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19c netsuke BIRD box with SEAL

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1224104

19c netsuke BIRD box with SEAL
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$375 

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


19c netsuke DAIKOKU in bag by HAKUGYOKU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1223658

19c netsuke DAIKOKU in bag by HAKUGYOKU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$325 

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


19c netsuke GEISHA with biwa by MITSUYUKI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1910   item# 1223350

19c netsuke GEISHA with biwa by MITSUYUKI
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$550 

Late Meiji period (1890s to 1912) ivory netsuke of a seated geisha holding in front of her a biwa (Japanese lute) wrapped in cloth, probably about to entertain a client. Wonderful quality carving, excellent face with a charming smile, warm yellow staining and patina, beautifully incised textile patterns on the biwa wrapping. Amber inlay in her hair ornaments. Very nice patina on a beautiful piece of ivory showing characteristic cross hatching on the bottom, extremely pleasant to handle. Signed M ...click for details


19c Chinese ivory BUDDHIST ROSARY mala

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Ivory: Pre 1900   item# 1220763

19c Chinese ivory BUDDHIST ROSARY mala
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$7500 

Extraordinary 19th century Chinese mala - Buddhist rosary - consisting of 108 Chinese carved ivory prayer beads and 4 slightly larger ones stained red dividing the prayer beads into groups of 27 each. Every single bead is carved and ink etched with a figure of lohan (one of the original Buddha disciples) accompanied by one of the following: a Zodiac animal, one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, an Emblem of the Eight Immortals, one of the Eight Treasures, or some other auspicious symbol or plant. E ...click for details


19c netsuke rakan RAKORA SONJA by GYOKUGETSU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1220087

19c netsuke rakan RAKORA SONJA by GYOKUGETSU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$450 

Late 19th century Japanese staghorn netsuke of Rakora Sonja wearing monk’s robe and holding a branch with fruit in his hands. Rakora Sonja is one of 16 rakan - the original disciples of the Buddha. Nice quality carving with great grinning face, good depiction of arm muscles. Eyes are inlaid with dark horn, light staining, wonderful warm patina, pleasant finish to the surface. Signed GYOKUGETSU on the foot - the artist is listed on p. 423 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNAT ...click for details


19c netsuke God of wealth DAIKOKU moving rat

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1220086

19c netsuke God of wealth DAIKOKU moving rat
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$750 

19c marine ivory netsuke of Daikoku standing next to his huge bag of rice with a moveable rat showing through the hole in the bag. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - particularly that of abundance - and is usually associated with rice. When the rice is plentiful, so are the rats - netsuke is essentially a wish for wealth. Wonderful quality carving, excellent smiling face, great depiction of textile patterns, rat moving easily within the hole. Superb patina, in perfect condition. Heig ...click for details


MAKUZU KOZAN Japanese porcelain vase

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1910   item# 1219197

MAKUZU KOZAN Japanese porcelain vase
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$750 

Late 19th - early 20th century Japanese porcelain vase of meiping shape decorated in the round with some raised and some painted designs of blooming chrysanthemums. Very clever work with about half of the flowers done in low relief, while the other half is done by stenciling, with finely ground pigment being blown onto the wet exposed surface before firing. The combined technique gives the decoration a wonderful feel of depth. Superb quality underglaze gray with pink areas on the flowers. Hairli ...click for details


Complete 19c Chinese export IVORY BACKGAMMON SET

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Trade Arts: Pre 1900   item# 1219034

Complete 19c Chinese export IVORY BACKGAMMON SET
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$625 

Very unusual 19th century complete Chinese export ivory backgammon set consisting of 15 red and 15 white carved checkers, 1 red and 1 white dice cups and 4 dice. Cups are carved in the round, and checkers on both sides with numerous figures of scholars in different pursuits among trees, banana leaves and buildings. Excellent carving with minute detailing, much better quality than is usual for this type of export art. Beautiful wear and patina, in excellent condition. Checker diameter 1 1/4 inche ...click for details


19c Chinese scholar BRUSHREST / SCROLL WEIGHT

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1910   item# 1219033

19c Chinese scholar BRUSHREST / SCROLL WEIGHT
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$450 

Unusual late Qing Dynasty (late 19th century to 1911) Chinese brushrest made out of a natural stone nugget resembling gentle ripples on the water surface and boulders in a river with a stream swirling around them. The only area of the nugget worked on appears to be the bottom flattened to provide stability and carved with 3 characters that can be translated as HALL OF GREEN RIPPLES, highlighted with cinnabar paste. Beautiful texture, naturally colored areas in the stone, superb patina. Could hav ...click for details


18c Indian bronze votive statue VISHNU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1800   item# 1218687

18c Indian bronze votive statue VISHNU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$175 

18th century Indian bronze votive sculpture depicting Lord Vishnu with characteristic sun disc and conch shell held in his upper hands. Vishnu is the preserver of the universe and the embodiment of truth, goodness and mercy. Cast in Karnataka state, very crisp casting and great detailing, beautiful dark brown patina. Appropriate wear on the face as to be expected on a more than 200 year old devotional piece. Height 1 15/16 inches.

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