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15th Century Japanese Gilt Wood Amida Nyorai Buddha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1492   item# 1238202 (stock# 0659)

15th Century Japanese Gilt Wood Amida Nyorai Buddha
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917-675-1369


$27,000 

15th Century Japanese Gilt Wood Amida Nyorai Buddha. His hands are held in the vitarka mudra, the gesture of discussion and transmission of Buddhist teaching. Amida is captured here in his welcoming descent from Heaven to greet the soul of a faithful devotee at death. Images of his descent to earth illustrate the nineteenth of forty-eight vows made by Amida in a previous life, in which he promises to appear at the moment of death to all beings who devoutly desire rebirth in his paradise. Painted and sculpted versions of this theme first became popularized in Japan during the 11th century and were placed near the deathbed of a devotee so that he or she could see it. 30 inches, 76 cm.


Very Fine and Rare Edo Period Usobuki Kyogen Mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1800   item# 934970 (stock# 0190)

Very Fine and Rare Edo Period Usobuki Kyogen Mask
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917-675-1369


$15,000 

Very Fine and Rare Edo Period Usobuki Kyogen Mask in Excellent Condition. 8h x 5.5w inches, 20.5h x 14w cm.


Fine Jomon Period Dogu Figure from 800 BC

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 697306 (stock# R188)

Fine Jomon Period Dogu Figure from 800 BC
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917-675-1369


$12,000 

Fine example of a Jomon Period Dogu, the earliest known Japanese figure. This figure was purchased in Japan and belonged to the renowned Japanese art historian, Shirley Day. The Dogu acted as effigies of people. They manifested some kind of sympathetic magic. For example, it may have been believed that illnesses could be transferred into the Dogu, then destroyed, clearing the illness, or any other misfortune. Because of the ritual destruction of Dogu, they are quite rare. This primitive abstract fertility figure has a futuristic look. There are fun theories that state that the Dogu may be linked to extra-terrestrial Ancient Astronauts. The figures resemble 'space suits' complete with rivets and a helmet/face mask and goggles. The large eyes are also reminiscent of the traditional grey alien. 5.5 inches, 14 cm tall.


Large Exquisite Shrine Sculpture of a Horse in Action

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1800   item# 626909 (stock# R171)

Large Exquisite Shrine Sculpture of a Horse in Action
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Japanese Art Site
917-675-1369


$9900 

Edo Period (circa 1750) Large Japanese Wood Sculpture of a Shrine Horse, a gift from an upper-class family to a shrine. Images of Horses are highly prized in Japan. It is commissioned and presented to protect a newborn male child. Rising up on its back legs, set to gallop, it strikes an animated, exciting, and beautiful pose that sets it apart from the usual static poses that these horses have. The curves of the sculpture are masterfully rendered to convey the sense of action and spirit in this rare horse. It has a great presence from all angles, and a wonderful color and patina. 25 inches (63.5cm) tall x 38.75 inches (98.5cm) long. From a widely renowned and published collection that has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum and Japan Society.


2nd Century BC Jomon Period Japanese Dogu Head

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1204483 (stock# R642)

2nd Century BC Jomon Period Japanese Dogu Head
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917-675-1369


$9500 

Fine and rare early example of a Jomon Period Dogu Clay Figure, the earliest known Japanese figures. The Dogu acted as effigies of people. They manifested some kind of sympathetic magic. For example, it may have been believed that illnesses could be transferred into the Dogu, and then destroyed, clearing the illness, or any other misfortune. Because of the ritual destruction of Dogu, they are quite rare. This primitive abstract fertility figure has a futuristic look. There are fun theories that state that the Dogu may be linked to extra-terrestrial Ancient Astronauts. 2.5h x 2.5w inches, 6.5h x 6.5w cm.


2nd Century BC Jomon Period Japanese Dogu Head

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1204482 (stock# R641)

2nd Century BC Jomon Period Japanese Dogu Head
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Japanese Art Site
917-675-1369


$9500 

Fine and rare early example of a Jomon Period Dogu Clay Figure, the earliest known Japanese figures. The Dogu acted as effigies of people. They manifested some kind of sympathetic magic. For example, it may have been believed that illnesses could be transferred into the Dogu, and then destroyed, clearing the illness, or any other misfortune. Because of the ritual destruction of Dogu, they are quite rare. This primitive abstract fertility figure has a futuristic look. There are fun theories that state that the Dogu may be linked to extra-terrestrial Ancient Astronauts. 3h x 3w inches, 7.5h x 7.5w cm.


Spectacular Japanese Bronze Horse, Meiji Period

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1900   item# 833422 (stock# R275)

Spectacular Japanese Bronze Horse, Meiji Period
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917-675-1369


$9500 

A spectacular 19th Century Japanese Bronze Horse, with a wonderful dark caramel brown patina, featuring a classic Japanese wave design in the mane and tail. This important bronze is a masterpiece of the finest quality. 21 inches (53.5cm) wide x 18 inches (46cm) high.


Rare Japanese Haniwa Clay Sculpture of a Horse

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1217754 (stock# R649)

Rare Japanese Haniwa Clay Sculpture of a Horse
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917-675-1369


$8900 

Extremely rare 3rd to 7th Century Kofun Period Haniwa clay sculpture of a Horse, completed with the most fabulous trappings, a fine saddle, etc. Presented on a lacquered stand. The horse is a very important figure in the Samurai society. This figure possibly may have been found near the village of Motomachi, close to the port of Konjō in Musashi Province, in present day Tokyo. Pieces like this are usually found in private collections or museums, and rarely come up for sale. Well preserved. 8.5h x 8w inches, 21.5 x 20 cm.


Early Heian Period Wood Koma Inu Temple Dogs

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1001198 (stock# R9)

Early Heian Period Wood Koma Inu Temple Dogs
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917-675-1369


$8400 

Pair of Carved Wooden Koma Inu Temple Dog Figures, each seated in the traditional posture. These are a very rare find from the early Heain Period, and could be even earlier, possibly Nara Period. The wood is aged to a beautiful patina. There are not many works of art of the period that come up for sale. There has been some conservation and restoration to stabilize these fantastic and rare pieces. 18.75 and 17.5 inches (47.5 and 44.5 cm) H, 13 and 12 inches (33 and 30.5 cm) W, 10 and 9 inches (25.5 and 23 cm) D.


Rare Japanese Haniwa Clay Bust of a Young Wealthy Woman

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1217753 (stock# R648)

Rare Japanese Haniwa Clay Bust of a Young Wealthy Woman
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Japanese Art Site
917-675-1369


$7600 

Extremely rare Japanese Haniwa clay bust of a young wealthy woman with a charming expression and wearing a stylish hair style, large hoop ear jewelry and a neck piece. 3rd Century, Kofun Period. She represents the most prosperous of Japanese society in the Kofun Period. A similar example, a National Treasure, belongs to the Tokyo National Museum and is published in Haniwa by Fumio Miki, published by Weatherhill. Well preserved on a presentation display pedestal. 7h x 5.5w x 6d inches, 17.75h x 14w x 15d cm.


Edo Period Portable Buddhist Shrine w/Exquisite Carving

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1800   item# 1146606 (stock# R38)

Edo Period Portable Buddhist Shrine w/Exquisite Carving
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917-675-1369


$7600 

Edo Period Portable Wood Buddhist Shrine with Exquisite Carving. 17h x 12w inches, 43h x 30.5w cm. In Buddhism, portable shrines were made so that devout travelers with nowhere to worship could carry their shrines with them. The shrines were made with closing doors, to preserve the artwork. This shrine features exquisitely carved deities and finely lacquered details.


Kamakura Period Sculpture of a Buddhist Guardian King

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1492   item# 1001190 (stock# R81)

Kamakura Period Sculpture of a Buddhist Guardian King
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917-675-1369


$7300 

Rare Kamakura Period Sculpture of a of a Nio Guardian King exhibiting power and fierceness. According to Japanese tradition, they traveled with the historical Buddha to protect him. Within the generally pacifist traditions of Buddhism, stories of Niō guardians like Kongōrikishi justified the use of physical force to protect cherished values and beliefs against evil. It is rare to find such an early example. Carved wood and lacquer with some imperfection and losses, as with most works of art surviving the period. 20 inches, 51 cm.


5th Century Female Haniwa Head, Japanese Clay Sculpture

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 946039 (stock# R322)

5th Century Female Haniwa Head, Japanese Clay Sculpture
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917-675-1369


$6500 

Tumulus Period (AD 250-552) Clay Haniwa (Haniwa means “circle of clay”) forms were installed in the tumuli (burial mounds) that were built throughout Japan from the Third to the Sixth centuries. The Haniwa formed part of the rites used in sending off the dead. Today, these Haniwa, made in the shape of buildings and possessions which do not exist now, and also in the form of animals and even people, show us what things were like in those times. This Japanese Haniwa of a Woman’s Head is an important find that has the qualities museums and collectors of fine art look for. Head: 9 inches (23cm) high, Head with base: 13.5 inches (34.5cm) high. Unglazed clay.


Very Rare, Fine 17th Century Ascetic Buddha Sculpture

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1700   item# 897048 (stock# R297)

Very Rare, Fine 17th Century Ascetic Buddha Sculpture
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Japanese Art Site
917-675-1369


$6500 

Japanese Carved Wood Seated Figure of an Ascetic (fasting Buddha). This early Edo Period 17th Century piece is a magnificent work of sculpture with dry lacquer surface and some color with gold lacquer on the stand. He presents a haunting spiritual aura and has the desired sheen for carvings of this age. We are proud to offer this important museum quality masterpiece. 9.5h x 7w x 5d inches, 24h x 18w x 13d cm.


Rare 4th Century Kofun Period Female Haniwa Figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1172016 (stock# R634)

Rare 4th Century Kofun Period Female Haniwa Figure
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917-675-1369


$6200 

Rare Japanese Female Haniwa Sculpture, Kofun Period, 4th century AD. This female clay figure was set in the ground at the site of a burial mound for the wealthy and Imperial class. She is a fine and graceful piece exhibiting great feminine charm. Mounted on a wood platform. This clay female figure would have stood with others in a protective circle around the tomb-mound of a powerful ruler. Her hair is swept up into an elaborate coiffure, and she wears a fashionable dress of the Kofun Period. The figure possibly may have been found near the village of Motomachi, close to the port of Konjō in Musashi Province, in present day Tokyo. Pieces like this are usually found in private collections or museums, and rarely come up for sale. Height of the figure: 7.25 inches, 18.5 cm; Height including base: 8.25 inches, 18.5 cm.

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