Shaka (S:Sakyamuni) is seated on a throne beneath a jewelled canopy, flanked by the Bodhisattvas Fugen (S:Samantabhadra) and Monju (S:Manjusri) mounted on an elephant and lion respectively. In attendance are four additional deities and the 'sixteen benevolent deities' (J:Juroku zenjin), in rows of eight on either side. They protect the 'Daihannya haramitta kyo', the Sutra of Great Wisdom.
The painting is in reasonable condition consistent with great age with
some marks and crease are are ...
Huge oysters in a bamboo basket surrounded by flies. Beside the basket clams are also seen. Painted with ink and pigments on silk. Sealed. The seal reads Kazan.
Watanabe Kazan (1793–1841) was a Japanese painter, scholar and statesman member of the samurai class. In his early life, Kazan was heavily influenced by the artistic styles of the west, forming a unique style with elements of Japanese and European art. Like many other Edo-period artists, Kazan painted realistic portraits of his...
Literati in the hermitage. Painted with ink and pigments on paper. The old paulownia box has an inscription reads Hogan Motonobu hitsu, meaning it is depicted by Motonobu with Hogan title. It is attributed to Kano Motonobu.
Kanō Motonobu (1476-1559) was a Japanese painter active during Sengoku period, the Age of Civil Wars(1467 – c. 1603). He was a member of the Kanō school of painting. Through his political connections, patronage, organization, and influence he was able to make...
Handcrafted usubata, Ikebana flower vase. The pedestal is decorated with a wave where a couple of stormy petrel is flying. A lovely display piece for a flower arrangement in a tea ceremony or candle holder. Water dose not leak. The piece is in refined rustic condition with growing patina.
Top Size: W 9 1/2” x H 5 1/8” (W24cm x H13cm)
Stand (Wave): W 5 7/8 (W15cm)
Highly collectable clay art doll called Miyoshi doll, which is also known as Miyoshi-deko (clay figure) featuring forty-seven ronin. The doll usually has a peculiar gloss all over them, especially on their faces. It is a simple but has a hint of beauty expressed by a Japanese traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation.
The origin of Miyoshi dolls is said to date back to 1630, when Chuemon Osaki came to Miyoshi, found some good clay in Yamaga (now Yamaga-cho, Miyoshi ...
Eleven-Headed Kannon Bodhisattva stands on a pedestal, with holding a golden lotus. Gold paint on silk. Sealed. He/she is an esoteric form of the Bodhisattva, saves beings from the realm of bellicose demons called Ashura.
Some light marks and insignificant foxing present on the painting, and some light marks crease, and foxing are present on the mounting itself due to its great age, otherwise the piece is in very good condition. It is accompanied by a paulownia wood storage box.
Excellent handsome Kutani okimono of a Shishi lion Foo dog with a ball. It is a lovely substantial piece in fine condition, decorated with hand painting.
Kutani ware is a style of Japanese porcelain known for multiple colors—such as greens, blues, yellows, purples, and reds—and bold designs covering most of the surface of each piece.
W10 1/4” x H 10 5/8”(W 26cm x L 27cm)
Otafuku is a plump moon faced woman who has become familiar down through the centuries to Japanese from all classes of society. She is homely with a round high cheeks and a short flat nose, but charmed with good humor, amiability and laughter. The word otafuku literary means many fortunes. Here depicted is a hundreds of otafuku beauties enjoying their lives, such as holding a banquet, preparing a dinner with delicious foods gathered from the mountains and the sea. Some otafuku are also cleaning ...
A lovely large incense burner “Koro” in the shape of black-spotted red rabbit. Raku ware. It bears a seal beneath reads Mokubei. Circa early 20th Century. Rabbit is a symbol of fertility and sensuality. There is a lid on its back with a ventilating hole and the inside of the lid is decorated with gold paint (kindei). The piece is in very good condition and accompanied ay a paulownia wood storage box.
H 5” x L 10 1/4” x W 5 7/8 (H 13.5cm x L 26.0cm x W15cm)
A fantastic painting depicted an octopus in an octopus pot/trap. Painted on paper with ink and pigments. Hanging scroll. This is a collaborated art work of Nakamura Husetsu, who wrote the famous Japanese haiku(poem) above, and Yasukawa Hodo painted the octopus. Signed by both artists.
The haiku itself was originally read by the most famous and greatest master of haiku, Matsuo Basho(1644 - 1694).
It reads, ; takotsubo ya hakanaki yume o natsu no tsuki
an octopus pot ---
A fine 18th Century Kano school painting depicted peony flowers. Behind the scene is a stream. It is painted with pigments of green (rokusho), which has been richly used. The combination of red and white flower symbolizes good fortune. This subject was painted in life size and a very good example of Kano school peony painting.
It is in good condition with patina. A highly decorative piece.
Painting: 20 7/8” x 43” (53.0cm x 109.0cm)
Scroll: 26” x 76 1/2” (66.0cm x 194.0cm)...
A seated figure of otafuku. She enjoys the secret moment beneath. It is rare to see an otafuku erotic art figure of this scale. It is made with great expression and charm. Her kimono is finely decorated with local flora. A highly recommended piece for erotic art collector. Circa late Edo –early Meiji period, 19th Century. It is in fine condition.
H 8 7/8” x W 9 3/4” x D 8 3/8” (H 22.5cm x W 24.5cm x D 21.0cm)
An exquisite bird and flower painting features a Java sparrow rests on a branch in resurrection lily. Circa early Edo period, early 17th Century. This delicate painting is executed on paper with ink and pigments. The both Java sparrow and the flower are not native to Japan, but they were imported as early as 17th century from China, when the artist was a official painter to the Tokugawa shogunate. Little is known about the artist: Kano Koi (-1636), identified as such by a seal at lower left, he ...
A beautiful Japanese traditional music instrument Biwa. This type of biwa is called “Heike-biwa”, which has four strings and five frets used to play “Heike Monogatari”, - an epic account of the struggle between the Taira and Minamoto clans for control of Japan at the end of the 12th century in the Genpei War (1180-1185). The biwa is also the chosen instrument of Benten, goddess of music, eloquence, poetry, and education in Buddhism.
It is in very good condition.
L 34 3/8” ...
A beautiful image of a massive swimming carp - a noble fish. Finely painted on silk with ink. The signature reads shikibuno sato yusen hironobu. Kano Hironobu(1778-1814) was active in the late Edo period. He inherited the hamacho kano family and became a court painter. In 1808, he granted an important title Hogen, which was given to extraordinary artist.
There are some light marks and crease present, otherwise the piece is in good condition. It is accompanied by a paulownia wood storage...
Samurai Helmet depicted respectfully displayed on the stand. Painted on silk with ink and kindei, which is gold pigments. The kabuto was an important part of the equipment of the samurai, and played a symbolic role as well, which may explain the Japanese expressions, sayings and codes related to them.
The Signature reads Tosanomori Mitsuzane (The load of Tosa) and sealed. This scroll has unique mounting such as the fabric “black takeyamachi” has been positioned on top of the scroll with do...
Marishi-ten, a bodhisattva associated with light and the sun, depicted atop a wild boar dressed in armor. Circa mid-late Edo period, late 18th- early 19th century. He has three heads, fierce expressions, with a third eye in each forehead. Marishi-ten has six arms, which hold a sword, fan, and bow and arrow, as well as a long spear. The deity’s left foot rests on a chakra wheel on the back of the boar. As a deity of war and victory, he was worshiped in Japan during the 8th century by warriors, ...
Kano school painitng of wild horses resting by water enjoying the spring scene. Painted with ink and light pigments on paper. Decorated with gold speckles.
The painting is in reasonable condition with some marks, foxes and creases present due to its great age. There are some marks on the mounting. This painting is specially priced for celebrating Chinese new year (year of horse).
Painting: 22 1/4” x 57 1/8” (56.5cm x 145.0cm)
Scroll: 28” x 77 1/4” (71.0cm x 196.0cm)