Bronze vase with relief decoration of long pointy leaves (probably potato leaves) and stem-shaped handles in a style that imitates Art Nouveau. Greenish brown patina. Signature in bottom. Japan, 20th century. Taisho, or early Showa period.
Height ca. 11.25 inches.
Some stains, a little corrosion, otherwise excellent condition.
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.
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.
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.
A pair of large scroll paintings showing exotic and domestic birds and flowers in colorful display. Two pairs of pheasants, sparrows, cockatoo, lilies, bamboo, peonies, etc. Each inscribed Ryu Rikyo, with seal Kien. Attributed to Yanagisawa Kien. Black ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk.Japan, Edo period?
Painted area ca. 57 x 32.25 inches.
Total height ca. 87 inches.
Comes with inscribed box with lock. Paper label with handwritten note stuck with old scotch tape: Yanagizawa, Kieng / Japanese daimio painted / as Ryurikyo. Done c. 1870. / In 1935 sold for JPY 1,000.
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.
Very small cast iron signal or gun powder cannon, raised on two cast iron wheels. There is a small mark of a cross in a circle, the crest of the Satsuma family in the south of Kyushu, and underneath there is an unidentified mark, that could be read ‘ten’ (heaven) or perhaps simply A.
Japan, Meiji period, around 1900.
Length ca. 10.5 inches.
A pair of wooden (keyaki) lion-masks used in the shakkyo-dance in the no-theater. They are small masks to be operated by the left and right hands of the dancer. The lower jaws, the ears and the tama and horn can be moved by turning the sticks that they are put on. It is also possible that these were used in the shishimai that was performed during New Year, to exorcise streets and houses of all kinds of evil. Wood with white metal eyes, gilded teeth and goat hair mane. One tip of a curl missing. Lacquer on frontal parts missing, one of the handles cracked, basically very good condition. W 6.5 in. x L 5.5 in. Japan, 20th century.
The print merely illustrates the use of the masks. It does NOT come with the lot.
Container to carry tobacco in the shape of a yawning and stretching Daruma. The body is made of kiri (Paulownia) wood, while the arms and the face, which can be removed and functions as the cover, are made of a light brown, much denser wood. ‘In front of’ Daruma (inlaid in his belly) a sceptre and an alms bowl. The two holes in the top of his head are lined with wooden rings and his fists are holding the cord. Eyes inlaid with black horn or glass. Bottom stamped with number(?). Molded resin ojime. Pipeholden in the shape of a yawning and stretching Ashinaga. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
Tonkotsu height: 4.5 inches (11 cm).
Slight traces of usage. Pipeholder with split in bottom. Tonkotsu basically very good 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.