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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1301935 (stock #10798)
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Hand scroll with twenty separate images of men and women entering in a contest of size of their respective genitals and of stamina. Referees are running around in colorful garments. The worn out men are getting drunk and giddy. Then comes the measuring and the women gloriously win. Black ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Unsigned. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.

Scroll: H 8 ¼ x L ca. 231 inches. Each image: ca. 6 ½ x 9 ½ inches.

Few minor traces of usage, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1301919 (stock #10797)
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$390.00
Round, cast bronze mirror, with the design of the central turtle and two cranes touching beaks, underneath a large pine tree. Surrounding them are chrysanthemums, a minogame and three young cranes. This is an image of the island Horai, symbol of longevity. Towards the lower right, against the edge the auspicious words ‘tenka ichi’. Silvered bronze. Japan, Meiji period, late 19th or early 20th century.

Diameter: 4-7/8 inches; height: ca. ½ inch.

Fine condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301892 (stock #10796)
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Hanging scroll. A circle on a black background, divided into ten sections around a white central circle that holds the character ‘shin’, meaning heart or soul. The ten sections represent the ten realms that are the ten possibilities of rebirth. On top the four realms of enlightened beings: Buddhas, Boshisattvas, arhats and pratyeka Buddhas. Underneath, the six realms (rokudo): Heavenly beings, humans, militant demons (ashura), animals, hungry ghosts and hell. Ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on paper. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.

Image: 29 ¼ x W 21 inches. Mounting: 44 ¼ x 26 ½ inches. Silver scroll ends decorated with cut out peonies on rocks mounted over a sentoku core.

Punch hole in bottom, stabilized by mounting, few small rubbed spots, dent in scroll end.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301819 (stock #10795)
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Hanging scroll. Five stages of decay of a noble woman, starting with a very young beauty, through the stages of married life, old age, death until nothing but bones are left. Usually, nine stages are shown, elaborating on the stages after death, called kusozu (pictures of the nine aspects). Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

Image: H 34 ½ x W 12 inches. Mounting: 52 ¾ x 16 ¾ inches.

Very fine painting. Few light stains, pigments slightly rubbed here and there, otherwise fine condition. One scroll end missing.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1301811 (stock #10794)
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$250.00
Piece of satin weave silk with Chinese characters embroidered in different colors of silk in different writing styles. The characters chosen, such as Fu, Lu and Shou, have auspicious meaning. The textile is a fragment of a larger entity, which was mounted as a scroll painting by way of conserving it. China, late 19th or early 20th century.

Silk embroidery: 33 ¾ x 13 inches. Mounting: 66 ¼ x 20 ¼ inches.

Few small holes in satin, some bleeding of color, slightly soiled, all consistent with age and usage. All in all good to very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1492 item #1301119 (stock #10793)
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Beautiful thick bronze hollow votive figure in the shape of Dainichi Nyorai sitting on a lotus base, former part of a kakebotoke. His head gear finely engraved with floral motives. Bronze with dark brown patina and traces of gilding. Kamakura period, 14th century.

Mounted on Japanese, old kiri-wood stand

H 4 ¼ inches

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1301107 (stock #10792)
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Hanging scroll. Painting of a tiger before a rock and bamboo, text in the upper half. Black ink and some faint red color on silk. Signed 73 year old hogen Sosen hitsu. Red artist’s seal. Japan, 18th century.

Yamamoto Sosen (1679-1760), Kyoto, Kano School

Painted area: 40 x 17 inches
Overall height 73 ¼ inches

Few tiny worm holes, old very light water stain, otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1300976 (stock #10788)
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Very small handscroll showing five shunga scenes. High quality painting in the style of Hokusai. Black ink, colors, gofun, black lacquer on silk. Gold flakes (now oxidized) on the backing paper. Glass or crystal scroll ends. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.

L 82 ½ x H 2 ½ inches

Gold flakes oxidized, otherwise excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1300197 (stock #10785)
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Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a faceted tama or jewel. Brown stoneware with greenish brown ash glaze on top and with the typical white inclusions. Shigaraki stone ware. Japan, Edo period, 18th century or older.

H 2 x L 2 ¼ x Wv2 inches

Traces us usage consistent with age. All in all excellent condition

Comes with kiri-wood tomobako with inscription.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1298437 (stock #10783)
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Small brush washer, molded and carved in the shape of a crab. Very thin biscuit with yellow, black and green glazes. Kutani ware, in the manner of Eiraku Hozen (1795-1854) and Wazen (1823-1896). Japan, 19th century.

H ca. 1 ½ in. (3.8 cm); length 2 ½ in. (6.7 cm).

Frittings and tiny chips at opening rim and at foot, otherwise very good condition.

Former collection / stock of Roger Barber, San Anselmo, CA.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1295813 (stock #10781)
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Tall and shallow zushi or portable shrine with the painting of the Kasuga mandala, mounted on a lotus base. From the saddle of the white deer rises the branch of the sacred Sakaki tree. In the branch is a disc with Buddha Shakyamuni in the middle, surrounded by the bodhisattvas Jizo, Kannon and Monju and Yakushi Nyorai. In the background, above a cloud, Mount Mikasa and the Kasuga shrine and the sun above. Polychromed and gilded wood. Japan, early Edo period, late 17th century.

Height of zushi: ca. 19 ½ inches.

Chips and damages to lacquer on outside. Condition inside excellent. Handwritten label on back: made in Japan.

Belief in the Kasuga deity was popular in the Heian/Kamakura periods, as it links Shinto and Buddhist deities. The worship did continue into the Edo period.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1294860 (stock #10780)
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Hanging scroll with image of a tiger, seen on its back, sitting under a promontory with some vegetation. Black ink, mineral colors and some gofun on silk. Dated and signed: Keio year of the tiger, 1st day of spring, Kofuku or Takayoshi. Seals: Mitsui Kofuku and Shisei. Japan, Edo period, 1866.

Image H 40 ½ x W 14 ¼ inches. Total height 76 inches.

Mitsui Takayoshi (1808-1885), born in Kyoto, established the Mitsui financial imperium and founded Mitsui Bank. He was known for his calligraphy and painting. He was an avid collector of objects connected to the tea ceremony. Today, his collection, including his own paintings can be viewed in the Mitsui Memorial Museum in Tokyo.

The painting presented here was obviously painted to usher in the year of the tiger, 1866.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1294836 (stock #10779)
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Cylindrical zushi or portable shrine of the proto-type as imported from China. In the center sits Amida Nyorai, surrounded by attendants. On the left door sits Seishi, on the right door Kannon, each surrounded by attendants as well. Outside covered in red lacquer, with gilding. The inside plain dark brown wood, with gilding on the edges. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 7 ¼ x Diameter 2 ¾ inches.

Tip of left hand panel broken off.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1294043 (stock #10777)
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Zushi in the shape of a Shinto shrine housing a carving of a curled up snake, it's tongue out. Glass pane behind the double doors. Left door inscribed with dedication by the donor. Inside, behind the snake, inscription in black ink, referring to Fudo Myoo and Marishiten. Sugi-wood (cryptomeria) shrine with light wood carving. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era (1910s-1920s).

H 8 ½ x W 6 ¾ x D 3 ¾ inches

Few abrasions, back pane re-stuck with iron nail

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1294008 (stock #10776)
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Cast iron kakebotoke or votive plaque for a Buddhist temple or house shrine, showing Amida Nyorai in low relief with repousse in mandorla. Japan, Meiji era, 19/20th century.

Diameter 6 ¼ inches

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1293939 (stock #10774)
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$350.00
Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a badger, holding or drumming his belly. Tanuki no hara tsutsumi. Brown stoneware with yellow ash glaze on top. Bizenyaki. Signed. Japan, late Edo period, 19th century.

H 2 x L 2 inches.

Several tiny flakes at the edges. All in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1293930 (stock #10773)
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$350.00
Kogo, small box for keeping incense, in the shape of a dragon toad with fangs and mane. Compact, but intricate shape. Brown earthenware with deep green glaze, leaving the face of the dragon free. Raku seal impressed in bottom. Raku ware. Japan, Edo period, ca. 1850.

L 2 ¾ x H 1 ¾ inches.

Fine condition (tiny chip that can hardly be seen by naked eye).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1290201 (stock #10441)
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$950.00
Unusual sake jug with a single curved handle that is the spout at the same time. Cream colored glaze over a beige colored, fine stone ware that partly turned brown on the foot ring. The glaze with extensive, fine crackle. Relief towards the top and the bottom the jug imitating the twisted bamboo rope that usually is wound around the top and bottom of porcelain sake jugs. Ofuke ware (Nagoya region), Japan, Meiji era, 19th century. Mingei.

Height 8 ¼ in. (21 cm); diameter 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm).

Some traces of usage, very good condition.