Study of a human skull in a soft metal alloy, most likely lead, perhaps pewter. Heavy. Along the temples slightly raised striation. The piece has been handled a lot and used and paper weight, which accounts for the abrasions and dents. Signature in raised technique, imitating an inlaid plaque. Japan, 19th century.
Height: 1 ¾ inches; length: 2 ½ inches.
Abrasions and nicks, due to the softness of the material. All in all excellent condition.
Canister of sorts, perhaps for tea, perhaps for candy, made of molded and lacquered papier-mache, in the shape of the lucky dwarf Fukusuke, wrapped in a black overcoat, over red pants, decorated with snow covered pine branches. His large head above his knees. He wears an oddly shaped hat that functions as the cover of the container. Glass eyes inlaid in his face, a metal edge inserted on the top. The material used indicates that the container was made for export. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: 5 ½ inches.
Material around metal edge retracting, some restoration, very good condition.
A pair of most unusual black lacquer panels of rectangular shape, with mother-of pearl and bone inlay. In the middle in an oval outline a craftsman has been portrayed at work. The left panel shows the maker of Buddhist sculpture, in the process of applying the decoration on the garment of a standing Kannon figure. The left panel portrays sculptor who is chiseling a guardian fox for an Inari shrine. Each of them signed on a inlaid piece of bone. Japan, Meiji period.
Each ca. 22 5/8 x 15 3/8 inches.
Some dents, cracks and losses, one repaired spot, basically in very good condition.
Okimono of hippopotamus tooth in the shape of a skeleton that is climbing on top of a second skeleton, while holding a snake, that scare a toad that was sitting on the skeletons head, while two more toads are getting frantic on the ground. This very unusual group may parody the sansukumi (the three animals that frighten each other: snake, toad and snail). It may as well be a somewhat macabre reference to the dream of Fuji, two falcons and three eggplants, which predicts a long life and prosperity. The head of the standing skeleton revolves. Japan, late Meiji/Taisho period.
Height: 5 ½ inches.
Few breaks, mostly well restored. Very good condition.
Object cannot be shipped outside the USA.
Bronze vase of heavily dented cylindrical shape with handles in the shape of lotus stalks. The yellow bronze patinated from orange-brown, via silver to yellowish green with decoration in engraving and application. A group of small animals on lotus leaves. Animals are lizards, frogs, grass hopper, snail and other beetle. Unsigned. Japan, 1920s-1930s.
Height: 12 ¼ inches; diameter at bottom: 4 1/8 inches.
Tiny dent at upper rim, patina slightly rubbed at handles, all in all very good condition.
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.
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.
1) Stoneware incense box or kogo in the shape of an onna daruma (female daruma). She sits in the typical way, all rolled up in her garment, indicating that arms and legs may have fallen off. Her face shows striking similarity to Okame. Cream colored and reddish brown glaze over whitish soft clay, the face left partially free, fine crackle in the glaze. Japan, Meiji period.
2) Stoneware incense box or kogo in the shape of Daruma, wrapped in his reddish garment, his face peeing out of the garment, looking up. Cream colored and red glaze with some black accents over a whitish soft clay, the face left partially free, strong, but very fine crackle in the glaze. Raku stamp on the inside. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: ca. 1 ½ inches each.
1) Outer edge of lower part with tiny frittings and chips, two tiny glaze chips along the lines of the crackle (hardly visible). Generally very good condition.
2) On the back tiny pieces of glaze missing between the crackle lines, otherwise excellent condition.
Large ceramic charger in Satsuma style with a decoration in overglaze colors and gold of Kidomaru trying to assault his brother Fujiwara no Yasumasa, who is playing the flute on a full moon night in the fall. The music is so enchanting, that Kidomaro cannot follow through with the assault. Japan, late Meiji period, early 20th century.
Diameter: 15 inches; height: 2 ½ inches.
Few abrasions of the gold and moriage, some spur marks visible, others covered by the decoration, some surface stains that can be removed. All in all excellent condition.
Design in mirror images after the famous triptych of the same subject by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, that was published in 1883. The triptych was created after Yoshitoshi submitted a painting of roughly the same design to a national exhibition in the fall of 1882.
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.
Small boxwood netsuke in the shape of a group of five matsutake mushrooms, with their typical small hoods. Natural himotoshi. Unsigned. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height: 7/8 inch ; width at top: 15/16 inch (ca. 2.2 x 2.4 cm)
Some minor traces of usage, beautiful patina.
Okimono in the form of a highly detailed human skull. Boxwood, partly stained black. Unsigned. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
Height: 1 7/8 inch; width: 2 ¾ inches (ca. 4.7 x 7 cm).
Excellent condition, beautiful patina.
Hanging scroll with the images of a female spirit ascending from a skull with a broken jaw in a graveyard. Next to the skull lies a broken sotoba. Signed with red seal. Black ink and thin red color and two lines of blue on fibrous paper. Original red paper mounting. Porcelain scroll ends. Japan, Meiji period.
Painted area: 44 x 7 ¾”; total height: 70” (111.7 x 19.7; 177.8 cm).
Hanging scroll with portrait of the samurai Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1366), sitting cross-legged in full armor on a mat made of deer skin. In front of him his bow and a banner with his family crest of a chrysanthemum on water. Signed at lower left: Hogen Eishin hitsu and red seal. Attributed to Kano Eishin. Black ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on silk. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Comes with woorden storage box, inscribed: Kusunoki Masashige, Eishin hitsu.
Painted area 15” x 10”; total height: 46.25” (ca. 38 x 25.5 cm; 117.5 cm).
Browned, some of the gofun rubbed, but in good and stable condition. New mounting.
Kano Eishin (1717-1763).
Kusunoki Masashige was a samurai who fought for Emperor Go-Daigo (14th century) in his attempt to overthrow the Kamakura rulers. He became the symbol of samurai loyalty.
Painting, hanging scroll with the images of a man and a woman having intercourse, being surrounded by a multitude of other women. Ukiyo-e style. Black ink, gold and color on silk. Unsigned. Japan, Meiji period.
Painted area: 12 ¾” x 18 ¼”; total height: 47 ¾” (32.4 x 46.3; 121.3 cm). Typical mounting from the Meiji period, probably original to the painting.
Some foxing , otherwise very good condition.