• AUD $960.00

    Elamite, Stone Spindle Whorls.

    A collection of Ancient Elamite Stone Spindle Whorls have here been loosely strung together allowing wear or display by hanging. (I'd personally seperate them as the two largest appear to have recent small chips around their rims, due to handling, where they face each other in the centre.) Their origins are...
  • AUD $1,700.00

    Persian, Damascened Steel Peacock.

    This hand raised steel decorative Persian Peacock with a detachable pierced tail, is free standing.  (When I say "hand raised" I mean that this bird was forged by skilfully beating, folding and soldering the form rather than casting from a wax original.  That's why, as a result of the skill used, the surfaces...
  • AUD $480.00

    Persian, Qajar Lacquer Book Cover.

    A rectangular wooden Persian Manuscript (Book) Cover. The wooden panel has a champhered edge and is gold leafed finely painted over with intricately detailed arabesque borders and botehs surrounding a rectangular rose bush mingled with blue narcissi (?) From the Qajar Dynasty that ruled in Persia from 1781 until 1925....
  • AUD $110.00

    Moroccan, Old Enamelled Silver Ring.

     A characterful old Moroccan Silver Ring, a fairly broad grooved band with a knocked eight pointed star with a raised central boss, fine twisted silver wire filigree seperates "cloisonnes" filled with green and yellow enamels. These enamels have chipped and flaked with repeated knocks over time leaving only traces of dark yellowy gold  and lime...
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    Pakistan, Adjustable Wooden Koran Stand

    Sorry, this old bead is no longer available. We may, however, still have other similar ones available. Carved dark wooden folding, “X” shaped, adjustable Koran holder "rehal". Will of course appeal to all bibliophiles, as both it’s function and decorative qualities, allow you to display texts open for viewing. One...
  • AUD $88.00

    Kungrat Uzbek, Glass Beaded Tassel.

    A multi stranded tassel, threaded with a complex mix of both translucent and opaque glass beads. Many single strands all carefully matched, that come together to form a tube of beaded netting, then bound at the top with bands of brilliant pink, deep green and violet wool. The opaque and...
  • AUD $340.00

    Persian/Bukharan Belt Buckle

    An old, very wearable, rectangular steel belt buckle, with a raised central plateau and panels of chased gilt scrolling vines and flowers. The bevelled sides of the centre are not gilt, having been roughly polished revealing the “silvery” metal foliage. Has probably been buried due to the corrosion on the...
  • AUD $480.00

    Tekke" Turkoman Black Cotton "Chyrpy

    Tekke Turkoman “chyrpy”, traditional colourfully embroidered black cotton, long sleeved coat. With Classic burgundy/yellow/white silk, hand embroidered borders of checks, flowers and stylized plant forms (some most probably Tulips.) The back is almost plain, the front having broad borders embroidered in double chain stitch. Lined in a Russian Cotton “rose”...
  • AUD $4,800.00

    Mughal Leather/silver Bowl

    This intriguing old, round, silver lined leather bowl is said to be "Mughal" but appears rather primitive for such. (but that term can describe age rather than courtly provenance. "Mughal" usually refers to pre the dethronement of the last Emperor, by the British in 1857.) It has no handles and...
  • AUD $600.00

    Persian, Enamelled Glass Vase.

    This charming 18th Century Persian fluted "ruby glass" vase decorated with applied gilt line and polychrome enamelled sprays of blossoms, isn't what it seems. It isn't actually "Ruby Glass" well not the righly glowing translucent one we're used to in the West, this one is a hand painted coating of semi...
  • AUD $130.00

    Timorese Beaded Lime Pot

     This old beaded tubular beaded bamboo box was made by the Atoni in Western Timor, to carry powdered lime for use in "betel" (areca nut and betel leaf) preparation, and wornin the small flat weave shoulder bags of which we may still have two examples, see also Plainer incised bamboo lime pots...
  • AUD $180.00

    Pashtun, Turquoise Gilt Earrings.

    An enchantingly old pair of silver Pashtun earrings with small turquoise glass cabachons (beads) in a few shades of pale blue, mixed with stamped gilt silver shapes. These stamped designs have ancient origins such as the Sun at the top. The silver has a fairly dark patina, check the reverse to see how...
  • AUD $450.00

    Old Chinese, "Shagreen" Spectacle Case

    Chinese Spectacle Case, two piece copper and deep green dyed Shagreen (sharks skin) over bamboo. Classic Oriental “inro” design, with the two sections pulling apart on a burgundy cotton cord, that can be worn on a sash or in pocket/sleeve. Cut out copper ornamental/protective scrolls at each end are perfectly...
  • AUD $580.00

    Ersari Turkoman, Carnelian and Silver Earhooks

    A sculptural pair of silver Ersari (Olam ?) Turkoman Earhooks, with inscribed swirling foliate designs, and edged with strips of stamped beading surrounding a central flat round Carnelian bead held in with a plain worn bezel. I’m assuming they’re Ersari, and I lean towards the Olam sub group of Ersari even,...
  • AUD $130.00

    Afghan, Domed Silver Ring.

    A very stylish, domed silver ring, with a broad patterned band, from either Afghanistan or Pakistan, or shall we just say “Turkestan” and retain a little mystery. We got it in Pakistan, near the Khyber pass and I haven’t found it in any of our references, so it may have...
  • AUD $280.00

    Multan Enamelled Pendant

    A large enamelled silver pendant from Multan in Southern Pakistan. Motifs and interlocking borders of recessed channels have been filled with baked deep blue and green enamels. About 20 % of this enamel has been dislodged over it's history, (but mostly from the lower section and which is less important visually, when worn)...
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    Kashmiri, Wooden Penbox.

    Sorry, this box is no longer available. Another finely painted, lacquered piece, a large Penbox, for storing Calligraphy or Miniature painting implements. This one from Kashmir has a less structured design than the “qajar” Persian arabesque ones (see PB123), the Kashmiris filling the field with flowers, are generally more innocent,...
  • AUD $120.00

    Afghan, Double Stone Ink Bottle

    Charming carved opaque cream stone twin “ink” bottles attached at base. Engraved with bands and zig zag patterns, a lot of grubby build up is to be expected, but the lovely glow of the pink stain (like Indian ivory) on one bottle continues round to become a glowing sienna tan....
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    Kungrat Uzbek, Glass Bead Necklace.

    A brilliant multistranded tubular net necklace of translucent glass seed beads. The variety of beads and colours used, combined with the colour variations (abrash)within any one colour group, add to its vitality and richness. Threaded on a strong cotton and long enough to be worn over the head, it supports...
  • AUD $480.00

    Ordos, Ancient Bronze Kneeling Horse.

    A cast bronze "belt plaque"  with a kneeling horse facing left, from the nomadic "Ordos" Culture, on the Eastern Steppes. Ordos is a state situated in what is now South Western Inner Mongolia, but is also the name used to describe the Nomads who lived there in the 1st Millenium B.C. before nearby...