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Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1910 item #756596 (stock #43-62)
Silk Road Gallery
A fascinating utility object from Nepal, this long, curved slicer is anchored into the jaw of an incised bronze mountain cat. The strong, sinuous silhouette of this unusual late 19th/early 20th century tool places it in the realm of folk art. Its previous owner, a Nepali, told us it was used as a fruit and vegetable slicer--the animal placed on a flat surface, held steady with a palm across its back, and the fruit sliced across the sharp inside edge of the blade...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Textiles : Pre 1960 item #754500 (stock #1816)
Abhaya Asian Antiques
Absolutely fabulous ( I would only say this if I don’t care if it sells and am happy to keep it for my own collection ) old and rare Angami Naga, three paneled shawl with anthropomorphic cowry shell design, woven by the Meitei of the Manipur State of India and used as a trade/tribute cloth to the Nagas. The exact reason of why these blankets are given to the Naga is a bit obscure...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1920 item #754025 (stock #63-45)
Silk Road Gallery
A lion-like creature revered both as a Buddhist guardian and as the symbol for success in new endeavors, this bronze Burmese chinthei is an especially imaginative version of the leogryph seen throughout Southeast Asia and India. In Burma, entrances to most Buddhist pagodas and temples are protected by pairs of chinthei, and the mythical creatures adorn ceremonial lacquer pieces, bells, banners and plaques...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Handicrafts : Pre 1800 item #731245 (stock #3801)
Hawkes, Asian Art

The curved blade and hilt are cast in one piece and must have had some kind of ceremonial use. Probably Mughal Indian or Indo Persian in origin and exhibiting decent age, I would think 18th century or earlier.

11.3/4 inches (29.8 cm) long...

Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #719796 (stock #55-98)
Silk Road Gallery
Lapis and carnelian stones in an ornate setting mounted on a band of light, feathery etching is somehow evocative of Nepal where this bracelet originated. The bracelet is sized relatively large and, while it can be adjusted, may fit and look best when worn over a heavy sweater or jacket cuff. From the late 20th century, the piece is in excellent condition. We do not know the silver content but suspect it is relatively low as is typical for jewelry from Nepal...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1920 item #717962 (stock #63-37)
Silk Road Gallery
This lacquered wood sculpture of Manok-thi-ha, a double-bodied, human-headed lion, sat as a protector in a Shan Buddhist temple or monastery. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam Mount Meru (center of the Buddhist universe said to be in the Himalaya) along with other guardians of the Buddhist/Hindu cosmos such as garuda, kinnara and pyin-sa-yu-pa...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1940 item #708990 (stock #61-22)
Silk Road Gallery
A beautifully made sterling silver link bracelet is formed of 28 small crests that sparkle on the wrist. An unusual link system gives this piece exceptional flexibility, and the 27-gram silver weight gives it a substantial yet comfortable look and feel. The bracelet was made by the Jain people of India, who are known for their artistic skills, particularly in creating fine jewelry...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Paintings : Contemporary item #705474 (stock #61-35)
Silk Road Gallery
A Rajasthani botanical miniature on handmade paper by Bikaner artist Raju Swami is green and gold with deep gold flowers shading to orange/red. An exotic white butterfly hovers over the meticulously veined flowers. Bikaner, a remote walled desert town in western India, has a miniaturist tradition in both Mughal and Rajasthani styles. This artist, who grinds his own mineral colors and makes his own brushes that sometimes consist of only a few squirrel hairs, produces particularly fine botanicals...
Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Textiles : Pre 1980 item #705064 (stock #10-63)
Silk Road Gallery
This wool weaving from Nepal represents a phoenix, wings spread soaring toward the sun. Its craggy surface and muted colors evoke the majestic, mysterious Himalayas. The design, at once ethnic and retro, recalls the late 1960s/early 1970s time period when it was made. The piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 30" (76 cm), width 40" (102 cm).
Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1940 item #704729 (stock #61-23)
Silk Road Gallery
A bracelet of braided silver has three silver emblems that are an identifying symbol of Janism, an ancient belief system practiced primarily in India, where small but influential Jain communities are scattered throughout the country. The symbol on this bracelet often is seen outside Jain houses. The Jains, typically well educated and prosperous, are known for business acumen and for their prominence in India's jewelry trade...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Paintings : Contemporary item #684988 (stock #61-34)
Silk Road Gallery
A miniature painted and signed by Bikaner artist Raju Swami contemplates a man spinning thread. Done in soft blues, greens and browns, the study is in Bikaner style, and is soft and quiet. The man crouches on the ground, stares pensively at the cotton in his hand, and appears to be thinking thoughts thousands of miles removed from his task. The miniature, signed lower right, is in perfect condition. Dimensions overall: height 7" (18 cm), width 5" (12 cm)...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1970 item #684055 (stock #61-07)
Silk Road Gallery
Fifteen Ottoman horsemen gallop across the 33-inch length of this hunt scene miniature. The unusual panoramic format of the painting, reminiscent of a hand scroll, was achieved by attaching three old manuscript pages together lengthwise. Done on a background of gold leaf, the scene is colorful and lively, with brightly attired horsemen and horses in a field of flowers and trees...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #680458 (stock #61-41)
Silk Road Gallery
A miniature from Mandawa in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan is focused on just one subject--a kneeling musician. The single subject and muted colors demonstrate differences between Indian miniature schools of painting that were heavily influenced by Mughal style and those that were not. Here there are no strong Mughal colors, intricate patterns of scrolling and textiles, flowers, birds and people filling the space...
Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Handicrafts : Pre 1980 item #678833 (stock #08-31)
Silk Road Gallery
Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this. Copper vessels of all sorts still are made in Patan, the artisan section of the city, where small back streets echo with the sounds of copper and other metals being beaten into bowls, po...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre AD 1000 item #674933 (stock #TREK)
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Rare and nicely mounted Terracota votive tablet depicting serene seated Buddha, excellent condition, 6.5 x 4.5 cm
Indian Subcontinent : India : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #673699 (stock #61-38)
Silk Road Gallery
A miniature by Kishangarh painter Yogya Pralash, this work, with the addition of a peacock at the lady's feet, becomes a symbol of grace, joy, beauty and love. The peacock, national bird of India, figures importantly in Indian culture as an emblem to convey those sentiments. The musician's attire echoes the colors of the peacock's plumage and she plays a stringed instrument in a traditional pose found in miniatures from the Indian state of Rajasthan. This late 20th century painting, in very good...
Indian Subcontinent : India : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #669616 (stock #61-37)
Silk Road Gallery
A finely detailed miniature from Kishangarh, this painting has the lyrical quality that characterizes much of the work from this area in the state of Rajasthan in India. Two delicate figures sit in the foreground within an elaborate setting of cushions, flowers, arches and windows, all rendered in tiny intricate designs. Both are richly dressed and heavily jeweled. They gaze into each others eyes before drinking a toast, he from a bowl, she from a tiny cup. This idealized scene, influenced by M...
Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #655483 (stock #62-33)
Silk Road Gallery
This low folding table from Tibet is covered on three sides with intricate gesso in foliage and textile patterns, giving it richness and depth. The wear on the table suggests it was used in a monastery as an altar since the gesso work shows minimal wear but the top obviously was heavily used over a long period of time. Folding tables such as this also traveled with monks and nomadic families although this one does not appear to have spent time lashed on the back of a yak. The sides and front fol...
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