Length 55" Height 25.25"
Angkor Wat has been considered as the wonders of Asia in its art and architecture. The temple was built to represent the Hindu cosmos and different panels were created depicting the stories in Hinduism.
Fujiwara Gyokuun (active 1950s)
Size: Length 1.5" Width 0.5" Height 1.75"
Chickenblood stone has been cherished by literati connoisseurs throughout East Asia. During the later part of the 19th onwards the 20th century Japanese scholars and intellectuals were educated in Chinese classics and with the flood of Chinese artworks coming into Japan many Japanese took on hobbies the Chinese scholars preferred...
Artist: Gengfan huafang
Contemporary (post 1980s)
Size: Length 7" Width 4" Height 4.5"
Baiya or Boya is famous in the history of Guqin where a legend exist where Boya cuts the string of the guqin after playing a song in lament of the death of his friend. He was famous in composing the song, gaoshan liushui.
Tea and Guqin have been inseparable where the two represented the soul of literati culture in the Chinese tradition...
Size: Length 1.3" Width 0.8" Height 1.45"
From the collection of a San Francisco Estate
Budai is widely known in East Asia as the deity for happiness and prosperity. However, not many are aware of the origins or the actual understanding of Budai in the context of East Asian culture...
Late Showa Period
Size: To Come
The warabi or bracken is a plant native to Japan and often consumed during the spring season. In Japanese lacquer, this motif was often used by noted lacquer artists such as Hara Yoyusai and Hon'ami Koetsu in their works.
Late Showa (1950-1970)
Size: Diameter 9.75" Height 1.75"
Hakkodo was originally a Buddhist sculpture studio based in Kamakura producing Buddhist statues in the Kei school (manner similar to Unkei and Kaikei) The studio existed in a region where for nearly 700 years generations of sculptors produced life-like images of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and various deities...
Period: Showa Period
Size: Diameter 10.25" Height 4.25"
The procedures for setting the charcoal for the hearth or the brazier is an important part of the way of tea. The finest baskets are used since the charcoal used is a specific type of wood and style only used in tea and not many in Japan produce this type of charcoal...
Size:Diameter 6.5" Height 3"
Typically the kensui or the waste water receptacle is either shaped in the form of a jar or a large bowl. These types are based on forms found in the early history of the tea ceremony in Japan. Later, artists and masters developed different shapes to impress visitors and to add flavor to the gatherings held. This Tanba ware kensui is done in the form of a raised folded shaped container...
Size: Large tray: Length 24" Width 15" Height 2.75" Smaller Tray: Length 23" Width 14.5" Height 2.75"
Hiro buta were an essential part of most Japanese households up to the beginning of the war in the late 1930s. Often these were made from a set of two trays where one tray contained the accessories necessary for a kimono (i.e. obi, obi accessories, etc.) and the larger tray held the main kimonos...
Size: Length 6.75" Height 5"
Square Yixing tea pots were developed during the Qing dynasty or later as techniques of different designs were developed...
Diameter: 6.75" Height 3.5"
Provenance: From a Chinese family in San Francisco. Inscription is describing the origins of the design of the tea pot.
Artist: Chungguo Yixing
Size: Diameter: 6.75" Height 4"
Provenance: From a Chinese estate in San Francisco.
Yixing and Zhisha tea pots have been valued for nearly 400 years since the method of tea drinking developed during the Ming dynasty developed and evolved since. Various tea pots were created alluding to Chinese poems, virtuous deeds, or literature...