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.
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.
Forged iron tsuba in nanban style with undercutting. Design of a rain dragon on the bottom of each, their tails intertwining with the karakusa, interspersed with lotus flowers and leaves. Unsigned. Japan, Edo period, probably late 18th century.
Height: 3 inches ; width: 2 7/8 inches (7.5 x 7.3 cm).
Few light rust spots in deeper areas.
Ex private collection Netherlands.
Large porcelain charger decorated in underglaze blue with a map of Japan, as drawn in the Edo period. The map (Gyoji type) shows the main islands of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, divided into the 63 provinces. The names of the provinces are written in kanji. Here and there a name of a city (i.e. Edo) is added. The main islands of Japan are surrounded by several islands (names written partly or entirely in katakana) and real and imaginary countries, such as Choseon, the Ryukyus, the country of the small people and the country where women rule. The sea is indicated by stylized waves. Around the islands are stylized clouds and on top and bottom fly crane-like birds. The bottom, reverse, with 6-mark seal: Honcho Tenpo nensei. Rim decorated with meandering flowering vines. Five spur marks. Japan, Hizen, Arita kiln, 1830s-1840s or slightly later (but still Edo period).
Diameter 16 inches, H 2.25 inches (Diam. 40.6 cm, H 5.7 cm).
Very similar piece in the Kyushu Ceramic Museum.
Hanging scroll with the image of a oni mask underneath a large and square character fuku (good fortune), from which small white tama or petals are falling. Signed in lower right corner ... Shodo and with red seal Shodo no in. Black ink and color on paper. Nice bold plait design mounting. Japan, Meiji period.
Painted area: 49.5 x 12.5 inches, total length 83.25 inches.
Slightly yellowed, few horizontal creases, mainly good condition.
Highly unusual shrine with the image of the death of the historical Buddha (Shaka), or nehan-zu, and his entrance into the state or perfect peace, called nirvana or nehan. The Buddha lays stretched out on a rectangular lotus base, his head resting on his right arm. In painting, but also in sculpture, around the bed there are 52 kinds of beings, human and animals who mourn him. In this case, there are none represented. A kind of transom is hanging from the ceiling of the case as a baldachin. Carved wood, gilded and polychromed, with extremely finely painted details in the face. Japan, Edo period, 18/19th century.
Measurements: H ca. 8.5 in.; W ca. 9.5 in.; D ca. 5 in. (ca. 21.6 x 24.1 x 12.7 cm.).
Case: some dents on roof, flaking lacquer at bottom, corrosion on hardware, consistent with age and a humid storage in a temple. Figure: right arm restored, baldachin with many missing part (partly still extant) and very fragile.
Small figure of the elephant deities Shoten and the female Kangiten embracing on a lotus base. They signify matrimonial peace and lots of offspring. Shoten is derived from Ganesha and is regarded as a wild one. Kangiten is a female incarnation of the 11headed Kannon. She appeases him and converts him to Buddhism. Wood with traces of pigments. Japan, Taisho era?
Height: ca. 5.75 inches (19 cm)
Some traces of usage, few thin age cracks in wood.
Hanging scroll with painting in black ink and color on silk. The six immortal poets sitting in a line: the monk Kisen, Ariwara no Narihira, Otomo no Kuronushi, Ono no Komachi, Sojo Henjo and Funya no Yasuhide. Signed at lower right side: Zen Hokusai Taito hitsu. Red seal: Katsushika. Japan, 19th century.
Size, including mounting: approx. height 76 inches, width 19 inches.
Slightly yellowed, few stains along edges, all in all good condition.
Small shrine with the standing figure of the 11-headed Kannon on a lotus, holding a flask in his left hand, standing before a full size mandorla. Painted on the doors are Jizo bosatsu to his right and Kokuzo bosatsu to his left. Red lacquered shrine, inside gilded with polychrome painting over the gold. Figure and base carved wood with gold painting. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Case: ca. 5.1 x 2.3 x 1.75 inches (13 x 6 x 4.5 cm).
Case with minimal wear consistent with age and use. Kannon covered in soot and gilding repainted over the soot by a professional Buddhist carver/painter, probably in the late 19th century. Some jewelry missing. Excellent condition, very well cared for.
Large pair of cranes, standing. One has its neck and beak stretched upwards, the other has its neck curved down. Cast bronze. Japan, latter half Meiji period.
Height: ca. 49 and 39.5 inches (124.5 and 100.5 cm).
Small repair at one of the legs, some paint spatter, little oxidation, excellent condition.
Small flat Buddhist shrine, constructed as a triptych. When open, the middle section houses Amida Nyorai in raised carving, sitting on a lotus throne under a baldachin and surrounded by clouds. On the left panel Seishi bosatsu with his hands folded in prayer, on the right panel Kannon bosatsu with the lotus in his hands. Both bodhisattva surrounded by clouds as well. Sandalwood with details of garment and baldachin in gold. Background in lapis blue.
The outside decorated in makie: A lotus pond with leaves and flowers in raised gold and silver takamakie and with okibirame. Over the pond clouds and two apsaras, playing the sho and the drum. Hinges in the form of silver butterflies. Japan, Edo period or early Meiji at the latest, 19th century.
Closed: 7.7 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches (12 x 8.5 x 2.3 cm).
Some warping, otherwise fine condition.
Shrines like these were often decorated on the outside by well known lacquer studios. Signatures were often put on the outside bottom of the case. In the 1915 Red Cross Exhibition a similar piece was shown (Sculpture, no. 24, and today included in the British Museum) that was described as carved by Naito Koseki and lacquered by Komatsu. This piece dates from the early 20th century. The quality of the lacquer work is clearly different from the piece here. Naito Koseki was a Buddhist sculptor who was still alive in the 1930s.