An image of a Hakutaku by 418th head priest (former) of Daitokuji Chuho Sou. The scroll is 20 x 51 inches (51 x 130 cm) and is in original condition. It comes enclosed in an annotated wooden box. Judging by the calligraphy to the left the image was painted as a talisman to ward off evil.
Chuho Sou (1760-1838) was born in Kyoto, and studied Zen under the 416th master Sokan. His Buddhist name is Sou, and other names used by him are Chuho, Shogetsu, and Rakuyojin...
Exceptional Edo p. Japanese Screen, Demon War
An exceedingly rare set of four dramatic paintings divided into segments depicting a variety of battle scenes and supernatural phenomena, each heavy pigment on paper canvas mounted on one of four panels of a gold screen bordered in mulberry. The scenes appear to comprise a fragment of the tale of Daikozan (Oeyama), a Kyoto tale where in a powerful demon was lured to drink, then cut to pieces in his stupor...
Section from a handscroll showing the deity of wealth Daikoku riding an ox in a procession, in which his retainers, rats dressed as samurai, are carrying his belongings. Perhaps a parody of the sankin kotai (yearly trek to or from the capital). Daikoku is sitting on his rice bales, strapped onto an ox, holding his fan, his treasure bag behind him. All through the painting are symbols of Daikoku and of wealth. Black ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on paper...
Antique Japanese ink and color on silk scrolled painting depicting the Rokkasen, or six poet immortals, after Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Signed at the lower right “Zen Hokusai Katsushika hitsu” with red Fuji seal. 19th century. Painting: 45 3/4”V x 19 1/2”H (scroll: about 76”V x 25 7/8”H). The painting is in clean overall condition. There is are a few horizontal buckles in the center of the painting and a few slight vertical crinkles in the top...
Antique Japanese scroll painting of a beautiful court lady with very long, flowing hair rolling up her screen door. To her right is a painting of cranes flying over seaside mountains and trees. Edo age (1615-1868) signed Totsugen Tanaka of the Tosa School.
Size: (entire scroll) 63.5" H x 17" W (artwork only) 33.5" H x 9.75" W
Hanging scroll with the image of a withered skull lying between flowering Suzuki grass. Nozarashi skull (exposed in an open field) in the fall. Black ink, brown and some gold and silver on silk. Dated and signed: 1915, Unrei and artist’s seal. Japan. Borders decorated with brocade skulls and Suzuki grasses.
Painting: H 51 ½ x W 20 ¼ inches. Total height 79 ¼ inches.
Akamatsu Unrei (1892-1958), Osaka...
Antique Japanese pair of painted doors fashioned into a 2-panel hinged screen. Each door is hand-painted with a beautiful dancer holding a fan. This style of art is known as "Bijin" literally "beautiful person". These have become very difficult to find in great original condition. Very well painted with exquisite find details. Late Edo period (circa 1800s).
Size: 73" H x 72" L (each door 36" L) x 1.25" D
Based on a classical tale adapted into a popular Kabuki performance in late Edo, the story of the Fuji Musume or “Wisteria Maiden” is an often employed motif in Japanese art. In the story, the Wisteria Maiden is depicted in a painting holding a wisteria branch, until one day she becomes smitten with a young man passing by and steps out of the painting in an effort to capture his attention. Unfortunately, her attempts are futile...
Important Edo Period C.1850 scroll painting of Kannon holding `Yatagarasu` the divine crow and messenger to the gods. Symbolizes the sun and like the sacred phoenix resides in the celestial realm. A mark of rebirth and rejuvenation. Yatagarasu as a crow-god is a symbol specifically of guidance. This great crow was sent from heaven as a guide for Emperor Jimmu on his initial journey from the region which would become Kumano to what would become Yamato, (Yoshino and then Kashihara)...
A Taisho period image of Oishi Kuranosuke, leader of the Chushingura (47 Samurai) Light pigment on silk in a Taisho style striped border. It is 18 x 75-1/2 inches (46 x 192 cm) and in fine overall condition. The box is titled Oishi Yoshio (the real name of Kuranosuke) and is signed by Hoko.
Hikita Hosho (1878-1934) was born in Nagoya, and studied painting under Kikuchi Hobun in Kyoto where he chose to settle...
A bijin stands aloof, painting by Kyoto Ukiyoe artist Yasukawa Harusada with Calligraphy above by Otagaki Rengetsu. The poem reads:
Itoyanagi midarenu hodo ni, Susabu nari eda wo narasanu, miyo no harukaze
Neither tangling the willow nor jostling it’s branches, this divine spring breeze
The dyed blue silk border is taken from Kimono with futai and Ichimonji heavily embroidered satin and red lacquer rollers. It is 17 x 79 inches (43 x 200 cm) Restored at some time in the dist...
Antique Japanese scroll painting of the wrathful guardian deity Fudo Myo-O standing along the edge of a cliff. His two fangs poke out of his mouth pointing in opposite directions. The sword he wields is named Kurikara, the demon slayer. The rope he holds in his opposite hand is used to bind demons. A ring of purifying flames burns around his backside. Artist chop in corner. 18th Century
Size: (Entire scroll) 67.5" H x 20.5" W (painting only) 37.5" H x 15.5" W
Antique Japanese scroll painting of a small bird perching on a bamboo rod, one of its legs tucked into its body. Vines with blooming white flowers spiral along the crossing rods of bamboo. Momoyama period (1523-1615)
Size: (entire scroll) 46" H x 20.5" W (painting only) 9.6" H x 13.5" W
A powerful image of a hawk in ink on genuine silver leaf signed Honen dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. It is 70-1/2 x 69-1/2 inches (180 x 176.5 cm) and in fine condition.
Mizutani Honen (1878-1928), Nagoya, Studied under Ishikawa Yurin. Remembered for his depictions of birds.
Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Votive image of the Gohonzon, the graphic representation of the Lotus Sutra as the enlightened reality in accordance with the tenets of the Nichiren School of Japanese Buddhism ( Namo moho renge kyo) . As such it features the names of all the primary deities in the Lotus Sutra in addition to the title of the scripture itself. The present piece is written in ink on heavy paper and mounted on a traditional paper scroll. It dates from the late Edo, more precisely from 1859 (Ansei 5). H 123 cm, W 45...
Swallows and Dogwood Flowers
Tani Buncho (1763-1840)
Size:Length 187cm Width 57.5cm
Tani Buncho, one of the few noted artists of the Edo period was famous for his paintings of Mt. Fuji, literati landscapes, and the collaborative works with noted poets and scholars of the time. Although his works have often been copied or emulated, his true works have been celebrated interationally. (ref: Amami, Kuniyasu. Shazanro Tani Buncho no subete. Ribun Press,2002)
Peacocks and Peonies
Size:Length 187cm Width 84cm
From a San Francisco Estate of Japanese antiques and paintings.
Condition: The painting has been repaired previously but overall there are minor repairs and damages seen throughout the painting and the mounting.
'Ema' (lit. "Picture-horse") as wooden wishing plaque offered to Shinto shrine by the worshipper, based on an ancient Japanese tradition of that 'kami' (spirits or gods) riding on horses are believed to descend on human realm.
Three-colored four horses which are painted by impressive touch, as it's like expressing the human emotion. Meiji period, 19th century. The condition is as seen, with slight gap between the left frame and picture.