A natural branch of dark root-wood taking the form of a reishi mushroom cluster lovingly polished and preserved with a rich patina. It is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) long and in excellent condition. Something about the head is likethe skull of a dragon.
A bowl made up entirely of a natural growth of mushrooms dried and darkened with age enclosed in a custom made wooden box titled Zuishibabon and annotated by Scholar/artist Yamanaka Shintenno. It is 26 x 22 x 7 cm (10-1/2 x 9 x 3 inches). The inside of the box lid is dated the Second Month of Meiji 9 (1876) and signed Shintenno. There are minor dings and chips to the dried edges of the mushrooms...
Heights: 16 cm and 15.8 cm (6.3 in and 6.1 in)
Lengths: 24 cm and 24.5 cm (9.6 in and 9.8 in)
Depths: 8 cm and 6.5 cm (3.5 in and 2.7 in)
Weights: 1.55 kg and 1.21 kg
Fine pair of Japanese okimono Meiji period bronze elephants; by the same artist; good modelling throughout; excellent condition
A pair of Geese made from gourds capped with zogei beaks and filled with tiny lead balls so that they may be balanced into any position on their root-wood base. One of the most elaborate Scholar art gourd designs I have seen. Each goose is roughly 8.5 cm and 10 cm respectively (3-1/2 and 4 inches), the base 17 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches) and all in excellent condition, dating likely from the Meiji or opening years of the 20th century.
Japanese Five Finger Dragon Pair, Hirado Kiln H6
Size: 11.61x3.54 Hight 7.79 inch ( 29.5x9cm , Hight 19.8 cm )
Weight : 6.17lb (2.8kg )
Japanese Rabbit Okimono pottery statue
Size: 9.25x5.39 Hight 4.92inch (23.5x13.7cm , Hight 12.5cm )
Weight :2.65lb ( 1.2kg )
A lustrous Bizenware sculpture modeled as a freely-formed, cavernous mountain. A small monkey rests upon the summit, apart from its two companions, while the larger of the group, seated precariously at its ledge, surveys the horizon. The small monkey, by attempting to emerge from the crevice below, seeks the attention of its friends. This amusing okimono is an exceptional example of Meiji Bizenware with its carved detailing and iron-rich patina. This unique sculpture is in excellent condition...
Japanese Meiji Period bronze and silver KORO/OKIMONO. The KORO/OKIMONO is done in the shape of a crow and egret. The crow is done in SHAKUDO and the egret is done in silver. Done by UNNO YOSHIMORI, or BISEI II (1864 - 1919). The OKIMONO measures 17" tall, 12 1/2" wide and 8" deep. Signed on silver placque located on the back part of the OKIMONO. YOSHIMORI was UNNO SHOMIN's nephew. He was a professor at the famous Tokyo School of Arts. He won the bronze prize at the Chicago World Fair in 1894...
A remarkable stained boxwood okimono of a macaque family. The female holds a persimmon, still on its branch, away from her youngsters’ reach. This sculpture, by a noted Edo Period carver, uses multiple carving techniques and realistic doubly-inlaid eyes. Hokyudo Itsumin (1830-67) signature on base. Itsumin was a recognized mid-19th Century carver of both wood and ivory. He mainly produced figures and animals. Height: 3.75” Mid-19th Century, Japan
A charming Japanese boxwood okimono of a peapod. Smooth, fine hand-carved work. Original warm natural finish.
Size: 6" L x 1.25" W x 1/3" thick
An articulated bronze sculpture of a crab, its incised work and modeling naturalistically rendered. These unbelievable moveable sculptures, in great demand during Meiji times are still heralded today as marvels in Japanese ingenuity. This bronze crab, an excellent version of the genre, is in very good condition with all moving parts intact. Width: 7.5” Meiji Period, Japan.
This is a cast -bronze okimono of two playful shishi-one with a glass tama precariously held on its tail. The mythological creatures are modeled in great detail, their muscular bodies, with tufts of curly fur, twist and turn as they wrestle.This sculpture with removeable head and inlaid shakudo eyes is in excellent condition, the removable cover modeled as the head of one of the shishi. Height: 6.25" Meiji Period, Japan
A rare Imari porcelain sculpture of a standing aristocrat. A man of noble mien, the figure is garbed in an intricately patterned kimono and overcoat with polychrome colors and gilt details. He holds in his hands an open fan and woven hat. This unusual and charming Imari piece is enameled in a range of crisp and jewel-toned enamel colors, striking on the white porcelain. This figural piece is in excellent condition with only minor rubbing to the gilt due to age...
A carved boxwood okimono realistically sculpted as a mouse with offspring nibbling upon an eggplant, eyes inlaid with jet. Finely incised fur, sporadic wormholes and dimensional modeling of the bodies add to the quality and naturalism of this charming piece. Rectangular signature plaque on reverse side. (Rats are not only the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, but also symbols of fertility and wealth in East Asia...
A naturalistically sculpted bronze okimono of a macaque mid-stride, a persimmon branch with its fruit still attached, in the macaque’s paw. The creature’s vitality is enhanced by high relief carving, different toned patina on the face and paws and firm positioning of the limbs. With brilliant precision and keen observation, the artist delivers the macaque's realistic demeanor...
A bronze and partial-gilt sculpture of an animated samurai garbed in traditional wartime armor wielding a huge mallet over his head. With extensive detailing throughout, the warrior’s robes and trousers emblazoned with chidori, cranes and hollyhock crests. The impressive sculpture stands on a gold-lacquered wood stand, characteristic of the artist. The samurai is in excellent condition with no damage...
Originally a god of harvests, later worshipped as the guardian deity of local area in Japan.
Rare size, and impressive face. Mid-Edo period, 18th century.
In fine antique condiition for this type, with damage at base and repair at tail...
A powerful bronze and parcel-gilt study of a hunter, sword mounted at his back and long-barreled gun carefully aimed. Dressed for the hunt in straw hat, shin protector and hide overcoat enhanced with gilt waterwheels and ho-o mons, he focuses sharply upon his target. Gold Miya-o signature plaque on rear. In overall good condition with only minor wear to the gilt, commensurate with age and use. Height: 10.8” Meiji Period, Japan