Two prints with illustrations of the human body, indicating the different spots for the needle. One shows the body from the side, one the body while lying down. Black and white woodblock prints on paper. Both approx. 21 x 9 inches. Framed (12 7/8 x 25 inches). Paper toned, several tiny missing and thin spots backed, especially on the center folds. Otherwise good conditions.
Small jar. Slender body with short, cylindrical neck and wide mouth. On the shoulder four loops. Upper two third of the body covered in a dull brown speckled glaze. Thailand, Sawankhalok, 14-16th century.
Height 11½ inches.
One small chip underneath rim, missing areas (mouth and shoulder) in glaze, generally in very good condition.
Very large mask of a demon, used to be hung on a wall. Wood with traces of gesso. H 14 inches. Mingei. Some traces of usage, old crack along each side of the face, repaired, and one short crack in the upper middle section on the back. Generally very good condition.
Figure of a crouching frog, carved out of the root of a bamboo stalk. Mingei. Length 9 3/8 inches. Japan 19th/20th century. Very good condition.
a) Vase in the shape of a double gourd. On a reddish-brown stoneware base patches of a dark brown glaze have been thinly applied, partly covered again by patches of greenish-yellow ash glaze. On the bottom imprinted seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. H 7 3/8 inches. Small firing crack on the lower bulb.
b) Vase in the shape of a mallet with a circular body and an elongated, square neck. Over a reddish-brown clay a typical brown glaze has been applied with irregular spots. In the bottom seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. Height 9 inches; diameter 4 ¾ inches. Mint condition.
Tôzan is either the name of a potters’s studio, or an artist’s name. The name Tôzan is found frequently among potters of the Bizen tradition, usually referring to the background of the family or studio, tracing it back into the Momoyama period.
Small shrine, or zushi, with the figure of Kannon Nyoirin, sitting on a lotus base positioned on rocks. Carved in wood. The 6armed Kannon sits in position of royal ease, his head resting on his main right arms. In his other right hands he holds the wish-granting jewel (nyoi hoju) and a rosary. His main left hand rests on the lotus, while the others hold a script and a, now missing, lotus flower. He wears a crown and jewelry on his chest. Behind his head a halo. Height case 10 ½ inches. Some minor rubbing and lacquer chips, two tips of lotus petals broken and repaired, fringe of crown on right missing, few fingertips slightly chipped. Case: minor traces of usage. Overall condition very good.
Small shrine, or zushi, with figure of standing Amida Nyorai. One hand raised in mudra, the other one held down, he stands on a double lotus base in front of a halo. Wood with gold lacquer and some red. Height case 11 ¾ inches; height figure 5 ½ inches. Figure: parts of fingers on both hands missing, halo repaired and minor lacquer chips. Case: some lacquer chips at edges.
Small shrine, or zushi, in a folkish style. In a simple, square case sits Buddha Shakyamuni with a round object in his hands, possibly a jewel or an alms bowl, carved in soap stone. Shaka sits on a low pedestal. On the inside of the left door a paper label with the inscription … no shaka sonzo (Figure of the … Buddha). Height case 7 inches; height figure 3 ¼ inches. Some traces of usage to the case. Figure in good condition. Case Japanese, figure perhaps Chinese, although style is more Japanese.
Travel shrine, or zushi, with sitting figure of Kukai, carved in wood. The founder of the Shingon sect sits on a low pedestal, his shoes put underneath. In his left hand he holds the rosary, in the right he formerly held a vajra. Figure carved in plain wood, the pedestal decorated in gold and the typical red, white, green and blue. The inside of the doors decorated with lotus flowers in dull gold lacquer on shining gold lacquer. On the curtain above a decoration of manji and garlands in the same technique. The outside case in black lacquer with gilt and engraved hard ware. Inside: tip of curtain and vajra missing. Outside: short crack in each of the doors, some traces of usage. Height of case 5 3/8 inches; height of figure 2 3/8 inches.
Miniature shrine, or zushi, with figure of Bishamonten, carved in wood. He is standing on a demon that is lying on a rock. In his left hand he holds a pagoda and in the right a short staff. Behind his head a mandala. The garment of Bishamonten is decorated in gold lacquer, the crown and mandala made of gilt copper. The inside of the doors decorated with waribishi design. The back of case inscribed Fu-kan-jo, written in red lacquer.
Height zushi 4 ½ inches.
Tip of pagoda missing. Zushi: cracks in lacquer, lacquer chips at the bottom, partly restored, short crack in right door.
Half portrait of Daruma in bold strokes of gray and black. Lower right signature Isshin hitsu and two seals. Black and gray ink on paper. Painted area 36 ½ x 8 ½ inches. Toned, some horizontal creases, repaired missing area at lower middle. Celluloid scroll ends.
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Ebisu sits on a rock, a bamboo stalk in the hand, as if holding a fishing rod, a giant red carp stuck under his arm. Daikoku stands on rice bales and holds his hammer in the hand. Around them a split daikon and the coat and hat of invisibility. On the lower right two seals: Kachutei Ninsei (or Jinsei). Ink and colors on paper (black outlines are hand painted, NOT printed). Painted area 11 ¾ x 18 1/8 inches. Toned, several horizontal creases, some of them backed, few vertical creases restored, few tiny missing areas, overall stable condition. Ivory scroll ends, brocade mounting decorated with treasures.
Although no information on the artist was found, his works do show up from time to time. Stamped with the same seals.
The deity Shomen Kongo standing on a demon in front of a flaming halo. In front of him a rooster and a chicken and a monkey with a gohei. Ink and colors on paper. Painted area 25 x 11 inches. Several horizontal creases due to rolling, several small missing areas, all backed and partly retouched. New mounting in Chinese style. Overall stable condition.
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Figure of a standing guardian, his mouth wide open. He wears a long overcoat, the sleeves of which are hanging empty along his sides. He holds his hands folded over each other on his belt. On the head he wears a red scarf. His open mouth shows rows of fine teeth and his red tongue. Gray earthenware colored with red, pink, white and black pigments. On wooden stand. Height 12 ¼ inches, without stand. Comes with cushioned box with exhibition label of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (T - #3). Some pigment losses, especially visible in face and on scarf, otherwise very good condition. No TL-test.
Glass ball on a wooden stand of finely carved and undercut work. The base has been carved in the shape of high foaming waves in which fishes are swimming, and that carry the jewel of the tides. The waves inlaid with little pieces of mother-of-pearl and gold lacquer. Ryujin, the Dragon King, held this jewel to rule the tides. Overall height 7 ¼ inches. Japan, Meiji period. Ball in near-perfect condition (one tiny, shallow scratch), the stand with some repairs and some missing tips on the waves.
Small sculpture Bishamonten, guardian deity of the north. On his head he wears a helmet. In his right hand he holds a stupa, in his left a long pole, that once must have been a halberd or a lance. With both his feet he stands on a demon-like creature on a rocky base. Polychrome wood. Japan, 18th century or perhaps somewhat earlier. Mingei. Height 16 ¼ inches. Some minor wear, broken halberd, generally in very good condition.
Top in larger than life dimensions. Wood with iron. Japan, 19th century. Diameter 5 3/8 inches; height 6 inches. Pegs to hold the iron band in place are missing, otherwise excellent condition.
Although generally called kanban, this piece was used for display in a window.
Small porcelain jar. Thin powder blue glaze over white clay. Over the monochrome blue a decoration of bamboo and pine trees in red, green, black and gold enamels. Over the shoulder meandering flowers in red and gold. The colors of the enamels remind one of Imari ware. Japan 19th century. Height 3 ¾ inches. One small chip at rim, enamels somewhat rubbed, as visible in photos.