Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1278694 (stock #613)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in shallow relief from a gray igneous stone. Late-Muromachi Period ca. 1550. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 12.5 cm

Broadly speaking, pre-Edo Period Japanese Buddhist stone sculpture tends to show the following characteristics: (1) flatness, in two senses, namely, (a) shallow depth relative to height and width, and (b) shallow relief sculpting; (2) a triangulated upper mandorla resembling a pediment, usually jutting ledge-like outward over the figure; (3) a base carved pointedly for insertion directly into the ground as opposed to flatly for placement upon the ground; (4) stylistic primitivism with regard to the treatment of the deity or object depicted; (5) an overwhelming predominance of Amida Buddha depictions; and (6) an absence of both date and inscription.

Although a depiction of a gorinto as opposed to an Amida Buddha, this handsome piece shows stylistic characteristics that clearly mark it as a pre-Edo stone. If placed outdoors, it can easily be inserted into the ground. For indoor display, it can be propped up against a wall or other form of lateral support.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1278533 (stock #612)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,100.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from an iron-rich igneous stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Overall softening of the lines and contours, and a small chip on the upper edge of the overarching mandorla.

Height: 51.5 cm
Width: 19 cm
Depth: 12 cm

Broadly speaking, pre-Edo Period Buddhist stone sculpture tends to show the following characteristics: (1) flatness, in two senses, namely, (a) shallow depth relative to height and width, and (b) shallow relief sculpting; (2) a triangulated upper mandorla resembling a pediment, usually jutting ledge-like outward over the figure; (3) a base carved pointedly for insertion directly into the ground as opposed to flatly for placement upon the ground; (4) stylistic primitivism with regard to the treatment of the deity depicted; (5) an overwhelming predominance of Amida Buddha depictions, nearly always in the seated position with hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra; and (6) an absence of both date and inscription.

Although lacking a pediment-like upper mandorla, noted in point (2) above, this piece shows stylistic characteristics that clearly mark it as a pre-Edo stone. If placed outdoors, it can easily be inserted into the ground. For indoor display, it can be propped up against a wall or other form of lateral support.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1277222 (stock #611)
Antique Stones Japan
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Small-scale standing Fudo-Myo, the right hand wielding a knowledge-sword, sculpted in relief against a flame-type mandorla from an iron-rich igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 24.2 cm
Width: 12.7 cm
Depth: 6.4 cm

A charmingly cherubic Fudo-Myo, the ignorance-slicing, hindrance-torching manifestation of Dai-Nichi Buddha. An exceptionally good piece.

Meiji-Era wooden box included.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1276840 (stock #610)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from a granite-like igneous stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1400. Minor old loss.

Height: 45 cm
Width of base: 14 cm
Depth of base: 14 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.

Gorinto sculpted in four parts, the uppermost part comprising two of the five geometric forms, are far more uncommon than gorinto sculpted from a single stone. This is a relatively small-scale example, showing good overall balance and significant age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1276506 (stock #609)
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Shingi (lit. "heart wood") wooden core of a seated Bosatsu (Skt. Bodhisattva) sculpted in either clay or dry lacquer (Jp. mokushin kanshitsu). Nara Period ca. 750. Minor old loss and insect damage.

Height, including bi-level wooden stand: 69.5 cm
Height of shingi only: 65 cm
Width of stand: 30.5 cm
Depth of stand: 24 cm.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1275012 (stock #608)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,500.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho mudra of adoration, sculpted in relief against a funagata-style mandorla from a fine-grained igneous stone. Clearly dated to the sixth year of the Horeki Era (1756), mid-Edo Period. Very minor old loss.

Height: 64 cm
Width: 26 cm
Depth: 23 cm

A charming Jizo stone, with laudable size and irrefutable mid-Edo Period temporal provenance.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1274824 (stock #607)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,500.00
Fudo-Myo (Skt. Alacanatha) standing upon a rock-form dais and backed by a flame mandorla, the right hand holding a sword and the left a rope, sculpted in relief from a light-brown sedimentary stone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Minor old loss, most notably to the upper-right edge of the flame mandorla and to the sword. Pastel-green lichen accumulation.

Height: 55.5 cm
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 18 cm

A sizable, well-sculpted Edo-Period Fudo-Myo stone in very good condition. Uncommon.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1274361 (stock #606)
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Standing Amida Nyorai, the hands forming the raigo-in mudra welcoming the souls of the departed faithful to the Western Paradise. Sculpted from Japanese cypress with yosegi-zukuri joined-block construction, the eyes of inset crystal and the entirety finished in lacquer and gold leaf. The lotus-form dais and mandorla form an original ensemble with the Buddha figure. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Very minor old loss, and the hands masterfully rendered replacements.

Height, including lotus-form dais and mandorla: 76.8 cm
Height of Buddha figure only: 65.5 cm.

An exquisitely sculpted, impressively scaled Amida Buddha with exceptional presence and in excellent condition, showing structural and stylistic features clearly indicative of a Muromachi-Period manufacture.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1273842 (stock #605)
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Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a brick-hued sedimentary stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1775. Minor old loss. Dried moss and variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 36 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 16 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1273835 (stock #604)
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Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a light-hued sedimentary stone. Clearly dated to the third year of the Horeki Era (1753), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss and superficial cracks. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 53 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm

Combining chisel-marked force with stylistic simplicity, a notably compelling Jizo stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1272256 (stock #603)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,100.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from tuff, an igneous stone composed largely of volcanic ash. Late-Muromachi Period ca. 1550. Very minor old loss, with variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 15 cm

A charming Amida Buddha most likely employed as a Dosojin road-guardian stone, showing clear stylistic signs of a Muromachi-Period manufacture. Uncommon.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1268432 (stock #602)
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Amida Nyorai, the Buddha of the Western Paradise, seated upon a lotus-form dais with hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra. Sculpted from Japanese cypress with yosegi-zukuri joined-block construction, the eyes of inset crystal and the entirety finished in lacquer and gold leaf, the overarching funagata-style mandorla and multi-tiered plinth forming an original ensemble with the Buddha figure. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700.

Height, including mandorla and plinth: 49 cm
Height of Buddha figure only: 20.5 cm
Width of plinth: 27 cm
Depth of plinth: 21.5 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1263828 (stock #600)
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Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in shallow relief from a gray-hued igneous stone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss.

Height: 35 cm
Width: 18.5 cm
Depth: 7 cm.

A delightful Jizo stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1263467 (stock #599)
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Seated Yakushi Nyorai (Healing Buddha), a medicine jar held in both hands, sculpted in relief from a gray igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old loss.

Height: 20 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Depth: 10 cm

An unusually small-scale Yakushi Nyorai, Edo-Period stone depictions of which are uncommon.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1262465 (stock #598)
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Seated Jizo Bosatsu, a hoju (sacred jewel) held in both hands, sculpted from a fine-grained granite. Early-Edo period ca. 1650. Overall brown-black soot patination due to centuries of exposure to the smoke of devotional-use candles, oil lamps, and incense sticks.

Height: 20 cm
Width: 11.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm

A rare example of a devotional-use stone Jizo originally displayed inside the butsudan (Buddhist altar) of a private household, and an exceedingly charming piece of minkan-butsu (Buddhist folk sculpture). Outstanding.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1261946 (stock #597)
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Two Jizo Bosatsu figures standing side by side with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-hued volcanic stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Old loss.

Height: 30 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 11.5 cm

Dosojin is the Japanese Shinto manifestation of a Chinese Taoist deity charged with guarding the border between this world and hell. Believed to obstruct the passage of evil spirits and gods of disease into human communities, Dosojin is associated particularly with roads, crossroads, mountain passes, village boundaries, and travel generally.

Designated as Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, Jizo Bosatsu is the deity most commonly depicted in the case of Dosojin stones.

Dosojin stones have a talismanic, as opposed to memorial, function and are therefore avidly sought out by collectors of stone in Japan. Boasting edgy verticality and significant age, this is an especially desirable example of type.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1261749 (stock #596)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,800.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated posed of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a brown sedimentary stone. Clearly dated to the seventh year of the Genroku Era (1694), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss. Abundant lichen accumulation.

Height: 52 cm
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 20 cm.

A fine example of mid-Edo professional work, with irrefutable temporal provenance and vibrant pastel-green lichen accumulation.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1260655 (stock #595)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho mudra of adoration, figuratively sculpted from a gray igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Old loss.

Height: 33 cm
Width: 14.5 cm
Depth: 14 cm

A quietly joyous Jizo, aged to perfection.