Description: A black bowl from 12th Century was well molded and glazed uniquely.
Applied in mottles with brown glaze on the interior and exterior against the black glaze, abstract firing effects was yielded with charming purplish blue when amid with brownish tint.
Minute pinpoints incursions were spread dispersedly on the surface reflecting the dirt-like foggy hue(see pictures 9, 10, 11), and makes the mottles like different halos...
An exqusite example of Japanese imari in a coverd bowl with intricate hand painted designs of dragons pheonix birds shishi and roosters artists signed "Kutani". Richly embelished with 24k gold decorations. In excellent condition no chips or cracks some minor glaze crazing in interior of lid overall the condition is incredible. Measuring approx 10.5inches wide by 5 inches tall a masterpiece of museum quality.
This is a small Tang Dynasty funerary sancai or tri-colour tea cup. It stands on a flat and small footrim and then everted flat and vertically upwards towards and everted mouth rim. The tri-colour are green, beige and amber, both in long streak in interior of the cup and some form of flower motif on outside.
There is no repair or restoration, some abrasion, firing and manufacturing faults which can be seen on the photos...
Description: A Cizhou bowl was slipped with white glaze and decorated with a Chinese character “ For”-Buddha . In a good calligraphic writing of the meaningful word , this bowl was most likely produced for religious use, or for scholars who were spiritually Buddhism oriented. In hues of aged ivory white contrasting with dark brownish decorating lines, the bowl was preserved with earth from burial. The incursions were obvious on the mouth rim when the condition of the bowl is very good...
A cormorant cries out to the sea on the lid of this fantastic suzuri bako writing box enclosed in a red lacquered kiri-wood box. Inside the birds mate looks up from among gold flecked lotus leaves growing wild along the waters edge. The box contains the original tray with stone, the edges of which are flecked with gold. It is in excellent condition but for on ding to the inside of the base, lower left, and one in roughly the same position on the lid...
A set of scholars desk items, including a Chinese Qing dynasty crystal brush rest in the form of two mountains, Chinese crystal stamp carved with four characters between dragons, and an unusual obelisk written with the Nichiren Buddhist epitaph Na-mu Myoho-ren-ge-kyo in radical script over textured surface, glass or crystal. We have been unable to find a single inclusion in the obelisk, making it either a perfect crystal, suiting a religious object, or glass...
This Japanese Fireman Hanten is made of hand-loomed Sashiko weave cotton fabric. This was the fabric of choice for the firefighting jackets because they could and would be drenched with water to keep the fireman safe from the flames while fighting fires. This piece is hand sewn and has clearly been heavily used. It has several holes and patches. When I got it years ago, it smelled badly of wood smoke...I did wash it to get rid of the smell.
Frog hand-sculpted from a high-quality granite, perched upon a lotus-form dais hand-sculpted from sandstone. The frog late-Edo Period ca. 1850, the dais mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1775. Old minor loss to both the frog and the dais. Excellent lichen accumulation on the dais.
Height: 16.1 cm
Length: 28.2 cm
Width: 17.4 cm.
Height: 12.3 cm
Diameter of upper surface: 29.8 cm.
Good for the garden.
Description: An ancient wood sculpture of a Buddha was done in Yuan Dynasty. With tauted posture, serene facial expression, the religious image was still imposing even after 700-800 years of enduring age. Defected on the face, lost of the limbs and decays and frets on the surface, the wood piece was very light due to long time of exposing to the dry air of northern China.
A precious ancient Chinese religious sculpture was kept partially with old blue pigment and gold leafs...
A nice stoneware plate in off blue and white with two fish swimming among water plants. Probably from Northern Thailand or Vietnam. Size: Diameter. 31cm. H. 7.7cm.
Condition: Some of the glossy is gone and there is one chip on the rim. See photos.
A standing Jizo Bosatsu sculpted in relief from basalt, the left hand bearing aloft a hoju (sacred jewel) and the right grasping a shakujo (crozier). Late-Muromachi Period/early-Edo Period ca. 1550–1600. Notably good condition, with inevitable softening of the lines and contours and minor surface erosion.
Height: 45.1 cm
Width: 20.0 cm
Depth: 14.2 cm.
A brilliant Jizo stone, with stylistic signs pointing clearly to a pre-Edo manufacture date. Extremely uncommon...
Four gilded wooden statues comprising of two Buddhas,a Disciple and a Monk. Sizes: Length, 9.4 to 7.6 cm. Condition: Perfect.
Stone depiction of two Jizo Bosatsu figures seated side by side, both with hands in the gassho adoration mudra. Muromachi Period ca. 1450. Overall softening of the lines and contours. Excellent lichen accumulation.
Height: 41.1 cm
Width: 31.7 cm
Depth: 11.5 cm
Packaged weight: 28 kg
Dosojin is the Japanese Shinto manifestation of an originally Chinese Taoist deity believed to guard the border between this world and hell...
Description:A unique blue and white inkcake holder was in flat drum’s shape.
Painted on the surface with Buddhist diagrams and floral patterns,the basin was decorated with round dots on the upper and lower rim as drum’s nails.
In the center, the small circular brush-lick pool was unglazed and stained with some old ink.
As to the painting, cobalt blue was concentrating within the flowing brush
strokes. The darkened blue suggested that native Chinese ingredients were
On brown silk gauze finely embroidered high ranking nobleman's court robe. In polychrome and couched gold threads nine five clawed dragons, one dragon hidden on the underflap of the garment. The mythical beasts chasing for the flaming pearl among clouds, bats, peaches and the buddhist precious things. The bottom of the textile is decorated with waves and stylised rocks. The sleeves worked in pleated dark blue silk, ending in horsehoof cuffs, side-fastening overlapping closure with metal buttons...
Stone ranto stupa comprising three elements, each element original to the ensemble and the three elements together forming a complete stupa. Clearly dated to the fourth year of the Tenwa Era (1684), early-Edo Period. Minor loss. Good lichen accumulation.
Overall height 72.1 cm, Height of main cylindrical element only 48.5 cm, Diameter of both the lotus dais and the foundation stone 27.5 cm.
Referred to in the literature as a muhoto but commonly called a ranto (lit...
Stone depiction of a standing Jizo Bosatsu and accompanying lotus dais, the left hand bearing aloft a hoju (sacred jewel) and the right positioned as if grasping a shakujo (crozier), now lost. Clearly dated to the 12th year of the Bunsei Era (1829), late-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with the single exception of loss to the upper left portion of the back of the head, not visible when viewing the piece head on. Good lichen accumulation.
Overall height, including lotus dais 84.5 cm, Height of...
Forty sections of various antique katana scabbards have been set about the circumference of this antique suiban basin for use in Kado and Keido (flower arranging or bonseki sand gardens). Striped, mottled, textured, engraved and polished; covered in sharkskin, snakeskin or lacquered cloth. All lie between belts of tiger striped ebony-like hardwood around a removable copper basin. The handles (on each end) are the actual tie points of the scabbard. One bronze button decorated with shells in s...