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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #771251 (stock #61-24)
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$350.00
Eighteen maharajah turban plumes encircle this sterling silver bracelet from 1930s India. The maharajah rulers of Rajasthan adopted the plume-shaped turban ornaments they called "sarpech" from the Mughals. Made of feathers and jewels, worn pointing skyward from their turbans, the plumes became symbolic of the colorful princely rulers. An inventive jewelry maker from India's Jain minority used the distinctive sarpech shape as the design motif for this bracelet. In India, where they are a minority...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #918086 (stock #27-35)
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$695.00
Two pierced and jeweled diamond-shaped metal plates are Teke Turkoman in design. A similar 19th century pectoral plate is pictured in the periodical, Arts of Asia, May/June 2009, on page 122 in the article “Beyond Orientalism: Works Inspired by Islamic Art,” by Lucien De Guise, curator of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Other similar rhomboid pectoral jewelry is pictured in “The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan,” by Johannes Kalter, Thames and Hudson, 1984, page 126. The two 19th century ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #935760 (stock #61-32)
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This exotic 19th century sterling silver ceremonial necklace from the opulent past of Rajasthan was once part of the collection of a high ranking Rajput family, most likely worn by a senior member of the clan on festival days. It is 92 percent sterling with a weight of 255 grams. Central to the imagery is a large disc formed by a crouching lion with an unusual extended hinged tongue that wags from side to side as the necklace wearer moves. Spreading to the left and right below the disc are ante...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #847598 (stock #60-21)
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$470.00
This Qing Dynasty scholar’s box has four rosewood doors hand painted with ivory-colored flowers and foliage, following the traditional practice of Chinese scholars to surround themselves in their studios with reminders of nature. Made to be displayed on a table or desk, the box was used to store carved signature seals, ink sticks and other small items. The rosewood door panels are set within hand carved elm beading and frames, and the front, sides and top of the piece are made of elm wood in a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1900 item #766765 (stock #61-26)
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$900.00
This handsome 19th century sterling silver cuff bracelet with a symbolic Hindu design from Rajasthan is both a collector's item and an unusual piece of wearable jewelry. The sterling weight is 240 grams. Hindu imagery is repeated in five linear segments arranged around the cuff. Leading the iconic parade is the Hindu Goddess Kali, seen as the head of the sacred cow. Next is an antelope, symbol of nature and king of the animals, followed by a lion, emblem of strength and protection. Most likely c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Sri Lanka : Pre 1910 item #874903 (stock #34-91)
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$345.00
A silver bracelet from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is set with a garnet and has the Victorian look that was the signature design style of jewelry from the delightful central highlands city of Kandy, the capital of the old Singhalese kingdom. The city was, and remains, the artistic and spiritual center of the country. Silver filigree work surrounds both the gemstone and hinge on this late 19th/early 20th century bracelet. The garnet is good quality—Sri Lanka continues to be known for fine gemstones...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #910169 (stock #27-56)
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$300.00
A silver belt from the Republic of Georgia is made of 30 separate rectangular segments covering leather. The embossed Victorian-look design is similar to sketches in “Ethnography of Georgia” by Nino Brailashvili, Khelovneba Publishing, Tbilisi, 1990, illustration 139. The book describes the work done by Georgian artisans in numerous silver and gold workshops that once were concentrated along one narrow street in Tbilisi. Silver content on this piece is 37 percent. This early 20th century bel...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #1020717 (stock #61-29)
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Seven images of Ganesh, the happy rotund god revered by Hindus, Buddhists and Janists, are embossed on the seven sterling silver plates that form this early 20th century necklace. The necklace originated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, and has a silver content of 92.5 percent and a weight of 85 grams. Fashioned in a clever manner that gives the necklace the necessary flexibility to fit comfortably below the neck, the five-sided silver plates are strung top and bottom with hidden leather...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #714228 (stock #61-16)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
Worn as a powerful amulet, this silver ornament was sewn to the clothing of a woman of the Teke Turkomen nomadic tribe of the Central Asian steppes. Such ornaments hung in profusion from both the front and back of clothes, and were attached to headpieces and hair of young women to ward off evil and attract good fortune. The central shape of this one, a triangle bordered in braided silver wire, is an ancient symbol of fertility. The upper termination may represent a stylized animal horn. The blue...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #719796 (stock #55-98)
Silk Road Gallery
$90.00
Lapis and carnelian stones in an ornate setting mounted on a band of light, feathery etching is somehow evocative of Nepal where this bracelet originated. The bracelet is sized relatively large and, while it can be adjusted, may fit and look best when worn over a heavy sweater or jacket cuff. From the late 20th century, the piece is in excellent condition. We do not know the silver content but suspect it is relatively low as is typical for jewelry from Nepal. The inside width of the bracelet mea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1910 item #898057 (stock #27-36)
Silk Road Gallery
$590.00
A colorful starburst disk shows the robust design typical of mountainous areas in the Republic of Georgia and in neighboring Dagestan and beyond in Central Asia. This large (5 inch diameter) piece, from Khevsureti, an eastern province in the Republic of Georgia, has been fitted with a long silver chain for use as a pendant but resembles in both size and design similar disks we have seen used as belt closings in regions of the Causasus and Central Asia. Unidentified stones in green, amber and br...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #362722 (stock #61-15)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
The triangle, an ancient symbol of female fertility, is the shape frequently chosen for Turkomen (Turkmen) amulets. This one, made of silver, is inlaid with 19 turquoise stones and centered with another triangle of onyx. The blue of the turquoise was incorporated as protection against the evil eye, and the triangles as effective means of averting danger, thereby making this early 20th century pendant a powerful amulet. The condition of this piece of jewelry suggests that its protective propertie...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #704729 (stock #61-23)
Silk Road Gallery
$350.00
A bracelet of braided silver has three silver emblems that are an identifying symbol of Janism, an ancient belief system practiced primarily in India, where small but influential Jain communities are scattered throughout the country. The symbol on this bracelet often is seen outside Jain houses. The Jains, typically well educated and prosperous, are known for business acumen and for their prominence in India's jewelry trade. This bracelet is from Jaisalmer, a remote western Indian city on the ed...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1240251 (stock #11-28)
Silk Road Gallery
$240.00
A 19th century silver charm necklace from China’s late Qing Dynasty has four auspicious symbols hanging on short chains from a crest-shaped pendant of Buddhist iconography. At the center of the crest are crossed rhinoceros horns, symbol of happiness and one of the Chinese eight treasures. At the tip of each horn is a small sauvastika, derived from ancient Sanskrit and meaning “so be it.” (The sauvastika has its crampons directed to the left, unlike the notorious 20th century swastika sy...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #707253 (stock #61-13)
Silk Road Gallery
$295.00
From Turkmenistan, Central Asia, this silver amulet of the Teke Turkomen people is formed to represent three stylized sets of rams' horns in ascending sizes. A large, flat carnelian centers the largest horn, the other two have small black stones, possibly agate. Although the ornament now hangs from a leather cord as a pendant necklace, it originally was sewn to clothing to ward off evil. The Teke are among a number of Central Asian nomadic Turkic tribes known for silver jewelry designed with sym...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #708990 (stock #61-22)
Silk Road Gallery
$250.00
A beautifully made sterling silver link bracelet is formed of 28 small crests that sparkle on the wrist. An unusual link system gives this piece exceptional flexibility, and the 27-gram silver weight gives it a substantial yet comfortable look and feel. The bracelet was made by the Jain people of India, who are known for their artistic skills, particularly in creating fine jewelry. They are a small minority in India, accounting for about only .4 percent of the population, and follow an ancient r...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #787238 (stock #55-95)
Silk Road Gallery
$120.00
Handmade silver tubes of various lengths are strung together to form this simple, unusual necklace from Tbilisi, Georgia, a beautiful little country in the Caucasus region at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Made of two separate strands, the necklace may have been part of an ethnic costume or just the decorative invention of a home artisan. Dating this necklace is guesswork as a search on Georgian ethnography gave no clue except discussions of the popularity of "silversmith str...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #353729 (stock #28-15)
Silk Road Gallery
$130.00
From early 20th century Tbilisi, Georgia, this silver bracelet shows some similarity in design to jewelry that originated in the Caucasus Mountains regions to the north. Three beaded balls with flower petal markings are separated with fine silver wire wrapped around the heavier silver wire that forms the bracelet. The pliable bracelet wire, twisted on one side, smooth on the other, can be shaped to fit the wrist. As shown, the bracelet measures about 3" (7 cm) in diameter.