Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1331217 (stock #709)
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Seated Jizo Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho mudra of adoration, figurally sculpted from a brick-hued igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 25 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 15 cm

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1330494 (stock #705)
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Stone hokora sculpted in two pieces from a brown-hued igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Overall height: 47 cm
Width of roof: 34 cm
Depth of roof: 28 cm

Originally employed as a symbolic dwelling for a given clan's ancestral deity, this hokora features an unusually high-pitched roof and a window in the shape of an upside-down heart, a traditional motif called inomemado (lit. boar's-eye window) used in Japan since at least the Heian Period (784—1185) primarily in Shinto- and Buddhist-related architectural applications.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1330158 (stock #704)
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Standing Fudo-Myo, the right hand wielding an upright ken (sword) and the left grasping a kensaku (rope), sculpted in relief against a flame-type mandorla from a fine-grained metamorphic stone. Taisho Era ca. 1920. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation overall.

Height: 24 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 9 cm

A charmingly fearsome little Fudo-Myo, stone depictions of which are uncommon.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1322931 (stock #689)
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a gray-brown igneous stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 38 cm
Width: 13 cm
Depth: 12.5 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.

A strong example, showing good formal balance and significant age.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1315983 (stock #671)
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted from a single piece of tuff, a sedimentary stone composed largely of volcanic ash. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 54 cm
Width: 16.5 cm
Depth: 15 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, a single seed-syllable in Siddham script (Jp. bonji) is incised upon each of the five elements.

A sizable, well-proportioned example in excellent condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1315285 (stock #670)
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Jizo Bosatsu seated upon a lotus-form dais, the right hand holding a long-stemmed lotus blossom and the left a hoju (sacred jewel), figurally sculpted from a gray-hued igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1775. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 28 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm

A heavy-jowled Jizo stone.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1837 VR item #1311803 (stock #664)
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Seated Jizo Bosatsu, a hoju (sacred jewel) held in both hands placed centrally on the lap, sculpted from a granite-like igneous stone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss.

Height: 31.5 cm
Width: 23 cm
Depth: 15 cm

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1311317 (stock #663)
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Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu, the left hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud and the right forming the semu-in mudra of fearlessness, sculpted in bold relief from a brick-hued igneous stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Overall black-soot patination due to centuries of exposure to the smoke of devotional-use candles, oil lamps, and incense sticks.

Height: 21 cm
Width: 12 cm
Depth: 9 cm

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

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1310748 (stock #662)
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in shallow relief from a gray-blue igneous stone. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation overall.

Height: 51 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 14 cm

A notably good piece, elegantly sculpted and with significant age.

If placed outdoors, this stone 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 : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1310390 (stock #661)
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Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, a long-stemmed lotus bud held in the left hand, sculpted in relief from a brown-hued igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss. Excellent lichen accumulation overall.

Height: 48 cm
Width: 26 cm
Depth: 21 cm.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1309027 (stock #658)
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Seated Zendo Daishi (Ch. Shan-tao, 613—681) with hands in the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted from a gray schist and finished in polychrome. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Old loss to the polychrome.

Height: 15 cm
Width: 11.5 cm
Depth: 9.5 cm

Stone depictions of Zendo Daishi, a 7th-century Chinese monk venerated by the Jodo-Shu (Pure Land) Buddhist sect in Japan, are exceedingly uncommon. Intended for indoor display, this example boasts unusually detailed sculpting and a polychrome finish. Highly collectible.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1307475 (stock #656)
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Seated Jizo Bosatsu, the centrally placed hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a dark-gray igneous stone showing inclusions of a dark-blue stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss.

Height: 34 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 11 cm

An atmospheric Jizo stone showing what appear to be traces of polychrome but in fact are inclusions of a dark-blue stone. Uncommon.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1837 VR item #1306904 (stock #654)
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Frog sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss.

Height: 10 cm
Length: 25 cm
Width: 18 cm

A special-occasion frog, unlike any other.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1304535 (stock #651)
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Seated Kukai (774—835, posthumously known as Kobo-Daishi), with characteristic attributes gokosho (5-pronged vajra) in the right hand and juzo (Buddhist rosary) in the left, sculpted from sandstone. Late-Edo/Meiji Era ca. 1875. Very minor old loss. Excellent lichen accumulation overall.

Height: 38 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 18 cm

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1304193 (stock #648)
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Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Late-Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Minor old loss, with desirable softening of the lines and contours overall. Excellent lichen accumulation.

Height: 43 cm
Width: 22.5 cm
Depth: 10 cm

A classic Muromachi-Period seated Amida Buddha.

If placed outdoors, this stone 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 : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1303138 (stock #647)
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Koshinto stupa featuring a standing six-armed Shomen-Kongo with three seated monkeys underfoot and a chicken on either side, sculpted in relief from a relatively soft sandstone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1775. Old loss and overall softening to the lines and contours. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 65 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 18 cm

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1301389 (stock #645)
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Gorinto (five-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a grayish igneous stone punctuated by granite inclusions. Muromachi Period ca. 1500, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss.

Height: 51 cm
Width: 16 cm
Depth: 16 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.

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

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1837 VR item #1300024 (stock #643)
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Standing Bato (Horse-Head) Kannon Bosatsu sculpted in relief against a funagata-style mandorla from a gray-hued igneous stone, the hands in the gassho-like Bato-in mudra characteristic of this deity and the head adorned with the remnants of a horse head. Late-Edo Period ca. 1825. Old loss. Traces of pigment.

Height: 17.3 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Depth: 6.0 cm

While relief-sculpting and funagata (boat-shaped) mandorlas are common features of Japanese stone sculpture, very rarely do those two features meet up with diminutive dimensions, as in this Bato-Kannon stone. Exceedingly uncommon.