Cylindrical incense box with a domed lid. Sides and top are decorated with a spray of chrysanthemums in gold and silver togidashi on a background of okibirame. Bottom and inside in dense nashiji. Unsigned. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height 1 in. (2.5 cm); diameter 3 in. (7.5 cm).
Lacquer somewhat dry due to exposure, otherwise good condition. On the inside of cover traces of paper label and one paper label (now loose).
Ex collection Toledo Museum of Art. Inventory number in red lacquer on bottom and inside of lid: 48.110-A and –B.
Hanging scroll. Portrait of Minamoto no Tsunemoto, sitting on a tiger skin before his sword, dressed in a white garment over his armor. Ink, colors, gofun and gold sprinkle on silk. Dated mizunoe ne (1852), early summer. Signed Gyokurei Omoto and two seals.
Image H 45 ½ x W 20 in.; total height: 80 ¼ in.
Comes with fitted kiri-wood storage box inscribed, dated 1852 and signed Ono Gyokurei.
Minamoto no Tsunemoto (894-961) was an imperial prince who received the family name Minamoto. Founder of the family that brought forth Minamoto, Ashikaga and Tokugawa shogun. He was a fine poet, as well.
Ono Gyokurei (1807-1870) was active in the bakumatsu era (end of Edo period). Not in Roberts.
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.