Antique Himalayan tall yak butter lamp. Made of hand hammered copper with gilt bronze applied details depicting Buddhist auspicious symbols. The butter would have melted and burned for a measured amount of time depending on the size and the amount in the lamp. A small hole in the bottom of the cup would have held a sort of wick to provide a long lasting light. Overall repouse details are in great detail. Original patina.
Antique Chinese bronze censor with oval form body, high neck and rounded rectangular mouth. Standing on four feet with heads of mythical creatures. A band with a swirling motif in low relief encircles the middle of the censor. The neck of the censor is also decorated with a wave motif in a band of low relief. The lid is pierced for incense smoke and topped with a sitting Qilin.
17th Century, Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Dimensions: 8" high x 5 1/2" wide x 4" wide
Japanese Antique 2-Section Kannon Biraki Isho Tansu
Antique Japanese kannon biraki isho tansu (chest on chest with hinged doors for storing clothing). Made with all keyaki (elm) wood on the front. Sugi (cryptomeria) wood on the sides and top. The top portion of the tansu has hinged doors which open to reveal two large drawers. The bottom section has two large exterior drawers and a safe box with a hinged door in the lower right hand side. Inside the safe box are three small drawers. Extensive iron hardware includes cross bracing and hinges... Click for details
Japanese Antique Low Keyaki Wood Table
Antique Japanese low table made all of carved keyaki (elm) wood. The top is made of a single piece of dramatically grained wood with the edges carved to create a gnarled burl effect. The legs are also made of solid keyaki wood and carved with rounded feet. Original deep orangish red translucent lacquer finish.
Taisho Period (early 20th century)
Dimensions: 13 1/2" high x 71 1/2" long x 38" wide
Antique Chinese Fujin Blanc de Chine Porcelain Qilin Censor
Antique Chinese blanc de chine censor of a Qilin. Made of porcelain and glazed white, this Blanc de Chinese piece is from the Fujin Province of China. The Qilin sits on his haunches with his head turned over one shoulder. On the underside of the creature is an opening and two tube-like incense holders for joss (stick) incense. The smoke from the incense would have come up through the nose and open mouth of the Qilin.
Antique Chinese bronze water dropper in the form of a crawling baby. Cast in bronze with details of traditional baby clothing tied at the back of the neck. The baby crawls forward with one leg slightly bent, elbows on the ground and face forward. When submerged, water would have flowed into the dropper through he hole in the baby's back. Water could then be dropped out of the baby's mouth as needed to mix ink.
Chinese Ming Dynasty Bronze Joss Incense Holder of Laozi
Antique Chinese bronze incense holder for joss (stick or agarabathi) incense in the form of Laozi riding a water buffalo. Laozi is widely celebrated as the founder of Taoism and the author of Tao Te Ching, a significant treaty on Chinese cosmology. According to legend, Laozi left China for the west riding a water buffalo. In this small bronze incense holder, Laozi sits on the back of the animal, his robes flowing around him. As in traditional representations, he holds a scroll to his... Click for details
Chinese Ming Dynasty Bronze Scholar Object of an Immortal
Antique Chinese bronze figure of a seated immortal. He sits with robes flowing out around him. He holds a ruyi scepter in his right hand and another round object in his left. Kindly expression and elongated earlobes.
17th Century: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Dimensions: 3" high
Chinese Ming Dynasty Small Bronze Scroll Weight of Seated Man
Antique Chinese small bronze scroll weight of a seated man. He is squatting on his heals with hands clasped together over his chest. Wearing flowing robes tied with a chord.
17th Century: Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Dimensions: 2 1/4" high
Chinese Ming Dynasty Small Bronze Censor of Qilin
Antique Chinese small bronze censor in the form of a recumbent qilin. Possible used as a brush rest or for burning incense. Open on the bottom, the incense smoke would have come up through the qilin's open mouth. Subtle details include incised scales and a single horn.