All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1182531 (stock #pd499)
Exceptionally rare early Meiji Period zen temple votive placque dated C.1874. The frame is carved buddhist japanese cypress clouds in gold gilt lacquer with dragon heads intertwined at the top and bottom and the scaled body intertwined on the sides. The inside wood with the date C.1874 and donor was faded so Kodo Arts removed the wood and replaced it with a bevelled mirror. Absolutely stunning one of a kind museum piece mirror. Excellent condition with a minor chip here or there. H:42" x W:23". Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #941830 (stock #pd79)
This is the finest Shigaraki ceramic vase Kodo Arts has come across. Unbelievable nagashi blue and green glazes on a spectacular form. The natural overglazes during firing have produced an unreproduceable masterpiece of pottery. Signed on the bottom, Toho c. 1885. If we kept one piece this would be it. Perfect condition. Request shipping quote. (h:12" diam: 11")
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1206845 (stock #pd573)
Regal with great impact Taisho Period C.1915 kasuga style stone lantern. From a Kyoto merchant's garden, the lantern stands over 5' tall and is very good condition. Granite stone. Ask for shipping quote from our california warehouse.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1930 item #1229398 (stock #pd638)
Very rare and unusual zen buddhist temple lantern in original kiri (paulownia) wood box. Dated on the box, Showa 3 (1929). Bronze with rice paper lining. Electrical light was added. Wonderful condition with a few bronze spots. Ask for shipping quote. H:51cm x Diameter :33cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1177375 (stock #pd483)
Museum quality Edo Period C.1860 zen temple mizubachi. Lost wax cast with a great dragon spout in grand detail and spectacular shishi mythical lion ornament on the top of the lid. The diaper motif on the base is in raised relief and equally spectacular. The spigot on the dragon head is permanent so we are assuming that there was a constant water flow. Very slight indentation on one of the hanging jewels but so slight you can only see at the right angle. H:51cm x W: 43cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1183542 (stock #pd505)
Important, rare bronze plated Meiji Period C.1885 'zeni-bako' money box that was kept before the shrine altar to accept offerings. Usually they are made of keyaki wood but this wood money box is covered in bronze with thick bronze nails. The front has a crest and two japanese characters in relief "HO" and "NO" meaning offerings from the heart. The back has a drawer at the bottom to remove the money. We put a thick piece of glass of the slats on top to make a stunning coffee table. (glass easily removed). H:25" x W:39". Ask for shipping quote from our california warehouse.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1960 item #1212697 (stock #pd600)
Impact, large bronze lantern from the 1950's. Thick bronze with hexagonal shape. One panel has the character 'hayashi' which means forest. One panel is a door that is hinged and opens. Inside at the top is a socket for light bulb. Needs to be re-wired for electric lighting but wires are thick and in good condition. Very good condition. Ask for shipping quote. Stands 27" high and 24" in diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1064864 (stock #pd252)
Pair of rare negoro lacquered, wood Edo Period C.1860 zen buddhist temple altar candlestands. Fabulous buddhist cloud carvings in gold gilt at the base. Wood is Japanese cypress. H:23" x W:12". Great condition. One candlestand has a split at the top. (see picture). Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1238305 (stock #pd680)
Exceptionally rare zen buddhist temple roof tile form the Meiji Period C.1890 of a Flaming Jewel or Hoju in Japanese. Would have been at one of the four corners of the temple or the at the end of the roof crest. The flaming jewel or sacred wishing gem is found everywhere in Buddhist iconology as a symbol of the void and purity. This tile is made of clay. Very good condition which is remarkable. H:23" x W:26". Ask for shipping quote from our California warehouse.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #848950 (stock #KA647 )
This is a rare and special Buddhist Daruma that we found in a private collection. Daruma is the revered Buddhist icon that brought dharma, the Buddhist teachings from China and India to Japan. He was so determined to reach enlightenment that he decided to sit till his legs fell off. Actually, legend has it that he fell asleep sitting so he cut his eyelids off to stay awake and they fell to the ground whereby green tea seedlings sprouted. Fired in a Hagi kiln with beautiful white glaze and fabulous features. The eyebrows alone make this piece a must. Absolutely a museum piece. c.1880. (16" x 8") (41cm x 20cm). EMS Shipping/Insurance to USA or Western Europe $140.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1176050 (stock #pd475)
Museum piece bronze temple lantern dated Bunsei 13 ( Edo Period C. 1830). Inscription on the base reads: Bunsei 13, Year of the tiger, November, Auspicious Day. Gosho - machi ( Gosho village) Shoei-Ji (Shoei Temple). Shoei Temple is a Jodo -shu temple in Nara established in C.1100. It was rebuilt in C.1577. The lantern is bronze with a chrysanthemum motif and lined with old rice paper. In unbelievably great condition. H: 76cm x diameter: 28cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1237059 (stock #pd665)
Very rare and exceptional Late Edo/Early Meiji Period C.1880 bronze buddhist temple lantern. Originally held a small dish for an oil lamp. Thick heavy bronze that has oxidized with time to produce a lovely blue/green patina. On tripod legs with fantastic vine motif on the main body panels. Hinges on door still work. Lost wax cast. Just lovely. Height: 50cm x diameter:22cm. Excellent condition. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1198883 (stock #pd561)
Decorative pair of bronze 'giboshi' temple post tops. Inscripted on the pair is the date: Showa 5 nen - C.1931 March. Also written is Kyoto City, and the name of the donor, Yamaguchi Gendo. Beautiful patina and in excellent condition. Diiameter: 7 1/2" x Height: 16". Ask for shipping quote from our california warehouse.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1139714 (stock #pd392)
Outstanding and rare Meiji Period C. 1880 buddhist temple water bowl. Fabulous bronze work with mythical dragon handles and elephant tripod feet legs. Both sides of the bowl have mythical elephant faces with vine like runners in great relief. The rim is rimmed with lovely circle diaper. Ask for shipping quote. H:9" x W: 23" x Depth: 15"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1176052 (stock #pd474)
Exquisite Imari vase from the Meiji Period, C.1890. Detailed hand drawn flowers, birds and diaper motifs on porcelain base adorn the gorgeous vase. From top to bottom, just a fabulous piece of art. H: 77cm x Diameter: 43cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1176586 (stock #pd480)
Also known as Uzumi or Okame, Otafuku is the name for the female half of a traditional Japanese Kyogen theatre pair She is considered to be the goddess of mirth and is frequently seen in Japanese art. Part of the Kyogen category of masks, this is a character used for the comic interlude in classic Noh plays. This mask carved in the late Meiji Period C.1910 is carved out of cypress and has some wear on the nose and stains but we think it just adds character. Her expression is sublime. H:46cm x W:40cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #918754 (stock #pd6)
The mother of all daruma wood carvings. On the back of this Edo Period c.1700 masterpiece is engraved 'Genroku 13' (c.1700) ,'Saigenshin Tsukuri' carved by Saigenshin, a famous zen monk of the time. Also 'Kyosagaju' meaning he was from a temple in the Saga District of Western Kyoto. The Carving is a magnificent flow of lines and expression. Definitely a museum quality piece. A few minor areas where the lacquer has worn away but in astonishingly great shape. $2400. (w:30cm x h:43cm). Shipping/insurance to usa or western europe $300.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1082896 (stock #pd298)
Huge impact large bronze Taisho Period c.1920 lantern. Lovely vine lattice metalworkwork on the sides and 4 stout legs. Can either stand alone or be hung. There is a hole for an electric chord on the top and the original paper on the inside is off. (we can repaper on request). Top has slight bend (as you can see in the pictures) but otherwise in great condition. H:37cm x W:29cm