A fine, Five Buddhas crown made of gilt and coloured papiermache with cloth backing. Each Buddha rendered with his special attributes and iconography. Ritual crowns of this type were used in various Tantric Buddhist ceremonies including those of yidam-initiation (personal deity) and homa (fire ritual), both important practices in the Esoteric Buddhist tradition of Tibet and Mongolia. The Five Buddhas, Vairocana, Rathasambhava,, Amoghasiddhi, Amitabha and Akshobya each represents a special Buddha ...click for details
A plain, seal box for the scholar’s table made of carved rose wood (hongmu ) with a sliding lid. Qing, 18–19th cent. L 7.5 cm, H 3.6 cm, W 4.5 cm. Condition: Two insignificant chips, otherwise very fine.
Four toggles of boxwood root variously formed as a 1) reclining lion (shishi) with cub, 2) a small bear and 3) a tiger with cub, 4) a frog on a leaf. Qing, 18–19th cent. L 4–4.5 cm (4). Condition: Fine, but with natural wear.
A rare and highly attractive scholar’s model of the mountain Kozuyama in stoneware. Shiny black glaze w. spots of brownish iron. Incised name in the bottom: Hakuseki yasohachi shi. Original box w. collector’s labels. Japan, Edo, 19th cent. H 9.5 cm, L 22 cm, W 16.5 cm. Condition: One chip to side (see photo), otherwise fine.
A 19th cent. blue & white porcelain flower pot (or incense burner), decorated, in under-glaze cobalt blue, with flying dragons in search of the magical pearl. Diam. 20,5 cm; H. 11 cm. Condition: good but for a minor chip on the inside of the foot rim.
A fine bamboo chaire lacquered in red-brown ( urushi lacqquer ) to imitate SETO ware pieces. The lid is in ivory. It comes with an old brocade pouch and kiri-tomobako inscribed "urushi take chaire". H. 6 cm. Meiji Period. Condition: good but little ware due to age and use.
A kozuka decorated with a three-legged, gilt stand with the figure of a lion (shishi) in high relief on top. The backside fully gilt. Unsigned. Late Edo, c. 1800–1850. L. 9.6 cm. Condition: Quite good with some wear.