Kikka-seki (Chrysanthemum stone) is a kind of viewing stone. The best feature of Kikka-seki is it's chrysanthemums patterns.
Origin of Kikka-seki is Neo-valley (in Gifu prefecture central Japan), be designated as a national natural treasure in 1941 and was designated special national natural treasure in 1952.
Since then, mining is under the ban in that area. This Kikka-seki was mined before then...
A cute, vintage okimono of a sleeping cat made of white Kutani porcelain. Neckband with bow & bells . From the middle of 20th cent. L. 19 cm. Condition: perfect.
A nicely detailed wood sculpture of cow. An affixed note to the bottom of the sculpture states that the cow was a memento of the owner's pilgrimage to the Temple Zen Kosji in Nagano. There is an incised kanji in the wood - perhaps more information is under the paper. The condition is good. Please note natural indentation by front upper leg...
A hardworking squirrel clutches a walnut as he tucks away another winter meal perched atop a stone from which grow mushrooms. It is beautifully carved from hardwood, signed on the base Tengeki (?), likely dating from the immediate pre-war or post-war period. It is 19 x 9 x 21-1/2 inches (48 x 23 x 55 cm) and is in overall very good condition. A small chip or crack has formed in the tip of the tail, visible from the top only (see close-up photo).
A very nice stone for contemplation suiseki fitted on a high stand made of brown glazed clay. H. 23,5 cm x 19 cm. Taisho/Showa period. Condition: very good.
An interesting wooden carving - okimono - of a Japanese Buddhist monk or priest standing on a lotus base on top of a gilded cylindrical base. The monk has a very expressive face - both wise and tranquil. The hands and the toes are missing but the power of the piece remains. The figure stands 6 1/4" high , without the mandala, with the separate mandala it is 7" tall. The mandala is a separate pieces that fits into a slot on the base...
Japanese ivory okimono of smiling Daikoku - one of 7 Gods of Happiness - holding a white rabbit in his hand, and with his foot on a bag of rice. The okimono is a joke on Daikoku’s sanity - he’s got the wrong rodent: rat is the standard companion of Daikoku (who, being the God of Wealth, is associated with rice, and rats thrive when there is abundance of grain)...
A lovely large incense burner “Koro” in the shape of black-spotted red rabbit. Raku ware. It bears a seal beneath reads Mokubei. Circa early 20th Century. Rabbit is a symbol of fertility and sensuality. There is a lid on its back with a ventilating hole and the inside of the lid is decorated with gold paint (kindei). The piece is in very good condition and accompanied ay a paulownia wood storage box.
H 5” x L 10 1/4” x W 5 7/8 (H 13.5cm x L 26.0cm x W15cm)
A bronze tree branch is the setting for these 2 pigions to rest. This bronze mixed/metal okimono is in overall good condition. Please see photo for minor oxidation spots on the male bird's feathers. Dates from the middle to late Showa period.
Length: 15 1/4"
Height: 9 1/4"
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Wooden Japanese good size okimono of a walking turtle with its head out of its shell. Excellent clever carving capturing the essence of the creature, made out of Japanese Yakushima cedar with its beautiful layered texture, wonderful depiction of its carapace. Eyes are inlaid with glass. Length 7 1/8 inches.
Lovely carp charger in fine relief carved against a backdrop of waves also in relief. Three dimension carving creates a stunning visual art deco effect. The detail and craftsmanship exact. Signed and dated Showa 42 (1967). Diameter:13" . Perfect condition.
A pair of goldfish OKIMONO (kingyo) made of porcelain in naturalistic style. They are decorated with underglaze red and dark olive green respectively. Both signed: Hoshi. Made by the Japanese artist Kato Shuntei 1st (Yonezawa Soho) 1898-1959. Original fitted and signed kiri-box. L cm 13.7, 15.8 cm. Condition: perfect.
The title of the work is, Tenpyo no Shirabe, or the tune of the Tenpyo era which is during the 8th century (Nara Period). The Tenpyo period was an interesting period in Japanese history where various cultures from across Asia strongly influenced Japanese culture of the time and elevated it to the level that we see today...
Nicely posed bronze crouching Shishi with a complacent face with his paw resting on the ball. This mytholocial Japanese Shishi who is the guardian at the temple entrance is also referred to as a Chinese fu dog or fu lion. Weighs unpacked 6 pounds 12 ounces.
Length: 9 1/2"
Height At Tail: 4 3/4"
Width: 5 1/2"
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A finely carved Okimono depicting an angry mother monkey. Crouched with front paw raised in an attitude of protection, with young on her back and shoulders, the attention to detail is note worthy. Fruitwood with ebony inset eyes. Unsigned.
Length 4.25" X Height 3.25". 1970's.
This is a sweet cast bronze okimono of a small woman in a simple kimono. Her hair style with bun and the simplicity of her kimono leads us to think it is of a grandmotherly woman in her 50s or 60s. When we first owned it we thought it was of a small girl – but the more we studied the face and the hairdo – the more we became convinced it is of an older woman.
The bronze measures 6 1/8” high by 3 1/4” wide by 2 ¼” deep...