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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...

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Antique Burmese Burma Maronette Puppet Articulated Tongue Wooden Head Articulated Puppet Head — Burma, now Myanmar

Mid to Late 19th Century

A very large Burmese puppet (marionette) head. This finely sculpted wooden head features a realistically carved human face, dragon headdress and a stepped 'hat'. The face features inlaid glass eyes of white with black pupils. The tongue is articulated and moves in and out via a string that connects to an internal hinged mechanism. The string exits the top of the head; pulling the string operates the tongue. The dragon headdress is shown with snarling teeth and has inlaid circular, clear glass (cabochon) eyes. Polychrome painted in shades of red, teal green, yellow, black and flesh tones. In fair to good condition showing extensive wear, small chips, dings and paint loss. Vintage (indigenous) repairs to the hat that has cracks in the wood and pieces reattached with old nails. The articulated tongue works perfectly and slides in and out smoothly when the string is pulled. A fine example that is substantial in size. Custom display stand is included. In Burmese marionettes, the size of the head determines the overall height of the puppet. This head would have belonged to an extra large puppet. Ex. M. Dailey collection of N.C.

The tradition of Burmese puppet theater (yoke thay) originated in the 15th century and peaked in popularity in the 19th century. Many performances would last all night and shows called upon the talents of numerous puppeteers, singers, and musicians. Each puppet is danced in its own particular manner. Puppets were typically comprised of seventeen pieces (for male characters) to nineteen pieces (for female). Burmese marionettes were incredibly intricate and dexterous and amazingly, each was controlled by only one puppeteer.

Approx. 11" tall x 4" across. Approx. 14.5" tall on the stand.


Chinese Ming Dynasty Terracotta Pottery Tomb Attendant Figure Ming Dynasty Tomb Figure — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

A large Ming Dynasty tomb figure. The figure stands on a hexagonal platform base with one arm raised, his hand in a fist. The other hand is hidden inside the sleeve of the garment. He wears long flowing robes tied with a sash and a tall cylindrical headdress, typical of the period. The nicely detailed head slots into the neck and is removable as is common in Ming figures of this size. The robes and base are covered in a vibrant green glaze with other areas left unglazed showing the orange-tan (buff) terracotta. Overall in very good condition. Some small areas of glaze loss present and slip loss to the headdress. A small section of the robe's collar at the back of the neck has been restored, otherwise intact and original with light surface deposits present overall. A fine example that is substantial in size.

Ex. Greg Manning Galleries of West Caldwell, New Jersey. Auction #802, Lot # 461 (page 51). Previously acquired on the auction date, Feb. 15th, 1997 by P. Lewis of Asheville, NC.

Note: A photo copy of the original auction listing is available upon request by the buyer.

Approx. 15.25" tall x 4.5" across the base.


Nepal Tharu Guardian Spring Bridge Shrine Figure Wooden Himalayan Tharu Guardian Figure — Nepal

Mid to late 19th Century

An extremely rare Tharu guardian figure from Southwestern Nepal. These wooden effigies (votives) depicting 'praying' human figures were used for worship and protection. They adorned rooftops, shrines, well springs, bridges and cross roads where they paid homage to Masta, Birabo, Ban Jhankri and other mountain gods that could control weather and harvests. They also represented the ancestors of local inhabitants, and assumed the duty of fending off malevolent entities and other negative influences. Nepalese artists developed a distinctive anthropomorphic style for their deities with an elongated form and somewhat exaggerated features. The hands are commonly shown in various supplication gestures, often in the 'namaskar' gesture of reverence and greeting. This beautifully weathered piece shows wear consistent with dating to the 19th century, possibly early 20th century. In very good condition. Shows surface imperfections and long-term exposure to the elements; including splits, stains and cracks that are a normal part of the weathering process. The left leg and lower arm are scorched (burned) indicating the figure was exposed to fire at some point. This is a superb and seldom seen example Nepalese Tharu tribal art. Wooden block display stand is included.

Ex. M. Dailey Collection of N.C. Prior to that, Ex. Kansas City private collection.

Just under 11" tall. Approx. 11.75" tall on the stand.


Chinese Neolithic Hemudu Terracotta Pottery Stove Cooking Vessel Neolithic Hemudu Stoves — China

5500 BC - 3300 BC

Two small Hemudu pottery stoves dating to China's very early Neolithic period. These two-part stoves were used for cooking rice, etc. and are unique to the Hemudu culture. Both consist of a lower basin which held hot coals (or a small fire) and integral raised platform to hold the cooking vessel above. The cooking pots have impressed and incised decoration. These small examples were for single meal (personal use) or were 'models' of the much larger, family-sized stoves. In good condition, The larger pot has 2 stabilized rim cracks, the smaller has rim losses; otherwise both are intact and original with no restoration. Ample deposits present. Extremely rare examples! Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC.
Click here to view a PDF detailing Hemudu art and culture.

Larger - Approx. 6" long x 4.5" tall. Smaller - Approx. 4" long x 3" tall.

Larger - SOLD, Smaller - $250

Chinese Neolithic Terracotta Pottery Earth Sprit Voltive Figures Vessel Chinese Neolithic Votive Figures — China

3000 BC - 2000 BC

A trio of small pottery votive figures dating to China's Neolithic period. These are rare 'Earth Spirit' offerings. Two are rotund, stylized figures with a bun hair-do and minimalist features; the third is a bottle-form vessel. All are in good condition and have ancient chips, dings, surface imperfections and light deposits.

Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC.

Approx. 3" tall.


Kuang Hsu Dynasty Lidded Bowl Covered Baking Dish China Antique Kuang Hsu Dynasty Baking Dish — China

1875 AD - 1908 AD

A large antique green-glazed pottery bowl with lid dating to China's Kuang Hsu Dynasty, circa late 19th Century. It has raised nodes and suspension loops for hanging. These were used for cooking meals and were typically hung over open fires. In good condition. A few small chips, interior staining and scorching along with a 2" hairline crack in the bowl; all of which is evidence of extended household use. A fine utilitarian-ware example of the period. Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC.

Approx. 5" tall x 10" across.


Han Dynasty Terracotta Pottery Storage Vessel Han Dynasty Storage Vessel — China

206 BC - 220 AD

A large Han Dynasty storage vessel. An elegant form with a classic 'ginger-jar' shape topped by an unusual double-rimmed spout; a flared outer spout with a second, smaller inner spout. It has a cross (T-shaped) symbol that was carved into the side of the vessel when it was originally made. This is most likely a makers-mark, a very rare feature, but marks like this are sometimes seen on larger pieces of early Chinese pottery. Typical grayware terracotta clay construction with surface deposits and some light staining present. In very good condition. A two inch by four inch section of the outer spout rim has been restored, otherwise intact and original. An attractive example that is substantial in size and displays well.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 11.5" tall x 9" across.


Ancient Thailand Ban Chaing Pottery Chalice Footed Pedestal Bowl Vessel Ban Chiang Pedestal Bowl — Thailand

400 BC - 200 BC

A lovely Ban Chiang (stemmed) pedestal bowl from northern Thailand's Udon Thani Province. An unusual 'chalice-form' vessel with a rounded bowl atop a gently flared pedestal base. Finely painted in the traditional style; the decoration is comprised of swirling, wave-like motifs in red on a cream-white ground. This very rare example has painted designs on both the exterior and interior; an unusual feature, seldom seen on Ban Chiang pottery. Condition is very good. Broken and glued at the stem with some glue residue and minor staining visible, otherwise intact and unrestored. Surface wear, light paint erosion and mineral deposits present inside and out. An elegant and beautiful example that displays dramatically.

Ex. J. Baum of New York. Originally collected in 1979.

Approx. 6" tall x 7" across.


Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta Pottery Tomb Attendants Tang Dynasty Tomb Figures — China

618 AD - 907 AD

Two funerary attendants dating to the Tang Dynasty of ancient China. Constructed of orange terracotta with areas of white stucco remaining, mainly in the recessed crevices. Dressed in typical attire with long flowing robes and head coverings. Both have a small hole just above their hands as is common. The hole in the hands 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 guide the deceased through the darkness to the afterlife. Overall exceptional and classic examples of the type.

Figure 1 (left) Condition is near excellent. No cracks, breaks, or repairs. Some white stucco and earthen encrustations present. Just under 9" tall. Ex. New York state private collection. $250

Figure 2 (right) Condition is good. Head reattached with restored break. White stucco and earthen encrustations remaining. Approx. 7.5" tall. Ex. M. Dailey collection of North Carolina. SOLD

Ancient Cambodian Khmer Kendi Teapots Pottery Vessels Khmer Pottery Kendi Teapots — Cambodia

1100 AD - 1200 AD

Two Cambodian Kendi (teapots) dating to the Khmer period, circa 12th Century AD. Both have an elegant form with rounded bodies, tapering necks and bulb-shaped pouring spouts. The larger teapot has a deep reddish-brown slip and is in very good condition. A few hairline age cracks have been stabilized, but not restored. Intact and original with ample surface deposits present. The smaller one is near miniature in size. Buff terracotta with diagonal impressions around the outer body. It is in fair to good condition. The top spout appears to be missing as well as the tip of the pouring spout, otherwise intact.

Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC.

Larger Kendi, approx. 6" x 6". Smaller is approx. 2" tall x 3" across

$350 for both.

Thailand Thai Sawankhalok Sea Salvage Vase Vessel Sawankhalok Sea Salvage Vase — Thailand

1300 AD - 1400 AD

An exceedingly rare Sawankhalok ceramic (ocean-excavated) vase from 14th Century Thailand. This extra large vessel is a seldom seen example of Sawankhalok sea-salvage pottery. Sometimes referred to as 'partial glazed' pottery, the surface is heavily eroded from centuries of being submerged in sea water. The original dark brown glossy glaze is almost completely worn away; only a few areas of the original glaze are still present. The remaining (underlying) glaze has been transformed to a grainy surface in shades of yellowish-gold and light blues. The vase is of typical form with elongated teardrop-shaped body narrowing at the top to a flared spout with two loop handles at the neck. Overall in very good condition. One reattached rim shard and a small area of the rim restored, otherwise intact. Much larger than most Sawankhalok vases of this type and displays dramatically.

Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC. Originally collected in the mid-1960s.

Just over 8.5" tall x 4" across.


Late Ming Dynasty Dynasty Footed Offering Plates Dish Vessels Late Ming Offering Plates — China

Mid-17th Century

A lovely pair of ceramic offering plates dating to the late Ming Dynasty. A nearly identical pair decorated with stylized floral motifs. In near excellent condition. Both have very small chips at the rims otherwise intact. Light staining and minor glaze imperfections. Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC.

Just under 4" across x 1.5" tall

$250 for both. Not sold individually.

Kuang Hsu Dynasty Teapot China Antique Kuang Hsu Dynasty Teapot — China

1875 AD - 1908 AD

An antique pottery teapot dating to China's Kuang Hsu Dynasty, circa late 19th Century. It features a short pouring spout, handle with suspension loop for hanging and original lid, all covered in a vibrant teal-green glaze. Teapots such as this were used to heat water for making tea and were typically hung over open fires. This type of teapot was less elaborate than those used by the upper class and were most common among working-class citizens. In very good condition. There's a small chip on the spout, some glaze loss on the suspension loop and other minor imperfections, all of which are evidence of extended (daily) household use. A fine example of utilitarian-ware of the period.

Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC. Originally collected in the mid-1960s.

Approx. 7" tall x 7" across.


Late Ming Dynasty Early Qing Dynasty Bowl and Vase Late Ming Bowl & Vase — China

Mid-17th Century

Two lovely ceramic vessels dating to the late Ming Dynasty. Both are decorated with floral motifs. In near excellent condition. Both have very small chips restored at the rims otherwise completely intact and original. Areas of light staining and glaze imperfections as would be expected. Very attractive pieces that display nicely.

Ex. Estate collection of Donald J. Scheer, Asheville, NC. Originally collected in the mid-1960s.

Bowl approx. 3" tall x 5.5" across. Vase approx. 7" tall x 3.25 across.

Bowl is $175. Vase is $250. $350 for both.

Han Dynasty Terracotta Pottery Pedestal Bowl with Cover Lid Han Dynasty Lidded Bowl — China

206 BC - 220 AD

A medium-large Han Dynasty offering bowl with lid (cover). Vessels like this most commonly held food offerings to nourish the deceased in the afterlife. The pedestal base tapers gently to the wide and deep bowl that has an inset rim to accomodate the lid. The lid is domed and has has a small half-circle handle. Typical grayware terracotta clay construction with moderate to heavy earthen deposits present inside and out. It has not be overly cleaned and is 'as found' in appearance. The lid is most likely not original to the bowl (as is typical) and may not date to the same period, but it fits fairly well although not exactly the same color as the bowl. In fair condition. A three inch section at the edge of the base has been restored, otherwise intact and original.

Ex. Rou Yang Gallery, New York City. Acquired late 1990s.

Bowl is approx. 6" tall x 8" across. With lid is approx. 8" tall x 6" across.


Vietnamese Ceramic Bowl Hoi An Vietnamese Bowls — Vietnam

14th - 15th Century

Two ceramic bowls dating to Vietnam's late Tran Dynasty to the early Le Dynasty. I'm told these are from the Hoi An shipwreck hoard, but I cannot confirm that. Both show crazing and staining as is typical. Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Bowl 1 (top) - Low footed bowl with light green glaze and blue accents. In poor to fair condition. Broken and assembled from five (5) original pieces. The break lines are not restored and are slightly visible. Just over 7" diameter x 2.5" tall.

Bowl 2 (bottom) - Footed bowl with white glaze and blue angular (chevron) designs on the bottom and around the interior rim. The exterior has vertical rows of blue dots. In near excellent condition. No cracks, breaks or repairs. Just over 5" diameter x 2.5" tall.

$185 for both bowls

Warring States Pottery Flared Vase Vessel Warring States Flared Vase — China

475 BC - 221 BC

A large Warring States pottery vessel from ancient China. Constructed of tan-gray terracotta clay. The exterior is cold-painted (post firing) in white stucco with black painted linear designs. Vessels with remaining paint are rarely seen in pottery from this period. An elegant and graceful form with a flat base and sides that flare widely to a rolled rim. In very good condition with only a small (two inch) section of the rim restored, otherwise intact. Much of the original stucco slip and paint remains except near the base. Moderate earthen deposits and staining consistent with age. Never cleaned as cleaning could damage the delicate painted surface. A fine and attractive example that is substantial in size.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 6" tall x 9" across the top.


Han Dynasty Terracotta Pottery Lid Vase Han Dynasty Lid — China

206 BC - 220 AD

An unusual lid (vessel top) dating to the Han Dynasty of ancient China. This piece was sold to me as a vase, but I believe it is actually a lid (top) to a large storage vessel. The body is pear-shaped and hollow with a decorative finial in the form of a bird laying across the top. The base is slightly tapered and would fit perfectly into a vessel with a two inch (2") diameter (or slightly larger) opening. Typical blue-gray terracotta clay construction with ample earthen deposits present. In good condition with a few thin surface cracks and other minor imperfections, but is generally intact and original with no repairs or restoration. Could be a nice addition for a collector who has a large vase that is missing its lid. It also displays nicely as-is on the custom metal tripod ring stand that is included.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 6" tall x 3.75" across. Approx. 7.5" tall on the stand.


Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Bronze Knife Han Dynasty Knife — China

206 BC - 220 AD

A nice bronze knife dating to ancient China's Han Dynasty. Well cast in bronze with the (perishable) handle grips long lost to time. The blade curves at the tip and sharpened cutting edge on one side, typical of the period. In fine condition.The blade is completely intact with an oxidized green patina and earthen surface deposits. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 8.5" long.Just under 5" tall on the stand.


Ancient Chinese Ming Dynasty Candle Stick Ming Candle Stick — China

1368 AD - 1644 AD

A nice pottery candle-stick dating to the Ming Dynasty of ancient China. Constructed of orange-tan terracotta as is common. The exterior is glazed overall in typical green with the top glazed in gold. Condition is very good. A small chip restored at the top and several edge chips restored along the upper shoulder and base; otherwise intact and original. Moderate to heavy deposits and mineralization overall. Some surface dirt, and light surface erosion present as well. A fine example and a rare form.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 4.25" tall x 2.5" across.


Neolithic Machang Pottery Vase Vessel Machang Neolithic Vessel — China

2300 BC - 2000 BC

A Chinese Neolithic period pottery vessel dating to the Machang period. A simple (unpainted) utilitarian vessel constructed of orange-tan terracotta with wide strap handles; typical of the type and period. Somewhat uneven on the base and has two felt tabs added for stability. Condition is generally good. A triangular shard has been reattached to the spout but the broken piece is well aligned, fits tightly and is only slightly distracting. It also has a few rim chips and minor dings, but is all original. Some surface dirt, minor surface erosion and light deposits remaining; all as would be expected. A lovely example with an elegant form. The spout break could easily be restored for a minimal charge.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 5" tall x 4.25" across the handles.


Antique Carved Soapstone Table Screen Antique Soapstone Table Screen — China

20th Century

An attractive Chinese stone table screen; likely dating to the mid-20th century, possibly earlier. Carved in the archaic style, it depicts two hunters (archers) on horseback in pursuit of deer and a fox(?). In the background are mountains. In the upper left corner is a cartouche with calligraphy. The scene is beautifully carved with incised details and a stippled background. Made from black soapstone with stepped supports (feet). In nice condition with a few light scratches, but displays well. Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 10.5" across x 6.5" tall


Large Song Dynasty Celedon Glazed Bowl Large Song Dynasty Bowl — China

960 AD - 1127 AD

A very large celadon glazed bowl dating to China's early Song Dynasty. An elegant form with a narrow base that widens to the gently curving inverted rim with rolled edge. Somewhat thickly potted which is common for larger vessels, but is well made. It has a heavy glaze with colors that range from greens to golds and pinks. A lovely example and in near excellent condition. No cracks, chips, breaks or repairs. Ex. M. Dailey collection of North Carolina.

Approx. 9.5" across x 5" tall


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.


Han Dynasty Terracotta Dog Han Dynasty 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 surface erosion present. A fine example that is well proportioned and visually appealing. Ex. M. Dailey Collection of NC.

Approx. 6" across x 7" tall.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. Approx. 7" tall.

Figure 1 is SOLD. $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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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. Completely covered in white pigment. Much of the original (cold-painted) pigment remains along with earthen deposits. Condition is very good. The front of the right foot has been reattached (glued), otherwise intact. Some scrapes and dings, light surface wear and minor pigment loss. The figure will stand on its own, but for added stability, a simple custom metal display stand is included. A fine example.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Approx. 9" tall


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


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.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Each is approx. 7.5" tall.

Figure 1 (left) - SOLD
Figure 2 (right) - SOLD

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.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Approx. 10" across x 1.5" tall


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.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Approx. 4" long


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


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 generally intact with no breaks, cracks or repairs. A chip at the outer edge of the spout rim and another at the base along with a few scrapes and dings as would be expected, but overall a fine example.

10.5" tall x 5.5" across


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


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


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