Jingasa, or flat helmet, slightly domed in the center. On the edge is a crest in gold. Draped over the larger part of the jingasa, in thickly applied and carved red laquer a dragonfly. On the inside four loops. Old inventory number written in lacquer. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Diameter ca. 16 inches, H ca 5 inches.
Core probably wood. Some thin cracks in the lacquer on the inside, wormholes on the edge, with some restoration to cover them, lacquer on the outside has sun damage.
Shrine with a wooden sculpture of Shichimen Daimyojin in sitting pose, one leg crossed over the other. She sits on the summit of mount Shichimen, one of her shoes by her side, holding a (golden) jewel in her left hand and another object, likely a key that is now missing, in her right hand. The wood decorated with gold and mineral colors. Metal mandorla behind her head, decorated with flaming jewels. Japan, late Edo period, early 19th century.
Height zushi: ca. 11 inches.
Some cracks in the wood, flaking lacquer at the base, some cracks in the lacquer on the figure, stabilized with clear finish, all in all in stable condition.
Shichimen Daimyojin is the protectress of Minobu, the site of temple Kuonji, general quarters of the Nichiren sect and burial place of the founder of the sect. Mount Shichimen is south of Minobu.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. St. Jacob’s shell. Gilded wood. Japan, 19th / 20th century.
H 7 ¾ inches, W 7 ½ inches.
Good condition, restored chip, some traces of usage.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Stylized horns. Bronze with traces of gilding (mainly on back). Japan, 19th century.
H 6 inches, W 10 ¼ inches.
Good condition, few superficial scratches, repair on back.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Dragonfly. Gilded iron. Japan, 20th century.
L ca. 6 ¾ inches.
Good condition, one leg damaged.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Full body dragon with pearl. Gilded wood and metal wire. Japan, 19th/ 20th century.
L ca. 10 ½ inches.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Five-petalled flower with four diamonds, family crest. Gilded wood. Japan, 19th/ 20th century.
H 4 inches.
Good condition, tiny chip, some superficial scratches.
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Long-horned monster face with fangs and pointy ears and tufts of hair. Polychromed and gilded wood with horse hair and metal wire. Japan, 19th/ 20th century.
H 6 5/8 inches, W 6 5/8 inches.
Good condition, ear restored, a few abrasions
Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Crescent moon. Thin bronze, ca. 1 mm thick. Japan, 19th/ 20th century.
L 6 ¾ inches.
Good condition, one tip a bit curved, few surface scratches
Large storage jug of typical Shigaraki stoneware with small white inclusions, made in three sections, decorated in multicolor enamel and gold with a cat making a mouse train come to an abrupt halt. A cat, high back, hissing at the mouse going at the head of a train, makes the train come to a dead stop and the following mice tumble, roll, spill in a ripple effect. Funny details: tumbling palanquin, spilling fish, flying papers. Either folk art or export. Japan, 20th century.
Height: ca. 18.5 inches.
Unsigned work from a studio that decorates household ceramics with funny or fantastic images in overglaze enamels that can be fired at low temperatures.
Shoemaker’s box with 12 slots holding molds for making waritabi (split toe socks and shoes). The molds have different sizes, each size indicated on the bottom of each mold, going from children’s size to average men’s sizes. 10 pairs, 3 odds and one mold for half a foot, the use of which escapes us. Box construction with dovetails and iron nails. Japan, 20th century.
Box: L 16 ½ x W 9 ½ x H 6 ¾ inches.
About half is in excellent shape, the other half with worm damage at toes and heels, or split and repaired. Rope-handles replaced.
Hanging scroll with image of the ghosts of husband and wife. The wife is holding a skull. After a painting by Gotai. Ink and colors on silk. Japan, 20th century.
Image: H 43.5 x W 22 inches; overall: H 70.25 x W 26.5 inches.
Some creases in lower section of image.
Hanging scroll with image of a female ghost, holding a young infant to her breast, Ubumedori. Ink and color on silk. Japan, 20th century.
Image: H 43 x W 22 inches, overall: H 70 x W 26.25 inches
Comes with a wooden storage box.
Story of Ubume: She asks a passer-by to hold her baby and then goes away. While holding the infant, the weight will increase slowly but surely, so that the innocent, good-willing passer-by is severely tested for his or her strength. Finally, child becomes so heavy that the person will drop it. When hitting the ground, the baby has turned into a boulder.
thief who tries to run away with a pitcher full of oil. (In another version, the captured man appears to be a priest, refilling the oil in the lanterns and not the monster that he was held for). They are surrounded by the straight trunks of the high cryptomeria trees and by tall stone lanterns that seem to look at them with hollow eyes. Signed and sealed on the lower right side: Bai… and …… Black ink, color pigments and gofun on silk. Japan, Meiji/Taisho period.
Painted area: ca. 32 x 37.5 inches (81.7 x 95.5 cm); mounting ca. 54 x 43 inches (ca. 137 x 109.25 cm).
Few minor abrasions, all in all excellent condition.
Mori Bunrei (dates unknown). Hanging scroll with painting of insects simulating a samurai traveling with his entourage to or from the capital. A butterfly, suzumushi, praying mantises, yellow jackets and grass hoppers are traveling in a line, carrying flowers and grasses for poles, a hive and berries for luggage. Black ink and colors on silk. Signed Bunrei; two red seals reading bun and rei. Japan, mid 19th / second half 19th century.
Painted area: 14-½ x 20-1/8 inches. Total height: 461½ inches.
Painting with some light stains, otherwise in excellent condition, mounting damaged.
Mori Bunrei was the son and pupil of Mori Ippo (1798–1871), the Shijo painter. His style and technique closely follow those of his father’s.
A very similar painting by Nishiyama Hoen (1804-1867) is in the British Museum. This type of painting is typical for the Maruyama/Shijo school and could have originated with Maruyama Okyo.
Water jar on rounded bottom. Stoneware with dark brown slip-like glaze on the lower part, leaving the bottom free and a thin translucent glaze on the neck and mouth, both with fine crackle. A slender strip of engraved rope design decoration on the shoulder of the receptacle. Seto, Mino ware. Japan, Edo period.
H ca. 8-¼ inches.
Scratches on the body, worn down patches on the mouth, otherwise good condition.
Sake flask or tokkuri of triangular shape with tall neck. Brown stoneware with a combination of natural straw glaze and ash glaze and ashes. Marked at the bottom with unidentified potter’s mark. Japan, Bizen, 20th century.
H ca. 5-½ inches.
Kogo or incense box in the shape of the God of Good Fortune Hotei, leaning on his treasure bag with a fan in his hands. Earthenware, Raku ware with black glaze and white slip. Japan, 20th century.
H ca. 1-½ inches; W ca. 2-¼ inches.
Traces of usage: two cracks in the cover, some chips in the cover and two tiny chips on the edge of the lower part. Otherwise good condition, charming piece.