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Welcome to the Asian Art Gallery. Offered here are ancient artifacts and antiques from Japan and China as well as rare antiques from throughout Asia. This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. Please ask if you would like additional photos or more in-depth descriptions. Enjoy your treasure hunt...

NOTE: All items being offered on this website have appropriate provenance and are legal to buy and own under the United States statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, Chapter 14. Every purchase comes with a written certificate of authenticity (COA) and are fully guaranteed to be as described. Provenance and accurate, detailed condition information is included with each listing.

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Chinese Bronze Hand Warmer Bronze Hand Warmer — China

Late 19th - Early 20th Century

An old, antique Chinese hand warmer. Made of bronze (copper-brass alloy) in the traditional style with double handles and pierced lid. These were used as portable heaters; filled with hot coals which would radiate warmth through the sides and top. The top cover (lid) is beautifully crafted with pierced vent holes along with engraved foliage and two houses (buildings). The exterior has a nice aged patina. The interior is blackened and charred from extensive use. Overall in very good condition. A few small dents and cracks. Also has several old brazed repairs in the base. The heat from being heavily used caused cracks in the bottom. Over time, some of the cracks were repaired to extend its usefulness. A lovely example.

Ex. M. Dailey Collection of NC.

Approx. 8" long x 5.5" tall.

$250

Han Dynasty Terracotta Dog Han Dog — China

206 BC - 220 AD

A nicely detailed (medium-sized) pottery dog from ancient China's Han Dynasty. It is shown lying with front paws extended and ears perked. Typical hollow grayware construction with earthen deposits. Some black & red pigment and white stucco remaining. In good condition. One ear and both paws reattached and break lines restored. Some light sufrace erosion present. A fine example, well proportioned and visually appealing. Ex. M. Dailey Collection of NC.

Approx. 6" across x 7" tall.

$450

Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Attendant Figures Tang Attendant Figures — China

618 AD - 907 AD

Two Tang Dynasty funerary attendants. Each constructed of orange terracotta and dressed in typical attire with long flowing robes and head coverings. Their hands are resting across their chest as is common. Both are much larger than most of this type and display beautifully on custom metal display stands which are included as shown.

Figure 1 (left) In good condition. Two cracks at the base run upward along the mold line approx. 5 inches on each side. These cracks have been partially (field) repaired. Also has a crack across the face and head, small chips missing from the headdress, otherwise intact. Some white stucco remaining along with earthen encrustations and deposits from burial. Other minor chips and dings, all consistent with age. Approx. 15.5" tall. Approx. 17" tall on the stand.

Figure 2 (right) In fair condition. This figure also has two cracks at base; one approx. 5 inches, the other approx. 2 inches. The head has been reattached and has a moderately eroded surface and losses to the headdress. A 1 inch hole in the back, along with several other small cracks and chips. Excavation dings, scrapes, earthen encrustations and deposits from burial as would be expected. Some white stucco, red and black pigment remaining. Approx. 14" tall. Approx. 15.75" tall on the stand.

Ex. New York City antiquities gallery.

$950 for the pair.

Theyyam Bronze Dance Ankle Rattles Kerala India Theyyam Dance Rattles — India

Mid 20th Century

A matched pair of vintage Theyyam dance rattles from the North Malabar region of Kerala, India. Theyyam is a popular ritual form of worship known for its elaborately costumed dancers. These ankle rattles are worn by the male dancers during Theyyam performances. Hollow construction of cast bronze-brass metal, each contains rattle balls and have bells attached at the front. In fine condition with aged patina. Both have remnants of orange pigment which transfers from the dancers whose skin is covered in bright orange paint. One rattle has indigenous silver(?) solder repairs. Overall a fine pair that display nicely on the custom metal display stand. The stand allows for each rattle to be turned (rotated) independently on the base for a variety of display positions. Ex. Mint Museum of Charlotte, NC. Museum inventory codes are written on each rattle.

Each is approx. 7.25" long x 5.35" wide. Entire display is approx. 13" across x 6.5" tall.

$550

Ancient Chinese Neolithic Yangshao Amphora Urn Vessel Neolithic Kansu Yangshao Amphora — China

3000 BC - 2500 BC

A large (published) neolithic amphora from the Kansu, Yangshao culture of China's Yellow River region. The form and painted designs are typical of the type and period. The amphora has a flat bottom, two opposing loop handles and gently flared spout. The upper half is painted in the traditional fashion with black geometric designs over a red background. In fair to good condition. Overall it is intact with only minor losses replaced on the spout rim and one handle. A small hole at the upper shoulder has also been restored along with moderate paint touch ups. Light surface abrasion and paint loss consistent with age. Deposits, encrustation and staining as would be expected.

Ex. E. Owen of New Jersey. Published in "Oriental Antiques and Art - 2nd Edition" by Mark Moran & Sandra Andacht, page 136.

Approx. 12" tall x 10.5" across.

SOLD

Late Yuan Dynasty Early Ming Dynasty Painted Glazed Bowls Yuan - Ming Dynasty Bowls — China

1300 AD - 1450 AD

Two glazed and painted pottery bowls dating from the late Yuan Dynasty to the early Ming Dynasty. Bowls like this are typically referred to as 'rice bowls' intended to be utilitarian and would accompany the deceased for use in the afterlife. Both are a very pale blue-green with painted decoration inside and out. As is common, both have light to moderate surface crazing (glaze crackling) overall. In very good condition. Each bowl has some small rim chips, minor surface imperfections and staining from burial, but are generally intact and have no repairs or restoration.

Ex. Steve Tobin Collection of Pennsylvania

Each bowl is approx. 2" tall x 5" across.

$375 for both bowls

Ming Dynasty Treasure Chest Model Ming Dynasty Chest Model — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

A fine Ming Dynasty model of a storage chest. Typically referred to as a 'treasure chest'. These miniature chests were used as tomb offerings and would (symbolically) contain the valuable belongings of the deceased. The green glazed chest has a gold glazed lock and is unglazed around the base. In excellent condition. Light deposits and earthen encrustation (mainly on the bottom and in the hollow interior), but it is completely intact with no repairs or restoration.

Ex. ELO Antiquites Gallery, New Jersey.

Just under 4" tall x 5.5" across x 3" deep.

$425

Song Dynasty Celedon Glazed Bowls Song Dynasty Bowls — China

960 AD - 1127 AD

Two Song Dynasty bowls with celedon glaze. Very thin walled construction and well made with light surface crazing (glaze crackling) overall.

Bowl 1 (top): Light golden-yellow glaze with a hint of blue. In very good condition. Several small hairline cracks at the rim along with minor glaze chipping on the edge, otherwise intact. Approx. 7.5" across x 2.5" tall.

Bowl 2 (bottom): Blue-green glaze with a hint of yellow. In very good condition. A one inch crack at the rim along with very minor glaze chipping on the edge, otherwise intact. Approx. 7" across x 2" tall.

Ex. Steve Tobin Collection of Pennsylvania

SOLD


Song Funerary Vessel Lidded Vase Song - Yuan Funerary Vase — China

1250 AD - 1350 AD

A fine lidded funerary urn dating to China's Song-Yuan dynasties. Terracotta stoneware with a lovely mint-green Qingbai glaze; lower body with curved sides and a very tall neck. A domed cover with an crouching animal finial serves as a lid. The vase is decorated around the top with a dragon and clouds along with animal and floral motifs at the midesection. Below that is a row of human figures representing funerary attendants. It was the practice in the ancient Song period, particularly in the south, to leave offerings of rice in the tombs of the wealthy. The grain was contained in jars such as this and were buried with the deceased to provide nourishment in the afterlife. In very nice condition. The vase shows glaze crazing overall, some areas of earthen encrustaion, a touch mark (firing flaw) on the side and minor base chips, but is completely intact with no breaks, cracks or repairs. The lid, which is of the period, but may not be original to this piece, is heavily stained from burial and has three edge shards reattached. Overall a great example that displays beautifully.

Ex. Daniel Simhon collection of Georgia.

Approx. 19" tall with the lid

$750


Thai Sawankhalok Lidded Vase Sawankhalok Lidded Vase — Thailand

1300 AD - 1500 AD

An exceptional Sawankhalok lidded vase from Thailand. High-fired stoneware ceramics (like this) were produced from the 13th to the 16th Century in kilns located along the Yom River in Si Satchanalai and areas around Sukhothai City. The small base and rounded body of the vase is of a common form. The lid, topped by a temple roof, is very rare. The surface is of tan and brown glaze on orange terracotta. Condition is near choice. Pitting on the lid and tiny chips on temple (roof) tips and base along with light surface wear; all consistent with age. The lid is certainly of the period and appears to be original to the piece. A lovely example!

Ex. Daniel Simhon collection of Georgia.

Approx. 5.5" tall with the lid

$375


Yuan Dynasty Cizhou Glazed Pottery Bowl Yuan Cizhou Bowl — China

1271 AD - 1368 AD

A beautiful Cizhou-ware glazed ceramic bowl from China's 13th Century, Yuan Dynasty. Nicely painted with stylized calligraphy in black against an ivory background, typical of the type and period. Condition is quite good. One small rim chip and an associating hairline crack does not distract from its overall appearance. Other minor rim dings and glaze imperfections along with light staining and deposits consistent with age. A rare and attractive example of Yuan, Cizhou pottery.

Ex. M. Dailey Collection of North Carolina.

Approx. 6.75" across x 2.5" tall

SOLD


Ban Chiang Painted Pedestal Bowl Ban Chiang Pedestal Bowl — Thailand

500 BC - 250 BC

Lovely late period Ban Chiang pedestal bowl from northern Thailand's Udon Thani Province. The Ban Chiang culture was not discovered until the mid 20th Century and is now thought be among the earliest of Bronze Age civilizations. The rounded bowl sits atop a gently flared pedestal base. The pedestal and bowl are beautifully decorated with geometric, curvilinear painted designs typical of the period. Condition is very good. The base has been reattached to the bowl and the break line restored. One small base chip has also been restored along with very minor paint touch ups. A few areas of fire clouding and nice deposits, inside and out, consistent with age. A fine example!

Ex. Georgia art dealer Daniel Simhon.

Approx. 6" x 6"

SOLD


Tang Dynasty Funerary Tomb Figure Tang Dynasty Tomb Figure — China

618 AD - 907 AD

A nice Tang Dynasty funerary attendant constructed of orange terracotta with areas of white stucco remaining. Dressed in typical attire with long flowing robes and head covering. One hand is held to the chest and has a hole as is common. It is thought the hole in the hand would have originally held a small candle or a stick (symbolic of a torch) that would allow the attendant to light the way and help the deceased through the darkness to the afterlife. Condition is near excellent. No cracks, breaks, or repairs. Stucco loss and earthen encrustations consistent with age. Overall an exceptional example of the type that displays beautifully.

Ex. New York state private collection.

Just under 9" tall

$375


Thai Sukhothai Stoneware Vase Sukhothai Stoneware Vase — Thailand

1500 AD - 1600 AD

A fine Thai stoneware vase dating to the 16th century, Sukhothai Period. An elegant elongated oval body with thin neck and flared spout. Two stylized elephant heads serve as handles. The exterior is finished in a (rare) golden colored glaze. Ample deposits and some staining gives the vase an interesting and beautiful surface patina. Condition is near excellent. A glued break at the neck is barely visible, otherwise intact and choice.

Ex. M. Dailey Collection of North Carolina.

Approx. 9.5" tall x 4" across

$425


Ban Chiang Vessels Ban Chiang Pottery Vessels — Thailand

4000 BC - 1000 BC

Two large Ban Chiang vessels from northern Thailand's Udon Thani Province, dating to the Early Period. Both vessels are tall with a low footed base and gently tapered sides. Both have three suspension loops; two near the top and a third near the bottom on the opposite side. These loops were likely strung with rope for carrying and transport of liquids or food. Each is textured on the bottom and with textured bands around the top. The midsection shows a swirl pattern. This type, with incised designs, are the earliest known Ban Chiang ceramics and have been found only in the lowest levels of excavation. This type was later replaced by the more common buff (cream) ware with red linear painted swirl decoration. Condition is fair. Both are assembled from numerous pieces with some areas replaced. Minor losses and rim chips missing. The breaks are unrestored.

Approx. 12" tall and 13" tall

SOLD


Bat Trang Fish Bowl Bat Trang Bowl — Vietnam

1500 AD - 1600 AD

Lovely 16th Century Vietnamese green glazed bowl with a central image of a fish. Vietnamese ceramics have a long history stretching back to the ancient Hoa Binh and Bac Son cultures. Bat Trang itself became known as a famous ceramic-producing village as far back as the 14th century. By the 15th century their utilitarian wares were typically done in ivory, moss green or brown glaze. Common design elements during this period were animals and fish as well as landscape scenes. This bowl has an interesting feature. There are five slightly raised dots in the bottom of the bowl. These are the remains of firing posts (stilts) that were used in the kiln to separate stacked items during the firing process. On occasion, these posts would fuse to the surface of the ceramics and were broken off after firing. Often referred to as "touch marks", these are not common, but are sometimes seen on pottery from this period. A fine example that display beautifully on a custom metal display stand which is included as shown.

Ex. V. Richards collection of North Carolina

Just over 9" across x 2.5". Approx. 11.5" tall on display stand.

SOLD


Ancient Cambodian Pottery Kendi Teapot Pottery Kendi — Cambodia

12th Century AD

A fine Cambodian terracotta Kendi (teapot) dating to the 12th Century AD. An elegant form with rounded body, tapering neck and flared top. A cone-shapped spout on the side for pouring. There is ribbed decoration at the base of the neck. The orange surface shows light staining and deposits. Condition is near excellent. A few minor scrapes and with small chips missing from around the base consistent with age. A nice example of its type.

Ex. M. Dailey collection, North Carolina

Approx. 9" tall x 6" across

$450


Chinese Neolithic Pottery Tripod - Li Neolithic "Li" Tripod Vessel — China

2900 BC - 2200 BC

A very large pottery tripod vessel from the Longshan culture of ancient China. Three long pointy legs, each with a decorative rosette adornment. The upper body has two integrated handles. The exterior is completely covered with a linear textured surface. These cauldron type vessels, called "Li", have hollow tripod legs and were used for cooking. The hollow legs allowed for more efficient heat distribution. These are more commonly seen as basic (smaller) three-legged vessels. This large example is more of a compound form. Its decorative nature and apparent lack of use would indicate this piece is from the burial of a high status (upper class) citizen. Condition is near excellent. Minor surface scrapes and light pitting. One small stress crack between the legs, otherwise intact and choice. No breaks or repairs. It has a nice patina with ample earthen deposits. An exceptional and very early example. Rarely seen in this size. Displays dramatically!

Ex. M. Dailey collection, North Carolina

Approx. 9" across x 15" tall

$2500


Song Dynasty Pottery Vase Song Dynasty Vase — China

960 AD - 1127 AD

Song Dynasty pottery vase. Bare (unglazed) terracotta, reddish in color with considerable deposits. Elegant form with rounded tapered body; straight spout with scroll handles on either side. Condition is near excellent. Shallow surface cracks around the midsection, otherwise intact.

Ex. V. Richards collection of North Carolina

Approx. 4.5" across x 4.5" tall

$175


Thai Stoneware Vase Thai Stoneware Vase — Thailand

1400 AD - 1600 AD

A large northern-central Thai stoneware vase dating from the 15th to 16th century. Most likely from the Supanburi or Sankampaeng kilns. An elegant form with incised rings and four applique adornments. Lightly ash glazed around the rim and upper shoulder, otherwise bare clay. A small drop of thick glaze inside the upper rim; possibly a drip of glaze from another piece in the kiln during the original firing. Condition is near excellent. A few minor chips and dings, otherwise intact and choice. Ex. M. Dailey Collection of North Carolina.

For a similar example see Roxanna M. Brown, "The Ceramics of Southeast Asian, Their Dating and Identification"; Ill. pl. XLIII, c.

Approx. 10.75" tall x 8" across

$575


Ming Dynasty Blue on WHite Glazed Bowl Antique Miners Bowl — China

Late 19th Century

An antique rice bowl dating to the late 1800s. These utilitarian wares are typically referred to as "miners bowls". They were used by workers in the tin mines of the Fujian province. This example is decorated on the exterior with a stylized lotus scroll & the character for "double happiness". The inscribed mark inside was added to identify the owner of the bowl who would have taken their meals in communal kitchens that were operated by the mines. The bowl is nicely painted and is in excellent condition. No breaks, cracks, chips or repairs of any kind. A rare and fine example of the type.

Ex. Anne Gray Collection

Approx. 6.25" in diameter. 2.5" tall

SOLD


Song Dynasty Celedon Glazed Bowl Song Dynasty Bowl — China

960 AD - 1127 AD

A nice Song Dynasty bowl with celedon glaze. Elegant form and well made. Very thin walled construction with an off-white celedon glaze. Marked on the underside; an unusual feature that is seldom seen on bowls from this era. Condition is near excellent. A few small rim chips, otherwise intact and choice.

Ex. M. Dailey collection, North Carolina

Approx. 6" across x 2" tall

SOLD


Han Dynasty Bronze Mirror Han Dynasty Bronze Mirror — China

206 BC - 220 AD

An attractive Han Dynasty bronze mirror. Nicely decorated with rows of raised nodes and a scalloped edge. Heavily oxidized surface with earthen deposits as would be expected. In fair to good condition. Assembled from three original pieces with restored breaks. Displays well on a custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. J. Behnkin Collection - Atlanta, GA

4" in diameter. 7.5" tall on stand

$475


Wei Dynasty Court Attendants Wei Dynasty Figures — China

386 AD - 535 AD

Two lovely Wei Dynasty female court attendants. Both in gray terracotta, finely sculpted with exquisite details.

Figure 1 (left) - She wears long robes with waist wrap and an elaborate hairdo. Her face shows a pleasant expression. Condition is near excellent. The head has been reattached at the neck and the break restored, otherwise perfect. A beautiful example. Approx. 6.25" tall.

Figure 2 (right) - She wears long flowing robes as is typical. Areas of white stucco remains along with light earthen deposits. Condition is choice. A few scrapes, but completely intact with no breaks or repairs. A fine example. Appox. 7" tall.

Figure 1 is RESERVED. $400 for the remaining figure.


Ming Dynasty Stem Cup Vessel Ming Dynasty Stem Cup — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

An unusual Ming Dynasty "stem cup". A lovely chalice-form vessel which would have served as a drinking cup or offering receptacle. Domed base and cylindrical stem topped by a shallow container. The upper portion is squared; a very rare feature. The cup is covered in a vibrant blue-green glaze typical of the Ming period. Inside the cup are three "touch marks". These raised nodes are the remains of spacers (or stilts) that were used to separate stacked items and optimize space within the kiln during firing. The stilts would sometimes fuse to the pieces and were broken off after being removed from the kiln. Condition is very good. A few small chips have been restored otherwise intact. Some tiny rim and base chips, minor glaze loss and surface dings are still present. Moderate earthen and mineral deposits along with areas of iridescence from burial. Overall a fine example that displays well.

Approx. 4.25" tall.

$375


Tang Stem Cup Vessel Tang Dynasty Stem Cup — China

618 AD - 907 AD

A nice straw glazed pottery vessel from the Tang Dynasty. Typically referrred to as a stem cup, these are also sometimes called candle holders. Elegant form with a thick base, stepped body and wide, gently curving rim. Creamy yellow, straw glazed surface with ample earthen deposits. Condition is fair to good. Two glued breaks at the base and rim with breaklines restored. Very minor chips and light staining consistent with age.

Approx. 3" tall x 4.25" across

$225


Han - Tang Stone Vessel Ancient Stone Vessel — China

400 AD - 800 AD

A rare and unusual ancient Chinese carved stone vase. Intricately carved with rows of raised nodes along with relief carved circular designs. The ovoid shape is quite elegant with a small base, gently curving sides, and a small opening at the top. Vessels of this type were created from the late Han Dynasty through the mid-Tang Dynasty. Their purpose is unknown, but vessels with small opening were typically used only to hold substances of high value. Carved from a semi-hard gray sedimentary stone similar to slate or shale. Condition is near excellent. A few chips and dings but otherwise intact and choice. Earthen deposits in the crevices as would be expected. An incredible piece of ancient stonework showing exceptional craftsmanship.

Approx. 4.25" tall x 4" across

$750


Ming Dynasty Tomb Figures Ming Dynasty Tomb Figures — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

Two Ming Dynasty tomb attendants. Both holding offerings and covered in green and gold glazes. Black and red details remain on the faces and heads. Each has earthen and mineral deposits as would be expected.

Figure #1, to the left - Approx. 7.25" tall. In good condition. Several small chips and dings, minor glaze losses and surface crazing.

Figure #2, to the right - Approx. 6.75" tall. In fair to good condition. Broken and glued from two pieces, small chips and dings, minor glaze losses and surface crazing.

$300 each or $500 for both.


Warring States Stove Model Warring States Stove Model — China

475 BC - 221 BC

A rare Warring States pottery stove model constructed of tan terracotta clay covered in a gray slip. A single large cooking pot sits atop the stove (fire-box). Stove models are more typical of the (later) Han Dynasty where often the cooking pots were separate and removable. This is an earlier example dating to the Warring States period. The cooking pot integrated; attached to the stove. Excellent condition with only a few minor chips and dings. Areas of slip loss consistent with age. Light wear and earthen deposits as would be expected. An exceptional, early example.

6" long x 3.5" wide x 4" tall

$275


Ming Dynasty Tomb Attendants - Pair #1 Ming Dynasty Tomb Attendants - Pair #1 — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

A lovely pair of Ming Dynasty pottery tomb figures. Both have gold and bright green glazes. The heads, legs and bases are cold-painted in white with black details. Condition is near excellent. Some surface crazing and minor base chips, else intact and choice. Areas of earthen deposits as would be expected. Overall an exceptional pair and larger than most of this type. They display well together and are being sold only as a set.

Each is just over 9" tall

SOLD


Ming Dynasty Tomb Attendants - Pair #2 Ming Dynasty Tomb Attendants - Pair #2 — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

A fine pair of Ming Dynasty pottery tomb figures. Both have gold and dark green glazes. The heads, legs and bases are cold-painted in white with black details. Condition is near excellent. Some surface crazing and minor base chips, else intact and choice. Areas of earthen deposits as would be expected. Overall an exceptional pair. The dark green glaze is unusual and more rare than the lighter (bright) green that is commonly seen. They display well together and are being sold only as a set.

Each is 8.75" tall

SOLD


Nepal Blessing Box Wooden Blessing Box — Nepal

Late 19th Century

Antique lidded pigment container from Nepal. These wooden boxes held red pigment and were used by the monks of Nepal to mark (bless) statues and individuals. Well carved in the form of a lotus. The lid rotates on a metal nail and covers the five recessed compartments. In fine condition with minor chips and signs of extensive use. A few stable age cracks, but is generally intact. A nice example!

Approx 6" x 6" x 2.5" tall

$175


Warring States Olla Warring States Olla — China

475 BC - 221 BC

Massive Warring States terracotta olla-form vessel. Construction is typical grayware with a fabric impressed surface design as is common. The olla also has a mark or "Chi" symbol carved into the upper shoulder. Marked pottery from this period is extremely rare. Found broken upon excavation, as would be expected, but condition is good for a vessel of this size. "Field" assembled from approximately two dozen original sherds. All the pieces are present and it is complete. Has no additional restoration or overpainting. Excellent provenance. Previously owned by Geoff (Dr. G) Smith, then by Robert (Bob) Caldwell of Anthro-Arts. A very large and impressive example with a classic, elegant shape.

15" tall x 15" across

$1500


Gilded Hindu Garuda Wood Carving Balinese Carving of Garuda — Bali

Early 20th Century

Lovely antique Balinese wood carving of the Hindu God "Garuda" dating to the first half of the 20th Century. One of the most important Hindu Gods, Garuda is the King of the birds and acts as a messenger between the Gods and men. Garuda has the head, wings and talons of an eagle with the body and limbs of a man. This example is well carved, the front is covered in gold pigment along with inlaid mirrored glass tiles of silver and green. Condition is very good. Several of the glass tiles are missing and there are a few cracks in the wood. The cracks are stable and do not distract from the overall appearance. The gold surface color has darkened slightly over time. Some minor scrapes and dings consistent with age. A large and visually stunning piece that displays dramatically on a custom metal stand which is included.

Approx. 14" tall x 8" across. Approx. 17" tall on the display stand.

$350


Chinese Neolithic Vessel Neolithic Pottery Vessel — China

2300 BC - 2000 BC

Nice Chinese Neolithic Period terracotta vessel dating to the Machang Phase of the Majiayao culture. Squat rounded body with a wide flared rim and two strap handles. Constructed from orange buff earthenware decorated with brown pigment applied in linear and geometric patterns. Condition is excellent. No cracks, chips, breaks or repairs. Light earthen deposits as would be expected.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 4.5" across

$225


Chinese Neolithic Vessel Neolithic Vase — China

1200 BC - 500 BC

A fine Chinese Neolithic polychrome painted, two handled vase dating to the Tangwang Phase of the Xindian Culture. This pottery type was made during a relatively late Neolithic period and overlaps with the Chinese Bronze Age. Tangwang pottery is quite rare and generally not as coarse in its construction as some other Xindian vessels. This example is thinly potted and has an elegant form. The elongated body is topped by a flared spout and has two wide strap handles. The orange terracotta is decorated with deep reddish-brown underpaint overlaid with black linear designs. Condition is near choice, two small, stable stress cracks at the rim, minor paint loss and earthen deposits consistent with age. A lovely example.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 3.5" across

$250


Ban Chiang Footed Vessel Ban Chiang Vessel — Thailand

500 BC - 250 BC

Very large, late period Ban Chiang footed vase from northern Thailand's Udon Thani Province. Ancient Ban Chiang cultural centers were not discovered until the mid 20th Century and are now thought be among the earliest of Bronze Age civilizations. Nice form with a large rounded body atop a footed pedestal base and a wide flared rim. Bright orange surface with red linear swirled decoration as is typical. Condition is fair. Assembled from approx. 35-40 pieces, but all original. No over-paint and the breaks are unrestored.

Restoration of the breaks is optional and available for additional costs.

Approx. 11.5" tall x 10" across

SOLD


Tang Dynasty Tomb Figure Tang Dynasty Figure — China

618 AD - 907 AD

Lovely Tang Dynasty tomb attendant. Dressed in typical attire with long flowing robes and head covering. Hands are held to the chest, one hand has a hole as is common. It is thought the hole in the hand would have originally held a small candle or a stick (symbolic of a torch) that would allow the attendant to light the way and help the deceased through the darkness to the afterlife. Condition is near excellent. Two small chips on the base, otherwise intact. No cracks, breaks, or repairs. Ample earthen and mineral encrustations consistent with age. Overall an exceptional example of the type. Displays beautifully on a circular custom metal display stand which is included.

Approx. 8.5" tall

SOLD


Jin Dynasty Tomb Figure Jin Dynasty Figure — China

317 AD - 420 AD

A rare Eastern Jin Dynasty tomb figure. He wears thick clothing and a head covering as is typical of the type. Arms are across the chest with hands tucked into the sleeves. A pleasant smile on his face. Condition is near choice. Completely covered in white pigment. Remarkably, much of the original (cold-painted) pigment remains. Considerable earthen deposits as would be expected. Some small dings and scrapes, but completely intact, never broken. No repairs of any kind. A simple custom metal display stand is included. A fine example.

Approx. 9" tall

$425


Tang Dynasty Warrior Figure Tang Dynasty Warrior Figure — China

618 AD - 907 AD

Standing terracotta warrior figure dating to the early Tang Dynasty. Nicely detailed with some red pigment remaining. Condition is generally very good. Stabilized stress cracks along the mold line that joins the front and back halves. Another horizontal crack across the back with small chips missing. Otherwise the figure is completely original, intact and has no restoration. Displays well. A near choice very early example.

Approx. 8.5" tall

$275


Ming Dynasty Tomb Offerings Ming Dynasty Tomb Offerings — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

Three Ming Dynasty food offerings. These miniature bowls of food were placed in the tomb to accompany the deceased and provide nourishment in the afterlife. One bowl contains a bird; most likely a duck (one half inch tall). Next is a bowl of five round objects, probably melons (3" tall). Last is a a bowl of stacked rectangles, possibly bread (1.75" tall). All are in very good condition. The duck has had a small chip restored. The bowl holding the melons has minor chipping around the rim. All have deposits, tiny dings and very minor glaze loss consistent with age. Overall a nice assortment.

SOLD


Ming Dynasty Tomb Figures - Matched Pair Ming Dynasty Tomb Figure Set — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

A fine pair of Ming Dynasty tomb attendants. Both holding offerings and covered in green and gold glazes. Some red and black details remain on the faces and heads. The molding of each figure is identical, but glaze coloration differs slightly. Both in very good condition. Each has a few small dings, minor glaze losses and surface crazing. Earthen and mineral deposits as would be expected. A rarely seen matched set.

Each is approx. 7.5" tall.

$350 each or $600 for both.


Tang Dynasty Plate Tang Dynasty Plate — China

618 AD - 907 AD

Tang Dynasty pottery sancai-glazed plate. Rare pink terracotta ground with alternating green and brown sancai glazes around the inner and outer rim. Sits on a low ring-type base. Condition is fair. Assembled from original pieces with areas of replacement and restoration, mainly along the rim. Displays well despite considerable repairs.

Approx. 10" across x 1.5" tall

$225


Han Dynasty Bronze Belt Hook Han Dynasty Bronze Belt Hook — China

206 BC - 220 AD

A nice Han Dynasty bronze belt hook with serpent (dragon) head. Heavily oxidized bronze surface. Intact and choice. A fine example.

Approx. 4" long

$250


Song Dynasty Bronze Mirror Song Dynasty Bronze Mirror — China

960 AD - 1127 AD

Small Song Dynasty bronze mirror decorated with stylized text. In good condition with some wear consistent with age and use. Nice example.

Approx. 1.75" across

$225


Neolithic Vase Machang Neolithic Vessel — China

2300 BC - 2000 BC

Chinese Neolithic period Machang pottery vessel. Small vase-form terracotta vessel with linear and circular designs in black against a tan-orange (buff) background. Flat bottom, rounded body and gently flaring spout. Overall condition is very good. A few scrapes and dings along with two very small rim chips and areas of paint loss. Some dirt and light deposits remain, as would be expected.

Approx. 3" across x 4.25" tall

SOLD


Han Figure Han Kneeling Figure — China

206 BC - 220 AD

Small Han Dynasty funerary attendant. The male figure is dressed in robes, kneeling with arms outstretched. In each hand he once held offerings, now missing. Overall in good condition. The face is somewhat eroded, but retains small areas of white stucco. The head and both arms are reattached with restored breaks. The back corner of the base is also restored. Some earthen and mineral deposits remain, especially on the lap and upper legs of the figure. Generally a nice and expressive example.

Approx. 6" tall

SOLD


Thai Vessels Sawangalok Vessels — Thailand, Cambodia

1300 AD - 1400 AD

Two small 14th Century Sawangalok pottery vessels from what was formally Siam. Each of slightly bulbous form with low ring base, widened body, and tapered shoulder with slightly flared rim. Each has two tiny handles and are glazed from the rim to the the upper base. The lower portion is unglazed. One with dark brown glaze, the other with celadon. Condition is very good. Both have minor (invisible) repairs, but appear choice. Ex. private German colection.

Each approx. 4.5" tall

SOLD


Han Granary Han Granary Model — China

206 BC - 220 AD

Large Han Dynasty greyware granary model. Typical of the type, but larger than most and in near excellent condition. Heavily encrusted on some areas but completely intact with no breaks, cracks or repairs. A few small scrapes and dings as would be expected, but overall a fine example

10.5" tall x 5.5" across

$250


Neolithic Vessel Machang Neolithic Bowl — China

2300 BC - 2000 BC

Chinese Neolithic period polychrome painted Machang bowl. Rather small, but has a nicely painted interior with a simple exterior rim decoration. Red and black stripes on a soft orange ground. Flat bottom and gently tapered sides. Condition is generally good. A few repaired rim breaks and light paint touch ups, but all original. Some minor paint losses, dirt and light deposits remain.

Approx. 5.25" across x 3.25" tall

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Ban Chiang Footed Bowl Ban Chiang Footed Bowl — Thailand

500 BC - 250 BC

Large, late period Ban Chiang footed olla from northern Thailand's Udon Thani Province. The Ban Chiang culture was not discovered until the mid 20th Century and is now thought be among the earliest of Bronze Age civilizations. The large rounded bowl sits atop a gently flared pedestal base. Originally the bright orange surface would have been painted with complex designs. Some of the red linear decoration is still visible, but is somewhat eroded and obscured by heavy deposits. Condition is generally good. Considerable encrustations and dirt remain. It has several excavation dings, minor chips and a small hairline crack at the rim. Never cleaned, no repairs or restoration. Intact and completely original, in as-found condition. The upper bowl is slightly tilted; the bowl slumped before or during firing. A common occurrence in very early pottery, especially with large, heavy vessels such as this one. Overall a nice example and substantial in size.

Approx. 8" x 8"

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Meiji Dragon Vase Meiji Bronze Dragon Vase — Japan

Meiji Period, 1868-1912

Lovely late 19th Century Japanese bronze vase. Beautifully cast with fine detail and superior craftsmanship. Footed base with stylized waves around the bottom executed in very high relief. The neck of the vase is tall and slightly corseted, flaring at the top to a stylized lotus flower design, the petals gracefully curling downward. A large, realistically sculpted, three dimensional dragon clings to the vase. The dragon holds a rock crystal sphere which represents the pearl of wisdom. The surface is the original very dark patina almost black with a hint of green. Generally in excellent condition. The dragon is slightly loose, but otherwise is a choice example. Signed on the bottom. A rare and exceptionally beautiful example of Meiji artistry.

Approx. 17" tall x 8" across

$3500


Meiji Dragon Vase Meiji Bronze Vase — Japan

Meiji Period, 1868-1912

Spectactular Japanese bronze vase dating to the late 19th Century. Very large and heavily cast, it is executed in exquisite detail. By far the best example of the type I've ever seen. The lower portion of the vase is round bodied with a footed base. There are two dragons around the bottom, cast in high relief along with stylized waves. The neck of the vase flares gracefully to a wide rim. A large three-dimensional dragon wraps around the neck, it holds a large rock crystal sphere, representing the pearl of wisdom. Another smaller crystal sphere is in the claw of one of the lower dragons. The dragons are realistically crafted in delicate detail. Overall in near excellent condition. There are a few minor imperfections around the flared rim and the upper dragon is slightly loose, but the vase is generally intact and pristine. It has never been cleaned and retains its original finish, a very dark almost black patina. There is a crisp engraved signature on the bottom. A superb example of Meiji craftsmanship.

Note: This vase has been examined by Mr. Anthony M. Lee of the "Asian Art Research Institute". He translated the mark as the signature of the casting artist, it reads "Kan U Sei, made by Kan U". He also mentioned that the "nake" (signature) is unusual in that it was engraved by the artist as opposed to a studio name that would have been cast into the piece. Very rare and beautiful Meiji Period vase.

Approx. 16" tall x 11.5" across

$4500


Large Ban Chiang Bowl Large Ban Chiang Bowl — Thailand

2000 BC - 1000 BC

An unusually large Ban Chiang bowl from Thailand. The Ban Chiang culture, located in the Udon Thani Province, was only recently discovered in the mid 20th century and is now thought to be among the earliest Bronze Age cultures on earth. Their culture began around 3600 BC and mysteriously ended around 250 BC. This large terracotta bowl dates to the Middle Period, 2000 BC - 1000 BC. Rounded bowl with a thick flat rim and concave bottom. Bright orange surface with some staining and moderate to heavy deposits, mostly on the interior. A lovely example in near excellent condition. Two repaired stress cracks and a couple of restored rim chips. A few minor dings and scrapes, otherwise choice.

Approx. 9.5" across x 4" tall

SOLD


Tang Granary Tang Granary Model — China

618 AD - 907 AD

Nice Tang Dynasty terracotta lidded vessel in the form of a granary. More commonly seen are Han grayware granaries, this is a rare Tang era orangeware granary model. Round bodied vessel with matching lid decorated with bands of applied (pinched) clay. The lid still retains some green glaze. On the lower portion, the granary door is indicated on one side with additional appliques above the door. The lid is somewhat mis-shapened, but it is nicely "form-fitted" to the top of the vessel. Therefore, I stongly believe the lid is original to the piece making it a seldom seen matched set. Overall in near excellent condition, no breaks, cracks or repairs. A few tiny chips here and there, but otherwise choice. A fine example.

Approx. 8" tall x 6" across

$275


Bone Carving Bone Carving of Rangda — Bali

Age unknown - Probably 20th Century

Incredible bone carving depicting the Balinese God "Rangda" the witch, a common and popular character in Balinese mythology. She is part of the Barong dance and dances opposite the Lion/Dragon "Barong" in a mock dance/battle. Intricately detailed all around. Beautifully executed. In excellent condition, but does have a 1-inch stable stress crack near the top. I have owned this piece for several years and bought it for its superior quality and asthetic beauty. A lovely item that shows exquisite workmanship.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Todd Zieseniss of the "The Shaman Gallery" for providing additional information on this piece. Thanks Todd!

5.5" tall

SOLD


Yayoi Vessel Yayoi Vessel — Japan

200 BC - 100 AD

Extremely rare and highly coveted terracotta pottery vessel from the Yayoi Period of ancient Japan. Almost impossible to find outside select museums, seldom seen in the antiquities market. This important piece is in excellent condition. Only tiny chips missing at the base and rim. Beautiful and scarce.

5.5" tall x 7.5" across

SOLD


Han Figure Han Dynasty Figure — China

206 BC - 220 AD

Nice Han grayware funerary attendant. Wearing long robe with arms folded. Some white slip remaining and has moderant encrustations. Head broken at the neck and reattached with restoration over the cracks.

11.5" tall x 5" across the base

SOLD


Warring States Bowl Warring States Bowl — China

475 BC - 221 BC

Fine Warring States pottery bowl. Orange terracotta covered in a warm blue-gray slip. Impressed with a stylized crosshatch design. Excellent condition with only minor chips and dings as would be expected.

6" tall x 7.5" across

SOLD


Han Well Model Han Dynasty Well Model — China

480 BC - 221 BC

Han grayware model of a Well. Encrusted with dirt. Reassembled from several large pieces.

12" tall x 6" across

SOLD


Hina Dolls Japanese Hina Emperor & Empress — Japan

Meiji Period, 1868-1912

Beautiful pair of royal Hinas. Small and delicate pair, ornately dressed in fine silk and seated on gilded lacquerware thrones. Nicely carved heads & hands. In good condition with minor losses and slight fading. Hair is partially detached on the female, but still a nice older pair that display well.

Each approx. 7" tall x 8" across

SOLD


Hina Doll Japanese Hina Empress — Japan

Meiji Period, 1868-1912

Nice Hina Empress. Dressed in silk, holding a wooden fan and seated on lacquerware throne. Beautifully carved head & hands. In fine condition with minor fading. Pretty!

Approx. 7" tall x 8" across

SOLD


Gilded carvings Gilded Carvings — Indonesia

Late 19th - Early 20th Century

Two rare and unusual carved wood corner ornaments. Female torsos attached to feline bodies. Nicely carved and gilded with inlays. Both have minor breaks and losses.

Approx. 7" tall x 6" across

$425


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