Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1341646 (stock #732)
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Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a brown-gray igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old surface loss. Variegated lichen accumulation and patches of dried moss.

Height: 39.5 cm
Width: 26 cm
Depth: 13 cm

Beneath the figure appear two Japanese characters that translate as "No. 7," implying that this piece originally was placed among 32 similar depictions in a grouping of 33 Kannon Bosatsu stones. Buddhist thought maintains that Kannon Bosatsu has 33 manifestations, which belief is visually rendered in the stone medium in the form of 33 separately sculpted Kannon depictions. Groupings of 33 Kannon Bosatsu are extremely uncommon.

An elegantly sculpted, highly collectible stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1341027 (stock #731)
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Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands bearing aloft a hoju (sacred jewel), figurally sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated on the back to the seventh year of the Anei Era (1778), mid-Edo Period. Very minor old loss. Small inclusions of a whitish stone.

Height: 33.5 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 12.5 cm.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1341025 (stock #730)
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$1,200.00
Six-armed Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, defining attributes held in four hands, sculpted in relief from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Meiji Era ca. 1900. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation and traces of polychrome.

Height: 37 cm
Width: 25 cm
Depth: 20 cm.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1340841 (stock #729)
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$1,200.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the right hand holding a pendant censer and the left a hoju (sacred jewel), sculpted in relief from granite. Momoyama~early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Very minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall.

Height: 45 cm
Width: 20.5 cm
Depth: 12 cm.

Sculpted with a tapered base for insertion directly into the ground, this stone requires a wall or other form of lateral support if displayed indoors.

A winning Jizo stone with significant age and in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1340429 (stock #728)
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Buttou (lit. Buddha head) of a chinsou choukoku (Zen master portrait sculpture), sculpted in wood and finished in lacquer and polychrome, the eyes of inset crystal. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Minor old loss.

Height: 22 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1340223 (stock #727)
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$1,400.00
Gorinto (lit. five-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from an iron-rich blue-gray igneous stone. Dated to the second year of the Eiroku Era (1560), Momoyama Period. Very minor old loss.

Height: 55 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 13.5 cm

The gorinto is a uniquely Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms, which correspond (from bottom) to earth, water, fire, wind, and ethereal space. The Japanese Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism views the gorinto as a symbol of Dai-Nichi Buddha, who, underlying all things, manifests himself in the five elements making up the physical world.

On one side of this gorinto, five individual seed-syllables in Siddham script (Jp. bonji) are incised in a column.

An outstanding example of type, with good size, pleasing formal balance, and irrefutable 16th-century Momoyama-Period temporal provenance. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1340135 (stock #726)
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$900.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from sandstone. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Overall patination due to centuries of exposure to the smoke of devotional-use candles, oil lamps, and incense.

Height: 14.5 cm
Width: 12 cm
Depth: 7.5 cm

This charmingly small-scale stone Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu was employed as a devotional object and displayed inside the butsudan (Buddhist altar) of a private household. Extremely uncommon.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1338890 (stock #725)
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$1,500.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from a beige-hued igneous stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Minor old loss and softening of the lines and contours overall. Includes custom-made display stand in wood and finished in black paint.

Overall height, including display stand: 48 cm
Height of Amida stone: 43 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 13 cm
Height of display stand: 10 cm
Width: 37 cm
Depth: 22 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1338875 (stock #724)
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Shaka, the historical Buddha, seated upon a lotus-form dais with hands placed centrally on the lap in the jo-in mudra of concentration, sculpted from Japanese cypress (Jp. hinoki) with joined-block construction (Jp. yosegi-zukuri) and finished in lacquer and gold leaf, with eyes of inset crystal. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1675. With the exception of old loss to the Buddha's right earlobe and loss of the mandorla originally placed behind the Buddha, excellent original condition with no apparent signs of repair or restoration, and desirably patinated overall.

Overall height, including lotus-form dais: 57.5 cm
Height of Buddha figure only: 37 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 29 cm
Upper-surface diameter of lotus-form dais: 32 cm

A redoubtable piece in all respects.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1338028 (stock #723)
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$925.00
Seated Jizo Bosatsu, the hands bearing aloft a sacred jewel (Jp. hoju) and a bonji (Siddham script) seed syllable (Jp. shuji) symbolizing Jizo Bosatsu incised on the figure's upper back, sculpted figurally from a grayish igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1775. Minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 29 cm
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 16 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1337804 (stock #722)
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$1,400.00
Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu, the left hand holding a lotus-bud stem and the right forming the segan-in mudra symbolizing the fulfillment of the Vow made by the historical Buddha to strive for the salvation of all sentient beings, sculpted in relief from a brick-hued igneous stone patinated over time to a dark-gray hue. Clearly dated to the second year of the Kanbun Era (1662), early-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 47 cm
Width: 25 cm
Depth: 21 cm.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1337715 (stock #721)
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$3,500.00
Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) sculpted from a salmon-hued granite. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 40 cm
Depth: 35 cm.

Tanuki depictions typically are characterized by a daunting display of testicular fortitude, assuming, that is, the beast in question is no older than mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. In the case of earlier examples, tanuki typically show very little or, as in the present example, nothing at all gonad-wise.

So, while this piece at a glance might seem to be a Ms. Tanuki, it is in fact simply a very old Tanuki. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1336206 (stock #720)
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Pair of koma-inu (lit. Korean dog, but typically referred to in English as lion dog), one with mouth open ("Ah") and the other with mouth closed ("Un"), each sculpted from a single block of wood. Muromachi Period ca. 1500, possibly earlier. Old loss, most notably the tail, front sections of the rear feet, and ear tips of both beasts; insect damage; overall softening of the lines and contours; and traces of gesso-like foundation and polychrome.

Height of "Ah" piece: 21.4 cm
Length: 18.6 cm
Width: 11.0 cm

Height of "Un" piece: 22.0 cm
Length: 16.8 cm
Width: 10.8 cm

A truly remarkable little pair of guardian beasts.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1335777 (stock #719)
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Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, figurally sculpted from a brick-hued sedimentary stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss.

Height: 27 cm.

A thoroughly charming stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1335319 (stock #718)
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$1,600.00
Three Jizo Bosatsu figures standing in a row, each with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 49 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 22 cm

According to Buddhist belief, Jizo Bosatsu was entrusted by the historical Buddha with saving all sentient beings during the 5.76 billion years between the time of the historical Buddha's death and the arrival of Miroku, the Buddha of the future. The concept of six Jizo is rooted in the Buddhist idea that all sentient beings plod toward enlightenment through six realms of transmigratory existence, i.e., Hell, Hunger, Animality, Anger, Humanity, and Heaven. Responsible for safeguarding the passage of all beings through these six realms, Jizo is symbolically construed in six manifestations, one for each of the six realms.

The three most commonly encountered configurations of six-Jizo depictions are (1) six separate stones on each of which is sculpted a single Jizo figure, (2) a single stone on which are sculpted six Jizo figures, and (3) two separate stones on each of which are sculpted three Jizo figures, as in this example, which alone constitutes just one-half of a complete six-Jizo configuration.

A notably charming stone in excellent condition and with significant age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1492 item #1335028 (stock #717)
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Standing Fudo-Myo nagarebutsu (lit. flowing Buddha) sculpted from a single block of wood (ichiboku-zukuri), displayed on a custom-made wooden stand. Late-Heian to Kamakura Period ca. 1100–1300. Stable condition, i.e., fumigated against further intrusions by wood-devouring insects.

Height, including display stand: 57 cm
Height of Fudo-Myo figure only: 42 cm
Width of display stand: 30 cm
Depth of display stand: 20 cm

An exceedingly uncommon piece, elegantly displayed. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1334065 (stock #716)
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$4,200.00
Seated En-no-Gyouja figurally sculpted from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation overall.

Height: 61 cm
Width: 34 cm
Depth: 27 cm

En-no-Gyouja, a 7th-century diviner and mountain ascetic, is exalted as the founder of shugendou, a syncretic religious cult based on animistic mountain worship and Esoteric Buddhist doctrine and ritual. Stone depictions of En-no-Gyouja are exceedingly uncommon. This example boasts good size, excellent condition, and significant age. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1334044 (stock #715)
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$5,200.00
Stone lantern in the ikekomi-gata style sculpted in four parts from granite. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 93 cm

Sculpted from a high-quality granite, with the formal hexagonality of the upper three parts relaxing into the tapered swell of the cylindrical pedestal, a diminutive ikekomi-gata lantern with immense charm. (Ikekomi-gata lanterns, which by design have no foundation stone, are displayed by inserting the pedestal directly into the ground or, as the case may be, placing the pedestal directly upon the ground.) On each of the six sides of the central dais appears a diamond-shaped motif (Jp. hishi), most likely the family crest of the original owner.

A complete, fully intact four-part ensemble, with significant age and in excellent condition.