Elegantly shaped and finely carved on both sides, this exemplifies the refined level these simple ‘tools’ can achieve. Some vestiges of black and red lacquer remain, as well as two small pieces of mirrored glass, which probably filled in the background. The carving depicts lotus flowers with leaves intertwined around them, and is different on each side. This is a beautiful object and not to be found easily. A custom made iron stand is included.
Size: 2.1 in. x 4.7 in. x 0.8 in.
Very fine carving and vestiges of red lacquer make this old piece special. Two nagas form the outline of the top and bird and floral motifs fill in the center on one side, while the other has curving, intertwined vines and leaves. Bands of ‘tumpul-like’ designs border the lower part. Some bristles are missing, but it does not detract. A custom, metal stand is included. We cannot find fine examples like this anymore.
Size: 4.7 in. x 8.0 in. x 0.9 in.
Used all over SE Asia in a similar form, this tool takes up the thread coming off a spinning wheel, collecting it into a skein so that it can be dyed or stored. This particular one is nicely carved and probably comes from Cambodia or southern Laos. Carved ones like this are becoming harder to find. These look great as a textile hanger, mounted on a wall in an ‘H’ configuration. Mid-late 20th cent.
Size: 17.25″ x 14.75″