In my opinion, Asian smalls are pieces I can hold in my hands and, boy, have I had the pleasure of handling some wonderful pieces! Asian smalls are those objects you find in a curio cabinet, and I personally have collected them as a dealer and for my home. They can run the gamut from gilt bronze figures to shapely porcelain vases.
All societies in Asia have made great pieces at different times. I'm amazed by Japanese metalwork of the 19th century. I really enjoy the mixed metal vases made by Japanese artists. You can see in the finer hand-worked examples the hundreds of hours that went into each piece.