19th century Japanese bronze Kongo vajra (thunderbolt) - the primary symbol and ritual implement in Tantric Buddhism. did not photograph well - came out too dark. It symbolizes the essence of esoteric practices and the perfected state of reality. This vajra has 5 prongs on each end - one at the center, and four at the cardinal directions - symbolizing five cosmic Buddhas. The globe in the middle is considered to be the power center of the implement, on either side of the globe there are stylized ...click for details
19th century Japanese ceramic chawan (tea bowl) for tea ceremony with crackled orange / cream glaze and underglaze blue decoration of torii gates among pines and birds in flight. Superb free painting, Raku pottery produced in the Kyoto region. Beautiful potting with spiral line on the bottom of the bowl showing the way potter finished turning the piece. Stamped with potter’s seal on the lower body. Well-used, in great condition, 3 old Japanese gold lacquer repairs on the rim testifying to the va ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century Japanese pottery Oribe ware chaire (tea caddy for storing powdered green tea used in tea ceremony) of square section with ivory cover. Characteristic rich green glaze pooling and forming drops at low points, beautiful crackled glaze, great patina. Oribe ware (named after Furuta Oribe - a famous 16th century tea master) was produced in Mino and Seto kilns: it is particularly Japanese in taste and was never made for export. The foot shows stoneware body, stamped with th ...click for details
Unusual early 19th century Japanese cloisonne kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) made in a shape of a clam shell and decorated with various flowers on the background of scrolling vines. Rims are silvered (some wear), white enamel background on the outside, blue enamel on the inside. Very pleasant finish with original pitting, rare and early object in terms of Japanese cloisonné, from the period of transition from Chinese to Japanese style. Great piece in Japanese taste. Length 3 ...click for details
Late 19th century Japanese stoneware kogo (box for incense during tea ceremony) in a form of Daikoku holding a rice bale in front of him. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune, that of rice, and, as a consequence, of wealth. Stoneware with wonderful potting, beautiful celadon glaze, very pleasant patina. Great piece in Japanese taste. Height 2 inches.
Japanese bamboo chashaku (tea scoop used for powdered tea during tea ceremony) of simple elegant shape with gold on black lacquer decoration of cherry flowers on branches. Superb quality work, in perfect condition. Comes in original box with cord for securing the lid, and with wrapping cloth, must be about 30 years old. Signed on the top of the box SENSEKI with red seal of the lacquerer, and inscribed WAJIMA NURI CHASHAKU. Excellent elegant object. Chashaku length 7 5/8 inches, box length 8 1/2 ...click for details
Unusually small 19th century round Japanese kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) made in cloisonne technique. Simple elegant shape with decoration of butterfly in flight among flowers on dark blue ground, similar motif on the bottom. Very pleasant finish with original pitting. Rims are silvered (some wear), blue enamel on the inside. Inscribed box with wrapping cloth: box may not be original, but that is how it came. Great humble piece in Japanese taste. Diameter 1 5/8 inches.
19th century mixed metal and wood netsuke depicting Kanzan and Jittoku reading an open scroll. According to a legend, Kanzan and Jittoku lived in a kitchen of a Chinese Zen Buddhist monastery and talked nonsensical language, which some took as a sign of them being enlightened.. Superb quality metalwork with inlays of gold and silver, extraordinary faces, the best piece of Japanese metalwork that I ever had. Later hardwood body with beautiful natural grain patterns, one himotoshi is lined with iv ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a karako (Chinese boy) playing a flute on the back of an elephant. The subject is a funny take on a more common one of a herd boy on the back of a water buffalo - bokudo - a theme of a perfect peace of mind, and one of the stages of a journey towards Buddhahood. Wonderful carving with perfectly captured posture of the beast, its head raised, listening to the music alertly. Hair knots of the boy are inlaid with black horn. Nicely incised textile patterns, old nicks, b ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of Sennin Tobosaku showing off the Peach of Immortality, which he stole from Seiobo, the Chinese Queen of the Fairies, the fruit ripening on a tree in her garden only once it 3 thousand years. Very nicely carved, great level of detail and perfectly captured facial expression, expert etching with ink. Nice detail - there is an into on his back held by a manju netsuke. Beautiful even grained ivory, very pleasant finish. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist se ...click for details