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19c OJIME netsuke cord slide MAPLE LEAVES

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253336

19c OJIME netsuke cord slide MAPLE LEAVES
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$225 

19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in the round with a continuous design of interlocking maple leaves. Superb clever design closely resembling and definitely predating the work of M. C. Escher. Excellent crisp carving with deep undercutting, metal liner for the central hole, wonderful patina. Height 11/16 inches..


19c netsuke actor as OFFICIAL by CHIKUJU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253332

19c netsuke actor as OFFICIAL by CHIKUJU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$125 

19th century hinoki (cypress wood) netsuke of an actor in a role of a Chinese official with characteristic tablet in his hand. Painted in bright colors in a manner of Shuzan, great quality face, wonderful rendition of Noh theater robes as geometric planes with finely painted textile patterns. Signed CHIKUJU on the back - the artist is mentioned in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 452, number 134). Height 2 3/16 inches.


19c Japanese bronze 3-pronged VAJRA Buddhist thunderbol

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1900   item# 1252994

19c Japanese bronze 3-pronged VAJRA Buddhist thunderbol
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$375 

Rather uncommon 19th century Japanese 3-pronged bronze vajra (thunderbolt) - the primary symbol and ritual implement in Tantric Buddhism. It symbolizes the impenetrable, immovable, immutable, indivisible and indestructible state of enlightenment, as well as male principle of method or skillful means. Three-pronged vajra is a symbol of consecrating the devotee in the triple path of tantric meditation. Three prongs symbolize three different kinds of light issuing from them as follows: 1st prong - ...click for details


19c Korean porcelain water dropper CARP

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Ceramics: Pre 1900   item# 1252536

19c Korean porcelain water dropper CARP
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$300 

19th century Korean porcelain water dropper (used for diluting ink) in a shape of curled carp. According to a Chinese legend, a carp that can swim up the waterfall turns into a dragon, and thus serves as a paragon of perseverance, especially in scholarly pursuits. Free potting with nice depiction of fish’ scales, very nice underglaze blue wash, 2 openings for water. Old compressed dust on the surface, some scratching as to be expected, wonderful patina, overall in great shape. Very nice quiet pi ...click for details


Ando Japanese Arts & Crafts copper box enamel FLOWERS

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 1252535

Ando Japanese Arts & Crafts copper box enamel FLOWERS
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$275 

Rather unusual 1920s (early Showa period) Japanese mingei (Arts and Crafts) shallow copper box with chased and enameled decoration of a vine with blooming flowers on the cover. Beautiful work, textured surface, excellent patina, in great condition. Enameled green on the inside. Signed on the bottom ANDO TSUKURU (made by Ando) - it is unusual to see signed Ando pieces. Length 4 1/8 inches.


Early 18c netsuke RYUJIN’S PALACE / CLAM’S DREAM

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1800   item# 1252405

Early 18c netsuke RYUJIN’S PALACE / CLAM’S DREAM
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$1800 

18th century stag antler netsuke of shinkiro (the dream of a shell) - the mirage of Dragon King Ryujin’s palace appearing on swirling vapors in the breath of a clam shell. Extraordinary strong early carving (probably first half of 18th century), bold design, pleasantly massive, great sense of volume. Beautifully carved and stained, superb wear and patina, himotoshi is formed by openings in the rising vapors. For almost identical example see Barry Davies’ NETSUKE FROM THE TEDDY HAHN COLLECTION, p ...click for details


19c netsuke TIGER & bamboo by NAOHIDE

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1252089

19c netsuke TIGER & bamboo by NAOHIDE
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$750 

19th century ivory netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape carved in sunken relief with a tiger seated under a full grown bamboo and looking up, the back is carved with a young bamboo with leaves. The subject probably is TAKE NI TORA - the strongest of all animals hiding beneath bamboo during a storm, symbolizing how powerless the terrestrial forces are compared with the force of the elements. Beautiful carving, its eye is inlaid with dark horn, excellent etching of tiger’s coat and bamboo leaves, b ...click for details


Early 19c Japanese cloisonne ALMS BOWL child toys

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Enamel: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1251715

Early 19c Japanese cloisonne ALMS BOWL child toys
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$575 

Very unusual early 19th century Japanese cloisonne Buddhist alms bowl. Simple elegant shape, unusual use of cloisonne technique on both inside and outside. Inside is decorated with images of 5 children’s toys (a drum, a mouse with a push rod, a spin top, a balancing scarecrow, and a cloth Daruma doll) among scattered flowers on black background with stylized clouds. Outside has 4 different flower roundels alternating with butterflies. The bowl has superb presence, very strong design, beautiful m ...click for details


Meiji Japanese cloisonne vase DUCK flowers rocks

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Enamel: Pre 1920   item# 1251713

Meiji Japanese cloisonne vase DUCK flowers rocks
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$250 

Late Meiji / early Taisho period small Japanese cloisonne vase decorated with a duck in flight over blooming flowers issuing from rocks. Elegant design and perfect esecution, medium blue background, bronze rims, decoration of tiny circles going around them. In very good condition, beautiful enamel colors, no dents or star cracks. Height 3 1/2 inches.


Early 19c Japanese cloisonne scholars brushwasher

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Enamel: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1251707

Early 19c Japanese cloisonne scholars brushwasher
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$225 

Rather unusual early 19th century Japanese cloisonne scholar’s brushwasher decorated with various flower roundels on light blue background with scrolling clouds. Every roundel is different, very pleasant finish with original pitting, bottom is plain metal with nice wear and patina. No cracks, bald areas seen on the top of the inside are original (were fired this way). Rare and early piece in terms of Japanese cloisonne, from the period of transition from Chinese to Japanese style. Great humble ...click for details

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