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. He was exhibited at the Teiten National Exhibition among others...
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...
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.
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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)...
matched pair of small kakejiku depicting a Nozarashi skull and a Yurei out of a mokugyo.signed both by same artist.perfect condition,deer bone roll end craks.
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.
A beautiful Edo Period Scroll attributed to Kano Insenin Naganobu (1775-1828), depicting "WHITE KANA", 18th Century, Japan. Seal and Characters on bottom right. Provenance: From an old Berlin, Germany, collection belonging to a Lecturer. Good condition. Size: H. 180 cm. x W. 50 cm.
A beautifully rendered image of the three friends of winter, Plum, Pine and Bamboo rising up majestically from the forest floor along a stream of swirling eddies, the delicate white blossoms bursting forth like the charge of spring. The painting dates from the 19th century, and has been completely remounted without overpainting. The screen is mounted in patterned blue brocade with a black lacquered wooden frame...
A beautifully rendered image of the three friends of winter, Plum, Pine and Bamboo rising up majestically from the forest floor along a stream of swirling eddies, the delicate white blossoms bursting forth like the charge of spring. The painting dates from the 19th century, and has been completely remounted without over-painting. The screen is mounted in patterned blue brocade with a black lacquered wooden frame...
Koi in ink and brushes of gold swim effortlessly on the surface of this pair of paintings by 19th century artist Watanabe Kiyoshi mounted on applied silver foil and enclosed in a black lacquered wooden frame. The screen is 168 x 169.5 cm (66 x 67 inches) fully open and is in fine condition.
Watanabe Kiyoshi (1778-1861) was born to the household of Rihei, a Nuihaku (specialist in Embroidery and wearing kimono) in Owari, modern day Nagoya...
Japanese Hanging Scroll, depicting a Chinese landscape
Artist Gyokusen Sanjin
Edo Period, 18th-19th centuries
Size:Length 208cm Width 87.5cm
Scroll is missing its roller ends. The scroll mounting has folds and creases. Repair work has been done on the painting.
Observing the seals and the work, the artist may have been trying to do a study on the noted Ming dynasty painter, Dai jin (1388-1462). The seals are using the artist's different names found in the record...
A rare antique scroll depicting 2 Japanese TANUKI RACOON DOGS (mangut) in their natural environment. Signed and with Seal bottom right. Good condition. Size: H.45.75" x W. 24.5" ( 116 cm. x 62 cm.). 19th Century