Very unusual late 19th century Japanese set of 20 ceramic theater masks netsuke mounted on wooden board with old silk brocade front and rosewood frame. Excellent modeling, crisp detailing, enamel highlights, slight darkening of protruding parts from wear, very nice patina. each is impressed with seal SEKIHO on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 176, signatures 258-260. The masks are held by lengths of wire, and can easily be removed from the board if needed. ...click for details
Very tall early 19th century ivory netsuke of a foreigner in richly decorated Chinese dress with a karako (Chinese boy) sitting on his shoulders. He is holding a scroll in one hand, and there is a small drum hanging off his belt on his right side. Strong early carving, excellent detailing, wonderful face with a perfectly captured expression of slight madness, textile highlights on his belly are inlaid with turtle shell. The netsuke is slightly curved backwards, so does not really stand on it own ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a man with a horn on his head, bent under the weight of a richly dressed woman on his back. The subject of the netsuke is Ikkaku Sennin (single horn Sage) - according to Japanese legend, he grew angry with the Rain Dragons and sealed them away in a cave, causing a drought. Beautiful Indian princess Sendarama was sent to tempt him and when he yielded to her, he lost his magical powers, and the rain returned. Excellent carving with portrait quality faces, superb depic ...click for details
Unusual 19th century Japanese tsuishu (cinnabar lacquer) netsuke of an exceedingly fat puppy seated on a fan-shaped cushion. Great facial expression, excellent sense of volume, precise carving of brocade patterns on the cushion. Tsuishu is rather uncommon material for netsuke. Very beautiful patina. Length 1 3/16 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of seated Kintaro leaning on a large axe in front of him. Kintaro, the child of the forest (also known as Kintoki) was raised by Yama Uba, and possessed an extraordinary strength. Nice quality carving, wonderful depiction of his face and clothing. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black and then wood starts showing, beautiful wear and patina. Height 1 7/16 inches.
19th century/Meiji period Japanese ivory paper knife/page turner with raised and sunken relief carving of an owl on a branch watching a moth in flight. Design continues on the back showing an open wing of the owl and some vegetation. Excellent detailed carving of the bird’s differentiated feathers, eyes inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Great patina, signed KANEMITSU on the back. Beautiful high quality material, wonderful object for a desk in excellent condition. Length 8 1/4 inches.
Early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Green Tara - the miraculous savior rescuing all beings from suffering - surrounded by her 21 various forms. She particularly saves from the “eight calamities” of both mundane and spiritual nature: 1. lions and pride 2. wild elephants and delusion 3. forest fires and hatred 4. snakes and envy 5. robbers and fanatical views 6. prisons and avarice 7. floods and lust 8. demons and doubts. Beautifully painted with mineral pigments and gold on cotton, ...click for details
18th - early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Buddha Akshobhya wearing monk’s robe and balancing vajra in his left hand, his right hand in “touching the ground” mudra. Akshobhya is one of the 5 Transcendent Buddhas and is the Lord of Pure Land of Abhirati in the East, usually his skin depicted as being deep blue. He is surrounded by 8 seated Buddhas, their hands in mudras identical to his. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments and gold on cotton, original Chinese silk broc ...click for details
19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting 6-armed Bhuddist dharmapala Hayagriva easily recognizable by 3 horse heads in his crown. He is considered to be the terrific form of Avalokiteshvara and thus the archetype of fierce compassion. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous snakes, there are 3 lamas depicted above (the central one being Tsonkhapa), and 3 deities (White Tara, Begtse and Green Tara) below. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cott ...click for details
Late 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Vajrabhairava - the conqueror of the Lord of Death - with his 9 heads, 34 arms and 16 legs. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous humans, animals and demons, thus symbolizing the victory of Vajrayana over phenomenal existence. There are deities surrounding him, the lower left being Yama - the Lord of Death - on a bull attended by his sister Yami. Beautifully painted with mineral pigments on cotton, original Chines ...click for details