Asian cultures are among the oldest in the world and are associated with some of the finest and most interesting antiques and collectible objects on the planet. Innovation and top-notch artistry led to the creation of fine porcelain ware, painted silk scrolls, and paper screens seen in both Chinese and Japanese cultures.

Japanese's ancient style of dress, colorful kimonos robes inspired by the Noh theater, is highly collectible, as are netsuke, the figurines carved out of ivory or coral used to fasten containers called inro to men's obi sashes. The Japanese were also known for their ukiyo-e woodblock prints and technically superior samurai swords.

Chinese artisans mastered the skill of carving jade, a precious stone believed to have special powers, into delicate figurines, jewelry, and other objects such as weapons. Ancient Chinese potters, meanwhile, created the jade-like celadon glaze for stoneware and strong white clay now known as porcelain. Both Chinese and Japanese artists painted extravagant, intricate scenes onto their vases, bowls, and other porcelain objects. Common motifs on these vases, as well as in Asian antiques and statues, include Dragons, lions, tigers, Buddhas, flowers, birds, mountains, moons, and characters from folklore.

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