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Rare Jade ENCRUSTED ,Tapestry,guarenteed Look at other photos

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Milowilsoniii member since 08-jan-2006
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ANY REASONABLE OFFER CONSIDERED , MAKE OFFER ,MUST SELL THIS ITEM If you have additional info on this item let me know ,It came from a family who has had it for over 100 years they received from a grand parent in INDIA, around 1900.FREE shipping in USA or We will hand deliver ,to you at BANK of your CHOICE, in lower 48 UNITED STATES upon payment for an additional $200.00. OR You may make arrangements to pick up in OMAHA, NEBRASKA at our BANK for $200.00 Discount.

THIS Was it appears a gift to important person maybe from PERSIA, SIAM , SOUTH EAST ASIAN and all hand made from the sequins to the hand carved

Cabashon JADE pieces TAPESTRY WALL HANGING of old story , FABLE or representing hindu or Buddist religious icons . this is what I am told additional info would be appreciated . NOTE one small cabashone peace missing hard to see where , though

It is 20 inches by 20.5 inches and the horse and rider ar 1/2 inch thick it is backed by red dyed cotton fabric the rest is some what heavy and almost felt like or of wool and silks, some what Fragile but certainlyREAL

NOTE THIS ITEM CAREFULLY it seems to be one of a kind look at photos .

THERE are 160 cabashon jade pieces

90 are approx 1/2 inch across or about 3.33 carets each the other 70 are about 1/4 inch across and are about 1.25 or more caret's each . another 70 smaller pieces.

note these are estimates and also note they are apparently carved on the bottoms square so they could be stitched into the material by wrapping in a heavy gold twine

There, if I count right approx 2400 hand made Gold and Silver colored metal sequins no tarnishing on the horse and rider . THERE is aslo quiet a bit of gold thread entwined into the more corse twine..THERE appears to be some 10,200 stitches in this item I counted one sq inch then multiplied the area and counted a sq inch on the other side and did same calculations and averaged the two , Ididnot count each stitch.

I DID COUNT every piece of jade 160 and also counted a majority of sequins around the edges and the horse there are approx 2400 hand made metal sequins they are not tarnished and each was hand made each hand stitched. in addition the large jade pieces are carved on th back so that the stiching could be made to hold them in place very unique

Kalagas, which are embroidered Burmese tapestries, have been around for about 150 years. Some of the techniques used in making kalagas are much older. For example, the techniques of attaching gold thread and jewels called "shwe-chi-doe" were known to have existed in Burma over 1,000 years ago. Items made using the "shwe-chi-doe" method were and still are rare because they were made from real gold and jewels, making them prohibitively expensive for the common person or every day use.

Kalagas evoke in us a sense of the exotic and- for good reason. Originally developed in the Mandalay court, they reflected the designs found at that time in the palace and in the pagodas. Popular design themes for kalagas included art typically seen on temple walls. Interestingly, these types of designs are still popular today. This is one reason it is common for people to think that the kalaga art form is much older than it is since the most popular subjects illustrated on these tapestries are taken from tales and legends of ancient history.

By the way, a word of caution for the collector. Even though the kalaga art form is only 150 years old, you may come across kalagas that may be misrepresented to you as antiques. The authenticity of these pieces is doubtful. The materials used to make kalagas 150 years ago were not designed to withstand the test of time. Some folks selling them distress them to make them look old in the hopes that the kalaga will fetch a higher price.

The most popular stories illustrated on kalagas have some sort of religious significance. One popular theme is astrology; another is auspicious animals. Elephants, especially white elephants are common. You will also find the Burmese symbol for purity and good character, the hintha (often confused with a duck), depicted. Another popular animal is the peacock, which is a symbol of beauty and also represents the sun.

Burma had both Buddhist and Hindu influences throughout its history, and so stories from both traditions such as the Hindu epic Ramaya stories and the Buddhist Jataka tales, often grace kalaga art. The kalagas we see today were influenced by several factors of the time. The extensive use of sequins comes from the influence of artisans brought from Thailand after the conquest of Ayuthaya in 1767. The materials used to make kalagas, which include wool, glass, beads, and sequins were readily available then, resulting from trade with British merchants. Therefore, as kalagas became more popular, it was relatively easy for artists to respond to the demand.

Kalagas are still made in the traditional mode. Access to higher quality materials has improved overall quality of the finished product as evidenced by neatly cut glass, sequins that are rust and tarnish resistant and durable backing cloth. A kalaga begins by stretching a backing onto a frame and attaching it. Next, cloth is cut in the shape of the figures that will be included in the design. The figures are decorated and then attached to the backing. The figures are raised by stuffing them with cotton or a similar material, giving them a quilted quality. The last step in making the kalaga is to fill in the background. Kalagas are famous for having backgrounds crafted in beautiful swirled patterns of sequins.

If you have the good fortune to acquire a kalaga during your travels or as a gift from a considerate friend - here are some suggestions on how to best display your treasure. If you wish to frame your kalaga, do not put glass or plastic over it. One way you can display a kalaga is to hang it between a pair of curtain rods, top and bottom. One feature of this art form that really stands out is how the sequins and metallic thread reflect light. This will create a wonderful effect, no matter where in your home you place your kalaga.


If you like or I can send the glass and frame seperate (
It is also recommended not to put behind Glass and to keep in Humidity controlled Room , no smoking or air flow , nor any direct Sun light , and only use Museum approved Lighting

HOWEVER I WILL TAKE extra care on this item .

All questions suggestions,comments are welcome and your participation is requested as this is too unique to just sit and wait until buyer comes by or it becomes too Fraile to be of any value NEEDS GOOD HOME. THE origional owner ,Is not in position to provide PROPER CARE due to their AGE and Finances
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JADE antique Tapestry
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