Hanging scroll. Fireflies flying over fast streaming water and resting on a rock and overhanging leaves. Black ink, mineral colors and gold wash on silk. Signed Bunrin; seal Bunrin? and seal Shion. Japan, 19th century.
Image H 49 x W 19 ½ in.; total height 76 ¼ in.
Gold slightly oxidized, otherwise fine condition.
Comes with wooden storage box, inscribed Bunrin hitsu ... no zu Shiokawa …
Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877). Shijo painter, Kyoto. Pupil of Okamoto Toyohiko. Learned nanga painting and western style painting. Specialized in landscapes. (Roberts)
Hanging scroll. View of a river at the foot of a steep mountain range. Trees on the riverbanks, boat with fisherman in the river. Signed, unidentified artist. Japan, Meiji/Taisho era, early 20th century.
Image 48 x 12 ¾ in.; total height 67 in.
Some backed worm holes on edges of painting, few stains, one horizontal tear in the middle which needs restoration.
Hanging scroll. Image of a female ghost with bulging eyes, holding an oil lamp, breathing out a cloudy substance. Black ink on silk. Signed Shoju (or Matsuyusu). Red seal Shoju. Japan, Showa era, 20th century.
Image H 42 ¼ x W 14 in.; total height 70 in.
Needs remounting. Comes with wooden storage box.
Hanging scroll. Cropped image of a fierce looking tiger. Black ink on paper. Signed Shusen Genyu sha. Seal Wata-in Shusen and seal .. Genyu. Japan, late 18th or early 19th century. Collector’s (?) seal in lower right corner.
Image H 49 ¾ x 10 ¾ in.; total height 74 in.
Professionally restored damages; now in excellent condition.
Comes with fitting kiri-wood storage box, inscribed.
Watanabe Shusen (1736-1824) – Nagasaki painter. Pupil of Ishizaki Gensho and Ishizaki Gentoku. Painted landscapes, birds-and-flowers, figures and tigers. (Roberts). A very similar painting by the same artist is known to exist.
Hanging scroll showing Emma O sitting in Hell surrounded by oni and skeletons making merry. Emma O sits slightly off center with a sake dish in the hand. In front of him two oni are dancing. Surrounding them are innumerable skeletons playing shamisen, dancing, playing go, drinking tea, smoking a pipe and/or drinking. Above the image a long inscription. Black ink and some color on wet paper. Several seals; artist unidentified. The sake jar on the left seems to be inscribed by a date into the Meiji era. Japan, Meiji/Taisho era.
Image H 53 ¼ x W 26 in.; total height 84 in.
Few horizontal creases, one small backed hole at bottom, otherwise fine condition.
Comes with wooden storage box (not inscribed).
A row of begging monks with bowls, hossu and ruyi scepters, emaciated into skeletons. At the end walks a cat skeleton. Black ink and some color on paper. Signed and sealed. Unidentified artist. Japan, early 20th century.
Image 50 ¾ x 19 in. Total length 75 ½ in.
Comes with wooden storage box (not inscribed).
Framed painting. Anatomically correct skeleton striking a rather elegant pose. Black ink and gofun on brown paper. Unsigned. Japan, late Edo, early Meiji era. Mid 19th century.
Image: 35 x 13 inches. Japanese frame: ca. 43 x 17 ¾ inches.
Gofun rubbed here and there. Chip in frame. All in all excellent condition.
This is not a medical drawing, but an artistic rendering of the subject matter.
Hanging scroll. Painting of the demon of Rashomon stealing back his severed arm from Watanabe no Tsuna. Dry-brush technique. Black ink, light colors and gofun on paper. Signed: Hoko (Yoshimitsu), seal Hoko. Japan, Meiji/Taisho era.
Newly mounted with original embroidered brocade.
Image: 24 x 12 ½ inches. Total length: 58 inches.
Some old water stains on brocade, some damage to embroidery, all in all very good condition.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Aizen Myoo, flames coming out of his mouth. On top of his head a lion. Polychrome lacquered resin-like material, mounted on a metal base plate. Japan, 20th century.
Height ca. 5 ½ inches, width ca. 6 ½ inches.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Long-horned monster face with big teeth and fangs and pointy ears. Wood with reddish color. Japan, 20th century.
Height 9 inches, width 8 ½ inches.
Highly unusual sculpture of two natural ruyi mushrooms ‘growing’ from a piece of wood. At the foot of the mushrooms sits a small frog. The mushrooms mounted with wire and resin. Japan, Meiji era. Unsigned.
Ca. H 7 x W 14 x D 6 inches.
The stem of the smaller mushroom was broken and glued.
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.
Hanging scroll. The eight-armed deity, bearing arms and jewels, and a coiled snake (the deity Ugajin) on her head, sits on a lotus-leaf-seat, flanked by Daikoku. Before her are the 15 disciples, or jugo doji. Ink, mineral colors, gold and gofun on silk. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Painted area: H 37 in. x W 15 in.
Mounting severely damaged. Painting with few horizontal crack in middle section and short one at the upper left, gofun rubbed, all in all very good original condition (no restorations).
Comes with wooden storage box (no inscription, not original)
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.
Haunting sculpture of a female with long hair, hunched over like a specter. Course dark gray clay with salt glaze. Hollow. Unsigned. Japan, 1980s-1990s.
H ca. 26 ½ in. (67.3 cm)
Hanging scroll with image of the descent of the Buddha to welcome the souls of the deceased and accompany them to the Western Paradise. He is standing on a lotus on clouds and holds his hand in gebon josho. The mudra is the appropriate level for common citizens to be reborn in. Mineral colors and gold on silk. The garment exquisitely decorated in gold. Japan, late Muromachi or early Edo period, 16th century.
Image: 38 ¼ X 15 ¾ inches. Mounting: 84 ¼ x 21 3/8 inches.
Missing areas throughout the silk, mainly in the background. Beautifully stabilized.
A pair of hanging scrolls depicting the gods of wind and thunder: Futen or Fujin on the left and Raiden or Raijin on the right. Ink and colors on silk. Both signed Soseki saku and each with two seals, one of which reads Soseki as well. Japan. Late Meiji or Taisho era.
Image: H 41 ½ x W 15 ½ in.
Whole: H 69 ½ x W 20 5/8 in.
Each with several horizontal cracks and missing spots lovingly restored and with scratches on the silk surface. All in all in very good and stable condition.
Two of the lucky gods Daikoku and Ebisu carved in soft hinoki (cryptomeria) wood with some touches of color. Daikoku standing on two rice bales with his hammer and bag, Ebisu sitting with a carp under his arm and formerly with a fishing rod in his hand. They symbolize the deity of agriculture and rice (Daikoku) and the god of the ocean and of the fishermen (Ebisu). Also, they are considered to be father (Daikoku) and son (Ebisu). We find then often in kitchens in the function of kitchen gods. Very crisp carving. Signed at bottom of pedestals: Takamura Toun saku. Japan, late Edo period / early Meiji era.
H 6 ¼ in. (Ebisu), 6 in. (Daikoku).
Ebisu’s rod missing, tip of carp’s tail fin chipped.
Takamura Toun (1825-1879), Edo/Tokyo. He was a bakumatsu wood sculptor of Buddhist statues and mainly known for being Takamura Koun’s teacher. Apart from Buddhist sculpture he carved netsuke and okimono for the western market.