• AUD $650.00

    Kashmiri, Papier mache Penbox.

    Another finely painted, lacquered piece, a small Penbox, for storing Calligraphic or Miniature painting implements. This one from Kashmir has a less contrived design than the _"qajar"_Persian arabesque ones (see PB123), the Kashmiri ones filling the field with flowers, are generally more innocent, even casual. This little wooden and papier...
  • AUD $140.00

    Afghan Brass Powder Horn

    Darkly patinated brass gunpowder horn, with engraved vine leaf pattern, ornate centre band (covering join) with sqiggle wirework (Turkoman?) missing on one side. Designed to be slid and worn in a sash or belt. Lot of character marks and minor knocks. Designed possibly to be worn tucked in a belt...
  • AUD $240.00

    Afghan, Brass "Winged Gazelle" Seal 19th Century

    Circular cast brass seal, with grip and ring for suspension. The face is engraved with central winged (?) gazelle wearing a collar and surrounded by foliate scrollwork. Probably worn or carried by a travelling official (circuit judge) able to settle disputes with this imprint. Engraved surface in excellent condition, the...
  • 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....
  • AUD $110.00

    Afghan, Round Brass Box.

    An old lidded circular brass trinket box, from Afghanistan or Pakistan, it could be either it was bought on the border. With compass inscribed rosette and borders of chiselled “diamonds” on the gently domed lid and a serrated edge for grip. Could be used for storing anything small, but most...
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    Afghan, Silver Snuff Bottle.

    Sorry, this snuff bottle is no longer available. However we may still have other similar ones. This cylindrical silver “box” possibly for snuff or for carrying small items or messages. Small enough to be tucked comfortably into clothing, this one has lightly decorated flat ends, but others have hemispherical ends...
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    Afghan, Silver Snuff Bottle.

    Sorry, this snuff bottle is no longer available. We may however still have a similar one.This cylindrical silver “box” possibly for snuff or for carrying small items or messages. Small enough to be tucked comfortably into clothing, this one has lightly decorated flat ends, but others have hemispherical ends like...
  • AUD $130.00

    Bukharan "Nielloed Silver" Whetstone

    Brown sharpening stone for pen knife, with silver suspension/cap, with worn engraving and “Bukharan Niello” foliate design all round. In good condition. Surprisingly unworn, I don’t think this stone has been used much, our family whetstones were very worn. The niello work seems slightly incomplete too, it’s puzzling, perhaps it...
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    Bukharan, Brass Wash Basin.

    Sorry, this Brass Basin is no longer available. A intricately shaped brass basin "dastshui" from Bukhara, in Uzbekistan. Part of the traditional welcoming ritual where water is poured from the "aftaba" ewer over the guests outstretched hands (which of course mustn’t touch each other) the water is then shaken or...
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    Bukharan, Brass Water Ewer.

    Sorry, this lovely piece is no longer available. An intricately shaped brass Ewer (pouring vessel) from Bukhara, in Uzbekistan. Part of the traditional Islamic welcoming ritual, where water is poured from this ewer over the guests outstretched hands (which of course mustn’t touch each other) the water is then shaken...
  • AUD $220.00

    Chinese Snuff Bottle "moulded" Gourd

    Chinese “tobacco snuff” bottle, made from a living Bottle Gourd, intriguingly grown to shape, between two carved wooden or ceramic panels, to accurately mould to the desired form, like wet leather. Actually it looks like old, polished, embossed leather, too! It has acquired a very lovely warm, rich chestnut tone....
  • AUD $180.00

    Chinese, Jet Buddha Pendant

    An old black Jet pendant or bead, carved as a "Laughing Buddha" reclining in a seated posture with bare rounded stomach and chest. This bead was bought threaded on a string of Jade beads in the 70's and seperated to reuse the Jade. It's time he was threaded up again....
  • AUD $210.00

    Decorative Silver Perfume Bottle

    Gorgeous enchanting little silver Perfume bottle, with small faceted glass inserts and dangles, in emerald, rose and deep teal. Raised floral scrollwork covers the whole surface, topped with a cut out screw top/dipper. A totally romantic “fairy fantasy” piece, with a dark patina but perfectly happy to shine. Pick up...
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    Ethiopian Coptic Cross, hand held

    A small hand held, double ended, Ethiopian Coptic Christian Cross, of dull silvery “tinned” pierced and cut brass. I saw a doco the other day, where Ethiopian Pilgrims kissed a cross like this, when it was held out to them, in blessing, by a Priest. Classic Ethiopian Cross, “primitive” in...
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    Ethiopian Coptic Cross, hand held

    Sorry, this cross is on hold until mid March 2015, if you're after it let us know.A large hand held, double ended, Ethiopian Coptic Christian  hand held Cross, of dull silvery “tinned” pierced and cut brass. I saw a doco the other day, where the Priest carried one of these and...
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    Ethiopian Ikon, Double Sided.

    Sorry, this Ethiopian Ikon is no longer available. A double sided Coptic Cristian Ikon, from Ethiopia. Wood with overall carved external decoration, one door on each face opening to reveal two naieve painted images. One recessed into the body and the other on the inside of the door itself. Painted...
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    Ethiopian Ikon, Double Sided.

    Sorry, this Ethiopian Ikon is no longer available. A double sided wooden Coptic Christian Ikon, from Ethiopia. Wood with overall carved external decoration, one door on each face opening to reveal two naieve painted images. One recessed into the body and the other on the inside of the door itself....
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    Ethiopian Ikon, Double Sided.

    Sorry, this Ethiopian Ikon is no longer available. A double sided Coptic Christian Ikon, from Ethiopia. Wood with overall carved external decoration, one door on each face opening to reveal two naieve painted images. One recessed into the body and the other on the inside of the door itself. Four...
  • AUD $1,300.00

    Ethiopian Ikon, Large Multi Image.

      A very large rectangular, carved wooden Coptic Christian Ikon, from Ethiopia. The dark stained wood is rather plain with borders of strapwork forming a large cross, which divides the four doors, each with another border and a carved cross. Inside each door are two brightly painted Ikons, one on...
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    Ethiopian Processional Cross

    Sorry, this Processional Cross is no longer available. An intricately cut out brass alloy Coptic Christian Cross. Cut from a sheet of metal, the design first scribed, then holes drilled and sawn into shape and filed. Fitted to a long conical tube to house a wooden shaft, to be held...