Small round box in the shape a ribbed fruit, the stem standing up from the cover. Wood with black lacquer and gold. Inside covered with gold foil. Probably used on a Buddhist altar to keep incense. Japan, 19th century.
Height: 2 1/8 in. (6.7 cm), diameter at widest point: 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm).
Clear traces of usage: dents, tiny chips, gold rubbed off at places, basically good condition with nice patina.
Incense box, or kogo, in the shape of a rabbit, in hunched position, its ears flat on its flanks. The image is very abstract, with mere indication of the toes on the bottom segment. Grayish brown stoneware with thinly applied gray glaze with blue spots, letting the stoneware shine through at places. In bottom a character has been engraved, by way of a signature, unfortunately illegible. Japan, 2nd half 20th century.
Height: 1 ¾ inches (4.5 cm). Length: 2 ¼ inches (5.5 cm).
Three scrolls showing the Four Sleepers Kanzan with the scroll, Jittoku with the broom and Bukan zenshi and the tiger, all standing. Blank ink and faints blue and red on silk. All three scrolls with signature Tsunenobu hitsu and red seal. ‘Remounted’ with the old brocades, both painting and mounting thus well preserved. Japan, 18/19th century.
Painted areas: 39 1/8 x 18 ½ inches. Whole length: 72 ¾ inches.
Some soiling of the silk due to age, otherwise very good condition with some minor damages:
Jittoku - in the lower part of mounting (repaired area).
Bukan Zenshi - in the upper part of mounting (three repaired areas), then there is some minimal worm damage in the silk, some tiny holes in the lower part of the mounting and in the silk on the left side and in the upper middle. Worm damage is hardly noticeable.
Double wooden box. Inscription on inner box: sanfuku tsui (set of 3 scrolls); middle: toyo-sen; left and right: kanzan jittoku. Yoboku hitsu (Yoboku being the go of Kano Tsunenobu).
Kano Tsunenobu was a famous painter who lived 1636-1713. He was the son of Kano Naonobu and a pupil of Kano Tan’yu. He was a leading artist of the Kano school in Kyoto.
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Small shrine. Inside sits Nichiren, founder of the Buddhist Nichiren sect, on a chair. Underneath the chair his clunky shoes. In his left hand he formerly held a rosary. In the right hand, pressed against his chest, he holds a four pronged vajra, now partly missing. In the back of him the gilded Amrita bottle. Figure of wood, stained black. Chair lacquered wood, partly polychrome design. Japan, Edo period.
Height 5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm).
Case with old chips, filled up with black lacquer, front third of bottom cracked off and repaired. Tiny chip at garment of Nichiren, lower part of vajra missing, as is the rosary, chair formerly broken and lovingly restored. Obviously used, but with love for the piece.
Small shrine with the image of Amida Buddha, standing on a lotus base with one hand up and one hand down in mudra in front of a tall mandala. Gilt wood figure and base, mandala made of gilt metal. On top eyelet to hang the zushi from. Japan, 19th century.
Height 7 ¾ in. (20 cm).
Case with clear traces of usage, very thin, short crack in left door, metal bolt missing from lock. Figure in good condition, lots of soot.
Very refined zushi with the sculpture of the bodhisattva Jizo. He stands on a lotus throne on rocks, holding a jewel in his left hand, his right hand missing. Behind his head a halo with very fine decoration in relief of clouds and jewels. Light wood with polychrome and gorgeous gold decoration, especially on the garment. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height 6 in. (15.3 cm).
Right hand missing, otherwise excellent condition. Case: some dents and chips, basically in very good condition.
Small shrine with the sculpture of Kishimojin, the hands folded in prayer. Plain wood with nice patina, the pupils painted black. On the back inscription in black ink. On the right door of the case inscription in black ink: Angyo Kishimosonjin, the name of the temple and the donor. The inscription on the back of the sculpture is partly the same, indicating that sculpture and case came together. Japan, early 19th century.
Height case: 7 in. (17.9 cm).
Case with some obvious traces of usage, hardware slightly bent, nails missing. Sculpture in excellent condition.
Small shrine with the sculpture of Fudo Myoo, standing on a rock before a flaming mandala in the shape of a phoenix. Finely carved wood with fine gold decoration. In the right hand the rope, in the left a now missing sword. Mandala made of thin metal painted red with traces of gold. On the doors left and right are painted the images of Seitaka doji and Kongara doji. Japan, early 19th century.
Height 6 in. (15.6 cm).
Sword and ornament on the center of the base missing. Tiny paint flakes at right door painting. Case: some dents and old lacquer chips. Roof repaired with pegs, otherwise good condition.
Small framed painting of hawk perching on a rock underneath a flowering plum tree branch. The hawk beholds the beholder with one eye, holding its head and body at an angle. Unsigned. Kano style. Black ink on paper in brocade mounting. 18th century. Scroll ends cut off and framed.
Frame: 40 ¼ x 15 ¾ in. (105.8 x 40.2 cm). Painted area: 30 5/8 x 11 ½ in. (78.5 x 29.4 cm).
Toned, some cracks (former folds due to rolling), slightly rubbed at places, few missing areas. It is what it is. Still nice bold hand.
Sitting figure of deity on lotus seat, probably Benten in six armed appearance. In the main right hand she holds a leaf, the left one she holds up in mudra. The other four arms are now missing. Halo added later. Painted wood, with gilding. Japan, 19th century.
Height 4 ¾ inches (12 cm).
Some pigment losses and losses in the gold, otherwise good condition.
Small shrine, or zushi, with the image of Benten, sitting on a lotus seat, holding a jewel in her left hand, a (now missing) sword in her right hand. On her head a crown in the shape of a torii. Seated on her head is also snake bodied Ugajin. Behind her head a halo with jewels.
Height 9 ¼ inches (23.7 cm).
Case with clear traces of usage, gilding on the hard ware rubbed off, gold on inside showing rubbing. Pigments on the figure and base slightly chipping, sword missing, otherwise very good condition.
Small phosphatic glazed earthenware jar with double handles. Reddish brown clay covered with dull black glaze with some white Jun-type glaze splashes. China, 19th century or earlier.
Height 5 ¾ inches (14.9 cm).
Black glaze dull, showing water streaks, one chip on back of one of the loop handles, some dirt residue. Otherwise good condition.
Tall vase with four loops on shoulder. Middle brown dense stoneware irregularly covered with olive green glaze. The clay shows similaries with the brown, dense clay of Shigaraki ware, but there are no inclusions. Also the green glaze can he found in Shigaraki ware. This, however, may be from a completely different area. Japan, 19th century or earlier. Height 11 5/8 inches (29.9 cm).
Star crack at neck, one loop damaged, few old chips at upper rim, some scratches and irregularities in glaze and clay.
Sturdy bottle with ribbed surface. Light brown stoneware covered with brown glaze. Over the brown glaze a dripping pattern of yellow glaze. Large drippings at bottom cut off, showing the many inclusions in the glaze from the bottom of the kiln. Probably from northern Kyushu. Edo period, 19th century or earlier.
Height 9 1/8 in. (24 cm), diameter at bottom 6 in. (15.4 cm).
Glaze dull in the middle section of the bottle, due to heavy use, otherwise excellent condition.
Vase of mallet shape with slightly concave sides, short cylindrical neck with minimally everting rim. Gray stone ware that at places turned brown through firing. White glaze running down, slightly thicker at bottom half of vase, some blue patches at the rim. Studio pottery. Japan, 20th century. H 7 1/8 in., diameter at foot 3 1/2 in.
Image of a heron in water in rice-paste-resist dying technique (tsutsugaki) on cotton. The color showing are coffee brown for the background and different shades of brown with white for the heron. The image mounted as a hanging scroll, which has been cut to fit into a frame. Meiji period, late 19th century. Mingei.
Cotton image: 11 ¾ x 8 ¾ in. Frame: 36 ¼ x 13 in.
Portrait of a man standing, dressed in a long and wide garment. The head covered with a dark cloth. On the left inscription, seal and date. On lower right red seal of Ren Xiong (Jen Hsiung). Black ink and colors on paper. Framed.
Inner mat dimensions: 8 ¼ x 11 ½ in. (21 x 29.7 cm); frame: 24 x 16 ½ in. (61.6 x 42.5 cm).
Good to very good condition.
Ren Xiong (1820-1864). He was one of the ‘Four Ren’. He is the father of Ren Yu (see stock # 10310).
Hanging scroll. Fukurokuju standing in a landscape with mountains. Signature on right: reading Tanyu, seal. Black ink and some color on paper. Japan, 19th century. Kano school.
Painted area: 44 ½ x 17 3/16 inches. Overall length 74 ¾ inches.
Several horizontal creases, several missing and thin areas in paper filled and partly retouched, especially in upper and lower parts. Mounting of later date in fragile state. In hanging order. Wooden scroll ends.