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18. Imperial Qianlong period Chinese carved jade mounted duan dao sword with Daoist symbols circa 1780

18. Imperial Qianlong period Chinese carved jade mounted duan dao sword with Daoist symbols circa 1780

( ID: cc1267 )

Overall length- 55 cm Blade length- 36 cm Weight- 1.07 lbs Price on request An important Chinese duan dao short sword, this object dates comprehensively to the 18th century and represents an idiosyncratic short sword, indicating influences across multiple centuries of Chinese art. Dating to the mid-late 18th century, this short sword features an early Qing or late Ming period blue-grey, carved jade single piece hilt with the original iron and silver damascened bolster, retaining almost the entirety of the damascene. Indicating the importance of the hilt, an entire sword was f...

20.  Large Scroll Painting of Tang Emperor Taizong’s Warhorse, Quanmaoguo Circa 1917

20. Large Scroll Painting of Tang Emperor Taizong’s Warhorse, Quanmaoguo Circa 1917

( ID: cc1269 )

Overall dimensions: 53” X 79” Price on request A painting of the Emperor Taizong’s (598 – 649 A.D.) warhorse, Quanmaoguo, circa 1917 by the famous Chinese artist Lu Yuexi. Painted and rubbed in ink and brush on paper laid onto silk, the painting has the seal of Li Yuexi at the bottom right corner. Emulating with wide brush strokes and utilizing a joint method of rubbing to skillfully differentiate the painting from the actual mausoleum sculpture, the subject of the painting, now at the University of Pennsylvania, the subject is represented in full monumental size with arrows received in...

22. Jade handled Sino-Tibetan Dagger with Buddhist iconography, 19th c.

22. Jade handled Sino-Tibetan Dagger with Buddhist iconography, 19th c.

( ID: cc1271 )

Overall dimensions: 35 cm Blade length: 21 cm Weight: .5lb Price on request A Chinese-made dagger for the Tibetan market, this object is decorated with Buddhist symbols and features a pale green jade handle of cylindrical elliptical form. The jade handle is delicately carved with a lip near the ricasso of the blade, which sits atop the scabbard. The silver scabbard is decorated with the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols gilded to highlight themselves from the lighter silver of the scabbard. The eight symbols include the Right coiled White Conch (sankha) symbolizing the deep a...

24. Siamese Royal Regalia Betel-Nut Knife with Gold Enameled Hilt, 19th C.

24. Siamese Royal Regalia Betel-Nut Knife with Gold Enameled Hilt, 19th C.

( ID: cc1273 )

Overall dimensions: 15.24 cm Blade length: 7.62 cm Weight:.11 lbs Price on request Siamese gold-mounted royal regalia was known throughout the period of the kings and queens of Thailand with the last production of gold royal regalia occurring during the Rattanakosin era in the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910). According to documentary evidence from 1873, golden paraphernalia used as regalia was still being bestowed on members of the royal family and high-ranking officials and was produced for female members of the royal family as late as 1878. The Royal Regalia currently counts 2...

Beautiful Royal 18th C. Sino-Tibetan Gilded Iron Plaques- Seven Flaming Jewels of Royal Power Motif

Beautiful Royal 18th C. Sino-Tibetan Gilded Iron Plaques- Seven Flaming Jewels of Royal Power Motif

( ID: ca1243 )

A very fine paired set of 18th C. Tibetan gilded iron plaques with Sino-Tibetan designs of dragons centered around the Seven Jewels of Royal Power motif (rgyal srid rin chen sna bdun (LaRocca 2006). These Seven Jewels of Royalty are the: 1. Wheel 2. Jewel 3. Queen 4. Minister 5. Elephant 6. Horse 7. General. These seven possessions are the insignia and symbols of a Universal Monarch. The placque appears to have been split at some point but clearly displays the identical carving and are mirror images of each other, and may have been made in this manner specifically possible to be inset into ...

Price:$3,200
Fine early Malaysian Matchlock Gun

Fine early Malaysian Matchlock Gun

( ID: cf1237 )

A very fine example of an early Malaysian matchlock gun of high quality design and workmanship. This example is of the lesser known style with the faceted butt stock and with decorated brass designs of fine sinuous quality. Likely dating to the 18th - early 19th C. these snaphaunce guns were descendants of the earliest Portuguese matchlocks brought to South East Asia in the 16th C. and which spread like a wildfire through the warring nations in that period, with the Japanese being some of the first to adopt them, and which likely influenced these Malay Peninsular style matchlocks. This e...

Price:$1,800
Large Silver Late 19th C. Chinese Mongolian Coral and Lapis Lazuli inlaid sword

Large Silver Late 19th C. Chinese Mongolian Coral and Lapis Lazuli inlaid sword

( ID: cs1229 )

A massive example of these late 19th C. Chinese or more typically described as Mongolian swords. This example is beautifully inlaid with large lapis lazuli panels and coral beads.  The handle and scabbard are of beautifully decorated and chiseled silver of very fine quality. The blade is iron and displays age wear and needs to be cleaned.  A fine example of these types of swords likely made for presentation. Overall length is about 28". ...

Price:$3,200
Exceptionally Rare Chinese Wootz Bintie Steel Jian Sword, mid-19th Century

Exceptionally Rare Chinese Wootz Bintie Steel Jian Sword, mid-19th Century

( ID: cs1226 )

An exceptionally rare Chinese sword with a true Chinese forged wootz blade, circa mid-19th C. Dating to the early to mid-19th century in outward appearance this example is fitted with fine quality jian fittings of the late 18th-mid-19th c.  The shagreen remains in fine condition with minor crazing due to timber shrinkage underneath and the boxwood grip is also in fine condition, with decorative lines running the length to create a better grip when grasped in hand.  The brass hardware has a fine patina, uncleaned, and the fitting are precise and of good quality design and manufactu...

Rare 19th C. Chinese Qing Period Tiger Hook Sword Shuang Gou, of Chinese layered damascus steel

Rare 19th C. Chinese Qing Period Tiger Hook Sword Shuang Gou, of Chinese layered damascus steel

( ID: cs1188 )

A rare example of an original fighting Chinese tiger hook sword of the early 19th C. These were known as qian kun ri yue dao (literally "Heaven and Earth, Sun and Moon sword".  They had four components: The back, which is often used as a regular sword. The hook, which is used to trip enemies, catch weapons and for slashing. The end of the hilt, which is sharpened. The crescent guard, which is used for blocking, trapping and slashing. This example, unlike most examples, is an original fighting example with a beautifully lenticular cross section blade composed of layered la...

Price:$1,999