A vase for incense tools with 2 openings in dark colored and partly carved root wood (yingzimu) emulating a gnarled tree trunk. China: Late Qing, second half of 19th cent. H 14,5 cm, W 13,5 cm. Condition: Excellent with good patina and rounded edges. Minor wear.
A rare and highly attractive water dropper in the shape of a teapot. Made of patinated brass with inlays in silver and gold in various designs. Side handle made of finely, fitted hardwood. Signed (with inlaid silver seal): Kiyochika Koizumi. Japan: Meiji, before 1900. H 5,5 cm, D 7.7 cm. Condition: wear due to age and use, otherwise fine.
A very unusual and rare Bizen-ware Nyoi-Scepter ( Chinese : Ruyi = As you Wish ), in the shape of a stylized “Lingzhi” mushroom. The Nyoi scepter is a symbol of the authority, to be used by Zen Masters or Abbots during lectures or religious ceremonies. It comes with an unsigned lacquered wood box. L. 40 cm. Edo Period. Condition: very good.
A panel of dark purple lacquered wood with mother of pearl inlays (Okinawa style). The centre is inscribed with two characters: “The Way of Semplicity”; next: “Mampuku-ji original sect written” and 3 seals. It was made for display in tea rooms. The calligraphy and the seal are by Mokuan (1611-1684), the 2nd Patriarch. Of course made after. The Mampuku-ji Temple is in Uji, near Kyōto and is the main temple of the Obaku School, which is one of the three sects of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Foun ...click for details
A large, carved wood ( cypress? ) image depicting the “Four Arms seated Mahakala”, one of the great, fierce protector and guardian of the Dharma. He wear a high crown, earrings, a long garland of severed heads and a tiger skin around his waist and seats on the corps. The two main hands holding a Vaira and a skull bowl; the second pair of hands holding a sword (of wisdom) and a Khatvanga staff (both missing). On the back, a long opening containing dedications & prayers, still sealed. Remain ...click for details
A rare and very attractive, rounded water dropper with a small sprout for the scholar’s table made of marbled stoneware in brown and whitish-beige colors. Japan, late 19th to early 20th century. H 4 cm, D 5,5 cm. Good condition.
Two brushes for the scholar’s table made of hongmu: one with a short, heavy handle, one with a long, thin handle. China, Qing, early to mid-19th cent. L cm 16,5 cm (short), L 31 cm (long). Condition: The one with long handle excellent, the short brush with considerable wear to hairs due to age and use.
A superb and unique seal made of black soapstone (shoushanshi) depicting a spirited dragon clinging to a rock that rises from the waves. Signed on one side with artist’s name. Japan, Edo, 18th cent. H 5,8 cm. Condition: Perfect (natural wear due to handling).
A very attractive stand of natural, gnarled root wood with a deep honey color and good details. Finely grained wood (cypress?) with dark recesses. China, Qing, probably early 19th century. H 13 cm, W 15 cm. Condition: very good and fine patina.