A studio pottery okimono modeled as a recumbent pheasant in the manner of the noted Kyoto-based artist, Nonomura Ninsei. Employing a technique here similar to one used by Korean potters, a milky-white slip was applied to its stoneware body, producing the crackled finish visible along the tail's underside. Like Ninsei's work, this okimono is modelled naturalistically, the multi-colored plumage and beautifully-structured visage worked in high relief...
A small Bizen okimono of a reclining Saru Mawashi (monkey trainer) with a small macaque holding a basket atop a sack. This okimono is carved in fantastic detail,exaggerating the wrinkled features of the man's face, the voluminous folds of his cloak and detailed fur on the macaque. Bizen pottery's naturally iron-rich composition is aptly selected for this artwork: reddish-brown color and iron-like hardness with mottled markings visible. on its surface...
DARUMA SAVINGS BOX
Clay Daruma ("Zen Bodhidharma") doll of savings box, Meiji period, early 20th century. Sweet face. approx. H 11cm (4.33in)
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Adorable very well excuted Japanese hardwood carving of a frog seated on top of a leaf. He is wonderfully detailed with allover chisel marks due to the hand-carved nature. Hand carved with the upmost attention to detail. The underside is signed. (Translation coming Soon).
Size: 3" H x 6.25" L x 6.5" W
A healthy, plump, round & gentle-faced, "Kintaro" doll holding a lively carp (also considered a symbol of strength and good luck). In folklore, Kintaro grows up to become a famous warrior. He represents the wishes of parents to have a brave, strong, yet gentle son.
Size H: 23 cm W: 13.5 cm.
Period: Early Taisho.
Condition: Some wearing off of pigment on fish. Short rope that goes in front of hat is detached on one side, but can easily be re-attached (we've kept it as is)...
An excellent bronze and gilt study of a reclining puppy resting his paw upon a bale of twigs, several still in his mouth. The remarkable execution of this adorable piece, the soulful facial expression in its gilt eyes, the realistic rendering of the animal’s fur and the perfectly accurate delineation of the puppy’s nether side, speaks of bronze okimono at its best. Yoshimasa’s engraved signature on base. Width: 6”, length: 6” Meiji Period, Japan
This fine looking okimono of a pair of silvered bronze quail foraging among leafy, bronze sprigs of millet represents a subject beloved both to the Chinese and to the Japanese. According to Merrily Baird in her informative book, "Symbols of Japan", quail became a popular theme in Sung dynasty painting and continued its popularity in decorative representations during Japan's Edo period. This excellent sculpture, of course, dates from the Meiji period...
Height: 8 cm (3.2 in)
Width: 4.8 cm (1.9 in)
Depth: 5 cm (2.0 in)
Quality Japanese ivory okimono of a Japanese peasant drinking from a gourd; fine work, probably Tokyo School; signed; old patina; fine repair to hat; good condition
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...
Japanese burl wood carving of a man with a large frog on his back, Gama Sennin. The man appears to be offering a peach in his hands as an offering. It is beautifully carved with the man almost melting into the natural root wood. Completely hand carved with many charming details.
Early Meiji Period (1868 - 1912)
Size: 4" H x 5" W
A Solid Bronze Okimono of A Sennin or "Immortal" Figure w/ a Dragon-Staff (Almost Certainly A Depiction of the Legendary 'Gama' Sennin); Late Edo or Meiji Period c.19th C., Imperial Japan.
His master is Oshima Jyoun
base 47.5cm wide 37cm deep 9.5cm high
rock 36cm wide 30cm deep 26cm high
With Awasebako or Strage box
In good condition
An expressive study of a young kylin with a wooly fleece, its body boldly carved, his new horn barely visible. (The kylin is a fantastic beast, highly regarded in East Asian cultures with auspicious connotations.) This charming okimono is in excellent condition. Height: 8.75", length: 7" 18th Century, Edo Period, Japan
Antique Japanese pair of wooden fu dog guardians from a temple in Kyoto. Hand-carved with charming signs of old age. One with curly mane, one with straight mane, posed in fierce protective stance. Momoyama Period (circa 1600's). Very original and Unusual.
Size: 3.75" H x 1.5" L x 2.5" D
Antique Japanese boxwood okimono carving of Shoki, the Demon Queller, commander of evil spirits and beings, shown holding onto a small demonic figure by the wrist. He is a popular figure in the household as a guardian. Intricately carved details apparent all throughout. Signature on foot reads "Sei Gyoku". Meiji period (1868-1912)
Size: 6.5" H x 3.5" L x 3" D
Born in SHIGA prefecture
size 19.5cm wide 17cm deep 9.5cm high
With Tomobako or Original box by the artist
In good condtion
A large and very finely detailed Japanese bronze model of an elephant standing with trunk raised and with ivory tusks. He dates from the late 19th. century, Meiji period. There is a signature to his underbelly and he stands 14 ins. high at the trunk and he is 20 ins. long overall.
A powerful, stunningly-executed stained boxwood okimono of Ono-no-Komachi, 9th Century poetess of legendary beauty, seated upon a battered log. Portrayed here as an aged figure with tattered clothes, old wide-brimmed hat upon her back and bamboo staff in hand, her dramatically carved expression indicates a life-long agony for her lost love...