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.
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.
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 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.
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.