Molded bugaku mask of an old, bald man, laughing. The mask has been made of paper mache or wood pulp. The inside lined with two or more layers of textile. The face stained black, the lips of the open mouth and the gums red, the teeth white. Japan, late Edo or early Meiji period.
An attentive client identified the character as Heishitori or wine bearer, in the dance Kotokuraku.
Height 11 3/8 in. (29 cm), width 7 ¼ in. (18.5 cm), depth 4 in. (10 cm).
Two old thin cracks at the man’s left temple (the upper one with old restoration), few very superficial chips at the rim (reverse) and patch of cloth chipped away on the inside. Otherwise good and stable condition.
Silk kimono decorated in yuzen technique with design of flowering stalks. Bamboo, cherry blossom and marigold. On the stalks small beetles crawl up. Outlines of flowers in silver. Inside partly lined with red silk. Japan, Showa period, mid 20th century.
Length 66 in. (168 cm), sleeve to sleeve 49 ½ in. (126 cm).
Few light stains, one torn seam at sleeve (ca. 2 in.), one small moth hole in seam of other sleeve, otherwise good condition.
Obi (sash) with design on both sides. One side taupe colored silk embroidered in brown, murasaki, pink, green and blue with a design of bamboo leaves and matsukawabishi. The other side decorated in silver and some colored silk on murasaki colored silk with an intricate design of a river bank with stone barricades, containers and vegetation: bamboo, pine, chrysanthemums and momiji. The end of the obi marked with two strokes of gold thread. Japan, early Showa period.
Length 151 ¾ in. (385.5 cm).
Two water stains on the taupe side of the obi. The gold threads that mark the end of theobi coming loose. Few silver threads coming looses. Generally good condition.
Funa dansu of the kakesuzuri type. Behind a single hinged door at the front there are two full width drawers, one small drawer and two middle sized ones with locks. Although the exterior of this type of ship’s chests was usually made of sugi or kiri wood, this one is made of the much harder, and more expensive, keyaki wood. Drawers made of the softer, kiri wood. Iron handle on the top. Door, corner and edges fitted with sturdy and very decorative ironwork, ornamental lock. Japan, 19th century.
H 19, W 16 ¼ , D 19 ½ inches (48 x 41.4 x 49.5 cm).
Traces of usage (stains, dents, scratches), some of the iron ware reattached or replaced or missing, 4 bottom ledgers re-attached or perhaps replaced. All damages acceptable as traces of usages. All replacements acceptable as necessary maintenance. All in all very good condition. NO KEYS.
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Funa dansu are strong boxes used by sea men. They were supposed to carry business papers, money, writing supplies, seals and other personal things. They are small in comparison to chests that were used on land. The earlier ones are rather simple. At the height of their popularity they were made of the expensive and durable woods keyaki (zelkova) and kiri (paulownia). Due to the nature of their use, all funa dansu have traces of usage.
Fairly massive stone figure of the deity Fudo Myoo, standing straight before his flaming mandorla, holding up his sword in his right hand, the rope in his left. Sandstone. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements approximately: height 26 in., width 13 ¾ in., depth 7 in. (65 x 35 x 18 cm).
Damage two places at the top of the mandorla, some haircracks in the surface of body and of the mandorla, surface of feet rubbed. All in all very good condition.
Hair pin, or kanzashi. Lacquered tortoise-shell, decorated in sprinkled red, green and gold lacquer (hiramakie, takamakie), with a stylised wave pattern. The reverse with a diagonally divided pattern of square wells, in gold lacquer on a red ground. Signed Shinzan. Japan, 19th century.
Length 6 11/16 in. (17 cm), width of head 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm).
Painting of the Wisteria Maiden (Fujihime or Fujimusume), wearing a wide rimmed black hat and holding a branch of flowering wisteria over her shoulder. In the group of Otsu-e figures, she is a fairly late addition. Images of her were sold as charms for good marriages. Painted on paper in black and white and bright orange, blue and green. Japan, early 19th century.
16 ¼ x 11 ½ in. (40.9 x 29.2 cm).
Paper browned, esp. at margins, somewhat rubbed and creased, some water damage at right margin, green color flaking, tape residue and tape at upper corners verso, stamped in lower right corner verso: JAPAN. Condition as to be expected.
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. A ray of light comes from Amida’s urna. All three figures are standing on lotus thrones, floating on white clouds. They are surrounded by a dark indigo blue background with scattered flowers that seems to be tumbling around in the sky. The outlines of the figures finely done in red. The garments of all three decorated in very fine flower and geometric designs in gold. Japan, 18th century.
Painted area: 37 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (95.3 x 41.9 cm). Total height: 75 1/2 in. (191.7 cm).
Some paint rubbed off (mainly in flowers), some scratches in blue background, partly retouched (minimally), basically very good condition. Modern, Chinese mounting.
Hanging scroll with the image of Buddha standing on a dragon fish, holding a iron bowl in his hands. Next to him a garuda deity folding his hands, while holding long ceremonial sword across his arms. The Buddha and the fish in the water, bird deity standing on low swirling clouds. Around the shoulders a red mantle with manji motive in silver with traces of gold. Also gold and silver on details of the sword. Brilliant colors on paper. China, 18th century. Possibly Korean. Mounted above the painting is a inscription, describing the subject and dating the piece to a cyclic year. Ivory scroll ends. China, possibly Korea, 18th century.
Painted area: 15 x 11 2/8 in. (38.6 x 29.1 cm). Colophone: 9 13/16 x 11 3/8 in. (25.2 x 29.3 cm). Total length of mounting: 78 3/8 in. (200.5 cm)
Missing areas along edges and in the painted area, backed. Over all good very condition.
Set of 5 Japanese deep red lacquer plates decorated with three gold foil squares (ichimatsu-e). Japan, ca. 1990.
Diameter: 6 ¾ in. (17.5 cm); height: ¾ in. (2 cm).
In fitted wooden box, inscribed on the lid in black script Meimei sara 5, ichimatsu-e (5 plates with chequered pattern), and with circular red seal imprint inside lid of box.
Size of box 17 3/8 x 17 3/8 x 3 9/16 in. (19 x 19 x 9.2 cm).
One dish with tiny scratches to edge, otherwise perfect condition.
Pieces located in Europe.
Set of 5 Japanese dishes of lacquered wood, lacquered in 5 different colours. The wood grain clearly visible on both sides of the paper-thin circular dishes. Each surface covered in a different colour: deep dark brown, deep red, light red, deep green and light brown. Each dish signed in lacquer within the foot ring with a seal reading “sa” (?). Japan, made ca. 1988.
Diameter: 5 ¾ in. (14.8 cm); height: 1 1/16 in. (2.8 cm.
In cardboard box with red label reading KanKan. Size 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (16.4 x 16.4 x 6.8 cm).
Pieces located in Europe.
Set of 5 Japanese lacquered wood dishes of square lobed shape decorated with red and green narrow stripes. The cypress wood grain clearly visible on both sides of the dishes. Each dish signed at the underside in red lacquer with a seal shaped as a stylised elephant, indicating the known Kyoto lacquer workshop “Zohiko”. Made ca. 1988.
4 11/16 x 4 11/16 x 3/4 in.(12.1 x 12.1 x 2 cm).
In wooden box, inscribed on the lid “Thread pattern” (itomaki), signed inside the lid “Heian Zohiko” and with red circular seal “Zohiko”. Size 5 11/16 x 5 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (14.7 x 14.7 x 7.2 cm).
Pieces located in Europe.
Hanging scroll with the portrait of one of the poets, sitting in court dress, a black garment with a long white sash, holding a wooden mace. The black garment, with red liner, is delicately decorated with flowers between waving lines. The sash also decorated with stylized flower shapes. Tosa style. Signature at bottom: Yuho Issho ga. Red seal: Issho no in. Colors on silk. Japan, early 19th century.
Painted area: 23 5/16 x 10 13/16 in. (39.7 x 27.9 cm). Total length 57 in. (146.5 cm).
Three restored holes in silk (not in image), otherwise very good condition. Mounting fairly modern and in excellent condition. Bone scroll ends.
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.