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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1265426 (stock #10752)
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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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1261794 (stock #10750)
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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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1240423 (stock #10737)
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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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #1163347 (stock #10674)
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Hollow bronze cast of a hedgehog. Cast in two parts. Unsigned. Japan, 20th century.
Length ca. 8 inches. Height ca. 4 inches.
Some white paint specks (latex), otherwise excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #1139201 (stock #10664)
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Hollow stoneware sculpture of a tiger sitting on its haunches, growling at the world, showing its shark-like white teeth. Somewhat folky piece. Incised artist’s seal, unidentified. Japan, Showa period.
Height ca. 15.5 inches.
Excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1112251 (stock #10652)
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A pair of slightly abstracted foxes, sitting at their haunches, tails curled wound their feet, their heads turned upwards, as they are gazing at the moon. Patinated bronze. Each of them engraved on the bottom ‘Kozan’ in archaic script. Brown patinated bronze with roughened surface. Japan, mid 20th century.
Comes with tomobako, the cover inscribed on the outside tsuki miru kitsune (foxes looking at the moon) and stamped seido sei (made of bronze); the cover signed and sealed on the inside Kozan saku, Kozan.
Height 10 and 10 1/8 inches (25.2 and 25.8 cm).
A few tiny dents at the bottom edge of one of the foxes, otherwise excellent condition.

The signature Kozan belongs to the artist Sakai Kozan, who was active in Takaoka during the Showa period, mid to late 20th century. The Sakai bronze manufacture is still active today.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #992464 (stock #10607)
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A bronze figurine of a kappa, water imp, sitting at ease on a rock with his feet in the water of a pond. His hands placed besides him on the rock. Cast bronze with a beautiful brown patina that turns green on the rock. Signed in the back. Japan, late Taisho, early Showa period.
H 5.7 inches (14.5 cm); W 4.4 inches (11.2 cm); D 5.5 inches (14 cm).
Dents and patina abrasions consistent with usage as an ashtray, otherwise fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #935635 (stock #10586)
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Elegant wooden sculpture of a nude woman, standing in a pensive pose, one knee slightly bent, her chin resting in her right hand. The wood is sculpted in a slightly faceted manner, giving the piece an almost abstract feel. Soft wood with green, yellow and oil based paint. Piece let into a square wooden base. Exhibition label at the base. Titel: Fumiko. Name of participant: Sakaba Yasuo. Address in the Tokyo Arakawa-ward, Nishi-Ogu. The venue: Sokei exhibition, which is the Art Academy in Tokyo. Japan, second half 20th century, prob. 1960s.
Height ca. 18.6 inches (46.5 cm)
Few material cracks that were there right from creation.

Today, in Tokyo in Arakawa ward along the river Sumida, in Higashi-Ogu, there still is a Sakaba family member who carves wooden Buddhist sculptures.