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.
Small 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 may 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.
Very small shrine with the figure of Amida Nyorai standing on a lotus base. His slender body covered in a finely, gold ornamented garment, his left hand hanging down in mudra, his now missing right hand would be held up in mudra. Soft wood stained dark brown with gold decoration and some red. The insides of the doors decorated in reddish brown with meandering flowers. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Height case: 5 1/4 inches (13.4 cm).
Case with clear but acceptable traces of usage (tiny dents, chips, small repair at left edge of right door), but basically in good condition. Right hand of figure missing, otherwise in very good condition.
Very small shrine with inside the wooden figure of the three-headed Marishi-ten (one boar's head), sitting on a lotus base carried on the backs of seven boars. In his hands he holds a branch of the asoka tree, a sword, bow and arrows. The carving is slightly abstracted, but nevertheless full of detail. The halo and attributes all in gilded metal. On the bottom a paper label with inscription in ink: An old Buddha from 150 -200 yrs. old that used to be carried by the Japanese who prayed to it for strength 1922 (or 1932) 20.- Japan, mid Edo period (around 1800).
Height case: 2 3/4 inches (6.9 cm).
Case with minor traces of usage, in very good condition. Snout of one boar chipped, some attributes damaged or missing, otherwise very good condition.
Very small shrine with inside a Shaka triad, consisting of Buddha Shakyamuni in the company of Aizen Myoo (left) and Fudo Myoo (right). Shakyamuni sitting on a bed of leaves positioned on a rock, Aizen and Fudo are seated on their usual thrones, positioned on the rock, somewhat lower than Shaka. Wood with polychrome decoration with gilded metal ornaments. The right door dated Anei 2 (1773), as the year of its initiation. The back of the zushi inscribed with red lacquer, stating the year Meiwa 9 (1772) as year of manufacture. The name of the donor has been erased, as part of the inscription on the inside of the left door has been partially erased. Paper label on the bottom: # 120. MADE IN JAPAN.
Height case: 3 1/2 inches.
Case: Some lacquer chips at back at bottom, at edges, otherwise good condition. Sculpture: Attributes to Fudo are missing, otherwise excellent condition.
Small album of green carton with 6 albumen photos and 7 black and white vintage photographs, two of which with inscription in German in ink on the back. Photos of Hong Kong, mainly Victoria's Peak and the mansions built on it. Three photos of a festivity with British dignitaries and two pictures of the coast at Panary, Malaysia. Inscription: Zur freundlichen Erinnerung an den Peak + einige seiner Bewohner. M von der Heyde. Hongkong, Oktober 1906 (In fond memory of the Peak and some of its inhabitants. M. von der Heyde. Hong Kong, October 1906); Peak. Hongkong. Oktober. 1906. The cover of the album inscribed in white: China 1903-06.
11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (28.1 x 20.6 cm).
Albumen photos slightly creased, basically good condition, vintage photos with creased corners due to the slits in the album pages, otherwise also good condition. Album: one braid, for the lower hinge, missing, thus loosening the album. The pages in very good condition.
Very unusual figure of the terrible Kigyo Kishimojin, standing with a baby in her arms, holding up a pomegranate in her right hand. In this form she represents the protector of children. Almost abstracted wooden figure with dark patina. The mouth painted red, the eyes inlaid with glass or crystal painted with gold in reverse technique, the pomegranate made of a red kernel. Usually, when holding a child, she is depicted in a more human, motherly form. Japan, 19th century.
Height case: 13 inches (32.5 cm).
Figure in very good condition with one worm hole and tiny chip at seam at face. Base with one repaired boulder. Case basically in fine condition with beautiful hardware.
Small shrine with the figure of Daikoku, standing on two rice bales, decorated with a tama on the front ends. He holds his hammer in his right and over his left shoulder he carries his big sack. On his belly another tama. Polychrome and gold decorated wood. Japan, 19th century.
Height case: 5 1/2 inches.
Case: with strong traces of usage (lacquer chipped off unto the wood, wood chips at front edge of roof). Figure with some pigment loss, but basically in very good condition.