Asian Antiques and Antiquities

Antiques and Art

A peaceful Buddha gazes down from lotus throne. A gentle Guan Yin smiles. A shimmering gold gilt Amida glitters in glory. Ancient echoes of the wisdom of our ancestors. 

Behind ancient statues a complex and colorful Thanka traces a cosmic mystery. Incense coils out of a silver incense burner first used to worship the Bodhisattvas in the Ming Dynasty, six hundred years ago. 

Beauty and history combine in a collection that spans two thousand years. The Antique Zen collection is a special journey in time. Please browse our growing collection under the headings Sculpture, Antiques, Art, Other and glimpse our most precious collections in Highlight Gallery and Showcase. 

To enjoy artifacts and antiques of this quality it is important to know the periods and dynasties of Asian history. China is defined by Dynasties and Japan in Periods. Here are the most important from a collectors point of view (some periods overlap).

buddha-1BChinese Dynasties

  • Zhou Dynasty, pre 255 BCE (Archaic Period)
  • Chin Dynasty, 255 to 206 BCE
  • Western Han Dynasty, 206 BCE to 25 CE
  • Hsin Dynasty (Wang Mang), 9 to 22 CE
  • Eastern Han Dynasty, 25 to 221 CE
  • Wei, 221 to 265 CE
  • Minor Han Dynasty, 221 to 265 CE
  • Wu Dynasty, 229 to 265 CE
  • Western Chin Dynasty (Note: the Unification of Chin is derivative of the word ‘China’), 265 to 420 CE 

Milestone: Division of North and South

  • Eastern Chin Dynasty (South), 316 to 420 CE
  • Sung Dynasty (South), 420 to 479 CE
  • Liang Dynasty (South), 502 to 557 CE
  • Chen Dynasty (South), 557 to 582 CE
  • Huo Chao Dynasty (North), 307 to 352 CE
  • Northern Wei Dynasty (North), 386 to 550 CE
  • Northern Ch’i Dynasty (North), 550 to 577 CE
  • Northern Zho Dynasty (North), 557 to 581 CE 

Milestone: Unification of Sui and T’ang

  • Sui Dynasty, 589 to 618 CE
  • T’ang Dynasty, 618 to 907 CE
  • T’ang Rebels, 757 to 761 CE 

Milestone: The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

  • Posterior Han Dynasty, 947 to 950 CE
  • Anterior Shu Dynasty, 907 to 960 CE
  • Southern Han Dynasty, 917 to 942 CE
  • Southern T’ang Dynasty, 907 to 978 CE
  • Posterior Zhou Dynasty, 951 to 960 CE
  • Ch’u Dynasties, 930 to 970 CE
  • Northern Sung Dynasty, 960 to 1127 CE
  • Southern Sung Dynasty, 1127 to 1280 CE
  • Liao Dynasty, 907 to 1125 CE
  • Western Hsia Dynasty, 982 to 1227 CE
  • Chin, the Nu-chen Tartars, 1115 to 1260 CE
  • Yuan, Mongol, 1280 to 1368 CE
  • Ming Dynasty, 1368 to 1644 CE
  • Ming Rebels, 1644 to 1681 CE
  • Ching Dynasty, 1644 to 1911 CE (Late Ching is generally accepted to mean the 19th century). 

Japanese Periods

  • Jomon, prior to 300 BCE
  • Yayoi, 300 BCE to 300 CE
  • Kofun or Yamato, 300 to 680 CE
  • Asuka, 645 to 710 CE
  • Nara, 710 to 794 CE
  • Heian, 794 to 1185 CE
  • Kamakura, 1185 to 1333 CE
  • Ashikaga Bakufu, 1336 to 1467 CE
  • Era of Warring States, 1467 to 1600 CE
  • Tokugawa Shogunate and Edo, 1600 to 1868 CE
  • Meiji Restoration, 1868 to 1912 CE
  • Modern Japan, 1913 on.

 

 

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