Japanese Buddhist scroll painting with the image of Amida raigo, the descent of Amida Buddha from the Western Paradise to earth. He comes down to transport the newly deceased devotee to the Western Paradise. In the middle Amida, to his right the bodhisattva Seishi, hands folded in prayer, to his left Kannon holding the lotus throne for transporting the deceased to Paradise. Rays of light surround Amida’s head. All three figures are standing on one green and one pink lotus, floating on white clouds. They are surrounded by a dark brown background. The outlines of the figures finely done in dark gray or black. Two inscriptions in gold in the lower part. Gilt copper hardware with engraved lotus decoration. Japan, 17th century.
Painted area: 31 7/8 x 14 ¾ in. (2 x 38 cm). Total length 59 ½ in. (152.5 cm).
Silk slightly rubbed, damaged or thin at places (all small spots, hardly visible), one crease to Buddha’s right shoulder, one crease to his right, portly cracked open. Mounting of later date. All in all very good condition.
Comes with kiribako (inscribed 'Sanzon raigo butsu' and 'Shuso daishi tengan ….’ (sect founder, great Buddhist teacher, eye drops, …) ; and with two authentication papers, dated Meiji 16 and Meiji 23(?). One of the authentications dates the painting into the Genbun period (1730s).
Japanese Buddhist scroll painting depicting the Welcoming Descent of the Amida Buddha from the Western Paradise to earth. He stands on lotus flowers on swirling white clouds. His red and black robe decorated in gold with tiny flowers and geometric motives. Middle section of a triptych. Originally he would have been flanked by the bodhisattvas Seishi and Kannon. Color and gold on silk, the outlines of the body delicately done in red paint. Mounting of later date. Scroll ends of gilt copper, decorated in nanako technique. Upper corners fortified with brass hard ware, decorated with a chrysanthemum each. Japan, 17th century.
Painted area: 31 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (81.7 x 37.7 cm). Total length 63 in. (161.2 cm).
Several horizontal cracks. There are several missing areas, backed by darkened silk, which in reality does not catch the eye immediately. Generally good condition, consistent with age and usa. Beautiful mounting in very good condition.
Set of 5 Japanese deep red lacquer plates with dark grey incised decoration of scattered plum blossom on cracked ice ground, rim and underside lacquered black. Fine quality wood and lacquer dishes. Each signed at the bottom in incised characters Wajima Senshu saku (made by Senshu, in Wajima), made ca. 1989.
Size 5 ¼ x 4 ¼ x ½ in. (13.2 x 10.6 x 1.3 cm).
In wooden box, inscribed and stamped on the lid Wajima chin(kin) (incised) sumi (black ink) ice and plum pattern. Signed inside lid Senshu tsukuru (made), and with square red
Size 6 x 4 15/16 x 3 1/16 in. (15.4 x 12.7 x 7.8 cm).
Pieces located in Europe.
Black lacquer, lidded box of square shape, decorated with two leafy plants inlaid in eggshell, with a dragonfly in sprinkled red lacquer, and some red and green swirls indicating the ground. All sides covered with glossy black lacquer. Inside lid gold foil label: AS, ARTEX SAIGON, H.002. Vietnam, ca. 1985-90.
Measurements: 6 ½ x 6 ½ x 3 in. (17 x 17 x 7.3 cm).
Piece located in Europe.
The basket lacquered with dark brown lacquer.
The basket, woven of natural split bamboo and vines, contains a removable hexagonal flat plate covered on one side with gold leaf and scattered with dark green, brown and black lacquer squares. The glossy gold surface is protected by transparent lacquer. For a different effect the reverse side of the hexagonal plate can be used, it being painted in a rustic style with reddish brown lacquer over a brushed wood ground. Later part of 20th century.
Basket: diameter 7 ¾ in. (19.3 cm), height 1 ½ in. (3.7 cm).
Plate: diameter 6 ¾ in. (17 cm)
Piece located in Europe.
Set of 5 Japanese deep red lacquer plates with gold-net decoration, rim and bootom outside lacquered black. Fine quality wood and lacquer dishes, each painted individually with a net pattern in gold lacquer. Made 1988-04-10, by Ozawa Risuke, Aizu.
Diameter 5.3 in. (13.3 cm), height 0.5 in. (1.5 cm).
Very slightly rubbed in some places, otherwise perfect condition.
Piece located in Europe.
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.
More photos of case on request.
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.