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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1332816 (stock #10866)
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Section from a handscroll showing the deity of wealth Daikoku riding an ox in a procession, in which his retainers, rats dressed as samurai, are carrying his belongings. Perhaps a parody of the sankin kotai (yearly trek to or from the capital). Daikoku is sitting on his rice bales, strapped onto an ox, holding his fan, his treasure bag behind him. All through the painting are symbols of Daikoku and of wealth. Black ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on paper. Above the scene a text in black ink, all surrounded by gold flakes in different hues. Japan, Edo period, 19th century. Framed.

Painting: H 12 ½ x W 35 ½ in. Frame: H 17 ¼ x W 44 ¾ in.

Minimally yellowed, few wrinkles, some of the green slightly rubbed, black ink slightly smeared on right side, paper laid down with tape along the edges, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1332318 (stock #10865)
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Pair of oni sculptures. One oni with arms crossed, a dragon over its shoulder and two horns; the other holding a ball or jewel and with one horn. Each with a cloud coming out of the head that forms the base of candle stick. Each standing on a wooden base. The dragon and jewel may refer to Ryujin, the dragon king of the sea. Wood with gesso and lacquer. Japan, Edo/Tokyo studio, late Edo or early Meiji, 19th century.

H incl. bases ca. 15 ¼ inch each

Small chips and losses, one oni stuck back on its wooden base with metal wires, more or less original condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1331840 (stock #10864)
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Hanging scroll with the image of a withered skull lying between flowering Suzuki grass. Nozarashi skull (exposed in an open field) in the fall. Black ink, brown and some gold and silver on silk. Dated and signed: 1915, Unrei and artist’s seal. Japan. Borders decorated with brocade skulls and Suzuki grasses.

Painting: H 51 ½ x W 20 ¼ inches. Total height 79 ¼ inches.

Good condition.

Akamatsu Unrei (1892-1958), Osaka. Studied painting with Unsen Koyama, Tikugai Fujii and Himejima Chikugai.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1330288 (stock #10861)
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Shibuichi tsuba with engraving, relief and colored metal high and low relief inlays. Two dancing men with umbrella on a veranda, surrounded by pine seedlings. New Year’s scene. Signed Gyokyryuken Nobukazu and kao. Edo period, mid 19th century.

H 2 ½ inches.

Two scratches on verso.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1910 item #1330212 (stock #10856)
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Midsize storage jar. Brown smooth earthenware, decorated with a shoulder imitating thick dripping glaze, going over a slip band with an impressed, slightly raised decoration of chrysanthemums, spirals and blossoms. Bottom left unglazed and with impressed gourd shape seal of the unidentified maker. Mingei. Japan, late 19th, early 20th century.

H ca. 7 inches.

Few abrasions and unimportant chips consistent with usage and age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #1330208 (stock #10854)
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Tea cup or incense burner with everting lip. Purple and blue and cream-colored glaze of the Junyao type, dripping thickly towards the everting foot, cut off where it would have bulged. Inside of foot with facet-cut and with artist’s impressed seal mark … to. Dark brown stone ware. Perhaps Chosen Karatsu. Japan, late 19th / early 20th century.
Red collector’s mark on bottom.

H 3 -5/8 in.; diameter 3 ¼ in.

Chip in foot.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1330206 (stock #10855)
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Wooden sculpture of Daikoku sitting on a rice bale, spilling countless jewels (tama) from his treasure bag. Keyaki (Paulownia) wood, carved in a style reminiscent of ittobori. Japan, unsigned. Mingei. 19th century.

H ca. 11 x W 10 ½ in.

Tension cracks (consistent with material and age), several scuff marks, painters tape on bottom.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1325624 (stock #10853)
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Long neck sake bottle, or tokkuri. Grayish clay covered in creamcolored glaze with a decoration of flowers and butterflies in brown. Beautiful patina due to handling. Bottom inscribed in black in, hardly readable: Ofuku, tora, saru (tiger and monkey - opposites in the zodiac). Also paper label with a number. Red collection mark at the foot: 30:3-10. Either Karatsu (Kyushu) or early Oribe-style, Seto. Japan, 18th century.

H ca. 9 ¼ in.

Staining of the glaze due to handling, all in all fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1325585 (stock #10852)
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Stoneware bowl of conical shape, the sides slightly ribbed at the bottom, with a small spout to pour water from for making tea. A gray base glaze, decorated in red, green, white and brown enamels with a blossoming cherry tree and a maple tree with green and red leaves. Marked on bottom in overglaze brown bold characters: Inuyama. Japan, Edo/Meiji eras, 1830-1870s.

H ca. 3 ½ in., diam. Ca. 5 ¼ in.

Tiny old chip at foot, otherwise fine condition

Cf. Edward Morse, Catalog of the Morse Collection of Japanese Pottery, under Inuyama, where he dates this rather colorful type to 1830-1880.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1325562 (stock #10851)
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Hexagonal mizusashi, water jar, used in the tea ceremony, with black lacquer cover, standing on three feet. Beautiful gradating brown glaze with flambe patches, typical for Takatori ware. The mouth heavily worn from use, partially restored with gold lacquer (kintsugi), as are most of the cracks, adding to the beauty of the piece. Some of the glaze wear left as is. Takatori kiln, Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 6 ¾ x W (at widest point) 7 ¼ in.

Wear and tear consistent with age and use, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1325560 (stock #10850)
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Sake bottle of brownish gray stoneware, covered in a beautifully crackled cream-colored glaze, typical for Mino ware. Bottom inscribed with black ink, illegible. Some glaze irregularities and beautiful discoloring of the glaze due to extensive handling. Japan, Seto region, Edo period, 18th century.

H 8 ½ inches

Few old chips, one hairline crack, all consistent with age and use. All in all fine condition.

Provenance: Yamanaka & Co., New York (label)

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1837 VR item #1324601 (stock #10846)
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Storage bottle for sake, or tokuri. Bulbous body and flaring mouth. Cream colored clay with greenish-yellow slip-like glaze thinly applied and natural ash-glaze. Yellow Seto ware, Japan, Edo period, 19th century or earlier.

H ca. 11 ¼ inches.

Abrasions in glaze, all in all very good condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1323261 (stock #10842)
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Forged iron tsuba, rather thick, in the shape of a cross, pierced on each end with an inoshishime (boar’s eye). The decoration of the cross, Christian symbol, is hardly perceivable when the tsuba is mounted on a sword, thus being kakure kirishitan, a hidden Christian, symbol. Owari region, Japan, 18th century.

Diameter 3 in. (7.6 cm).

Fine condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1910 item #1323255 (stock #10840)
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Zushi or shrine with inside a wooden sculpture of an erect penis dressed in the typical dress of a palace groom, using the grain of the wood to accentuate belly and knees. Fertility symbol, probably used / displayed during local fertility festivals. Also classified as waraimono - things that make you smile. Japan, Meiji era, around 1900.

Case H ca. 10 ½ inches; sculpture H 6 ¼ inches

Zushi with a lot of wear. Sculpture in fine condition; was formerly glued to another base plate.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1323239 (stock #10839)
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Tea bowl as used in the tea ceremony with thin, high sides with three horizontal ribs. Decorated with bamboo shoots between grasses on a cream colored glaze patch on otherwise black ground. Mino ware, kuro-Oribe, or Black Oribe style, Japan Edo period, early 19th century or earlier.

H 3 ½ x W 5 inches

Scuff marks consistent with usage

Comes with fitted kiri-wood storage box

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1323237 (stock #10838)
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Very small double side zushi with inside the images of the Buddha Amida Nyorai and on the other side a Bodhisattva holding a covered jar. All doors painted with lotus flowers in water on a golden back ground. The zushi itself made of kiri-wood (Paulownia), which is known and used for its fire resisting qualities. Very special piece. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 2 ¾ inches

Few age cracks (see photos), paint on doors a bit rubbed, otherwise excellent condition. Beautiful details.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1900 item #1322623 (stock #10836)
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Two caricaturesque masks in the iki ningyo life-like style. A man of lower social class with loose hair and his face making a grimace, his eyes turned to his left, as if he sees something scary or disgusting. The other an old woman, her sagging mouth open, her eyes focusing on something nearby that she does not particularly like. Wooden cores covered with gesso and paint, some fur and horsehair for each coiffure. Eyes inlaid in glass or crystal. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.

H 6 ¼ and 6 ½ inches.

Excellent details up to eye lashes and the leathery skin of older people. Some chips and stains and chafes, loss to the old woman’s fur hair. All in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1322596 (stock #10834)
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Wooden mask imaging an old woman with an emaciated face, high cheekbones, long eyebrows and a sagging mouth in which teeth are missing. Beautiful caricature. The mask could be used as a proper mask, as indicated by the traces of usage, in a country side theater situation, or as a decoration on a wall. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era.

H 9 ½ x W 7 ¼ inches.

Good patina with traces of touching / rubbing on the nose, cheeks and chin. Few small chips, almost invisible due to patina of time, small repair on back in the mouth corner.