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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1123123 (stock #10659)
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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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1122107 (stock #10658)
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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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1122085 (stock #10657)
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Hand shrine, or zushi, in the shape of a lotus bud, carved in two halves. On the inside, on one side the standing figure of Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, his hands in mudra. The other half of the lotus bud is decorated with a mutsume pattern (imitating a triaxial weaving) in kirikane (very thin strips of gold foil). Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Very light, soft wood. On the outside red lacquer, covered with leaf gold, that is partly rubbed off again. On the inside much of the carving is decorated with brush applied gold, and kirikane for the background of both halves.
Japan, Edo period, late 18th, early 19th century.
Total height: 4 ½ inch (11.4 cm).
One hand of the Buddha missing, the other glued, lower lip chafed. Few chips and dents at edges, all in all very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1940 item #1122048 (stock #10655)
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Sash clasp or belt buckle for the flat, braided type of obi, made of dry lacquer, in the shape of a no mask. The mask is Uba, the old woman. On the back there are two metal loops through which the obi is pushed. Signed on back: Kyu.
Comes with its original kiri-wood tomobako. Inscription on box: Obidome, nomen, Uba (kanshitsu), meaning: sash clasp, no mask, Uba (dry lacquer).
Japan, probably Taisho period, first half 20th century.
With Total height: 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm).
Four hair cracks in the face (not visible without loupe), one fissure on the back. Minimal traces of usage on the hooks in the back. All in all good condition.

Dry lacquer (kanshitsu) is a technique, whereby the object is made of lacquer only, no wooden or paper core is holding up the form. This allows for a very free flowing kind of shape, but it is a very labor intensive procedure.

All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #1121950 (stock #BLib35)
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Trede, Melanie, and Julia Meech, Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection. Berlin: Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 2006. Softcover.
Catalog of 78 objects from the Weber collection, with essays by Quitman Eugene Phillips, Melanie Trede, Alexander Hoffman, and Terry Satsuki Milhaupt. Numerous color illustrations.
Like new condition
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1121949 (stock #Alib34)
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Dorrington-Ward, Carol (ed.), Fans from the east. New York: Debrett's Peerage Limited/The Viking Press 1978.
Hard cover binding with dust jacket.
Essays on fans in China (Julia Hutt), Japan (Joe Earle), Southeast Asia (Nancy Armstrong) an on Chinoiserie with 29 color plates and 79 b/w illustrations.
Dust jackets with minor abrasions (shelf wear) and covers slightly warped.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1121948 (stock #Alib33)
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Noel, Barnard, Scientific Examination of an Ancient Chinese Document as a Prelude to Decipherment, translation, and Historical Assessment - The Ch'u Silk Manuscript. Revised and Enlarged, in: Monographs of Far Eastern History 4. Canberra: Department of Far Eastern History; Research School of Pacific Studies; Institute of Advanced Studies; The Australian National University 1972. AND:
The Ch'u silk manuscript. Translation and Commentary (Studies on the Ch'u silk manuscript, part 2), in: Monographs on Far Eastern History, no. 5. Canberra: Department of Far Eastern History; Research School of Pacific Studies; Institute of Advanced Studies; The Australian National University 1973. Paperbacks. Part two with 3 folded overviews and interpretations of the manuscript in a sleeve inside back cover. Numerous b/w illustrations and hand drawings.
Part one with yellowing esp. on the illustration pages and one dented corner. Part two with sunning to covers, dents in the spine and at the corners, some stains. Okay condition, binding still good.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1121946 (stock #ALib09)
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Crossman, Carl L., The China Trade. Export Paintings, Furniture, Silver and other Objects, The Pyne Press: Princeton 1972. Hardcover with d/j. XII+275 pp. with many illustrations in b/w and color. (d/j rather worn, inside good condition)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1121921 (stock #ALib32)
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Schuster, Felicia and Cecilia Wolseley, Vases of the sea. Far Eastern porcelain and other treasures. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1974. Hard cover binding with dust jacket.
Book on vases from China and from Japan made of porcelain, bronze, jade and cloisonne, and also a chapter on ivory and on lacquer. Numerous color illustrations.
Few unimportant traces of usage on the dust jacket, all in all in near new condition.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1970 item #1121917 (stock #ALib31)
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Hobson, R.L., The wares of the Ming dynasty. Rutland/Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company 1962. With dust jacket and with card board slip case. 1st edn. Little tear in back of dust jacket, all in all in near new condition.
Book on ceramics and porcelain with 9 color plates, 50 b/w plates, hand drawn marks, etc.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #1120047 (stock #10654)
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Hand scroll with scenes from the ‘Night parade of the hundred demons’. The first scenes shows a cat and dogs, followed by a scene with ghosts and demons feasting at a mansion, from where numerous scenes shows a parade formed of all kinds of ghostly monsters and demons, being stopped by the rising sun over a rocky island in the last scene. The scroll is built up from different scenes that seem to be remnants of a much longer scroll that was deteriorated, the badly damaged sections being cut out. The last scene of the rising sun over an rock island. Signature at the very end “Choshi Unzan Yoshinobu hitsu”. Kano school. Japan, 18th century.
Comes with fitting kiribako. No inscription.
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 scroll is probably a copy of or inspired by the hyakki yako scroll that is housed in the Daitokuji temple in Kyoto. The order of the scenes in our scroll is probably a bit mixed up.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1120044 (stock #10653)
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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.

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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1970 item #1098404 (stock #10650)
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Group of four altar pieces: One larger altar table, wood, red, ochre and black lacquer, and gilded at the front and top. Two smaller altar tables, wood, red, ochre and black lacquer and gilded at front ant top. Japan, later Showa period. One of the smaller stands earlier 20th century.
Larger table 14 ¾ in. long x 5 in. high x 4 ¾ in. deep; smaller tables each ca. 11 in. long x 4 ¾ in. high x 3 ½ in. deep.
All with slight, but unoffending traces of usage, very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #1098300 (stock #10649)
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Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From seven points rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably later 20th century.
Total length of each: ca. 11 inches.
Excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1950 item #1098273 (stock #10648)
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Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From sevenpoints rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably 1950 or a little earlier.
Total length of each: ca. 7 inches.
One triangular ornament bent, but not broken, otherwise excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1060677 (stock #10647)
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Very rare bronze sculpture of Daiitoku, one of the five Myoo. He is represented with six heads (three large, three small), six legs and six arms that are holding the different attributes, while he is sitting on the back of a reclining buffalo. Here, Daiitoku holds two of his hands clasped together. In the others he holds a staff, chakra, sword and trident. Mandorla with flames stuck into the back of the buffalo. Brown bronze with green corrosion. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: ca. H 12.25 x L 9 x W 7 inches (ca. 31.75 x 22.8 x 17.75 cm).
Tips of the top flames on the mandorla missing and a bit bent, otherwise excellent condition.

Daiitoku (Sanskrit Yamantaka) is an emanation of Amida Buddha; he is positioned in the West; the white buffalo is a symbol of enlightenment; he has the power to eliminate evil and to establish goodness and to defeat poisonous snakes and dragons.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1060479 (stock #10646)
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Original wooden sign board for an optician (Nakatani). The central image is a pince-nez with real convex lenses set in the wood. The sign is advertising all kinds of eye glasses, concave, convex and flat lenses. Japan, Meiji period. Original piece, from the period, no reproduction.
Measurements of wood: H 13 x W 18 x T 1 inches (ca. 33 x 45.75 x 2.5 cm); height with hanging loops: 14 3/8 inches (36.5 cm).
Weathering, paint losses, usual chips and dents, some warping, all in all very good condition.