Tall statue of the long-legged Ashinaga standing on a rock, next to a basket, holding up a cupped lotus leaf, which can function as a candle stick for a slender candle. Carved wooden core with gesso and thick layer of polychrome decoration, eyes inlaid reverse painted glass. Japan, early Meiji era, 19th century.
H 32 ¼ inches
Smaller (chips, crack) and larger (right arm, leg, left hand) damages, most of which very well restored. Detailed condition report upon request.
Two part statuette of Ashinaga, creature with overly long legs, carrying half a giant clam shell on his head. He wears short pants and a short jacket that is tied shut (but still showing his bare chest) with a tasseled rope, and covered with mugworth leaves along the lower hem. Rather than the usual long beard and bald head with a ring of curls on the side, the face shows a European style mustache and the head is adorned with long, thick and abundant curls, much in the way of the Portuguese and Dutch, as the Japanese used to portray them. The small base is engraved with shell decorations. Dark brown stained wood; eyes inlaid in white and black material. Unsigned, Japan, Meiji era.
H incl. base 18½ inches
Few unimportant chips, all in all in excellent condition
Relatively large sculpture of the Bodhisattva Jizo, sitting with crossed legs underneath his garment, his hand together in prayer. Japan, Meiji era, late 1800s.
H ca. 10¼ inches
Beautifully worn by exposure to the elements
Sculpture of Daruma, Buddhist patriarch, sitting wrapped in his garment, chest and face bare. Cast bronze with beautiful brown patina. Cast seal in back, illegible. Japan, Edo/Meiji era, mid-19th century.
H ca. 7-1/4 inch.
Daruma standing tall, wrapped tightly in his garment, the tips of his feet just peeping out. One tip of his garment floating, as if in the wind. The face deeply cut and expressive. Keyaki (zelkova) wood carved in ittobori style. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century. Mingei (folk art).
H ca. 13-1/2 inches
Natural stress crack, typical for keyaki wood, few very old chips in the back that were probably already there at the time of the carving, all in all very good condition.
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.
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.
Sculpture of Daruma, sitting wrapped in his garment, slightly bent forward. Typical meditation posture. Kiri (Paulownia) wood. Unusual. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
H 10 ½ inches; W 6 inches (ca. 26.6 x 15 cm).
Beautiful patina, very good condition.
Highly unusual sculpture of two natural ruyi mushrooms ‘growing’ from a piece of wood. At the foot of the mushrooms sits a small frog. The mushrooms mounted with wire and resin. Japan, Meiji era. Unsigned.
Ca. H 7 x W 14 x D 6 inches.
The stem of the smaller mushroom was broken and glued.
A pair of medium size guardians, nio. The one on the right with his mouth closed wards off evil with one hand and holding a now lost object in the other. The Nio on the left, with his mouth wide open, holds a single pronged vajra in one hand while warding off evil with the other. Soft wood (kiri or sugi) with lots of traces of mineral colors (red, blue, green). Japan, Edo period, late 18th, early 19th century.
Height: circa 33.5 inches.
Some repairs, few cracks, basically in very good and stable condition.
A pair of nio figures, standing on a rock-shaped base. Wood with red, black ochre and green lacquer. The eyes inlaid in glass or crystal. Typical style of an unidentified studio that has been active at least since the 18th century and that often produced oni no nembutsu, ceremonial dagger holder in the shape of demons and other often witty subject matter. Japan, early 19th century.
Height: circa 20.5 inches and 21 inches.
A: wooden kegs in feet re-placed and refitted (with pegs). A and Um: Some restored and unrestored cracks, all in all excellent condition.
De-accessioned from the Denver Art Museum. Original label still on the bottom.
Study of an elephant holding a piece of wood with its trunk, his skin hanging loosely about him. Dark brown patinated, light weight wood, the eyes inlaid in buffalo horn, the tusks bone. Japan, 19th century.
Length: 15.5 inches (39.1 cm)
Pupil to one eye missing, otherwise fine condition.
The messenger of the Dragon King of the Sea, holding up a tide ruling jewel. Very rare tagayasan (cassia wood) carved base in the shape of a three-clawed dragon, surrounded by waves that carry the tide ruling jewel, a virtually clear rock crystal ball. Tagayasan base carved and composed in yosegi saiku technique, which is commonly applied in Buddhist sculpture. The base covered in nashiji lacquer. Japan, Edo period, around 1800. Unsigned.
Total height: Circa 8.5 inches . Diameter of ball: 4 inches (10 cm).
Few burned spots, several breaks and losses in the base, due to the nature of the wood. The crystal is virtually clear with very few inclusions (two kinds) and with a few blemishes to surface.
Tagayasan is extremely difficult to carve, as the structure of the wood makes it very brittle, even though tagayasan is considered a hardwood. But the play of the dark and light lines make it extremely beautiful. Tagayasan is usually used for smaller carvings as netsuke, very rarely for larger sculptures.
Rare sculpture of a bronze elephant, reclining holding up his head and throwing his trunk up in the air. Traces of former gilding. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Length: 7 ½ inches; height: 6 ¾ inches.
Few scratches on bottom, excellent condition.
Large pair of cranes, standing. One has its neck and beak stretched upwards, the other has its neck curved down. Cast bronze. Japan, latter half Meiji period.
Height: ca. 49 and 39.5 inches (124.5 and 100.5 cm).
Small repair at one of the legs, some paint spatter, little oxidation, excellent condition.
Small figure of a tiger, sitting on a rocky base, tail curled around his haunches, his head up as if picking up a scent. Cast in two pieces, but securely mounted. Signed on bottom: Shohoken. Japan, Nagasaki?, Edo period.
Height: ca. 3.1 inches (7.8 cm).
Fine condition. Some scratches on the bottom.
Wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Jizo, hands folded together in prayer, standing on a lotus base. His face very serene and beautiful. Surface darkened by soot, some lighter color still visible, crystal eyes. Head loose, inside piece of paper rolled onto a wooden stick. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Height 14.75 inches (37.5 cm).
Fine crackle in face, otherwise good condition.
Small wooden carving of excellent quality: tiger with flaming groin, looking back and fiercely growling, standing on a rock between stalks of bamboo. Beautiful piece of hard wood, some red color around the mouth, eyes inlaid in brass. Although carved in three dimensions, it is meant to be seen frontally only. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
L 18.5 inches (47 cm), H 4.6 inches (11.8 cm).
Few tension cracks without consequences, excellent condition.