Tang wei dating
Tang wei dating
Bowl 1 (top) - Low footed bowl with light green glaze and blue accents. Broken and assembled from five (5) original pieces. An elegant and graceful form with a flat base and sides that flare widely to a rolled rim. Figures of this type were created in large numbers during the Ming Dynasty and were placed in tombs to accompany and serve the deceased in the afterlife. 9.5" across x 5" tall $525 — China Late 19th - Early 20th Century An old, antique Chinese hand warmer. Some black & red pigment and white stucco remaining. One ear and both paws reattached and break lines restored. A fine example, well proportioned and visually appealing. Other minor chips and dings, all consistent with age. 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. The lid is certainly of the period and appears to be original to the piece. A rare and attractive example of Yuan, Cizhou pottery. The pedestal and bowl are beautifully decorated with geometric, curvilinear painted designs typical of the period. The base has been reattached to the bowl and the break line restored. Dressed in typical attire with long flowing robes and head covering. 9.5" tall x 4" across $425 — Thailand 4000 BC - 1000 BC Two large Ban Chiang vessels from northern Thailand's Udon Thani Province, dating to the Early Period. Vessels with remaining paint are rarely seen in pottery from this period. $350 — China 1368 AD - 1644 AD Six (6) Ming Dynasty tomb attendants. Typical hollow grayware construction with earthen deposits. Both are much larger than most of this type and display beautifully on custom metal display stands which are included as shown. Two cracks at the base run upward along the mold line approx. Some white stucco remaining along with earthen encrustations and deposits from burial. The grain was contained in jars such as this and were buried with the deceased to provide nourishment in the afterlife. 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 small base and rounded body of the vase is of a common form. The surface is of tan and brown glaze on orange terracotta. Pitting on the lid and tiny chips on temple (roof) tips and base along with light surface wear; all consistent with age. Other minor rim dings and glaze imperfections along with light staining and deposits consistent with age. The rounded bowl sits atop a gently flared pedestal base. 6" x 6" — China 618 AD - 907 AD A nice Tang Dynasty funerary attendant constructed of orange terracotta with areas of white stucco remaining.
This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. 5 — Vietnam 14th - 15th Century Two ceramic bowls dating to Vietnam's late Tran Dynasty to the early Le Dynasty. Much of the original stucco slip and paint remains except near the base. This piece was sold to me as a vase, but I believe it is actually a lid (top) to a large storage vessel. 5 — China 1368 AD - 1644 AD A nice group of four (4) Ming Dynasty, Sancai glazed tomb attendants. — Thailand 15th - 16th Century AD A lovely bronze Buddha head from ancient Thailand. Well cast in bronze with the (perishable) handle grips long lost to time. Five are holding offerings and the largest has his hands tucked into his sleeves. 0 — China 2300 BC - 2000 BC A Chinese Neolithic period pottery vessel dating to the Machang period. 5 — China 20th Century An attractive Chinese stone table screen; likely dating to the mid-20th century, possibly earlier. In the upper left corner is a cartouche with calligraphy. 10.5" across x 6.5" tall 0 — China 960 AD - 1127 AD A very large celadon glazed bowl dating to China's early Song Dynasty. These were used as portable heaters; filled with hot coals which would radiate warmth through the sides and top. Over time, some of the cracks were repaired to extend its usefulness. A few areas of fire clouding and nice deposits, inside and out, consistent with age. 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. Overall an exceptional example of the type that displays beautifully. An elegant elongated oval body with thin neck and flared spout. The exterior is finished in a (rare) golden colored glaze. Both have three suspension loops; two near the top and a third near the bottom on the opposite side. Figure 1 is — China 1368 AD - 1644 AD An unusual Ming Dynasty "stem cup".
The Quiji culture produced a variety of high quality, high-fired pottery vessels of many shapes and sizes. Four figures are depicted playing various musical instruments along with a fifth dancing figure. A beautiful grouping that displays nicely on a custom (stepped) metal stand that is included. On occasion, these posts would fuse to the surface of the ceramics and were broken off after firing. — Cambodia 12th Century AD A fine Cambodian terracotta Kendi (teapot) dating to the 12th Century AD. Three long pointy legs, each with a decorative rosette adornment. The exterior is completely covered with a linear textured surface. Very minor chips and light staining consistent with age. 3" tall x 4.25" across 5 — China 400 AD - 800 AD A rare and unusual ancient Chinese carved stone vase.
This example is constructed of orange-buff terracotta and has some areas of vibrant red pigment remaining on the interior of the spout. Often referred to as "touch marks", these are not common, but are sometimes seen on pottery from this period. Richards collection of North Carolina Just over 9" across x 2.5". An elegant form with rounded body, tapering neck and flared top. There is ribbed decoration at the base of the neck. These cauldron type vessels, called "Li", have hollow tripod legs and were used for cooking. Intricately carved with rows of raised nodes along with relief carved circular designs.
These ankle rattles are worn by the male dancers during Theyyam performances. Overall a fine pair that display nicely on the custom metal display stand. Light surface abrasion and paint loss consistent with age. Both are a very pale blue-green with painted decoration inside and out. 5 — China 960 AD - 1127 AD Two Song Dynasty bowls with celedon glaze. Terracotta stoneware with a lovely mint-green Qingbai glaze; lower body with curved sides and a very tall neck.
Theyyam is a popular ritual form of worship known for its elaborately costumed dancers. A small hole at the upper shoulder has also been restored along with moderate paint touch ups. Published in "Oriental Antiques and Art - 2nd Edition" by Mark Moran & Sandra Andacht, page 136. Bowls like this are typically referred to as 'rice bowls' intended to be utilitarian and would accompany the deceased for use in the afterlife. Steve Tobin Collection of Pennsylvania — China 1250 AD - 1350 AD A fine lidded funerary urn dating to China's Song-Yuan dynasties.
The form and painted designs are typical of the type and period.
0 — China 3000 BC - 2500 BC A large (published) neolithic amphora from the Kansu, Yangshao culture of China's Yellow River region.These wooden boxes held red pigment and were used by the monks of Nepal to mark (bless) statues and individuals. The lid rotates on a metal nail and covers the five recessed compartments. Approx 6" x 6" x 2.5" tall 5 — China 475 BC - 221 BC Massive Warring States terracotta olla-form vessel. G) Smith, then by Robert (Bob) Caldwell of Anthro-Arts. Some dirt and light deposits remain, as would be expected. 3" across x 4.25" tall — China 206 BC - 220 AD Small Han Dynasty funerary attendant. The face is somewhat eroded, but retains small areas of white stucco. 6" tall — Thailand, Cambodia 1300 AD - 1400 AD Two small 14th Century Sawangalok pottery vessels from what was formally Siam. Both have minor (invisible) repairs, but appear choice. Heavily encrusted on some areas but completely intact with no breaks, cracks or repairs. A few repaired rim breaks and light paint touch ups, but all original.In fine condition with minor chips and signs of extensive use. Construction is typical grayware with a fabric impressed surface design as is common. A very large and impressive example with a classic, elegant shape. The male figure is dressed in robes, kneeling with arms outstretched. The head and both arms are reattached with restored breaks. Some earthen and mineral deposits remain, especially on the lap and upper legs of the figure. Each of slightly bulbous form with low ring base, widened body, and tapered shoulder with slightly flared rim. A few small scrapes and dings as would be expected, but overall a fine example 10.5" tall x 5.5" across 0 — China 2300 BC - 2000 BC Chinese Neolithic period polychrome painted Machang bowl. Some minor paint losses, dirt and light deposits remain. 5.25" across x 3.25" tall — Thailand 500 BC - 250 BC Large, late period Ban Chiang footed olla from northern Thailand's Udon Thani Province.The angular body sits on a flat base and is topped by a flared spout and slightly rolled rim. One very small rim chip has been restored, otherwise completely intact. The surface is as-found and original and has never been heavily cleaned. A fine example that display beautifully on a custom metal display stand which is included as shown. The orange surface shows light staining and deposits. A few minor scrapes and with small chips missing from around the base consistent with age. The hollow legs allowed for more efficient heat distribution. One small stress crack between the legs, otherwise intact and choice. The ovoid shape is quite elegant with a small base, gently curving sides, and a small opening at the top.A fine example from one of ancient China's earliest cultures. These are more commonly seen as basic (smaller) three-legged vessels. Its decorative nature and apparent lack of use would indicate this piece is from the burial of a high status (upper class) citizen. Vessels of this type were created from the late Han Dynasty through the mid-Tang Dynasty. 5 for both bowls — China 475 BC - 221 BC A large Warring States pottery vessel from ancient China. The exterior is cold-painted (post firing) in white stucco with black painted linear designs. It is shown lying with front paws extended and ears perked. Their hands are resting across their chest as is common. Also has a crack across the face and head, small chips missing from the headdress, otherwise intact. Some white stucco, red and black pigment remaining. It was the practice in the ancient Song period, particularly in the south, to leave offerings of rice in the tombs of the wealthy. 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. Nicely painted with stylized calligraphy in black against an ivory background, typical of the type and period. One small rim chip and an associating hairline crack does not distract from its overall appearance. The Ban Chiang culture was not discovered until the mid 20th Century and is now thought be among the earliest of Bronze Age civilizations.