Shrine with inside the figure of the bodhisattva Jizo. He sits on a lotus base, positioned on a rock, his left leg hanging down, the foot resting on a small lotus base. In his left hand he holds a sacred jewel, in the right he formerly held his staff. The rock is placed onto a six tiered hexagonal, elaborately decorated base. Inscription on back of case in ochre colored lacquer, indicating that inside is a sculpture of Jizo, that an offering of 6 to (108 liters ??) was made, that the name of the donator was Naga Nobumasa. Japan, Edo period, 17th/18th century.
Height of case: 14 inches (36.1 cm).
Case: lacquer chips at bottom plate (baring the underlying wood), partly touched up, some minor touch-ups at upper rim, lacquer dull. Basically in very good condition. Figure: lacquer cracks along the seams of the wood blocks (on the right side of his body), some minor lacquer chips and cracks, hardly visible and soot. Staff missing. Necklace broken, but more or less complete. All in all very good condition.
Decorated with a sprig of flowering chrysanthemum on the glossy red ground in shades of gold and silver lacquer (hiramakie, takamakie) and inlaid with tiny pieces of blue-green shell (aogai), the reverse decorated with two butterflies in gold lacquer. Unsigned. Comes with kiribako.
Length 8.4 in. (21 cm), width 1.3 in. (3.4 cm).
This piece is located in Europe.
Shrine with the very unusual sculpture of Daikoku standing on two rice bales on top of the rising clouds. In the middle of the clouds sits the little figure of probably Shotoku taishi. On the base a rooster is picking from a rock formation. Carved wood carved, decorated in polychrome lacquer over gesso. On the inside of the doors a family crest with the three begonia leaves, used among others by the Tokugawa family. This leads to the assumption that the piece was made on special order, which would explain the very unusual combination. Japan, 19th century.
Height case: 17 in. (44 cm)
Case: Traces of usage (lacquer chips, scratches, few unimportant dents), especially to bottom plate, inside of the doors rubbed, as are the family crests, hardware loose in lower front corner, lock broken off. Inside: Chips to the lacquer on the cloud formation, lacquer on Daikoku strongly rubbed, otherwise very good and stable condition.
Shrine with the exquisite carving of the eleven headed Kannon, holding the vase with the flower in the left hand, a rosary in the right. Dark wood. The garment, finely carved with pleats and scarves, decorated in gold with flowers and geometric designs. On the crown 8 of the 11 heads (three missing), with individual faces. The accessories on the chest and the crown in gilded metal. Kannon is standing on a nine tiered base (six tiers hexagonal, three tiers, the lotus, are round). Excellent piece. Japan, Edo period, 18th century or earlier.
Case height 15 ¼ in. (39.5 cm).
Case: obvious traces of usage (lacquer rubbed and chipped on outside), repairs to the bottom, gold lacquer inside strongly rubbed and sooted, some flaking toward the bottom. Figure: Three heads on top missing, parts of crown and necklace missing, rosary broken off, the left foot broken and restored, tip of toe to right foot broken. Mandorla with some repairs, but basically complete. Some tiny chips to base. All in all very good and stable condition.
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Finely carved wooden figure of Gyochu Kishimojin, the hands folded together in prayer, standing on an upside down lotus leaf, positioned on a rocky base. Plain wood, carved in a slightly facetted way that gives texture to his garment and skin. The base and the lotus gilded over lacquer. Inscribed on back: Kishibojin, opening of the eyes, Nichiren. Inscribed in black ink on bottom of lotus leaf: Hirono Naomasa. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Height without base 7 ¼ in. (18.3 cm).
Left foot missing, left hand pinky finger broken, chip at left sleeve, few minor old chips at edges, basically good and stable condition.
This piece is part of a Nichiren zushi, that is listed under no. 492282.
Plain wooden sculpture of the founder of the Nichiren sect. He is sitting, holding both his hands with the palms up. He is positioned on a rectangular elevation, decorated with water whirls and gilded over lacquer on the sides. Plain wood, carved in a slightly facetted way that gives texture to his garment and skin. On the back in black ink inscription reading "Nichiren". On the bottom inscription in black ink, partly covered by paper. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height 4 11/16 in. (12.2 cm).
Crack into his left thigh, cracks in the back of his neck and in the upstanding part of his garment (back), partly filled in and stabilized. Part of left hand thumb missing.
This piece is part of a Nichiren zushi, that is listed under no. 492282
Plain wooden sculpture of the deity Shichimen Daimyojin. She is sitting on the top of mount Shichimen, crossing her left leg over the right, holding a jewel in her left hand. She is positioned on a rectangular elevation, painted green on top and gilded over lacquer on the sides. Behind her a jewel decorated nimbus. Plain wood, carved in a slightly facetted way that gives texture to his garment and skin. Crown of gilded metal. On the back in black ink inscription reading ‘Nichiren’. On the bottom inscription in black ink, reading ‘Kaneda[mura], Hirono Naomasa’. On the bottom of the base an inscription in black ink reading: Koshu, Yashiro gun, Kaneda mura, Hirono Asajiro Naomasa. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height without base 7 ½ in. (18.8 cm).
Crack into at the front, sword missing, parts of crown missing, otherwise very good condition.
This piece is part of a Nichiren zushi, that is listed under no. 492282.
Fairly large shrine with three carved figures: Shichimen Daimyojin, Kishimojin and the patriarch of the Nichiren sect, Nichiren. All are positioned on a rectangular base. Although all three can be connected with the Nichiren sect, the formation is a rather unusual one, leading to the assumption that the pieces were carved to the specific order of someone, for a very specific reason. The crest on the outside of the zushi (tachibana branch in well) hints in the same direction. It may very well have been composed for a family shrine. Al pieces inscribed in black ink with more or less the same text: Koshu, Yashiro gun, Kaneda mura, Hirono Asajiro Naomasa. All figures have more or less the same inscription on the back. Japan, 18th century.
Measurements of case: h 14 5/8 in. (37.5 cm), w 16 3/8 in. (42.2 cm), d 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm).
The case has clear traces of usage and two cracks in the back (one through and through, the other only on the inside), one piece of hardware missing, the other has come off, but is still extant.
Information on the individual pieces will be found under the numbers 492286, 492292 and 492299.
Double hinged shrine with multiple sculptures, forming a mandala around the Amida sanzon. In the back row sits in the middle Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, flanked by Kannon and Seishi bosatsu. In the front stand Jizo bosatsu and Fudo Myoo. On the inside of the doors are also two sculptures, which is very unusual. On the left one of the four guardian kings, probably Komokuten, on the right possibly Uhodoji. The zushi must have been composed to a very specific order. The combination of deities is not a very usual one. Also the numerous attempts to repair broken pieces and re-gild the diminishing shine show that the piece held an important place. On top of the zushi two eyelets, so that the shrine could be hung. No traces, however, indicate that the eyelets were really used. Japan, 19th century.
Height 9 ¼ in. (23.9 cm), width 11 5/16 in. (29.1 cm), depth 4 9/16 in. (11.8 cm).
Case: few dents in lacquer, esp. on one side, hinges somewhat loose. Figures: attributes missing (Kannon, Fudo), hands missing (Jizo, Uhodoji), foot missing (Jizo, Fudo), figures re-gilded at later age, lacquer chips. Generally good condition but needs careful handling.
Small shrine with the exquisite figure of an unidentified bodhisattva, perhaps Daizuigu (Mahapratisara), in six armed appearance holding mostly missing attributes. From the way the hands are held, one can imagine that a vajra and a halberd were among those. The garment is richly decorated in different colors and gold. He wears elaborate accessories around the chest and on the head. He sits on an elevation on top of a rocky base, backed by a double halo. Wood decorated in colors and gold. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height case 10 3/8 in. (26.8 cm).
Case: lacquer on edges chipping off (water damage), few dents, good condition. Sculpture: one arm missing, most attributes missing, few pieces in jewelry missing, some color chipped along the seams of the blocks, short crack in lacquer on upper lip. Good and stable condition.
Shrine with beautifully carved and decorated sculpture of the Buddha Shakyamuni, his hands folded in his lap. On his head he wears a cap in the shape of a lion (shishi), which is very unusual. He sits in front of a disc shaped mandorla, which is also rather unusual, on an eight tiered round lotus base. The lotus petals painted white and pink with gold, the garment decorated with manji motive and the shishi-hat decorated in gold and a little red. The crown in gilded metal. Above the curtain in laps blue with fine gold decoration of two phoenixes. Japan, later part 19th century.
Height case: 9 7/8 in. (25.7 cm).
Segment of crown missing, small tension crack in his left thigh, otherwise excellent condition. Case: Few dents, lacquer chipped off in one spot, otherwise very good condition.
One of Shakyamuni's companion is the bodhisattva Monju, who has the lion as distinctive companion. The lion hat may refer to Monju bosatsu. The figure could also be identified as Dainichi Nyorai, who is imaged sometimes with a lion as a carrier component of the lotus base.
Wooden figure of an unidentified patriarch of one of the many Buddhist sects, sitting on a double base. He sits in the classic posture with the soles of his feet laid together. From underneath his left sleeve pops out a ryui scepter. His widely spread-out red garment is decorated with flower designs in gold, as are the sides of the upper part of the base he is sitting on. His head is covered with a black cloth with traces of flower decoration in gold. Although to date unidentified, the garment and the base indicate a patriarch or a member of the priesthood. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height 5 1/2 in., width 5 7/8 in., depth 4 in.
Some paint chipping off, few cracks along the seams of the wooden blocks, something missing on the back (hole), face and head cloth with restoration. Ryui scepter repaired. Basically in good and stable condition with traces of age.
Empty zushi (shrine) of a very simple mokko shape, made of gilded metal. The outside in dull gilding, the inside shiny, orange-tinged gold. The upper draping (plastic) with two phoenixes and a jewel in the clouds, the base on the bottom decorated with a plant design. The bottom outside lined with green felt. Japan, Showa period.
Height 7 3/4 inches.
Outside all around with corrosion spots, inside of doors with traces of weathering (left stronger than right side). Patina.
Cookie mold with two-sided use. On one side three gourds. On the other side four molds for cakes with the text daishi (great master). Japan, Taisho period.
Length 11 1/2 in. (29.8 cm).
Hole for hanging device in handle, otherwise excellent condition.
Three small paintings in tanzaku format, painted for the New Year. Dragon in thunder clouds. Black ink and some red color on paper with golden background. Reverse of tanzaku speckled with gold flakes. Bamboo stalk. Black ink and brown color on paper with silver background. Reverse of tanzaku speckled with gold flakes. Torii in the snow with birds. Black ink on extremely thin sheet of wood. All signed and sealed, by different artists, or rather amateur painters. All dated on the back in pencil: 4 Jan 57.
14 1/16 x 2 5/16" (paper); 14 1/8 x 2 1/4" (wood).
Dragon: upper edge with some creases, corners slightly dented. Bamboo: Silver somewhat oxidized, corners slightly dented. Torii: Good condition.
Shrine with 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, holding an enormous sword. Behind his back a nimbus with seven discs, representing the seven stars of the Big Dipper. To the left the head of a snake pops out of nowhere. (Originally the you may find Myoken with turtle and snake or two turtles.) Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height case: 8 1/8 inches (21 cm).
Case: Usual wear and tear, on back label with the text: 19th century Japanese lacquer shrine of Buddha. C. 1820. Figure: Sword replaced, snake may be have been broken off elsewhere and glued to the wrong spot, traces of glue on back of turtle, to glue back deity, polychrome layer curling up and chipping off at places (showing the underlying white). Otherwise good condition.
Sculpture of a priest sitting with his legs crossed, his hands positioned on his knees, formerly holding a scroll and a rosary. He wears a robe with the usual red square pattern. His face is very rich in expression, his bare chest clearly shows his ribcage. Wood with a polychrome lacquer layer on top of gesso. Japan, 18th century.
Height 18 5/8 in., width 17 1/4 in., depth 12 in.
The lacquer rubbed in places, partly onto the bare wood, lacquer stabilized, some thin cracks in the lacquer surface, but basically in good and stable condition. Bottom of figure covered with felt.
Shrine with a finely carved sculpture of the Bodhisattva Benten, sitting with crossed legs on a throne made of lotus leaves. She holds her two hands folded together in front of her face. In her hair there is a small shinto torii, her typical headdress. She sits in front of a disc shaped mandorla. Polychrome decorated (hair and mouth) wood with ornaments in gilded metal. Japan, 19th century.
Height case: 8 1/4 inches (20.5 cm).
Case: Traces of usage (lacquer partly cracked along seams, some small dents and some lacquer chips, especially along lower edge of reverse. Figure: Chip at tip of scarf on right, scarf broken in 2 spots and repaired, otherwise very good condition.