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This is perhaps the rarest combination that comes from Pakistan. It is among only 2 or 3 that I know of. The Topaz is extremely brilliant and nearly flawless. The juxtaposition of the Topaz and Aqua are aesthetically fantastic. The whole arrangement sits atop light Smoky Quartz which sets off the Topaz and Aquamarine perfectly. To find such a rare grouping, with such superb qualities, is so difficult making this specimen all the more desirable.
Woman's Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Stilted Clogs with Pierced Silver Mounts (Qabqab), 19th century
Ottoman Turkey. This pair of woman's clogs (qabqab or nalin) is remarkable both for the profusion of the decoration and their extraordinary height. Each comprises two high platforms, a sole, and a raised upper strap of pierced silver sheet lined with leather lining. The silver straps are decorated with fine and pierced scrolling flower and leaf motifs.

 

Gilded Bronze Image of Budai, circa 16th century
China, Ming Dynasty, The smiling, corpulent figure of Budai is seated in rajalalilasana. He holds a cloth sack in his left hand and prayer beads in his right. He is dressed in flowing robes with the shoulders and large belly exposed. He has elongated earlobes, a jolly disposition on his face, and realistically-modelled folds of fat around the back of his neck.
Schorl with Quartz, Cleavelandite, Topaz & Apatite, Dassu, Baltistan, Pakistane
Some minerals remind me of their owners, others look like their name, and then there are those that ironically look like where they are found. This amazing assemblage of assorted species looks a lot like the 8000 foot snow capped Haramosh mountains of Northern Pakistan. The mirror black Schorl crystals shoot up in all directions through the stark white Cleavelandite and all sits atop sharply terminated icy clear Quartz.

 

Inesite on Calcite with Hubeite, Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China
The large ball of Inesite sits directly in the center of a gorgeous matrix of sparkling white Calcite sprinkled with small brownish/red Hubeite crystals (The Calcite matrix is in fact the finest I have seen from this find). The Inesite is the largest ball I have seen, it has very good luster, and is the typical brick red color. The ball is totally three dimensional and complete. The piece has fantastic contrast in shape, color and texture. To get such a rare species in so beautiful an example is truly a prize..
Complete Silver & Gold Head Ornament, early 20th century
Oman. This spectacular, museum-worthy, complete headdress is of high-grade, solid silver and thin gold sheet. It comprises two bunches of ornaments at either end of a braided silver headband decorated with gold sheet plaques. The two groups of ornaments which would rest on either side of the head are kept in place by the original leather strapwork.

 

Rare Pair of Superb Straits Chinese Wedding Shoes, late 19th-early 20th century
Singapore or Malacca, Malaysia. This pair of embroidered shoes are without doubt, the best preserved such pair we have seen. They are in pristine, museum-quality condition. Unusually, they also retain their original wadded shoe trees, of pink and cream woven cotton stuffed with kapok fibre, used so that the shoes will keep their shape. It is likely that these shoes were worn only once - one the actual wedding days hence their almost perfect condition.
Gilded Clasp set with Turquoise & Coral, 19th century
Central Tibet. This fastener is of gilded repoussed silver with stylised moth motives with appliqué antennae. The central plaque is embellished with a larger turquoise cabochon around which five smaller coral and five turquoise cabochons (one old replacement) sit in raised settings. Two further coral pieces decorate the panels either side of the central panel. Each piece of coral is fastened by a central rivet. The fastener is drilled with four holes to allow it to be sewn to a cloth belt.

 

Large Silver Mughal Wine Ewer, early 19th century
North India. This extraordinary and unusually large example of a Mughal-style, northern Indian ewer most probably would have been intended for serve wine (araq) or opium water (kusumbho) to guests. It is likely that it belonged to a courtly or aristocratic Mughal (who were Muslim) or Rajput (who were mostly Hindu) household in north-western India. It has 18th century stylistic elements but probably dates to the first part of the nineteenth century.
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