This is a charming wooden carving of one of Japan’s more interesting mythical creatures – the Kappa. The Kappa is seated next to a basket of cucumbers – his favorite food (next to small children) - and he is holding a jug of sake in his right hand. He has a sharply beaked face and the traditional depression in his head. The back of the Kappa is like a hard turtle shell. The piece measures 2 ¼” high by 2 ¼” wide by 1 ¾” deep...
A precious pair of boxes in dog form were made during Edo period. They are decorated with auspicious traditional motifs in vivid color against gold background. One dog is painted with crane and pine tree design, and the other is with crane and turtle, both of them are symbol of good luck...
A charming Tokyo School ivory okimono carved naturalistically as two frolicking youngsters, their marvelously-woven fruit basket upended, the contents scattered. Todo Koku signature with kao on base. This fine ivory sculpture is in very good condition with only a few minor hair lines, commensurate with age.
Height: 5”, length: 5.5”
Meiji Period, Japan
DESCRIPTION: A well carved Japanese ivory okimono of a seated, three-clawed oni with arms outstretched and lacquered gold bracelets on each wrist and ankle. His eyes are double inlaid with abalone shell and when turned over we see his lacquered, tiger-striped loin cloth. Very appealing and dating from the Meji Period, 19th C. DIMENSIONS: 2" high (5 cm) x 2 1/4" wide (5.8 cm).
A lovely Furuya-ishi Natural Viewing Stone set into a rosewood base and enclosed in an old Kiri-wood box titled Furuya-Ishi. It is 3 x 1-1/2 x 2 inches (7.5 x 4 x 5 cm) and is in fine condition.
Nicely carved, stained and pigmented about the eyes and eyebrows. Approximately 2-1/2 inches long and 1-3/4 inches wide. Signed on back.
DESCRIPTION: A skillfully carved Japanese ivory okimono of two oni struggling to capture two frogs. A large horned oni holds one frog pinned down between his feet while he and a smaller oni struggle to subdue a smaller frog in their grasp. Signed on the base, this amusing okimono from the Meiji Period is finely carved on all sides and in excellent condition. DIMENSIONS: 2 1/2" high (6.5 cm) x 2 1/2" wide (6.5 cm).
Very fine skillful artisan work is carved from hard wood and decorated in scrimshaws with bird, leaves and windows.
Measurements about : 12 1/8" ( 30.8 cm ) tall.
Weight about : 510 grams.
It is in good condition with small repair on the roof as shown in the photo.
A very rare Natural Sajigawa viewing stone in the shape of a thatched minka farmhouse. An excellent piece for Bonseki miniature gardens or to accompany a bonsai display. It is 11 x 6 x 9 cm (5 x 2-1/2 x 4 inches) and is of course in excellent condition. Saji stones come from the Saji river in Tottori prefecture.
This detailed elaborate art work represents the superfine craftsmanship of the Meiji era. The expression of the two birds (quail) are so real and depicted in vivid detail. Each of their feathers has ultrafinelines and it even has small tongue in its mouth! They just look like they are lively talking or singing.
This superfine art work has no signature and the author unknown...
A cute dog Fushimi doll. The dog has an interesting collar possibly in the form of a fabric collar, often seen with domesticated animals portrayed in Japanese paintings. Fushimi dolls were created as dolls made for pilgrims visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Age: Meiji-Taisho Period Size: length 9.25" Width 3" Height 9"
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)...
Superbly executed ceramic monkey eating a berry with a whimsical expression of innocent delight. As an okimono or if incense was placed in the hollow cavity, would make a great incense burner as the scented smoke would exit holes in ears. Late Meiji or early Taisho Period, C.1900-1920. Great condition. H: 10" x W:5". Ask for shipping quote.
Sensational bronze egret `Koro` incense burner from the Taisho Period C.1915. Used for the tea ceremony. Delicately balanced on two legs, the egret seems to bee feeding or looking for its feed. The movement in the sculpture is fantastic. In very good condition. Ask for shipping quote.
Japanese carved boxwood large Okimono, Mino-Kame turtle. Late 19th Century, Meiji Period. Mino (straw raincoat) Kame (turtle/tortoise) are named as such because Japanese believe the turtle lives such a long time that they grow algae on their on their shells, symbolizing longevity. A magnificent carving made of a single block of fine boxwood, showing amazing details and a beautiful wood grain throughout this masterpiece. 18 x 8.5 x 4 inches, 45.75 x 21.5 x 10 cm.