We have added to our website our collection of Asian and Chinese antiques, some dating back to the Shang, Han, Song/Sung and Ming Dynasty and other miscellaneous antiques, vintage and collectibles.
Our extensive collection of keris’s/kris, parang, Swords from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will be added over time.
Burmese Buddha Statues Chinese South East Asian Antiques
- Bronze Buddha statues – Metal casting began in India around 3500 BC where the earliest know lost wax casting was perfected. Craftsmen in Burma have been making beautiful bronze Buddha statues for over a thousand years using the lost wax method adopted from India.
- Burmese Alabaster Buddha Statues – Marble and alabaster used to craft Buddha statues in Myanmar is reputed to be the hardest marble in the world.
- Burmese Wood Buddha Statues – Teak wood once in abundance in Myanmar is slowly being depleted due to deforestation. Many of the beautiful monasteries and old Buddha statues are made from teak wood. Today other types of hard wood is being used and there are projects in Myanmar to regenerate teak wood forests.
- Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statues – Crafting a hollow lacquer Buddha statue is a lengthy process and can take more than three months to complete. They are light, easy to carry and extremely long lasting.
- Rare Buddhist Iconography – It is not conclusive as to where these rare eight scene stele were made. Some scholars say they were brought from India by Buddhist monks, whilst others say they were made in Myanmar. Although it is inconclusive as to where the stone referred to as “andagu” which is used to make these beautifully intricate carvings comes from.
- Han Dynasty – Ming Dynasty the ritualistic practice of burying miniature objects referred to as mingqi with the departed was extremely popular during these dynasty’s. The main objective to this ritual was to provide comfort and familiarity to the deceased during his or her journey into the afterlife.
- Miniature Mingqi earthenware or terracotta objects made to accompany the deceased were often those that they were attached to, loved or were relevant in their daily life, such as a miniature copy of a much loved house or animal, objects that were important to their livelihood, or just basic objects that were used in everyday living, such as wine vessels, cooking pots, tables, chairs, food offerings, bronze vessels as well as objects which gave pleasure and entertainment such as miniature dancing ladies.
- Chinese Antiques – Chinese Porcelain and miscellaneous items.
South East Asian Antiques & Collectibles
- Keris/Kris – the national weapon of both Indonesia and Malaysia, although no longer considered a weapon. In our modern times it is often worn by men hanging from a belt on ceremonial occasions, such as weddings and other celebrations.
- Antique, Vintage and Collectibles: From Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand and Laos include hand woven Pidan and Ikat textiles, Buddhist talismans and amulets, Tibetan Buddhist ritual object such as Gao prayer boxes, tsa tsa and carved conch shells. Tribal objects from Borneo and Papua New Guinea.