Square jar with etched Japanese writing "kanji" all four sides, aluminum top. Very, very unusual and rare. In beautiful condition especially being actively used in a shop. Pre-World War II, c. 1930. Measures 12 1/2" high x 8 1/2" wide x 8 1/2" deep.
Wood lacquer container for Ikebana, the art of flower arranging. Black lacquer on wood in the shape of a water bucket, very delicate and elegant vase with hand painted image of fish and grass. Stamped signature. Beautiful on its own even without a floral arrangement. 11"H x 9" cir. base, 12"cir at widest point. Mid-century, c. 1950-60.
Set of ten (10) glass storage jars on an aluminum stand. Oblong shaped jars with metal lids inscribed, "Yoshida & Co. Osaka". Definitely Japanese and most probably used in a shop that sells small items, could even be tea as the lock mechanism is very tight. In its original condition when acquired; jars have been cleaned but the lids were left as is. A fantastic accessory for a kitchen, establishments that cater to confectioners or dry goods - actually could be used for just about a ...click for details
Two charming vintage Washi figures mounted on wooden base. Washi ("paper") dolls are traditional Japanese figures made from colorful natural fiber paper. Circa 1950-60; in good condition. Each doll measures 2" wide x 2.25" tall.
Vintage Japanese Kokeshi Dolls
Vibrant Kokeshi couple with joyful expressions. Kokeshi are traditional handcrafted wooden dolls made throughout Japan. These came from in the northern (Tohoku) region of Japan. Circa 1950-60. Excellent condition. Male: 3.25" tall x 1.75" wide; Female: 3.5" tall x 1.5" wide.
Endearing Kokeshi couple with nodding heads; bodies decorated with painted blossoms. Kokeshi are traditional handcrafted wooden dolls made throughout Japan. These came from in the northern (Tohoku) region of Japan. Circa 1950-60, good condition. Male: 3.25" tall x 1.25" wide; Female: 3" tall x 1.25" wide.
Delightful, brightly painted Ittobori owl. Ittobori, or "one-cut", refers to the technique used to carve these toys from one single piece of wood. Circa 1960, excellent condition, with original box. Measures 1.25" wide x 3.75" tall x 1.5" deep.
Betel nut basket covered with sotis, a colorful fabric with contrasting warps woven in a striking geometric design. Betel nut chewing is a habit practiced in most Southeast Asian countries. Signs of wear, a few beads missing. Circa 1950, Indonesia. Measures (closed) 3.75" tall x 2.5" wide x 2" deep.