Very elaborate double-hinged door shrine with the wooden figure of a sitting Amida Buddha, both hands in mudra before him. Behind his head and back a double mandorla. Amida is sitting on a lotus pedestal on top of a multi-tiered base in flower-shaped profile. His garment decorated in fine gold hand painted flower and geometric patterns. All details of the base accentuated in hand painted gold.
The outside of the zushi in red lacquer with a tiny carving of a phoenix on the top front, richly engraved hardware. The inside of the zushi doors decorated with lotus flowers in gold and mineral colors on gold. The baldachin decorated in mineral colors and gold with Buddhist symbols.
Extremely fine carving of Buddha, mandorla and base.
Japan, Edo period 18/19th century.
Height of zushi ca. 3.9 inches (9.7 cm).
Painting on the inside doors rubbed, fraction of tip of mandorla missing, carving in excellent condition.
Small shrine with the esoteric Buddhist figure of the Fudo Myôô. He is standing on a rock pedestal with a lasso in his left hand and formerly with a sword in his left hand. Behind him a flaming mandorla. The patterns on his garment and his jewelry painted delicately in gold and mineral colors. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Height of zushi: ca. 5.8 inches (14.6 cm).
Baldachin broken and restored, rubbed on gold decoration; sword missing. Shrine with usual wear and tear, hard ware loose in places. All in all very good condition.
Elegant wooden sculpture of a nude woman, standing in a pensive pose, one knee slightly bent, her chin resting in her right hand. The wood is sculpted in a slightly faceted manner, giving the piece an almost abstract feel. Soft wood with green, yellow and oil based paint. Piece let into a square wooden base. Exhibition label at the base. Titel: Fumiko. Name of participant: Sakaba Yasuo. Address in the Tokyo Arakawa-ward, Nishi-Ogu. The venue: Sokei exhibition, which is the Art Academy in Tokyo. Japan, second half 20th century, prob. 1960s.
Height ca. 18.6 inches (46.5 cm)
Few material cracks that were there right from creation.
Today, in Tokyo in Arakawa ward along the river Sumida, in Higashi-Ogu, there still is a Sakaba family member who carves wooden Buddhist sculptures.
Small shrine with inside a reliquary or sharito in the shape of a flaming wish-granting jewel. Crystal jewel holding relics. The reliquary made of gilded bronze with fine engraved and punched decoration. Japan, Momoyama period (ca. 1568-1600).
Height sharito: 4.1 inches (10.4 cm); height zushi: 5.4 inches (13.5 cm).
Gilding of sharito virtually rubbed off, otherwise good condition. Zushi with traces of usage.
A very similar sharito is illustrated in Ultimate Sanctuaries: The Aesthetics of Buddhist Relic Worship, Nara National Museum, 2001, p. 158, dated Muromachi period. The shape of the flames and the decoration on the flames is very similar. The piece in the catalogue has most of its gilding.
Highly unusual view of a Buddhist service. In the center sits a priest surrounded by 13 monks. They are all sitting on tatami mats, their hands folded in prayer around rosaries. In the back plays a group of musicians. In the background an altar with a painting of the Buddha Amida, flanked by portraits of priests. Very unusual painting with extremely realistic faces. Black ink and colors and gold on silk. Japan, allegedly painted in 1935, probably on special order or for a special occasion.
Measurements: ca. 27.5 x 46.5 inches (69 x 116 cm). Framed.
Few stains and creases, otherwise excellent condition.
Even though the year 1935 is not verifiable, the highly realistic style of the painting and the very typical Japanese subject matter point in the direction of the Nihonga movement that was very strong in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s.
Sculpture of a bald headed man with a serene face, sitting while holding a small cymbal and drum stick in his hands. The cymbal and stick are connected to each other by a cord. The man dressed in Korean garment, as it is worn by Boddhisatva. Lime stone? Inside hollowed out. Korea, Choseon period, 18th century.
Height inches 14.2 inches (36 cm).
Excellent condition. Some pits in the surface, some traces of former pigmentation.
This piece was exhibited by The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, in the 1990s, part of the Richard Ravenal collection.
Osvald Siren: Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles. Part I; The First Millennium (3 vols.), London: Lund Humphries/New York: Ronald Press, 1956.
Vol.I: Early Chinese Paintings (xi+235pp., colored frontispiece and b/w ills.)
Vol.II: The Sung Period (vi+189pp. and annotated lists 95pp., colored frontispiece and b/w ills.)
Vol.III: Plates (xviii pp., 372 b/w plates).
Bound with red cloth, gilt title to front board and spine. With slip cases. 28.5x23cm.
Books very good codition. Splipcases with slight traces of usage.
Two paintings of a abbots or patriarch sitting on a small pedestal. One of them holds a vajra in the right hand and a tip of his garment in the left hand. His sandals are underneath the pedestal as well as a ewer. The other priest holds a flat device in his right hand and a tip of his garment in his left hand. Underneath the pedestal are his sandals. Very detailed painting. Black ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on loosely woven silk (ca. 30 over 14 threads). Japan, ca 14/15th century.
The painted areas are built up from 2 panes of silk each, stitched together in broad stitches, consistent with the Muromachi period.
Frames: ca. 54 ½ x 25 5/8 inches (ca. 140 x 66 cm).
Mounting scrollers cut off and framed with mounting. Very good condition.
Gilded bronze plaque in the shape of two mighty celestial dragons whirling around a flaming jewel in the clouds. The dragons chased in high relief with excellent details, the background decorated in nanako, the tama in red copper with traces of gilding mounted into the middle of the plaque. The whole mounted on a bronze back plate with two eyelets for hanging. Probably used as a temple decoration. Japan, mid Edo period.
Width 9 ¼ inches (23.5 cm), height 8 ¼ inches (20.9 cm).
Tama rubbed and slightly dented, green corrosion in the gold, excellent condition.
Container to carry tobacco in the shape of a yawning and stretching Daruma. The body is made of kiri (Paulownia) wood, while the arms and the face, which can be removed and functions as the cover, are made of a light brown, much denser wood. ‘In front of’ Daruma (inlaid in his belly) a scepter and an alms bowl. The two holes in the top of his head are lined with bone rings and his fists are to hold the cord, now missing. Eyes inlaid with black horn or glass. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
Height: 4.5 inches (11 cm).
Slight traces of usage. Basically very good condition.
Circular black lacquer box with slightly domed lid. The cover inlaid in mother-of-pearl pieces with a design of two human beings standing together. The black lacquer is crackled showing s reddish brown color in the crackle and along the rims. Korea, Yi dynasty, 18/19th century.
Comes with Japanese fitted box with insect damage and with silk pouch.
Height: ca. 1 3/16 inch (3.4 cm); diameter: 3 5/8 inches (9.3 cm).
Cover broken in two and well restored.
Staff carved out of one piece of a hard species of wood. On the top crouches a female figure with long hair, the arms wrapped around her body. The tip is a lighter middle brown while the rest is patinated a dark brown. Probably used in Shamanistic rites in tribal regions. Himalayans.
Length 16.5 inches (42.5 cm).
Some cracks and chips, nice patina.
A small house or pavilion with a thatched roof behind a wall surrounded by trees. A man, sitting at a table with a book stares into the garden where a crane is standing. Black ink and some red on paper. China, 20th century.
Measurements: 8 7/8 x 11 5/8inches (22.6 x 29.5 cm).
Excellent condition, mounted on album page.
A samurai – Watonai Sankan, or Kashiwade no Hanoshi - in full armour killing a tiger in a bamboo bush. Black ink and some color on paper. Unsigned. The manner and subject matter of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: 15 x 10 5/8 inches (38.2 x 26.9 cm).
Slightly creased, one earmark, backed. Mainly very good condition.
Painting of pine tree hanging over a fast flowing stream. Some flowering plant meandering through the branches. Unsigned. Black ink and some color on paper. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Measurements: 14 x 10 7/8 inches ().
Yellowed, backed wormage, backed.
Large stoneware jar with multi-color dripping glaze over a creamy white crackled glaze. The green is the traditional green of earlier Shigaraki ware, the blue as well, but a variety of brown, red, pink and black have been added to the palette. Inside and bottom covered in brown glaze with yellow spots. Japan, early Showa, 1920-1930s.
Height 17 inches (43.2 cm), diameter at shoulder ca. 17 inches (43.2 cm).
Bamboo tea scoop for powdered tea, elegantly curved. Patinated dark brown on the inside with some dark spots on the tip of the spoon. Japan, 20th century.
Comes with fitted box, sealed with double gourd shaped red seal of the carver.
L 7.25 inches (18.4 cm); box 8.5 x 1.4 inches (21.5 x 2.9 x 2.9 cm).
Few scratches on bamboo from usage, excellent condition.
Storage jar for liquids with pouring spout. The brown stoneware body wrinkled and irregular, the neck shaped by hand with many finger impressions of the potter. The body covered with transparent glaze; on the neck and shoulder a thick splash of transparent glaze, mixed with white, green and brown pigments and some small splashed underneath. In the bottom impressed seal mark in the shape of a double gourd. Probably Karatsu ware. Japan, 18th century.
Comes with wooden storage box that is not original to the piece.
Height 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm), diameter ca. 9 in. (23 cm).
Two old thin cracks running down from the mouth.