Unusually large sculpture of Daruma, made of a large stone grown into a tree’s root section. This phenomenon is referred to as ishikui (eating stone), ishidake (holding stone) or ishikami (stone gods).
Height: 25.5 inches; width at widest point: ca. 15 inches. Japan, 19th century.
Patina somewhat rubbed at top of the head and shoulders, due to handling, few nicks and chips, all in all very good condition.
Pieces like these are fairly rare and the height is usually around 12 inches. The stone is swallowed up by the tree, while it is growing. It is a phenomenon highly appreciated in bonsai, in which case the tree is manipulated into surrounding the stone. In large, this is a more natural occurrence, growing to look like a person wrapped in a garment, such as Kan’on and, less frequent, Daruma.
Small shrine presenting the Buddha of Medicine and Healing, Yakushi Nyorai, standing on a multi-tiered base, holding a sacred jewel in his left hand. Wooden sculpture with finely painted gold decoration. On the gilded doors of the shrine lotus flowers and lotus leaves painted in black ink and mineral colors. The shrine is a black lacquered wooden case. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height shrine: 5.5 inches (14 cm).
Some touch-ups of black lacquer on outside of shrine, otherwise excellent condition.
Small shrine presenting the Amida sanzon. Wooden sculpture of standing Amida Buddha, carefully decorated in gold, standing on a lotus base surrounded by clouds. On the doors of the shrine are painted in black ink, mineral colors and gold Seishi bosatsu with his hands folded in prayer and Kannon bosatsu holding the lotus base. The Amida triad is descending to Earth to welcome the deceased to Western Paradise (raigo). The shrine itself is a gold lacquered wooden case with very fine metal hardware. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height shrine: 6.5 inches (16.5 cm).
Figure: Few repaired breaks (one hand, one cloud, one tip of a cloud), two tiny missing pieces. Shrine: chips and abrasions on edges. All in all excellent condition.
Circular hand shrine, or zushi, in two halves. On the inside, one half shows, carved, the bodhisattva Kokuzo with a sword in the right and a jewel in his left hand. He sits on a lotus base, placed on a rock. Details of the carving and the background painted in gold, black, iron red and malachite green. The other half shows a two-toned gold painted decoration of a lotus pond, a rock and a cloudy sky. The outside left plain. Comes with a custom made wooden stand. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Diameter: ca. 1 ¾ inches (4.4 cm).
Scarf tip on the right side of figure missing, scarf on the left repaired, sword repaired (all original pieces), otherwise very good condition.
Hand shrine, or zushi, of the triptych type. Inside, in the middle section sits Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, flanked by Seishi and Kannon bosatsu. Inside the left panel, and inside the right panel tennin (apsara) flying over a lotus pond. Image of Western Paradise.
Sandal wood. The outside covered in a dark, translucent lacquer, sprinkled with clouds of nashiji and on the front two kiri-mon in slightly raised gold-takamakie and the overlap in the middle decorated with gold lacquer karakusa over silver lacquer background, imitating engraved hardware. The inside carved in raised relief in different levels, the background covered in lapis lazuli, the carving decorated with gold paint and touches of malachite. Silver hinges in the shape of butterflies.
Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Height: ca. 3 ½ inches; width when open: 5 ¾ inches (9 cm; 14.5 cm).
Lapis lazuli somewhat rubbed, all in all very good condition.
Hand shrine, or zushi, in the shape of a lotus pod, carved in two halves. On the inside, on one side the sitting figure of Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, his hands in mudra in his lap, against a gilded background. The other half of the lotus bud is inscribed in black ink on a gold lacquer background with the mantra Namu Amida Butsu. Comes with its original brocade pouch. And with a custom made wooden stand. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Very light, soft wood, undecorated. On the outside carved in the shape of a lotus flower in a late stage, showing the seeds in the pod in the center. On the inside, on a gold background there is a relief carving applied. There is a inventory number in black ink on the rims of bowl and cover 32.45.9.A and 32.45.9.B.
Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Diameter: 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm).
Very good condition.
Hand shrine, or zushi, in the shape of a lotus bud, carved in two halves. On the inside, on one side the standing figure of Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, his hands in mudra. The other half of the lotus bud is decorated with a mutsume pattern (imitating a triaxial weaving) in kirikane (very thin strips of gold foil). Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Very light, soft wood. On the outside red lacquer, covered with leaf gold, that is partly rubbed off again. On the inside much of the carving is decorated with brush applied gold, and kirikane for the background of both halves.
Japan, Edo period, late 18th, early 19th century.
Total height: 4 ½ inch (11.4 cm).
One hand of the Buddha missing, the other glued, lower lip chafed. Few chips and dents at edges, all in all very good condition.
Very rare bronze sculpture of Daiitoku, one of the five Myoo. He is represented with six heads (three large, three small), six legs and six arms that are holding the different attributes, while he is sitting on the back of a reclining buffalo. Here, Daiitoku holds two of his hands clasped together. In the others he holds a staff, chakra, sword and trident. Mandorla with flames stuck into the back of the buffalo. Brown bronze with green corrosion. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: ca. H 12.25 x L 9 x W 7 inches (ca. 31.75 x 22.8 x 17.75 cm).
Tips of the top flames on the mandorla missing and a bit bent, otherwise excellent condition.
Daiitoku (Sanskrit Yamantaka) is an emanation of Amida Buddha; he is positioned in the West; the white buffalo is a symbol of enlightenment; he has the power to eliminate evil and to establish goodness and to defeat poisonous snakes and dragons.
Small Buddhist shrine, containing a wooden sculpture of Ryujin, the Dragon King of the Sea, standing in waves, while holding a bowl of tide ruling jewels in his hands. On his back, its head resting on Ryujin’s head, sits a dragon. With its claws holding on to Ryujin’s shoulders and waist. Soft wood with decoration in black, colors and gold. On the back signed: Komatsugawamachi Inose saku. Bottom of zushi inscribed with a number (). Japan, Meiji period or very late Edo.
Case: height 8.25, width 4, depth 3.75 inches (21 x 10.3 x 9.5 cm).
Sculpture: few small chips and repairs. Zushi: Traces of usage, conform the age and use of such shrines - lacquer chips, cracks, dents and abrasions. Both shrine and sculpture in very good shape over all.
Very rare subject matter.
Wooden group of Shomen Kongo, the green faced diamond deity in 8-armed configuration, standing before a flaming mandorla, accompanied by two children. Shomen Kongo tramples on two demon figures, the whole group standing on rocks, placed on a rectangular base. In his eight hands he holds a trident, sword, bow, arrows, something unidentifiable that should have been a rope (lower left hand) and an object that replaces the cakra (upper left hand). Shomen’s features: Third eye; in his crown the head of a monkey, the monkey being his messenger; skull necklace on his chest; snakes around his waist, wrists and ankles and a tiger skin bound around his waist. The boys are carrying a cup and flask(?). Polychromed wood, eyes of Shomen inlaid, crown gilded copper. Bronze fittings around corners of base, engraved with flowers. Japan, Edo period, 18/19th century.
Approximate measurements height: 29 inches; width: 15 ½ inches; depth: 11 inches.
Restaurations, few breaks, few missing tips, few lacquer chips.
Shomen Kongo originally was a plague spreading demon, but after converting to Buddhism, he became a guardian against wild animals, sickness and love spreading demons and wild weather deities. In the Edo period, he was venerated as a guardian against tuberculosis.
Sculpture of Daruma, sitting wrapped in his garment. Typical meditation posture. Kiri (Paulownia) wood. Unsigned. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height: 10 ½ inches; width: 6 inches (ca. 26.6 x 15 cm).
Some minor rubbed spots, some fritting at edges, beautiful patina, very good condition.
Highly unusual shrine with the image of the death of the historical Buddha (Shaka), or nehan-zu, and his entrance into the state or perfect peace, called nirvana or nehan. The Buddha lays stretched out on a rectangular lotus base, his head resting on his right arm. In painting, but also in sculpture, around the bed there are 52 kinds of beings, human and animals who mourn him. In this case, there are none represented. A kind of transom is hanging from the ceiling of the case as a baldachin. Carved wood, gilded and polychromed, with extremely finely painted details in the face. Japan, Edo period, 18/19th century.
Measurements: H ca. 8.5 in.; W ca. 9.5 in.; D ca. 5 in. (ca. 21.6 x 24.1 x 12.7 cm.).
Case: some dents on roof, flaking lacquer at bottom, corrosion on hardware, consistent with age and a humid storage in a temple. Figure: right arm restored, baldachin with many missing part (partly still extant) and very fragile.