This Collection of Asian objects is mainly Ancient Chinese and Ancient Ban Chiang culture of Northeast Thailand.

The Ban Chiang culture was a highly developed Prehistoric community that spanned the years 4,000 B.C. through 400 A.D. The grouping here is made up of pottery cups and jars from, most likely, the Early to Middle Periods from 3600 B.C. to 300 B.C.. All pieces are definitely over 2,000 years old and many could be around 4,000 or more years old.

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Highly Rare Transluscent Yellow Chalcedony Hongshan Bat Effigy Pendant

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China/ Mongolia circa 4700- 2900 B.C.


C130 A quite rare and extremely early Chinese culture flint stone effigy shaped from extremely difficult to work chalcedony. This small pendant is shaped into a bat or bird effigy having a bolbous midsection, wings exposed, tail below, a small beak, recessed eyes, tufts above each eye, small notches for claws, and a belly button or anus between the feet.

The pendant is crafted from a grained transluscent yellow chalcedony, which is an extremely difficult material to create sculpture with, which means it was time consuming to grind to form an art object from because any other way to shape the stone would easily fracture the stone.

Example here has the surface clouded in a milky white patina, which is common to several thousand year old flint, and the drilled suspension hole is worn through and not functional for usage.

Pendant measures 2 1/8 inches tall and 1 5/8 inches wide with a chip to the rear of the tail and one wing, otherwise, intact. Quite a rare example. This does have a catalog accession number and may have been a museum deaccession item, though, I do not know where.

Ancient Chinese Jade Cong with incised Taotie Faces

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C131 This small cong is carved of a cream and pale green speckled nephrite/ jade with four flat sides and drilled through the body from opposing sides which are separated by a recessed corner so that two sides create a corner panel that has alternating horizontal panels with small notches. The notches depict a mouth of a Taotie face which is extremely lightly incised onto the sides and cannot be seen with my photographs.

This wonderful small jade dates to the Liangzhu culture, circa 3000- 2000 B.C.and is intact, excellent condition with strong surface polish, probably cleaned, and measures nearly 4 inches tall and 1 7/8 inches square. Quite an interesting example.


Ming Dynasty Water Bucket Effigy

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C118 A Green glazed Ming dynasty Tea Pot in the effigy of a water bucket.

The heavy pottery vessel is in effigy of a wood plank assembled six sided bucket with strappings and a yoke, one side with an integral pouring spout and the opposite side with a small removable lid with ball shaped knob.

Effigy is coated with a turquoise green glaze and stands 9 inches tall, 8 inches wide, and is intact with normal crackling of glaze , some roughness to the spout, else quite nice, and weighs a hefty 6 1/2 pounds.

Ming Dynasty, China, circa 1368- 1644 A.D.


Antique, Victorian Era, Japanese Lacquer 'Hat Box'

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JP107 Highly detailed bamboo two piece storage box with ornate lacquer painted designs of dancing monkeys and birds in flight.

The lacquer box is cylindrical, designed like a hat box, painted with black, orange, red, and emerald green. Horizontal bands separate panels of undulating waves, the central area with tiny clouds or a grassy field that provide a playground for dancing upright monkeys moving one direction, and a band of long tailed birds heading the opposite. Truly marvelous miniature painting!

The box is entirely surfaced with paint over both parts and sits 6 1/2 inches tall and just over 7 1/4 inches in diameter, with various cracking of the bamboo, mainly the top of lid, and has various small spots of antique patches in black resin. Appears to be unsigned, though, maybe a signature is hidden within the design.

Japan, circa 1860's to 1880's (?)


Han Dynasty House Model, circa 206 B.C.- 220 A.D.

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MP336 This gorgeous early pottery house model is from the Han Dynasty of China and is a fantastic example with great aesthetic presence.

The effigy would have been a tomb offering, possibly holding other figurines and food effigy offerings for the afterlife and, most likely, a key part of a larger scene with figurines of family and animals. The model is crafted in thick pottery slabs; features a relief lip surrounding the entrance and border to the upper half; the front legs exhibit panda bear relief images; and the roof with a lightly curving peak, four sided, and ridges showing the support beams.

The house is overall glazed with a mixed, cascading lime green to sky blue surface, overall covered in a gorgeous complementary opalescent lead based surface reminiscent of oyster irridescence.

Measures a decorative 22 1/2 inches tall, the roof is 17 1/4 inches wide and 9 3/4 inches deep and weighing 35 pounds.

Example here is, nearly complete, the body is intact, with the roof having two large corner fragments reglued, missing only a few surface fragments, and with one front and one rear leg reglued from a clean break. The structure is prepped and cleaned and ready for restoration or, leave as is in this original beautiful condition.

Han Dynasty of China, circa 206 B.C.- 220 A.D.


Rare Ban Chiang Bronze Bowl

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BC35 A very rare Ban Chiang bronze bowl featuring a small seated man in the center. The Ban Chiang were among the earliest bronze age cultures and continued the tradition until their migration or demise around 200 A.D. This small vessel is a short cup, typical of the size and form of the common pottery cups, but, in bronze and decorated with a small seated man inside. The figure is very simple, with wirey arms, legs, and a hollow ball for a head attached to a thicker wire serving as a stool and torso.

The bowl is covered with verdi gris patina and heavy encrustation. A very unusual example. Bowl has been expertly reconstructed from stress cracking and appears to be most all original pieces with the man's head half missing. Just over 2 inches tall and with a nearly 5 1/4 inch diameter. Ban Chiang, Thailand, ca. 2000 B.C.-500 B.C.


Large Ming to Ching Dynasty Wine Vessel

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MP338 A large reduction fired black glazed Ming to Ching Dynasty wine vessel with a rare surface quality of an opalescent lead based glaze and wonderful low relief images.

This highly aesthetic jar measures an impressive 19 inches tall, with a 13 3/4 inch diameter, and features a short pouring spout, the opposite side with a small loop handle, a separate lid with a ball handle, and the body embellished with low relief images of bats surrounding branches of trees with small fruits; large images of a jade plaque with silk dangles appear on each side.

The large ceramic is expertly modeled and exhibits a much above the average quality of craftsmanship, showing that this would have been a vessel only owned by a wealthier house.

The condition of this choice example is that the body is intact and excellent, while the spout and loop handle appear to have minor reconstructions and resurfacing, possibly, it is only normal wear from use. The lid seems to be of a different firing and, probably not restoration, but, instead, an antique replacement.

Ming to Ching Dynasty, from China



 BC1 A very unusual small cup with textile imprinted surface painted with a band of alternating spikes in red. The design, viewed from the underside looks like a flower or sunburst. Cup is asymmetrically formed and intact, solid condition at approximately 1 3/4 inches tall with a 3 3/4 inch diameter.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.



Large and Fine Antique Cloissone Bowl

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MP339 A fantastic large antique cloissonne enamel tripod bowl with unusual color variations and gold gilded masks.

The sizeable bowl, measuring 14 1/2 inches in diameter and standing 6 3/4 inches tall, is a true masterwork. The organic shapes are captured in colors of sky blue, red, yellow, cream, apple green, black, rosy red, pink, neon blue, spinach green, purple, and a highly unusual soft apricot, many of the colors melded together to create shading techniques.

The legs are cast with ormolu qilong masks, the mouths gaping open and dispersing an emerging deity, and on opposing sides, two qilong masks with large loop handles menacingly look downward.

A brilliant and significant work, there are no artist's markings, but, the quality alone signifies this was, most likely, an Imperial workshop to create such an elaborate and sizeable work.

Excellent and intact condition, most likely, dating to circa 1850's. The example comes from a significant collection of only world class, finest quality Japanese and Chinese antiques and would easily fit directly into any world class museum collection.



 BC2 A lovely creamy, pinkish terra cotta small cup , intact, solid, excellent condition at 1 7/8 inches tall and 3 5/8 inches in diameter.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.



 BC3 A small cup with textile imprinted surface and a band at the center, in excellent condition with one small crack that appears to have been caused during firing. Approximately 2 3/4 inches tall and 3 3/8 inches across.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.


BC20 A very lovely cream and beige storage jar with a squatty body, corseted neck, and wide flaring lip. The lower underside is decorated with a texile impression while the body has unusual fire clouding marks. The rim has two piercings for suspension, possibly it was a cooking pot. Stands 4 1/4 inches tall, just over 4 1/2 inches wide, and is solid condition, rings nicely, and does have a three inch wide area of chipping at the rim. Covered with ancient deposits.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.


 BC26 a very nice sized and well modeled storage jar with thin construction, a flaring smooth lip, and the body covered with a delicately brushed on series of short fine lines. Near the rim is a thin blood red band and on the body are a few small spots of similar red. One side of the vessel has two round pock marks, above them is a rim chip, all ancient damage; it would appear that this could have been where a handle was attached. Other than those spots, vessel is intact with one long stabilized vertical hairline crack and one light surface pock mark on the inside of rim. A very lovely and delicately made vessel.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.


Warring States to Han Dynasty Bronze Wine Vessel

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C129 A piece to complement any collection, this Fang Hu dates to the Warring States period into the Han Dynasty, and, typically is considered to be a wine vessel for the fermentation process.

The vessel is four sided, lotus flower formed, with a broad curving body emmitted from a narrow base that blossoms into a squared opening that is smaller than the base itself. On oppossing sides are low relief taotie masks mounted with heavy circular handles. The opening exhibits a relief lip. Example here is a bronze cast that is reminiscent of Shang Dynasty forms, and, most likely, a version dating to circa 475 B.C. to around 220 A.D.

The wonderfully ancient example is lightly cleaned with a verdi gris patina overall, cleaned and rubbed for a century or more, and is intact save an area on the midsection of one side with a casting flaw that appears to have ancient repair and a modern repaired hole, expertly matched on a second side. There appears to be no stamp or signature of a maker.

Stands 15 1/4 inches tall, 8 1/2 inches wide, and weighs 10 pounds.


Han Dynasty Hu

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 C122 A nice sized and interestingly shaped grayware pottery storage jar in a 'Hu' shape. This large jar sits on a round base, the body becoming bolbous and a corseted neck going to a wide opening above.

Vessel stands 13 inches tall with a diameter of approximately 8 inches and is intact and solid with two light finger size indentations on the rim, both appear to be intentional by the potter. Overall, covered inside and out with calcified root marks and other ancient encrustation. Comes with an ancient lid that is, most likely, not original to this vessel.

Han Dynasty Chinese, c. 206 B.C.- 220 A.D..



 BC9 A creamware cup sitting on a rounded base that is decorated with a criss crossing incised design, the upper body smooth. Vessel is intact with one very light hairline crack that was probably caused in firing. Sits off center and measures 3 1/4 inches tall when centered, and approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.



 BC10 A heavily encrusted redware jar with an incised criss-crossing pattern, formed in thin pottery and sitting slightly off center. Vessel sits just under 4 inches tall at tallest measure and approximately 3 7/8 inches across. Solid condition with one surface chip on the inside of rim.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.


Han Dynasty Grain Jar

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C123 A fine large grayware pottery granary jar formed with a cylindrical body, the top domed with a hand sized opening at top and supported on three short curved legs. Vessel is intact and solid condition, covered inside and out with ancient manganese growths; the exterior surface surrounded by a growth that lightly etched it, probably some kind of fungal growth. Very interesting surface quality. Vessel stands an impressive 14 inches tall with a diameter of 8 inches. Han Dynasty, Chinese, c. 206 B.C.- 220 A.D..



 BC12 A crudely modeled jar with a flaring lip and orange and black clouding on the cream base. Sits a bit lop-sided at approximately 3 1/2 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches wide, with an expertly repaired area at the rim, else intact and solid.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.


 C124 A very nice petite ancient Chinese gray pottery 'Hu'. This well modeled storage jar is crafted with a thick wall with a rounded body, a corseted neck coming to a flaring opening. Jar is in excellent intact solid condition sitting just under 6 inches tall and is covered in calcified root markings and ancient minerals, some hard dirt could be removed.

Han Dynasty Chinese, circa c. 206 B.C.- 220 A.D..



 BC18 A very unusual cup with a rounded base, the exterior in a reddish buff color and overall with a woven textile impression and interior is black. On the upper half is a band of evenly spaced diagonal incised lines, above it is a painted red band topped with cream painted undulating lines and curling designs. Upright, the vessel sits 3 1/2 inches tall and is 4 1/2 inches wide. Solid, excellent, intact condition and covered inside and out with ancient deposits.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.



 BC19 A nice sized buff terra cotta storage vessel standing 4 3/8 inches tall and 5 1/4 inches wide. This nicely formed jar has a thick walled body coming to a flaring opening and, interestingly, has a light 'pie crimped' band on the top of the body where one can feel the finger marks of the potter. Vessel has one small repaired crack at the rim and a small rim nick, else intact.

Ban Chiang Culture of Thailand, circa 3600 B.C.- 300 B.C.


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