Hanging scroll with image in ink, red, gofun and gold on paper of the bodhisattva Fugen in twenty-armed form sitting on a lotus throne guarded by the four guardian kings each standing on the head of an elephant, the whole being carried by a crowd of elephants. The black outlines printed, the image subsequently colored by hand. To the lower left the name of the donor: Reiun Jogan. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 21.4 x 12.75 inches (54.3 x 32.2 cm). Total length: 56.25 inches (142.9 cm).
Several restored damages, consistent with its age.
Hanging scroll with painting in ink on paper of the bodhisattva Fugen sitting on the back of his companion the elephant on a rock at the edge of a river or stream. With one hand Fugen holds a walking stick pressed against his chest, and with the other hand he holds a rosary. To his right side there is a pagoda-like object just visible. In the lower corners there are four red seals. Japan, early Edo period, 17th century.
Painted area: 50.5 x 23.5 inches (128.2 x 59.7 cm). Total length: 86.3 inches (219.2 cm).
Several restored areas, as to be expected with a piece this age.
Hanging scroll in ink and some color on browned silk of a barefooted traveler on a country road drinking from a wine kettle. Next to him a basket full of red spotty fruits between leaves. The man is warmly dressed in fur, a sword strapped to his back, a gourd dangling from his sash. His cane on the ground. Signed in the upper left Yangzhi and two seals. One extra seal next to the signature. Yangzhi was active around 1700. China, Qing dynasty.
Painted area: ca. 46.1 x 23.5 inches (117 x 59.5 cm). Total length: 86 inches (218.5 cm).
Good condition, few stains.
Yangzhi worked around 1700 as one of the last painters of large religious wall paintings. He is known for portraits of daoists, buddhists, hermits, gods and ghosts.
Scroll painting in black ink on paper of the characters Fukurokuju which is the name of one of the seven gods of good luck. Short date inscription on the upper left, 1842. Signed ... Eiko (Nagamichi) hitsu and sealed on the left side. Japan. Original mounting, porcelain scroll ends. Back inscribed Fukurokuju and Miyoshi Eiko.
Painted area: 48.1 x 22.75 inches (122.2 x 57.8 cm). Total length: 75.1 inches (190.8 cm)
Several damaged and partly restored areas along the upper margin, several horizontal creases, one vertical crease in the middle, mounting weak along upper roller and with hole.
Basket for flower arrangement in the shape of a carp, meant to be affixed vertically. Unfortunately needing restoration. Very rare shape. Japan, first half 20th century.
Length 11 ¼ inches (28.6 cm).
One eye missing, fins missing.
Wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Jizo, hands folded together in prayer, standing on a lotus base. His face very serene and beautiful. Surface darkened by soot, some lighter color still visible, crystal eyes. Head loose, inside piece of paper rolled onto a wooden stick. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Height 14.75 inches (37.5 cm).
Fine crackle in face, otherwise good condition.
Small sculpture in wood of a well dressed man, probably a reciting priest, his hands folded in his lap. Excellent carving with fine detail, pupil in the eyes inlaid in black. Japan, Edo period.
H 3.25 inches (8.2 cm).
Few very thin stress cracks in bottom, one restored corner in a sleeve.
Tea bowl on high foot with high sides. Craemy gray clay with gray transparent glaze, on which in multi colors and gold a gathering of old men is depicted, busy with different occupations such as calligraphy, go and drinking tea. Bowl signed at lower side: Koki ..suke saku.
Diam. 4 3/8 in. ; H 3 in. (11 cm; 7.8 cm)
Small shrine with very fine carving of of the guardian deity Bishamonten, holding a halberd and standing on the back of a crouching demon. The halberd and crown are made of sheet metal, with traces of gilding. The demon in wood and lacquer, the latter one chipping slightly. Japan, 18th century.
Height of case: ca. 12.5 inches (32 cm).
Case: skirt loosened, restored and chipping crack in right hand door, restored crack in roof. Figure: demon with rubbed spots and some lacquer chips, Bishamon in good condition.
Wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Myoken, deity of the Polar Star and of the Big Dipper. He is dressed in Chinese garment, standing on the back of a dragon-like turtle or minogme, holding a sword. Behind his back a nimbus with six discs (one missing), representing the seven stars of the Big Dipper. A snake wound itself around the turtle. Wood with fine decorations in gold, black and red. Japan, Edo period, around 1800.
Height ca 7 inches (17.8 cm).
Tip of snake’s tail missing, some re-gilding on the shoulders, otherwise very good condition.
Hollow phallus, perhaps used as incense burner or water container, of ceramic, molded and joined and fired at low temperature. This type of object is used in Shinto shrines, devoted to fertility. Seal impressed in bottom. Japan. Probably Meiji period or somewhat later.
H ca. 6.5 inches (16.5 cm).
Netsuke in the shape of a peach stone. The stone is carved in two halves. One half is holding a small carving of the figure of Seiobo, the fairy queen, sitting on a hinge so that she can move out of her hiding place. Dark stained wood for the pit, Seiobo in a reddish brown wood, the himotoshi fitted with bone rings (both slightly damaged). On an inlaid plaque is the signature of Kagetoshi. Japan, 19th century.
L of shell ca. 1.75 in. (4.6 cm).
Very good condition.
Japanese woodblock print. From the series “Selected views of the Tokaido”. Titel: Bishu, Seto. Early evening in the back yard of a potter in Seto. Sepia tones. Signature in the lower right corner: Hasui. Seal: Kawase. Publisher: Watanabe Shosaburo. Date: Showa 9 (1934), 3rd month.
15.4 x 10.2 inches (39 x 26 cm).
Very good impression, slightly yellowed, tiny restorations in lower margin, right margin restored.
Kawase Hasui: 1883-1957.
Japanese woodblock print, kuchi-e (with the two typical vertical folds). A woman sits in front of her writing desk and looks in the mirror. Behind this image sit two demons (a green and a red one) with a kanebo and watch her. Red seal: Toshikata.
8.9 x 11.8 inches (22.5 x 30 cm).
Very good impression with black lacquer in the hair, browned, brown spots on left side, creases at the margins, three small holes right underneath spotting, backing paper residue on back.
Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908). This is the frontispiece from the magazine Bungei Kurabu that was published during the Meiji and Taisho eras, predominantly for women. Allegedly it is titled “Kyori no bijin (Beauty in home village)”, and published in vol. 6, no. 6.
Hanging scroll with a very fine painting of a female severed head by Tomioka Eisen. The very realistic face is rendered in blue and green hues, giving it a very real impression of death. The mouth is twisted into a grimace showing the immaculate teeth, blood stains on the temple. Black ink and color on silk. Signed: Mosai giga (drawn for amusement). Seal: Eisen. Japan, Meiji period, around 1900. Red lacquered wooden scroll ends
Painted area: 15.5 x 12.25 in. (39.4 x 31 cm); whole length: 51 inches (129.5 cm).
Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) was a pupil of Kobayashi Eitaku who was a follower of the Kano school of painting, but later in life turned to illustrating in the ukiyoe style. Eisen, after his master’s death, became focused on a serious painter’s career. He devoted himself to painting, illustrations in magazines (kuchi-e), and shunga.
A very similar painting was painted in 1848/49 by Hokuyo, a pupil of Hokusai. It can be assumed that Eisen painted this head after Katsuyo, turning it upright. If you would turn the painting face down again, the flow of the hair would be much more natural.
Wooden folk art carving of a giant penis. Strapped around it are red and white twisted cotton cords (imenawash) with paper strips (gohei). Japan, 20th century.
H 24.5 inches (62.2 cm).
The piece may have stood in a fertility shrine or may have been used in a festival.
Sturdy sake bottle with creamy white glaze over grayish white stoneware with a fine crackle, the neck covered in dark brown glaze, dripping down. Seto ware, 19th century.
Height: ca. 10.25 inches (ca. 26 cm).
Neck broken and restored.
Kanban or shop sign. The sign indicates that the store would sell or manufacture ornamental pin holders (ireko ningyo) for the oar pin to fall into. The pin holders are decorated as a male and a female face in court style, their mouths wide open. The words ireko ningyo branded into the wooden board. On the back of the board paper label with a flying plover and the words ireko ningyo; another paper label shows the proper use of the ireko ningyo on the oar of a Japanese rowing boat. Japan, early 19th century.
Measurements: 19 in. (47.5 cm) wide, height 10.75 (26.8 cm) and 8 inches (20 cm).
Painting virtually completely worn off, upper side missing, old repairs with iron nails.