Global Art & Artifacts

China

Archaic Cloisonne Enamel Incense Burner.  Foo Dog Lid.  China

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    A real prize.  A sizable early censer with a bronze protective foo dog / lion lid.   Chinese enameling technique features carved or chiseled depressions in a brass vessel . . . and then filled with enamel, fired and polished.   Red, blue, white designs, animals (on… Continue reading

Fragment Terracotta Attendant / Servant Head.  Han Dynasty. Henan Province.  Central China.

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    This piece was unearthed in Henan, a province in central China’s Yellow River Valley, almost a century ago.  Often recognized as the place where Chinese civilization originated, this piece is from the Han Dynasty (circa 200 B.C.).  This period was the golden age of Chinese culture,… Continue reading

Rare Song Dynasty Tomb Panel Tile .  Flying Horse.  Terracotta / Clay.  Houma City.  Shan Xi Province.  China.

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  Tomb panel were common in many dynasties.  In the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD) these panels could be of two types:  a wood panel craved in the tomb itself OR a stone panel that lined the walls or panels within the tomb.   This one is… Continue reading

Authentic Tang Dynasty Detailed Figure.  Tomb Art. Figurine.  Statue. Terracotta. Xi’an.  Shan Xi Province.  China.

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    Unearthed in Xi’an  – capital of Shaanxi Province, central China – marking the eastern end of the Silk Road and home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses.   A detailed and rare fine for the Serious Collector of relics from the Tang Dynasty.

Dignitary Fragment.  Sarbi / Xianbei People.  Clay Figure.  Northern Qi Dynasty.  Shan Dong / Shan Tung Province.  NE China

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    The Sarbi (Xianbei) were an ancient nomadic people who once resided in – what is known today as – inner Mongolia.  In 550 – 577, this area was part of the Northern Qi Dynasty . .  within the Shan Dong province.  The dynasty was founded… Continue reading

Terracotta Soldier Warrior Head. General.  Replica.  Qin Shi Huang.  Xi’an City.  China

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  In the early spring of 1974, workers sinking a well in Xiyang Village suddenly discovered an ancient bronze weapon and pieces of broken terracotta armored warriors.  That was the start.  Within two years, three pits were found and within 8,000 terracotta warriors, horses and more than 100… Continue reading

Old Hand Carved Shakyamuni Buddha Head.  Statue.  China.

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    Shakyamuni aka Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism.  Shakya was the tribe/clan to which his family belonged.  . He was the son of Shuddhodana, the king of the Shākyas, a small tribe whose kingdom was located in the foothills of the Himalayas, south of… Continue reading

Terracotta Soldier Warrior Head. Officer.  Replica.  Qin Shi Huang.  Xi’an City.  China

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    In the early spring of 1974, workers sinking a well in Xiyang Village suddenly discovered an ancient bronze weapon and pieces of broken terracotta armored warriors.  That was the start.  Within two years, three pits were found and within 8,000 terracotta warriors, horses and more than… Continue reading

Bronze Catamount.  Large Cat.  Sculpture. Wildlife Figure. Beijing China

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    An excellent casting of a med-sized or large wild cat . . .  cougar, cheetah, leopard, panther . . .  I don’t know but I will bet you do.   Hand cast from a foundry near the Beijing Sino Sculpture company, in Gaoliying Town Shunyi District of Beijing

Older Hand Carved Dragon Head Censer.  Incense Burner.  Stone.  Haicheng. China.

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  Detailed footed stone censer in good condition. Some light design engraving/etching near the dragon handles   A small chip around rim on lid, otherwise is excellent condition.   Hand carved in a village near Haicheng (Liaoning Province) in the early- to mid- 1900s, this piece ended up in a… Continue reading
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