Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #1290409 (stock #632)
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Oyako-gaeru (mother-with-child frog) sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1825. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation overall.

Height: 26 cm
Length: 36 cm
Width: 29 cm

A heartwarming double-decker leaper, realistically rendered, with good age and in excellent condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1289846 (stock #631)
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Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated to the fourth year of the Anei Era (1775), late-Edo Period. Minor old loss.

Height: 48 cm
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 17.5 cm

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1492 item #1289638 (stock #629)
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Gorinto (five-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a high-quality granite. Muromachi Period ca. 1450, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss.

Height: 57.5 cm
Width: 13.5 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.

With a tapered bottom surface sculpted for easy insertion into the soil, this piece will require some form of vertical support if displayed indoors on a flat surface.

A sizable, notably handsome isseki gorinto with strong formal balance and significant age, and in excellent condition. Highly collectible.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1285029 (stock #623)
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Seated Sho-Kannon Bosatsu, the hands holding a stemless lotus bud, sculpted in relief from sandstone. Clearly dated to the second year of the Horeki Era (1752), mid-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss and a small surface crack on the lower-front garment. Good lichen accumulation.

Height: 40.5 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #1282412 (stock #619)
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in shallow relief from a grayish igneous stone, featuring a centrally placed bonji (Siddham-script Sanskrit character) symbolizing Amida Buddha. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 55 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 12 cm

A handsome relief-sculpted gorinto with excellent size and significant age. Uncommon.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1492 item #1281823 (stock #618)
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Gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from a grayish-brown igneous stone. Nanbokucho/early-Muromachi Period ca. 1350. Very minor old loss. Slight lichen accumulation.

Height: 78 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 30 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 notably strong example, with excellent size, significant age, and pleasing formal balance. Highly collectible.

All Items : Archives : Pre 1920 item #1280787 (stock #617)
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Standing Kaiko-no-Kami, the hands holding a flowering mulberry tree branch, sculpted in relief from a gray-blue volcanic stone. Meiji/Taisho Era ca. 1920. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 45 cm
Width: 25 cm
Depth: 16 cm

Kaiko-no-Kami, the Japanese goddess of silkworms and, by extension, raw silk production, is a relatively obscure member of the large pantheon of Shinto folk deities. Geographically centered on Japan's Tohoku region, the cult of Kaiko-no-Kami flourished from around 1850 until the early 1930s, during which period raw silk was Japan's leading export item, accounting for up to 30% of the nation's total exports. Kaiko-no-Kami, also known as Oshirasama, is nearly always depicted with a flowering mulberry tree branch in both hands, an obvious allusion to the diet of silkworms.

An uncommon, highly collectible stone.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1280009 (stock #614)
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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. Minor old loss.

Height: 26.5 cm
Width: 14.5 cm
Depth: 6 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.

A charmingly rough-hewn and small-scale talismanic Dosojin stone, and a fine example of Japanese folk sculpture.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #1278694 (stock #613)
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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 : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1277222 (stock #611)
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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 : Archives : Regional Art : 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 : Archives : Regional Art : 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 : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #1264548 (stock #601)
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Gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in shallow relief from a gray igneous stone. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Minor old loss and superficial cracks.

Height: 41 cm
Width: 19 cm
Depth: 9 cm.

The gorinto is a distinctively 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, is manifested in the five elements making up the physical world.

This piece displays three commonly observed stylistic characteristics of pre-Edo Period Japanese Buddhist stone sculpture: (1) flatness, in two senses, namely, (a) shallow depth relative to height and width, and (b) shallow relief sculpting; (2) a tapered base to facilitate insertion directly into the ground as opposed to a flat base conducive to placement upon the ground; and (3) an absence of both date and inscription. The innate tendency of this piece to go horizontal necessitates that it be propped up against a wall or other form of lateral support for vertical display. If placed outdoors, it can be inserted directly into the ground.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : 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 : Archives : Regional Art : 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 : Archives : Regional Art : 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 : Archives : Regional Art : 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 : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1260655 (stock #595)
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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.