Single block carving (ichiboku) of a sambaso dancer with the typical high hat with a round circle on each side. In his left hand he holds suzu bells; his right hand, on his back, holds a fan. Keyaki wood (paulownia), carved in a faceted way, resembling ittobori, and stained. Japan, 1910s-1920s.
H ca. 18 inches.
One repaired crack from the bottom into his left shoulder, some scuffing and chipping at edges, tension crack in hat. All in all very good and stable condition.
Beautiful copy of an Asuka period figure of Jikokuten, one of the four shi-tenno, as housed in Horyuji temple in Nara. He is the keeper of the kingdom, the guardian of the world. Usually, he holds a sword in his right hand and rests his left hand on his hip. Here he is imaged with a kind of halberd in one hand, while the other hand has lost its attribute. Plain wood. Japan, late 19th or 20th century.
H 21 ½ inches.
Hands broken at wrists and glued back. Glue traces underneath feet. Few chips (feet, back, etc.).
There is a tradition of recreating well-known sculptures, paintings, whether National Treasures or Important Cultural Property. Not with the intention to forge, but for private or public use in a small temple or private temple. The Meiji era sculptor Koun made Buddhist sculpture, after famous pieces on public display. He did sign his work. The piece presented here is not signed.
Kabuto maedate of rectangular shape. On the silver underground in golden, bold bonji characters the name of the deity Fudo Myoo (most likely). Wood with silver and gold lacquer. Japan, 19th century.
H 8 ¼ in. x W 1 ¾ in.
Front surface relacquered.
Fudo Myoo is one of the five Myoo, guardians of Buddhism. He scares humans into accepting the teachings of the Buddha Dainichi; he holds a sword in the right hand that symbolizes wisdom cutting through ignorance) and a in his left with which he catches and binds the demons. His image is often seen on a part of armour.
Kabuto maedate. Family crest, molded from wood pulp or other composite material into the shape of a stylized wisteria or fuji. Reverse lacquered or painted red, the front brown with gold sprinkle. Japan, 20th century.
H 6-5/8 in.; W 6-7/8 in.; Th ¼ in. at insertion point.
Very good condition
Wooden sculpture of an old man and woman taking a break from the rice harvest. They are sitting on an elevation. He is preparing his pipe, taking tobacco out of his tonkotsu. She is getting out a lunch box and two tea cups, while the tea kettle is at her feet. Behind them a sheaf of rice and two sickles. Perhaps a modern reference to Jo and Uba, the old couple on the island Takasago who symbolize longevity. Signed on bottom: the 74 year old man, Tomoyuki. Probably Taisho era (1912-1926) or early Showa at the latest.
H ca. 11 inches, W at bottom 10 ½ inches.
Few thin age/stress cracks, all in all fine condition.
Small plate decorated with rare decoration of three happy whales, swimming in the waves with their tails up and two of the spouting water before a coast with mountains. Two sailing boats in the far distance. Underglaze blue and black, overglaze white, gold and iron red. Back decorated with fish net design in iron red and gold and some underglaze blue and overglaze golden fishes. Signed in the center: Zoshuntei Hisatomi. Japan, late Meiji until before 1925.
H. 1 1/8 in. x D 8 3/8 in.
Gold on rim worn, otherwise fine condition.
Zoshuntei was a foreign trade porcelain company that was started by Hisatomi Yojibei Masatsune and his oldest son Masayasu. It was officially granted the name Zoshuntei in 1842. For two generations the company did well, until the family lost the license to the competition. A nephew of Masatsune tried to revive the company in 1911 by turning it into a factory, but had to close his doors finally in 1925.
Large jug with broad shoulder, tapering body and flaring mouth. Brown smooth stoneware covered with large splashes of brown, green and white glaze, creating rich colors and different textures. Very tactile piece. Could be Mashiko or Koishibara. Japan, Taisho/Showa era, early 20th century.
Height ca. 17 ½ in. x width ca 12 ¼ in.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Antlers. Thin corroded bronze with patches of gilding. Japan, 20th century.
H 8 ¼ inches.
Very small shrine holding the figure of Dakiniten riding a white (or silver) fox. Dakiniten is worshiped at the Toyokawa Inari temples. The zushi is on the inside encased behind a glass pane, surrounded by painted treasure symbols. These kind of zushi are sold at the temple to the patrons and other visitors. Polychromed wood with abundant gold and silver Japan, dated Taisho 13 (1924).
H of case ca. 4 inches.
Comes with original fitted kiri-wood storage box, inscribed with the receiver’s name (juyo), a Kyoto address, dated Taisho 13, 9th month, 17th day, Toyokawakaku and stamped with a red seal.
Enpukuzan Toyokawa, Myogonji is a temple dedicated to the eleven headed Kannon and Dakiniten and the fox Inari. It was originally founded in 1441 by Tokai Gieki. Most of these temples were rebuilt in the Meiji era or even later, hence many of the products of these temples are from modern times. Worshipers traditionally are merchants.
Very small shrine holding the figure of a priest sitting in a typical chair, a fly whisk or hossu in his hands. He possibly is Todai Gieki, the founder of the Toyokawa Inari temple (1441). The zushi is on the inside encased behind a glass pane. These kind of zushi are sold at the temple to the patrons and other visitors. Japan, Taisho or Showa era, 20th century.
H of case 4 inches.
Excellent condition. Certain weather types prevent the doors from fully closing.
Enpukuzan Toyokawa, Myogonji is a temple dedicated to the eleven headed Kannon and Dakiniten. Most of these temples were rebuilt in the Meiji era or even later, hence many of the products of these temples are from modern times. Worshipers traditionally are merchants.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. St. Jacob’s shell. Gilded wood. Japan, 19th / 20th century.
H 7 ¾ inches, W 7 ½ inches.
Good condition, restored chip, some traces of usage.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Stylized horns. Bronze with traces of gilding (mainly on back). Japan, 19th century.
H 6 inches, W 10 ¼ inches.
Good condition, few superficial scratches, repair on back.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Dragonfly. Gilded iron. Japan, 20th century.
L ca. 6 ¾ inches.
Good condition, one leg damaged.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Full body dragon with pearl. Gilded wood and metal wire. Japan, 19th/ 20th century.
L ca. 10 ½ inches.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Long-horned monster face with fangs and pointy ears and tufts of hair. Polychromed and gilded wood with horse hair and metal wire. Japan, 19th/ 20th century.
H 6 5/8 inches, W 6 5/8 inches.
Good condition, ear restored, a few abrasions
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Crescent moon. Thin bronze, ca. 1 mm thick. Japan, 19th/ 20th century.
L 6 ¾ inches.
Good condition, one tip a bit curved, few surface scratches
Large storage jug of typical Shigaraki stoneware with small white inclusions, made in three sections, decorated in multicolor enamel and gold with a cat making a mouse train come to an abrupt halt. A cat, high back, hissing at the mouse going at the head of a train, makes the train come to a dead stop and the following mice tumble, roll, spill in a ripple effect. Funny details: tumbling palanquin, spilling fish, flying papers. Either folk art or export. Japan, 20th century.
Height: ca. 18.5 inches.
Unsigned work from a studio that decorates household ceramics with funny or fantastic images in overglaze enamels that can be fired at low temperatures.
Hanging scroll with image of the ghosts of husband and wife. The wife is holding a skull. After a painting by Gotai. Ink and colors on silk. Japan, 20th century.
Image: H 43.5 x W 22 inches; overall: H 70.25 x W 26.5 inches.
Some creases in lower section of image.