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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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #841228 (stock #10540)
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Superb sculpture of the deity Fudo Myoo, sitting on the top of a many tiered base decorated with 6 metal rinbo, holding the sling and the sword. He sits completely wrapped in his flaming mandorla. Wood with extremely fine decoration, eyes probably glass. Japan, mid Edo period, 18th century.
Height, incl. mandorla: ca. 12.3 inches (31.5 cm).
Few cracks along the seams of the sculpture; some loss of pigments; some retouches, esp. in the gold; flames with several restored areas, but with the original pieces. Sword may be a later replacement.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #839973 (stock #10538)
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Scroll painting with the image of five hunters (two carrying a rifle on their backs) warming up at a fire next to a snow covered thatched hut. The painting is a rendering of the 28th print from the famous series Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki (one hundred poems explained by the nurse), Minamoto no Muneyuki ason. It is an allusion to the poem by Minamoto no Muneyuki, about the deep loneliness in the mountains, when the winter has come and all guests have left. Black ink and colors on silk. Signature at lower right: Kakyojin (the man who is crazy about painting) Hokusai ga. Red seal: Hokusai.
Paper label on the back dating the piece into the 1820s. The print series was published in 1836. The addition of kakyojin was used towards the end of his life. In the last years of his life, Hokusai has produced extremely fine brush work. All this would lead to believe that the original painting, if there was such, was created in the 1830s/1840s. The style is very close to that of Hokusai himself, but it is unclear whether the piece was done by a person in his immediate proximity or later on.
Painted area (silk): 32 7/8 x 13 ¼ in. (83.5 x 33.8 cm); total length: 62 1/8 in. (157.8 cm).
Very good condition.

Wooden box, inscribed on cover top: Katsushika Hokusai hitsu, setchu ryojin zu (image of hunters in the snow). Inside of cover also inscribed: Hokusai Iitsu zoku …mitsu hikken. Red seal. Label on the side, describing the contents of the box.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #839791 (stock #10535)
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Hanging scroll with image in ink and colors on silk of a tiger mother licking her cub underneath a rock. Signature in lower left: Echizen no suke Ganku and seal ..gan Kishi Ganku. Kishi Ganku (1756 or 1749 - 1839). Comes with fitted wooden box and carton protection box with seal. Japan.
Painted area: 44 x 16.5 inches (111.7 x 42 cm). Total length: 78.6 inches (199.7 cm).
Excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #839778 (stock #10537)
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Hanging scroll with bold and lively painting in ink and color pigments on silk of Ryubi, the later Emperor Gentoku fleeing from the besieged castle of his brother-in-law on the back of his horse Tokiro over the river Dankei (Yellow River), which at that point is a fast streaming mountain gorge. Signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu and with Katsushika seal in lower right corner. Japan, 19th century. Ex coll. Dr. James Hutchinson, ex coll. S.T.P.
Painted area: 31.2 x13.25 inches (79.2 x 33.6 cm). Total length: 66.2 inches (168.1 cm).
Excellent condition.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
On the scroll end a sticker with a red cross and the number 43 has been stuck, which refers to the Red Cross exhibition of Japanese Art & Handicraft in 1915, painting section, catalogue no. 43 (p. 18) which describes the piece as follows: Kakemono on silk in colours, Gentoku crossing the Dankei river to escape his pursuers, signed Zen Hokusai Tamekazu. Dr. J. Hutchinson.
The box label indicates another private collections, which so far could not be identified.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #839555 (stock #10536)
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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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #839289 (stock #10533)
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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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #839261 (stock #10532)
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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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #839234 (stock #10531)
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Hanging scroll with painting in ink, gold and color pigments on six sheets of paper of Kannon Nyoirin, sitting on a lotus base on top of a 6-tiered base. The 6armed Kannon sits in position of royal ease, his head resting on his main right arms. In his other right hands he holds the wish-granting jewels(nyoi hoju) and three rosaries. His main left hand rests on his knee, the others hold a rinbo and a lotus bud. He wears a crown containing the image of the Buddha and jewelry around his neck. Behind him a double flaming halo. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 45 x 20 inches (114.4 x 50.9 cm). Total length: 82.6 inches (210 cm)
Several missing areas and old, restored cracks. Stable condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #839198 (stock #10530)
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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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #836725 (stock #mallepiet3)
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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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #836638 (stock #10528)
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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.