Kashgar's New Spring Window!

Added over 6 years ago

We've mainly brought this window together with pieces from our Chinese collection. On the back wall we have an exquisite original early Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 CCE) calligraphy sign which reads "Hall of Lost Bibles" in wood, overlain with hessian and geso plaster.  It probably once hung in the hall of a monastery dedicated to antique bibles, religious texts and other rare manuscripts.  On the side wall wall there are three matching elm wood carved screens, also from the Qing Dynasty, while the rustic blue and white porcelian jug at the foot of the sign was used to hold a Chinese farmer's wine...

Kashgar 2010 spring window

 

The statue is a hand carved fir wood (Shan mu) figure known as a Bodhisatva, also from the Qing Dynasty and seated in the position know as "royal ease"; at his foot is a small and very fine contemporary Nepalese casting of a Buddhist stupa, complete with images of four of the Dyani Buddhas...

Kashgar 2010 spring window chinese antique statue

 

The hand cast bronze water vessel is called an uli and comes from central India. Approximately 250 years old, this uli weighs almost 50 kg and was once used as a decorative water feature in the courtyard of a private home; the elephant comes from southern Burma is is hand carved solid sandstone.  Approximately 100 years old, it was once used to support a large wooden beam holding up the portico of a Buddhist monastery...

Kashgar 2010 spring window Uli and jewellery

 

The scroll is a contemporary piece that we bought along with several others from the artist himself in Shanghai, while the brush is a genuine sable hair and bufalo horn caligrapher's brush used by Chinese artists, rather than the gaudy plastic resin pieces availale for sale in tourist shop and markets...

Kashgar 2010 spring window chinese antique statue

 

Until our next window...

 

Tags: About Kashgar, Chinese Antiques, Kashgar Bondi Junction

 

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