Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Antique Thai Chofa Temple Roof Adornment
Unusual Thai architectural sculpture known as a chofa. These beast-like ornaments embellish temple and palace rooftops as a symbol of power and protection. Natural patina and remnants of red and gilt lacquer show antiquity. A photo is shown to demonstrate how a chofa would look while still in place on a temple roof. The temple shown is in Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally rich city in Thailand.

19th century or earlier

Size: (on stand) 12" W x 17" D x 65" H... Click for details
item #1353455
Antique Topoke Spear Currency
Topoke spear currency. Forged iron mounted on black iron stand. Equatorial Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Large forged blades such as this in the shape of a spear point were well used in the middle of the 20th century. As currency and during marriage ceremonies, they are known under several names; Di hunga (small form), doa the larger example spear form. During the marriage ceremonies up to 60 doa might be exchanged for the bride. These were specially shaped look like spear's... Click for details
item #1351911
Thai Ayuttaya Standing Bronze Abhaya Buddha
The sacred standing buddha is a Abhaya mudra posture of buddha. Its missing right hand still evokes its meaning which imparting fearlessness and reassurance. The fragmented crowned head and ursna has deteriorated as a symbol of its meaning illusion over ignorance. The buddhas eyes are complete and inlaid with mother of pearl and stone. The full body is sculpted in a soft manner representing its flow of energy and showing its lifelike qualities. The overall bronze figure still shows traces... Click for details
item #1351906
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19th Century Malaysian Malay Silver Niello Belt Buckle
Incredible belt buckle with chased Malay floral motifs on a niello ground. Three layers of ogival form with jagged edges and pointed sides. Several bands of geometric designs, line work and floral motifs ornament this piece. The centre is of plain silver with a central niello dot.The back has a looped carrier which allows a belt to pass through.

Niello belt buckles were worn with textile belts on ceremonial occasions. The size, material and intricacy of the buckle’s design signalled... Click for details
item #1351457
Antique Burmese Sterling Silver Bowl
Burmese sterling silver bowl, embossed with various scenes of dancing people, its edges lined in lotus petals and scrolling vines.

Provenance: From the estate of E.C.S. George, Burmese counsel member from 1895-1910

Size: 5" W x 3" H, weight of 242 grams
item #1346785
Antique Burmese Sterling Silver Dish
Burmese sterling silver dish with foliate edges, embossed kneeling figures over a scrolling vine background along the edges, a central image of a peacock with a large halo of feathers ending in scrolling vines and tulips.

Provenance: From the estate of E.C.S. George, Burmese counsel member from 1895-1910

Size: 8" W x 1" H , weight of 270 grams
item #1346733
Antique Burmese Large Sterling Silver Bowl
Burmese large sterling silver bowl, its sides highly ornate with scenes of Burmese people in daily activities , shields with fleur de lys, a band of flowers and vines along the mid rim, and many others.

Provenance: From the estate of E.C.S. George, Burmese counsel member from 1895-1910

Size: 8" W x 5" H
item #1346636
Antique Tibetan Gau Portable Buddhist Shrine
Antique Tibetan Gau, or portable shrine, with a small statue of Buddha inside behind a window of glass, padded with old fabric. The wooden box has remnants of old red lacquer, and the back opens so that the Buddha may be removed. 19th century.

Size: 3.25" L x 2.5" W 4.25" H
item #1339346
Antique Tibetan Bone Carving from a Shaman's Robe
Antique Tibetan bone carving, originally from a Shaman's robe worn during religious ceremonies. All hand-carved with a deity figure surrounded by highly intricate decorative motifs. Includes custom made iron display stand.Dates from the 18th century.

Size: 4.5" H x 1.5" L x .5" W (carving only) 6.5" H x 2" L x 2" W (on stand)
item #1339221
14th Century pair of Cambodian Bronze Hooks
Antique Cambodian pair of bronze hooks, hand forged to look like beaked serpents, with beautiful natural patina, displayed together on a high-quality custom iron stand.

Dating 14th Century

Size: (each hook) 2.25" L x 2.5" W x 5" H (entire display) 5" L x 2.25" W x 8" H
item #1339216
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