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2x Skulptur Holzschnitzerei von Buddha Mandalay / Birma
Located in Aachen, DE
2x Skulptur Holzschnitzerei von Buddha Mandalay Mit reichhaltiger Bemalung / Steinebesatz. Höhe 168cm, im Bestzustand, keine Beschädigungen. Wohl aus den ca. 1970er Jahren
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1970s Burmese Vintage Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Early 20th century Antique Nepali Praying Wheel from Nepal
Located in DEVENTER, NL
Material: Copper 47 cm high The height is the total height The diameter of the praying wheel is 16 cm Early 20th century Including special made metal wall-mounting. The praying wheel...
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Early 20th Century Nepalese Sculptures and Carvings

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Copper

Japan Large Antique Bronze Seated Garden Kanon Guan-Yin, 49 Inches
Located in South Burlington, VT
From our recent Japanese acquisitions- a good garden candidate Japan, a large 49" tall antique cast bronze seated Kanon Maitreya, Guan-Yin in an attractive pensive pose- a good gard...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

American Large Bronze Sensual Beauty By Important Midcentury Sculptor
Located in South Burlington, VT
An important large scale hand cast bronze sculpture of a sensual nude woman signed Benson and dated 1939 by mid century American sculptor Stuart Benson (...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Pair of Chinese Mythical Guardian Charms
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved from solid limestone, these mythical figures are qilin, hybrid creatures from Chinese mythology thought to bring luck and happiness. Crouching upon lotus plinths, these q...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Sculptures and Carvings

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Limestone

Chinese Footed Stone Basin, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This petite footed basin carved of solid limestone was likely once used in the courtyard of a wealthy Qing-dynasty home. Unusual decorative elements elevate...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Sculptures and Carvings

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Limestone

Isamu Noguchi Model 14A Akari Light Sculpture
Located in Glendale, CA
Isamu Noguchi Model 14A Akari Light Sculpture. The shade is made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribs with Noguchi Akari manufacturer's stam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Anglo-Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

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Metal

20th Century Door Knob model "Milà no.3" by Antoni Gaudi Polished Solid Brass
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That is why the BD catalogue of contemporary creations has always included those by admired classical masters. Antoni Gaudí (1852/1926) is, without doubt, the most internationally well-known Spanish architect. But is not only his buildings and brilliant architectural solutions that have travelled the globe. His integrated conception of architecture led him to pay attention, not only to structural calculations, but also to all the decorative elements, including furniture, that would form part of the building. The admiration felt by modern designers for the furniture designed by Gaudí has not gone unnoticed by BD which was the first company to rescue them from history by embarking on their serial production using...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Sculptures and Carvings

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Brass

Chinese Wanli-Era Cast Iron Bell
Located in Chicago, IL
A cast iron bell, when struck with a wooden beam, announced the time of day to villagers. This monumental example is covered in relief casts of chrysant...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Iron

Japan Old Hoju Wish Granting Jewel Silk Scroll, Hand Painted
Located in South Burlington, VT
Japan, remarkable HoJu scroll, the wish granting jewel, signed, calligraphy painted on silk, wood rollers. Dimensions: 26.5 inches wide and 72.5 inches length. Zen like but piqued ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Sculptures and Carvings

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Silk

Japanese antique stone Buddha "Jizo" seated statue/1700-1850/Edo period/Garden
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
I would like to introduce you to a wonderful stone Buddha made during the Edo period in Japan. This is a stone Buddha made from the middle to late Edo period (around 1700 to 1850). ...
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18th Century Japanese Edo Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Sandstone

Japan Huge Antique Champleve Floral Bronze Orb Lantern, 19th Century
Located in South Burlington, VT
First we've seen this magnificent size Japan, a fine antique hand cast bronze round lantern with unique "champleve” enameled floral leaves and tree branches - an orb with exquisite ...
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19th Century Japanese Meiji Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Japanese Seven Horses Stunning Hand Painted Scroll
Located in South Burlington, VT
Japan, a stunning scroll depiction of seven (7) horses entwined in a creative circle . Hand painted - an auspicious art composition rendered on paper and silk backing and dating to...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Sculptures and Carvings

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Paper

Chinese Jade Stone Ritual Blade
Located in Chicago, IL
Based on forms that emerged during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1027 BC), this jade stone ceremonial blade continues upon this tradition with precision. The Shang dynasty placed great emp...
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20th Century Chinese Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

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Stone, Steel

Japanese Antique Wood Carving Frog 1900s-1940s / Sculpture Wabi Sabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
This is a very old carved wooden frog made in Japan. It is from the early Showa period (1900s-1940s). The material is probably walnut. It is very well carved from hard natural wood....
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Primitive Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Japanese Large Koi Fish Scroll Hand Painting in black Sumi Ink
Located in South Burlington, VT
Japan, a stunning large older scroll painting of two Koi lazily swimming . Hand painted in black sumi ink- an auspicious art composition rendered on paper and silk backing and datin...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Showa Sculptures and Carvings

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Paper

Japanese Meiji Period Carved Wood Okimono Man with Rabbits
Located in Newark, England
The charming figure, carved from a single piece of wood is exceptionally carved showing the male figure with humorous expression holding two Rabbits one by the ears and the second under his arm. A third Rabbit stands at the feet of the male looking up, each rabbit with a different expression. The male figure is wearing traditional Japanese attire with his hair tied back stood upon a naturalistic base. The figure dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) circa 1900. Notes The Rabbit is one of the 12 animals to feature in the Japanese Zodiac signs which follows the Chinese astrological system along with the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Such division is connected with the Jupiter cycle around the Sun, which lasts about 12 years. As 2023 is the year of the Rabbit...
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Early 1900s Japanese Meiji Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Set of 3 Japanese Inro Pill Boxes
Located in Munich, DE
These three antique handcrafted inro cases, are a wonderful collection of Japanese Sagemono (hanging object). These inro have several sections stacked ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Anglo-Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

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Bone, Bamboo, Wood

Japan Large Old 18 Inch Bronze Lantern with Fine Details
Located in South Burlington, VT
Only One left in this large size, 18 inches high. Japan, a fine large vintage hand cast bronze Yukimi round top lantern with beautiful details from the middle Showa period. The st...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Japanese Huge Antique Bronze "Treasure Fortune" Ship Masterwork
Located in South Burlington, VT
Huge 43 inch high Japanese Bronze Treasure Masterwork Suited for a museum, special indoor gallery space, or garden comes this Japanese superbly hand cast solid bronze fortune treasure boat "Takarabune" in full sail proudly brandishing images of the seven lucky gods on hull and three messengers of fortune on sail: plum tree, bamboo, and pine. Its ships' hold bursts with gold, sake, coral, jewels, and a full purse. During the first three days of the New Year the Seven Lucky Gods are said to pilot through the heavens to human ports as the Takarabune or Treasure Ship. As it sails into town bringing good fortune, the takarabune is celebrated in a New Year's tradition in Japan, especially by hopeful businesses. It is superbly hand modeled and decorated with wave and cloud, lotus and dragon motif Japans famous phoenix and turtle among many images cast into one of its sides. The hold is chock full of detailed almost realistic dimensional interior treasures including a Kirin flanked by a dragon and a phoenix and a great number of good fortune attributes: gold koban coin, sake casks...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Japanese Antique Painted Scroll Two Lucky Old Friends
Located in South Burlington, VT
Two lucky old friends. A very fine Japanese antique hand-painted paper scroll of Ebisu and Daikoko , two old friends and two of Japan's seven lucky gods signifying prosperity, good ...
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1880s Japanese Meiji Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Paper

Vintage Chinese Jade Precious Stone Bonsai Tree Sculpture, Cloisonné Planter
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chinese Jade Precious Stone Bonsai Tree Sculpture, Cloisonné Planter Offered for sale is a vintage Chinese Jade and other semi-precious stones Bonsai tree in a gilt planter....
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1970s Vintage Sculptures and Carvings

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Jade, Copper, Enamel

18th Century Hand-Carved Jichi Wood Guanyin Figure
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful sculpture realized in China in the 18th century depicts Guanyin, a Bodhisattva associated with compassion. The female form holds a pot in her hands. She appears draped...
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18th Century Chinese Qing Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Hardwood

Bronze Thai Siam Temple Shrine Kamphaeng Phet Style Buddha Head on Marble Stand
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful, little gem of a piece. Thai/ Siam meditating Buddha with serenely closed eyes in the Kamphaeng Phet style. The piece has a beautiful patina acquired over time. From a collection of Asian antiques. Would be a nice addition to any South-East Asian artifacts...
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19th Century Thai Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Marble, Bronze

Chinese Extraordinary Natural Stone "Painting" Moonlight Reflection
Located in South Burlington, VT
Extraordinary Natural work, one of a kind. Custom framed. This Chinese extraordinary natural stone painting of a moon light reflection on water could remind us of a similar and unique evening sea coast experience in our lives. The powerful and colorful depiction is executed in natural dark green- almost black, cream and yellow (limonite mineral) colors. This is called a dream stone Shih-hua. They are cut from historic Dali marble found in the Cangshan mountains of western China. These mysterious mountains, unique in the world, are known for yielding incredible and fantastic natural landscaped works of art created over tens of millions of years from mineral inclusions that affected the process of ancient organic material which transformed into limestone and finally resulted in marble- a metamorphic hard stone. This art form is centuries of years old since the Ming dynasty. Dream stones became favored art in the west particularly since the 19th century when French collectors named them Pierres de reve. This thin marble stone painting is approximately 1/4" thick and is cut from a large slab of rough material revealing incredible patterns in soft white and gray colors. Its weight is surprisingly modest- easily hung with standard hardware. Dimensions: Frame: 19 inches high and 30.5 inches wide. Site: 15.75 inches x 27 inches Provenance: Private Chinese collection, Yunnan, China. History of dream stone paintings: Moonlight stones...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Sculptures and Carvings

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Marble

Japan Complete Antique Five Bells Set Red Birds And Flowers, Beautiful Sound
Located in South Burlington, VT
Beautiful resonant chiming sound guaranteed to please you From Japan, a lovely and unusual early 20th century attached collection of five graduated large to small scale bronze temple bells hand painted engraved with birds and flowers on a red patina ground- all suspended from a sturdy cord with a later added cinnabar round good luck ornament and tassel. Early Taisho Period Complete set bells when suspended top of loop to bottom of tassel/ornament, 36". Bell diameters from 3.25" to 6". The delicate mystical birds and flowers and cloud like designswith a rim diaper pattern edge decoration suggest a joyful, spiritual and harmonious natural ambience. This is a handcrafted group is accompanied with a Japanese hardwood striker. These unusual hand painted bells with their fine old original and attractive patina make this special string of bells an unusual opportunity and deserving consideration for your special indoor, meditation or garden space. The Clouds: "Kumo"- a decorative pattern -linked with the admiration for nature – with the classical meaning of clouds: hope, impermanence, omen, proximity to Gods. Dimensions: Largest bell 6 inches diameter and 3.5 inches high ; Smallest bell 3.25 inches diameter. and 2 inches high Provenance: The bells come from an old Asian collection...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Taisho Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Japan 1890 Meiji Carved Figure of Fortune God Daikoku As a Farmer With Coins
Located in Miami, FL
A Japanese carved sculpture of Daikoku. Magnificent sculpture of the god of the fortune Daikoku, created in Japan during the Meiji period, circa 1890. The carving depicts the Japane...
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1890s Japanese Meiji Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Ivory

Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Snuff Container, Tibet
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Late 19th-early 20th century tribal snuff container, Tibet A graceful horn, bone and silver snuff container from Tibet, in excellent condition.  
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Early 20th Century Tibetan Tribal Sculptures and Carvings

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Horn

Indian Asian Lacquered Bronze Dancing Hindu Shiva Nataraja
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine and unusual vintage Asian Indian red lacquered bronze statue of Shiva Nataraja dating from the 20th century. The figure represents the Hindu God Shiva performing a dance. The ...
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20th Century Indian Anglo-Indian Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Japanese Tall Antique Stone Sun And Moon Pathway Lantern Beautiful Details, 40"
Located in South Burlington, VT
Wouldn't this antique garden stone lantern look perfect for your garden entry or pathway, pool, patio, or deck ? Just acquired, our Japan stone "Arts & Crafts" antique stone pathway...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Sculptures and Carvings

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Stone

Japanese Tall Delightful Old Stone Buddha On Lotus Base
Located in South Burlington, VT
A slender tall granite stone Buddha/Jizo Guardian sculpture perched upon a lotus base Good garden candidate In Japan, Kṣitigarbha, known as Jizō, or respectfully as Ojizō-sama, is ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Sculptures and Carvings

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Stone

Chinese Green Glazed Foo Lions, Near Pair, Late 19th Century, China
Located in Austin, TX
A charming near pair of Chinese green glazed foo lion joss stick holders, late 19th century, China. The delightful foo lions, also referred to as foo dogs, crafted as joss (incens...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Stoneware

Set of Two Tibetan Tsa Tsa
Located in Chicago, IL
This stack of two molded ceramic tsa tsa bricks depict Buddhist deities. Each was a meditation created in a monastery by a Buddhist monk in training. They were...
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Early 20th Century Tibetan Tibetan Sculptures and Carvings

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Steel

Japan bronze cicada sculpture okimono Meiji
Located in PARIS, FR
Bronze sculpture with dark brown patina of a cicada. The cicada (in Japanese, semi) is considered as a symbol of humanity. Together with a praying mantis and a spider, they represen...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Japonisme Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Large French Crocodile Sculpture By: Rambaud
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Large French Crocodile Sculpture by François Rambaud.
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Late 20th Century Sculptures and Carvings

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Resin

Japanese Bronze Statue Nyoirin Kannon on Lotus Throne
Located in Atlanta, GA
A small and fine Japanese bronze statue of Nyoirin Kannon circa 18th century of Edo period. Kannon is bodhisattva of Mercy and Compassion (Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit and Guanyin in C...
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18th Century Japanese Edo Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Japan bronze praying mantis insect sculpture okimono Meiji
Located in PARIS, FR
Dark brown patina bronze sculpture of a praying mantis. The praying mantis (in Japanese, kamakiri) is considered an auspicious symbol. Japan – Meiji era (1868-1912) Height: 0.79 in...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Japonisme Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Japanese antique wooden small Buddha statue/1800s/Jizo Bodhisattva
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
This is a wooden Buddha statue made in the late Edo period (1800s) in Japan. The size is small enough to hold in one hand. However, the carvings are carefully carved and the facial e...
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19th Century Japanese Edo Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Cypress

Antique A Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure on Hardwood Stand, 18th Century
Located in Norton, MA
A SINO-TIBETAN GILT BRONZE FIGURE ON HARDWOOD STAND, heavily composing a finely sculpted gilt bronze figure of a deity resting on a horse with chased detailing and turquoise and cor...
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19th Century Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Decorative Stone Blade on Stand, Indonesia, Contemporary
Located in New York, NY
A hand-carved stone blade from Indonesia, mounted on a black stand. A small "blade" sculpture, hand-carved in Indonesia out of a single piece of black volcanic rock. The natural in...
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2010s Indonesian Organic Modern Sculptures and Carvings

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Stone

Antique Japanese Wooden Pulley - 1800s
Located in Asheville, NC
Stunning antique well pulley from Edo Period in Japan. Amazing patina, great bookshelf decor piece.
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19th Century Japanese Edo Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Rare Hand Carved Antique Japanese Marble or Granite Buddha Head Sculpture
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning and one of a kind Buddha sculpture. There are only very few people in the world who can accurately date this hand carved marble or granite Japanese Buddha head...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

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Marble

Stone Buddha from the Edo period in Japan/1750-1850/Garden ornaments
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
This is a stone Buddha made from the middle to late Edo period in Japan. It depicts Jizo Bodhisattva sitting. Most stone Buddhas are made of granite, and others are made of andesite...
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18th Century Japanese Edo Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Granite

Antique Burmese Carved Wood Panel of a Court Scribe.
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Antique Burmese Carved Wood Panel of a Court Scribe. The standing heavenly being holds a manuscript with a brush in the right hand writing scripture on an accordian style book while ...
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Late 19th Century Burmese Folk Art Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood, Lacquer

Very old bronze Buddha head from Thailand/Ayutthaya Dynasty/17th-18th century
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
This is the head of a bronze Buddha statue made in ancient times in Thailand. It is believed to be a Buddha statue made during the late Ayutthaya period (17th to 18th century). Unlik...
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Late 17th Century Thai Other Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Very old bronze Buddha head from Thailand/Southeast Asian art/Buddha statue
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
This is the head of a bronze or brass Buddha statue made in ancient times in Thailand. It is thought that this Buddha statue was made from approximately the Sukhothai period to the A...
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16th Century Thai Other Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Outstanding Rare Important Heavy Sculpted Painted Cast Iron Dog Group Stand
Located in New York, NY
An Exquisite and Beautiful Quality Large Cast Iron Heavy Sculpted Handpainted Group of Dogs. Taken from an Important New York City Sutton Place, New York City Estate Collection. A Re...
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20th Century Unknown Sculptures and Carvings

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Iron

Hand-Carved White Alabaster Figure of Guanyin, China, Early 20th Century
Located in Grythyttan, SE
This exquisite figure of Guanyin from early 20th century is masterfully carved from a single piece of pure, delicate white alabaster. The alabaster, known for its firm yet warm quali...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Other Sculptures and Carvings

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Alabaster

Japan 1900 Meiji Period Rare Carved Okimono of Two Sumo Fighters Signed
Located in Miami, FL
Japanese Okimono sculpture of a father and son. A highly detailed sculptural composition, created during the Meiji imperial period (1868-1912), circa 1900. The composition displayed...
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1890s Japanese Meiji Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Ivory

Eternal Blossoms: A Chinese Soapstone Masterpiece
Located in Austin, TX
This exquisite large Chinese soapstone sculpture is a testament to the intricate artistry and rich cultural heritage of China. The piece, meticulously carved from a single block of v...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Sculptures and Carvings

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Soapstone

Japanese Old Vintage Pair Mahogany Rabbits
Located in South Burlington, VT
Good mahogany patinated garden candidates with old Japan labels This Japanese pair (2) of larger scale solid hand cast rabbits usagi with a mahogany pat...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Sculptures and Carvings

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Iron

Chinese carved jade plate from the Qing Dynasty
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Chinese carved jade plate from the Qing Dynasty A Chinese plate in the shape of a flower, with handles also representing sunflowers with leaves, of carved jade with two hanging rings...
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19th Century Chinese Qing Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Jade

Japan 1890 Meiji Carved Sculpture of a Dressed Monk With a Rake
Located in Miami, FL
A Japanese carved sculpture of a monk. An outstanding antique tall sculpture, created in Japan during the Meiji period, circa 1890. The carving depicts the figure of a Japanese stan...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Ivory

Ancient statue, buddha late 19th early 20th century, south east Asia
Located in Monza, IT
Elegant statue of Buddha in meditation, originating from South East Asia, dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, it is made with an internal structure that acts as a base for...
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1890s Thai Qing Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Bronze

Antique Wooden Sculpture "Kobo Daishi" / Buddha Statues / Edo-Meiji Period
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
This is an old Japanese "Kobo Daishi" wooden figure. "Kobo Daishi" means "Kukai". "Kukai" was a monk from the early Heian period. His posthumous name was "Kobo Daishi". He is the fou...
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19th Century Japanese Edo Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Cypress

19c Chinese HandCarved Walnut Wood And Mother Of Perl Architectural Element
Located in Delray Beach, FL
One of a kind wall hanging made of solid wood with beautifully inlaid of mother of perl , Chinese garden ,animals and birds motifs imbedded in the wood . This panel originally was a ...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Mother-of-Pearl, Walnut

19c Chinese HandCarved Walnut Wood And Mother Of Perl Architectural Element
Located in Delray Beach, FL
One of a kind wall hanging made of solid wood with beautifully inlaid of mother of perl , Chinese garden ,animals and birds motifs imbedded in the wood . This panel originally was a ...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Sculptures and Carvings

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Mother-of-Pearl, Walnut

Vintage India Hand Carved & Gilt Chowkidar Wooden Statues
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Vintage India Chowkidar wooden statues, hand carved and gilt. Night watchmen / guards holding on old rifle and staff. The guards are wearing beautifully carved, brass nailhead and g...
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20th Century Indian Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Asian Sculptures and Carvings for Your Home Decor

Asian sculptors have worked in materials including wood, bronze and jade. Artists and artisans have used traditional techniques to depict deities, scenes from culture and more, and today, antique Asian sculptures and carvings are a popular choice for provocative and sophisticated home decor.

In China, the Qing dynasty, from the mid-17th century to the early 20th century, brought about significant changes in art while preserving traditional culture. Many emperors during this period were patrons of the arts, such as painting, calligraphy and decorative arts. This era saw the building of new Buddhist temples, which were decorated with statues. Some of these sculptures were adorned with colorful cloisonné decoration, in which tiny compartments, or cloisons, made by soldering copper filaments to a metal surface were filled with vibrantly hued enamel.

From the 17th to mid-19th century in Japan, kimonos were worn across classes and often fastened with a netsuke, a type of small carved toggle. Artists carved these from ivory, wood, shells and coral, creating animals, flowers and mythical creatures. During the Japanese Meiji period, spanning from 1868–1912, the country began trading internationally after centuries of isolation, allowing artists to sell their work overseas. Bronze sculpture flourished around this time for creating teapots, vases and incense burners.

Asian sculpture continued to evolve in the 20th century. During the Japanese Shōwa era, from 1926–89, art was influenced by international modernist movements like abstraction, Futurism and Surrealism. Contemporary Asian sculptures and carvings continue to combine global influences and a rich heritage of technique.

Decorating a space with Asian sculptures and carvings is a great way to add interest to any corner of your home. Explore by material, period or style on 1stDibs.

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