Ethnographic Art and Objects of Vertu

In the 19th century, there was a major revival of fine metalworking, jewelry making, and textile arts in the Central Asian kingdoms.  The massive emigration from
Bukhara, Khiva, and Kokand into Afghanistan after the Bolshevik Revolution also brought many of these precious objects of Central Asian art to Afghanistan. Qajar work from Iran was collected by wealthy Afghans – who also coveted Chinese and European knick-knacks and porcelain. This page features both highly sophisticated urban arts and rare examples of ethnographic material, including some fine examples of Bukharan metalwork.

   
 
 
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D4. CANDLE STANDS, INDIA, LATE 19th/EARLY 20th CENTURY, $750 Pair, 22 inches high without metal spikes

d5. Candle Stands, India, Early 20th Century, 28 inches high without metal spikes, Painted Wood $490.00

D7. Window Doors, NW India, 19th Century,  17 x 15 inches $490

 
 
 
 

Indian Reverse Glass Painting, Late 19th Century, Frame size is 22.5 x 17 inches, Painting is 18.75 x 13.5 inches Appears to be in the original frame.  $1800

 

Indian Reverse Glass Painting, Late 19th Century, Probably Gujarat, Frame is 22.5 x 16.5, Painting is 19.75 x 13.5 Appears to be in the original frame $1800

 

Indian Reverse Glass Painting, Late 19th Century, Probably Gujarat, Some cracks in glass painting on the lower right corner, the painting itself is covered with another piece of glass which is intact. Frame is 22.5 x 16.6, Painting is 19.5 x 13.7 $1800.

 
 



 Detail handle with date.
ETH_0002 Antique Central Asian 19th Century Central Asian ewer, brass, dated 1224 (Islamic date}
9.5 x 15 in $650

D8. Central Asian Box,  19th century/Early 20th century, 5.5 x 14.5 x 10.5 inches A fine example. $650.00

 
 
 



ETH_0004 Antique Central Asian early 20th C. wooden box with decorative tin cladding
9 x 7 x 4 in. $125

 Group of eight Central Asian "khushtak" whistles.  These were traditionally blown by children during the holiday of Nauruz.  These were collected in Northern Afghanistan and appear to be older examples but are hard to date precisely.  $250.00
 
 
 
 
 Old Indian Chest, Wood with Silver Trim, Hand painted decoration, probably c1920s, 15.2 inches wide, 10" deep, 10.5" tall  Please write for more detail shots.
 Detail
 Interior
 
 


ETH_0009 Antique India 19th Century Copper box, probably Kashmiri
2.75 x 9 in $500
 
 
 ETH_0023 Nuristan1 Harp $750


ETH_0019 Antique Kafiristan late 19th-20th Century Kafiirstan wall hook, wood.
3.75 x 20.5 $300

 
 
 ETH079  Central Asian Camel Skin Vessel, 17" x 14",  Not sure of the age but it was bought in Afghanistan in the 1970s and was old then.  $450

 





   
  ETH079  Central Asian Camel Skin Vessel, 17" x 14",  Not sure of the age but it was bought in Afghanistan in the 1970s and was old then.  $450

 Old Himachal Pradesh Mask, Painted Wood, 12" x 8.7", $1200 




  
 
 
Chinese Hat Box, Late 19th/Early 20th Century, 10" Tall x 12.75" Wide, Laquer on Leather, $325
 
 

 ETH 0041  Lot of old military insignia from Pakistan and British India, Brass, 2" wide and smaller,20th century, from all the hot spots!  $175


ETH062  Punjab Shield, Brass with surface tinning, 10.75" Diameter, Early 20th Century?, $100


   
 
 
 ETH 0042 6 Silver medals from Afghanistan, 20th Century, largest is 1.9" not including loop,  $100 each

ETH0043  Lot of 5 copper and silver medals, Afghan, Pakistan, British India, $125 for the lot

 
 
 ETH_0044 Brass waterpipe base, late 19th/early 20th century, 8.5"W x 11"H, $140  Very heavy

ETH 0045, Brass waterpipe base, early 20th century, 10"H x 9"W, Early 20th century, $130
 
 
 ETH 0046  Brass waterpipe base, Early 20th Century, 12"H x 8"W, Early 20th Century, $140  Some later repairs

ETH 0047  Large Bronze Hooka Bowl, 3.25"W x 3.1"H, Late 19th/Early 20th Century, $80
 

 
 ETH065  Kafiristan Wooden Hook, 18.25" x 8" x 1.25", About 50 years old, $200
  
  
  
 
 
 ETH059  Lot of 4 Persian Tiles,  Largest: 5.75" x 5.75", Smallest: 5" x 2.75"  About 50 years old, The largest tile has been cracked and repaired
$135

ETH050  Ceramic Bowl, Northern Pakistan, 12" Diameter, 3.75" Tall, About 50 to 75 years old
$140
(These are not recent reproductions)

 
 
 ETH051  Ceramic Bowl, Northern Pakistan, 11.25 Diameter, 3.6" Tall, About 50 to 75 years old,
$140
(These are not recent reproductions)

ETH052  Ceramic Bowl, Northern Pakistan, 11.75 Diameter, 3.25" Tall
$140
 
 
 ETH053  Ceramic Bowl, Northern Pakistan, 11.75" Diameter, 3.25" Tall, About 50 to 75 years old
$140




ETH054  Ceramic Bowl, Northern Pakistan, 12.2" Diameter, 4" Tall,
About 50 to 75 years old
$140

 
 
 SL_0028 Tibetan Bowl 18-19th C $250.00







ETH056 Ceramic Bowl, Northern Pakistan, 11.5 Diameter, 3.7" Tall
About 50 to 75 years old
$140




  
  

 
 
 

Naswar is a kind of chewing tobacco made with finely ground tobacco and lime.  Nasty stuff but the gourds are nice!
 ETH073  Turkmen Naswar Gourd, 5.75" x 2"  $100
 ETH074  Turkmen Naswar Gourd, 4.5 x 2.25  $70  Slightly tacky surface on the bottom designs. 


 
 
 ETH076  Turkmen Naswar Gourd,  4.2" x 1.8" $150
Base has unusual figurative designs with horses, birds, vessels, etc.  Looks like prehistoric wall paintings.  Rare type.

Detail of ETH076
 
 
 ETH069 Large Copper Colander, Pakistan, 24" Wide x 13" Tall, About 50 to 75 years old,  Has traces of surface tinning
$350

ETH063  Afghan Snuff (Naswar) Box, Silver, 1" x 2.25" x .6",  Dated "1368" which is 1948/1949 CE, Generally in good condition with the usual scratches and dents,
$175
 
 
 ETH060  Tribal India Sculpture, Bronze, 2.1" Tall x 2.25" Long
$100

ETH070  Three Piece Set of Iron Fire Tools, Tallest: 29" x 6",  American, 19th Century
$140


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