This sumitsubo has both a utilitarian and decorative elements...
This bronze shish was produced during the late Edo to Meiji period (circa 19th century)...
The lid rest is done in the a very difficult and painstaking technique of coating lacquer over ceramic. Only specific types of lacquer are used and the lacquer is rich so that the ceramic base can absorb and retain the lacquer...
Size: Diameter: 2.25" height: 2"
The scroll shown is the zen koan: kumo muni shite shu wo izu or The clouds that arise from the heart of the mountain valley are in a state of emptiness...
Age: 19th-20th century
Age: Late Qing Dynasty
Size:height 30"x length 15"x width 2"
This album leaf is done by the noted literati master, Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) who was educated by the famous nun, Otagaki Rengetsu and was trained in painting by several noted bunjinga artists in Kyoto...
The bowl contains an inscription, the guests have left and will never return, (Jpn: Kyaku sarite, kuru koto naku)...
The mizusashi was created by a noted American potter, Richard Ballinger in Northern California during the 1980-1990 period.
Size: Diameter: 5.75". Height: 5.75"