Decorate a table or counter top with this elegant bronze cooking pot from southern India. The antique urli (temple bowl) has a neoclassical shape, wide and shallow with rolled handles on both sides ending in raised heart-shaped cartouches. An urli is a traditional pot suspended over a fire to cook and serve food in temples and at holy sites on festival days. The name urli is derived from the Tamil word "urulai" which means a round bowl. Smaller urlis were used in homes for cooking and in Ayurveda to make medicines. Today many Indians use them to float flowers in. One could also use this as an impressive centerpiece bowl, or as a fountain or planter in an atrium or on a patio. Excellent original unpolished condition. Two firing cracks in base. Measures 32" diameter x 9.5" high.
Early Northern Chinese earthenware jar in brown glaze with pressed cord textured surface. Made sometime between the 11th and 16th centuries. This form of workaday pottery remained relatively unchanged throughout this time span, and is difficult to precisely date. It measures 15 inches high and 12 inches wide at center. Very good condition with only one small rim chip.
19th century Japanese stoneware sake bottle with calligraphy. Probably a store bottle which was used to decant sake into a customer's own household bottle. Height 10 inches. No damages.
Antique Japanese Oribe ware pottery dish, early 19th century, Edo period (1818-1829). Phoenix design, with hen and cloud border motif, in dark brown, soft blue and clay pink on tan ground. Pressed linen texture. Makers mark Kozan impressed on reverse. Appraised in 1978 for $500 and in 1992 for $900. Measures 8.75 inches in diameter. Perfect condition.
Unusual Japanese parquetry jewelry or valuables box from the Taisho-Early Showa Period (1912-1945) in wonderful original condition. Abstract geometric zelkova wood inlaid surfaces with inset panels of "cracked porcelain" mosaic designs on the doors. One replaced drawer pull.