive carved mask is from the Batak people who live around mystical Lake Toba in the northern reaches of the island of Sumatra. The small collection of Batak protector masks pictured in this catalogue (see them all under our category "Tribal") shows the fascinating range of expressions artisans were able to achieve in these relatively simple carvings. This particular mask has the same network of red lines radiating around the eyes as mask #1 and mask #3 in this collection...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #134704 (stock #57-45)
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The Shan states in Burma have a long tradition of producing distinctive lacquer items for specific purposes associated with their Buddhist practices. This early 20th century Shan votive container is an unusual form of the Burmese offering vessels called hsun-ok. It was made in a village near Inle Lake in eastern Burma to be used only for an annual major festival held by the Shan people on the lake...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #268004 (stock #58-48)
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The front half of the top of this late 19th/early 20th century Chinese lacquered wood box is removable so that small teacups could be stacked and stored inside. The box is constructed of shaped wood slats fitted together in barrel-fashion and secured with two brass bands. The removable portion of the lid closes at the front with a metal hasp and has two long pegs that slide under the fixed top to keep the back in place...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #663015 (stock #60-37)
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A rich variegated glaze elevates this 19th century Chinese storage jar above its past status as a household utility item. Its earthy appeal is a product of Jiangsu Province, where for centuries clay and expertise have combined to make both pottery and porcelain that earned the area a reputation as China's ceramics center...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #359821 (stock #57-42)
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A mythical lion-like animal, the chin-thei, kneels on a curved leaf in this 19th century Burmese folk art piece. The teak wood carving was used as ornamentation on a family's ox cart, once the primary mode of transportation in Burma's villages and rural areas. The carts typically were adorned with an array of fanciful carvings of subjects that were usually related to the owner's favorite stories in the Jataka, episodes from lives of The Buddha...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #171926 (stock #53-28)
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Signed and sealed by Korean painter Tea Yok, this finely detailed work is one of a pair of paintings that depict scenes in a palace courtyard during Korea's Choson (Yi Dynasty) Period. Dated to circa 1870, this painting and its companion piece have delicate calligraphy that relates to a theme of filial honor...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #805354 (stock #12-43)
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An elephant-like mythical animal believed to offer protection to a house and its inhabitants is carved of teak wood and sealed with black lacquer. From the Shan minority people in northeast Burma, the carving has a sliding lid over a large open area that was used to store medicine. The animal is a fanciful composite creature from the carver’s imagination. The trunk is raised over a distinctly non-elephant-like open mouth with sharp teeth...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #174486 (stock #57-33)
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These large scrolls are paintings 5 through 8 of a set of 27 paintings, sometimes called a Yao Bible, from the Yao (Mien) tribal people who originated in southern China, and now are found across northern areas of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The Yao adopted Taoist beliefs in China five or six centuries ago, merging them with rituals already deeply imbedded in the tribal culture...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #343707 (stock #52-38)
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Thin vertical veins in shades of green and white give this Chinese scholar's rock the frozen, glacial feel of its origin, Liaoning Province in Manchuria, just above the border with North Korea. It is a dense, heavy stalactite, always cool to the touch, that resembles a mountain cliff. The mountainous area where it originated is dotted with Taoist monasteries and caves...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #299458 (stock #57-60)
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Used for presentations of food to a monastery, this early 20th century Burmese lacquer hsun-ok has family dedications written in black lacquer bands encircling the top and foot of the container. A lacy design of flowers in black lacquer covers the entire middle section of the container where lid and pedestal fit together. Glossy cinnabar-colored lacquer covers the hsun-ok exterior and is visible beneath the black lacquer designs; the interior is black lacquer...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #139121 (stock #27-46)
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Bearing a Russian production date seal of 1904, this samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia, once part of the former USSR. Numerous other stamps on the vessel attest to the fame and awards accorded its Russian maker. Georgians, who were under Russian rule for 70 years, followed many Russian practices, among them the customs surrounding tea drinking. After their country became independent, they sold off many of their Russian possessions...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #401268 (stock #52-69)
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An interesting old house built into the riverbank is seen on the right in this very large (nearly five feet wide) Chinese brush painting. The season is spring and the house is encircled by trees with new green leaves. Two small boats are moored near the house, ducks swim by and the scene is quiet and still, surrounded by heavy morning mists that soften the background...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #265532 (stock #38-59)
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An official rides a Chilin, a mythical creature used to symbolize high rank, on the side of this 19th century Qing Dynasty underglaze blue and white jar. Two attendants with fans precede the official, and another attendant with an umbrella follows. The depth of the cobalt blue and its liberal use in the design give this jar its appeal. There is a hairline crack in the top rim (see photo enlargement); otherwise the jar is in very good condition and would look wonderful on a shelf or atop a tall c...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1920 item #142085 (stock #57-23)
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In Burma, especially fine gifts to royalty or Buddhist monasteries were presented on an ornamental stand called a kalat. This early 20th century kalat is made of wood covered with glossy black lacquer on the outside and rich cinnabar-colored lacquer on the interior shallow tray. It stands on three legs with bottoms shaped to resemble bird feet. The protective dome-shaped lid allowed perishable goods to be piled festively on the tray, then covered and carried through the streets and finally put o...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #143696 (stock #54-78)
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The supernatural powers and exploits of the Chinese Taoist immortals are among the most colorful in the vast world of Chinese legend and symbolism. These 19th century camphor wood carvings of six of the eight main immortals match that spirit in their exuberant poses and expressions. The figures are carved in relief with great detail against a background of pierced carving. Each figure, background and surrounding frame is carved from one piece of wood. The plaques probably were displayed as separ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #838731 (stock #58-72)
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Designed to store and serve dumplings, this unusual Qing reed and wood basket originated in China’s western Shaanxi Province, which has a long-standing reputation for producing excellent dumplings. Both the top and bottom are edged with wide strips of bent willow hand painted with flowers. The wood is secured to the basketry with metal studs. A hand forged metal hasp is used as the front closure. Acting as a hinge in the back is a large metal ring loosely fastened to loops, an arrangement tha...
All Items : Archives : Furnishings : Pre 1900 item #538845 (stock #41-48)
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This early 19th century Tibetan cabinet is painted with flowers and foliage that revealed original deep colors as we painstakingly removed layers of soot from the surface. A combination of the high Himalayan climate and soot from yak butter lamps has the fortunate result of protecting colors on painted Tibetan furniture. The inside of this piece still retains the wonderful exotic odor of burning lamps. Each of the four doors is centered with a cartouche of red and purplish flowers nestled among ...