Leather pouch with brass ornaments in front and back. Brass chain and knob, steel striker. These match strikers were important implements used in lighting fires in temples and in religious rituals. The chain indicates the wearer attached the pouch to their belts for easy access. Sign of wear but very good condition. 3" x 1 3/4" (w/o chain), chain measures 4". Circa 19th century.
Leather pouch with brass/bronze ornamentation in front with a Buddhist symbol. These match strikers were important implements for use in temples and religious rituals. The brass ring indicates this was carried on a strap to attach to the wearer's belt. In pretty good condition, a slight separation of the leather at the back where the ring is attached but no danger of unravelling. Measures 3 1/2" x 2", 19th century.
Square jar with etched Japanese writing "kanji" all four sides, aluminum top. Very, very unusual and rare. In beautiful condition especially being actively used in a shop. Pre-World War II, c. 1930. Measures 12 1/2" high x 8 1/2" wide x 8 1/2" deep.
Wood lacquer container for Ikebana, the art of flower arranging. Black lacquer on wood in the shape of a water bucket, very delicate and elegant vase with hand painted image of fish and grass. Stamped signature. Beautiful on its own even without a floral arrangement. 11"H x 9" cir. base, 12"cir at widest point. Mid-century, c. 1950-60.
Carved marble figure of one of the most revered Hindu Deities. Ganesh is easily recognizable as the elephant headed God. His most popular attribute is as the remover of obstacles but he is also the God of wisdom and learning. This particular representation was probably a stele in a temple as red pigment envelops some parts of the body. You can only discern what he is holding. The image is imbued with a subtle but powerful spirit. 19th century, measures 4 1/2 " wide x 5 1/2 " tall x 1 1 ...click for details
Beautiful hand carved tray with blossoms and leaves in the technique known as kamakura-bori. The carved wood is decorated with layers of black and red lacquer, rubbed and polished to get the desired effect. Inscribed on back. Highly sought after since the beginning of the Meiji period. Wonderful condition and unusual for having enclosed sides. Measures 8 1/2"x11", early 20th century.
Elegant lacquer carving of flora in the technique known as kamakura-bori. The carved wood is decorated with layers of red and black lacquer, polished and rubbed for the desired effect. Inscribed and signed at the back. Very desirable and popular since the beginning of the Meiji period. Early 20th century, measures 7 1/2" diameter. A tiny, tiny blemish near the rim which is reflected in the price, otherwise in very good condition.
Keyaki wood kanban, reads "Soy Sauce" company, Nagoya. Beautifully cleaned and waxed, would make a wonderful table or great wall art. Meiji period, late 19th century, measures 3' x 6' and 2 1/2" thick.
Set of ten (10) glass storage jars on an aluminum stand. Oblong shaped jars with metal lids inscribed, "Yoshida & Co. Osaka". Definitely Japanese and most probably used in a shop that sells small items, could even be tea as the lock mechanism is very tight. In its original condition when acquired; jars have been cleaned but the lids were left as is. A fantastic accessory for a kitchen, establishments that cater to confectioners or dry goods - actually could be used for just about a ...click for details
Celluloid kushi (comb) and kogai (long hairpin) in original case. Comb and kogai are in very good condition, case shows expected wear; circa 1920. Kushi: 3.75" long x 2" wide; Kogai: 6.25" long x 5" wide (at ends).