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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #891791 (stock #10562)
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Mask made of plaster-like material covered with a brown and black lacquer, details in vibrant red. The face belongs to a Buddhist deity who guards off evil and ignorance, such as Fudo Myoo. Japan, first half 20th century.
H 13.4 inches (33.6 cm).
Some chips in the lacquer, showing the underlying plaster, two tips of hair tugs broken off, good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1492 item #891786 (stock #10547)
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Hanging scroll with image of Shotoku taishi, a mace in the hands, seated on a low platform underneath a curtain. Part of the mounting is painted to imitate brocade. Black ink and mineral colors on silk. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 37 1/16 x 15 5/16 inches (94.2 x 38.9 cm); total length 73 ¼ inches (186 cm).
Pigment losses, losses in the silk restored, some creasing due to rolling, stable condition.
Comes with double tomobako.

Painting comes with two authentications of the Japan Art Association from 1899. One estimating the piece to be approximately 500 years old. Based on the weave of the silk, the piece should be a little older.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #891692 (stock #10561)
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Scroll painting with the image of the Chinese general Kanu, sitting in a seat, reading a manuscript. Behind him stands his brother in arms Chohi, holding his halberd. Black ink and mineral colors on silk. Signed Eihaku. Two read seals: Eihaku and .. (unread). Dated: Keio, year of the rabbit (1867). Japan, 19th century.
Size, including mounting: height 76 inches, width 19 inches.
Very good condition.
Ex coll. Colonel Samuel Victor Constant

Although nothing much is known about Eihaku, he probably is an artist in the late Kano school line. Late Edo, early Meiji period.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #883703 (stock #10560)
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Small bronze figure of a guardian or Lokapala. China, Tang dynasty.
H 3.4 inches (8.5 cm).
Very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1930 item #883502 (stock #10467)
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Beautiful and elegant chest for keeping tea utensils. From top to bottom: shelf behind four sliding doors, one curved, wave shaped display shelf and one straight shelf, one curved drawer, two shelf behind two sliding doors each. Doors and drawer fronts made of beautiful mulberry veneer. On the insides and backs of doors and drawers there are left and right marks and numbers in black ink, to indicate the right place for each door. The sides of a wood with coarser grain. Japan, Taisho period.
Height 38 in., width 48 ¼ in., depth 11 ¼ inches.
Some damage (dent, scratches) at sides, due to moving/transport, minor wear shelf edges, one crack in the veneer of one of the doors (stabilized by the back-wood). Overall very good condition and splendid piece.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #883500 (stock #10557)
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Small bronze model of a horse mackerel and a shrimp. The combination of the two stands for the early summer of May through June. Cast in two pieces and joined together along the belly and the back of the fish. The belly etched a gray shade, eyes, fins and shrimp partially gilded. Japan, late Meiji, early Taisho period.
Length 4.4 inches (11 cm).
Gilding strongly rubbed, as the black etched parts, few dents and scratches, all within the acceptable traces of usage.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #883492 (stock #10556)
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Small ovoid vase with short neck with loops at side. Rich brown glaze over a gray-beige colored stoneware body, leaving the lower 1/3 part free. Either it is Chinese and Yuan period, or Sawankhalok and about 16th century.
H 4.5 inches (11.2 cm).
Very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #865548 (stock #10554)
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The metal head of the staff, with some simple engraved decoration on the central shaft indicating lotus petals. The central ring has the shape of an inverted heart, from which six rings loop, three on each side. Mounted on a short wooden pole, covered with red lacquer. The staff is one of the 18 Possessions permitted to a monk. It has several uses attributed to it, among others to scare away insects and reptiles while traveling. Cast sentoku. Japan, 19th century.
H including pole ca. 10" (25.2 cm), H metal head only ca. 4.75" (12.3 cm).
Minimal corrosion on head, otherwise very good condition. Mounted on metal base.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #862573 (stock #10553)
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Reddish-brown stoneware cup or bowl in the shape of a curled up lotus leave, resting on its stem. On the sides are two freshwater crabs climbing up, holding themselves on the veins of the leaf. The stoneware resembles Ixing and traditional Japanese tea pots were made from this clay. Japan, 19th century.
H 1 5/8” at highest point (4.2 cm); W at widest point 3 7/8” (9.8 cm).
Minimal fritting at rim, one repair at rim (see photos).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #860040 (stock #10509)
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Hanging scroll with the image of a dragon, dressed in kimono and apron and standing on hind legs (what happened to the tail?), holding up high a jewel, as if offering to a celestial relative. Signed: Shoto …. Seal: … sensei. Black ink and color on paper. Japan, 1910s-1920s.
Painted area: ca. 52 x 13.5 in. (132 x 34.5 cm). Total length ca. 77 inches (195 cm).
Few light stains and tiny spots, some foxing in mounting, otherwise very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #854978 (stock #10550)
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Very rare set of six makimono that illustrate the six realms of reincarnation, all mixed up over the six scrolls. Each scroll consists of five illustrations that alternate scenes from daily life with its sufferings and sins and scenes from hell that come as a punishment to those sins and with scenes from the life of Buddha, including also the nine stages of decay (kusozu). Each image is 31.1 inches (79 cm) long. The scrolls were probably used as a Buddhist teaching tool, to explain to laymen about sin and punishment and the superficialities of life. Ink, color, gofun and gold on paper. Japan, 19th century.
Each scroll: height 10.8 inches (27.4 cm), length 155.5 inches (395 cm).
Few restored worm holes, some traces of usage, slightly rubbed areas, mainly in the gofun, two spotty spots in scroll A, basically in very good condition. Mounting fairly recent and in excellent condition.

The six realms of reincarnation are from bottom to top hell, the realm of the hungry ghosts, realm of the animals, Asura, realm of the humans and the realm of the devas. The ultimate escape is enlightenment, which makes one being reborn into the Western Paradise.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #851958 (stock #10549)
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A pair of hanging scrolls. One depicting a beautiful young woman in a black kimono decorated with open fans; the other depicting a blue demon sitting in a gauze priest’s garment in front of a bronze bell on a stand, holding a hammer in one hand, a rosary in the other. Black ink, colors, gold on silk. Seals in the lower left and right corners: Kason. Seal of Suzuki Kason (1860-1919). Japan, Meiji period. Ivory scroll ends.
Comes with the original wooden box.
Painted areas: ca. 52.9 x 19.5 inches (134.4 x 49.5 cm); total length ca. 89.5 inches (227.3 cm)
Bijin painting with brown spots on lower part, bleeding onto the back. Upper roller of oni painting warped, sporadic brown spot on front, some spots on upper part of back.

Suzuki Kason was a nihonga painter from Edo, studying different types of painting, including ukiyoe style. At the first Bunten Exhibition (a juried art salon, established by the Ministry of Education to stimulate the traditional arts in Japan) in 1907 he received a prize and at the third Bunten Exhibition (1909) he received an honorable mention. He was member of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy. He is above all a fine painter of birds and flowers and landscapes. Woodblock prints with birds by Kason are well known. One of his better known pupils was Ohara Shoson/Koson, who was famous for his paintings and prints of animals, especially birds.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #851333 (stock #10548)
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Hanging scroll with the image of Kobo daishi seated at a priest’s seat, holding a vajra and a rosary in his hands. His shoes and a ewer stand underneath his chair. He may be one of the other patriarchs of Shingon. Ink, mineral colors and gold on silk. Japan, 19th century.
Painted area: ca. 34.7 x 15.95 inches (93.1 x 40.4 cm); total length 65.2 inches (165.5 cm)
Scratch through upper part, few horizontal dull creases (backed with strips), basically good condition. Mounting with some damage.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #851314 (stock #10546)
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Very rare hanging scroll with a painting of Nichiren nehan zu, the Death of the Buddha according to Nichiren. The Buddha on his death bed, surrounded by priests who are reciting from scrolls and civilians who are praying and wailing. In the background an altar with a sutra prayer and curtains with the family crest of an unidentified family (tachibana branch inside a well). Outlines printed in black, hand colored in mineral colors and with gold on paper.
On the back is a printed list of the names of the people depicted (six old priests flanked by the names of two civilians, middle old priests, nine old priests, followed by the names of many civilians), dating the donation to Tempo 8, year of the rooster, 1837. The mounting embroidered with different, repeated motives, the family crest repeated in gold brocade.
Painted area: ca. 15.8 x 9.6 inches (40.3 x 24.5 cm); total height ca. 47.8 inches (121.5 cm).
Browned, some rubbed areas, some horizontal creases, mounting with damages, otherwise good stable condition.

The very same family crest was found on a Nichiren shrine, listed under Trocadero number 492282, or our stock number 10403.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #850509 (stock #10544)
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Wooden sculpture of a Bodhisattva, his body slightly bent forward and hands folded in prayer as Seishi bosatsu does in the Amida raigo. Perhaps, though, he is a monk or priest. Skin parts (head, arms, chest) in gilt lacquer, eyes glass, garment richly decorated in red and light blue with gilded dragons, and with gilding around the seams. The man is standing on a square base that was added. Stains on his head suggest that formerly there may have been jewelry. Japan, around 1800.
Height with base ca. 13.75 inches (ca. 35 cm).
Good condition. Slight crumbling of the red lacquer and the gold here and there in the garment.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #850021 (stock #10543)
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Large hanging scroll portraying Omusha, a yearly ceremony held at an exchange market of the trading post. Towards the left sit the inspector of the Tokugawa shogunate (hence the crests on the curtains), towards the right sit the dignitaries of the Ainu. On the red carpet official magistrates and other officials can be recognized, who were stationed in the region. The lacquer containers hold sake and on top are bunches of tobacco that will be presented to the Ainu. Signed on the byobu in the background, on the scroll painting in the alcove and in the lower right corner: Byozan, fisherman, with the seals Hirasawa shi in and Byozan. Dated in the lower right: A fall day in the year of the sheep (=1871).
Painted area: ca. 22.5 x 46 inches (ca. 57 x 118 cm). Mounting: ca. 66.4 x 50.6 inches (ca. 168.7 x 128.5 cm).
Several tears in the silk, but overall condition is excellent and colors are very vivid.

Hirasawa Byozan (1822-1876) moved from his native Osaka to Hakodata between 1844 and 1847, painting ema (votive images) for a living. He regularly visited the Tokachi and Horoizumi regions where he lived and associated with the Ainu. Tokachi and Horoizumi were trading posts under control of the Sugiura family. After spending time there, he would go back home to Hakodate and paint the scenes that he had witnessed. Being a heavy drinker, he would spend his earned money on alcohol and food. He died in poverty at the age of 54/55.
As of 1855 the Tokugawa shogunate directly controlled Ezo. The situation depicted must have taken place between 1855 and 1868. Byozan has made several of these paintings with only minor variations, as he did with virtually all his subjects. Often he neither signed, nor dated his work. A signed and dated painting by Byozan is rather rare.

Recommended literature: The Seasons and Life of the Ainu; Tokachi Ainu and the Painter Byozan Hirasawa, exhibition catalogue of the Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, July 2-28, 1999.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #849949 (stock #10539)
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Decorative hanging from a Buddhist temple. Fan-shaped with a design of a sacred jewel and four lotus flowers set between karakusa (winding weeds). The knotted cord cradles the jewel and surrounds an inscription which names the temple, the donor and the date of donation of the 7th month of the 9th year of Kanbun. The openwork design is very carefully executed in thin bronze, the details engraved. Japan, Edo period, 17th century.
Height 11.5 in., width 11.8 in. (29.2 x 30.2 cm).
Slightly warped at places, beautiful green and brown patina with spots of corrosion, all in all good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #841251 (stock #10541)
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Step-on image in bronze of Christ on the cross before a town-setting. The scene cast in high relief, the background in low relief. The heavy piece is standing on four corner-feet. Signed on the side Yoshisuke saku. The back inscribed Kanbun kyunen junigatsu hi kore tsukuru (made on a day in the 12th month of the year Kanbun 9 (1669); niju no uchi ni (no. 2 from 20); Aratame jashumon yo, kurumehan (For examining the wrong faith, the Kurume clan).
7.25 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches (18.3 x 14 x 3.5 cm).
Surface strongly rubbed, some corrosion, basically excellent condition.

Step-on pictures, or fumi-e, or ebumi, were images of the Virgin Mary or of Jesus that Japanese authorities used to make people suspected to be Christians to step upon. This practice was executed during the Tokugawa regime, in an effort to ban Christianity from the country. By 1629 this practice was generally spread throughout Japan and it was only abandoned completely at the beginning of the Meiji period. All kinds of media were used to make images: wood, stone, prints and bronze.
In 1669 the bronze founder Hagiwara Yoshiysuke was ordered to cast 20 fumie with prescribed images (5 pieces with ecce homo, 5 pieces with Christ on the cross, 5 with the pieta and 5 with the saint Rosario). A piece with the image of the pieta is in the Gakushuin Museum of History in Tokyo.