Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting a water lily bud with two leaves on stalks. Elegant design in Japanese taste, excellent work with superb detailing, bronze with beautiful coppery patina, in great condition. Signed with 1 character on a plaque inside. Length 1 5/16 inches.
Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting a crawling baby boy wearing a bib. Excellent work with superb detailing - see its wonderful face and finely worked designs on the gilded bib. Bronze with beautiful differently colored patinas, in great condition. Length 1 1/4 inches.
Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting a running fox with a twig in its mouth. Excellent work with superb detailing - see its wonderful face and finely incised coat. Bronze with beautiful patina, in great condition. Length 1 9/16 inches.
Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting frolicking shishi - Buddhist lions. Excellent work with great detailing - see their curly tails, tufts of hair on their bodies and paws with claws. Shakudo with characteristic black patina, gold inlaid spots, in great condition. Length 1 1/2 inches.
Late 18th to early 19th century iron daisho set of 2 Japanese sword tsuba, both with pierced decoration of two dragons contesting the Precious Pearl. Daisho literally translates as DAI (large) and SHO (small) and can refer to any set of blades, koshirae, tsuba or other fittings which were made by the same maker or by the same school. The use of daisho swords began sometime in the Muromachi period and could have included any pair of swords with similar fittings: tachi and tanto, tachi and uchikat ...click for details
19th century unsigned bronze Japanese tsuba with honeycomb patterned surface on one side and fine flower pattern on the other, inlaid silver design along the width of the rim. Very nice design, pleasant feel of age, some malachite incrustation on the surface. Height 2 3/8 inches.
19th century small ivory netsuke of a sennin (Chinese sage) mobbed by four toads. For some unexplainable reason senninís face looks exactly like that of Lenin, although the netsuke is probably a humorous take on Gama sennin. Wonderful carving with great quality of facial expression and nice detailing - see the warty backs of the toads. Himotoshi (cord opening) goes under the belt on the back, old age lines. Very nice wear and patina, signed CHOKUSEN on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 343 ...click for details
Very unusual 19th century ivory netsuke in a shape of a bird containing two compartments in its body: one for a seal, and the other for seal paste. Ivory body with finely incised and etched vine with leaves and tendrils, metal fittings (one cleverly doubling as the eye of the bird), metal ring serving as himotoshi. The center can be pushed sideways to reveal compartments for a seal and seal paste. Crisply carved seal with old paste accumulation and cleverly designed swinging handle providing a h ...click for details
19th century stag antler/bone netsuke in a shape of Daikoku coming out of a bag of rice. Daikoku-ten is the God of wealth and farmers, and as such is usually associated with rice. Clever carving in Japanese taste, wonderful patina, beautiful etching. Natural blemishes to the material, porous center on top and bottom is plugged as is usual with this type of material, and plugs are carved as part of the netsuke. Signed HAKUGYOKU on the back - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details