An open-mouthed ("ah") tobikomi shi-shi (lit. diving Chinese lion) sculpted from a gray-blue igneous stone. Late-Edo Period/early-Meiji Era ca. 1875. With the exception of old loss to the shi-shi's right eyebrow, excellent condition.
Height, including base: 46 cm
Width of base: 25 cm
Depth of base: 42 cm
Packaged weight: 49 kg.
Sculpted in the rarely seen "diving" pose with understated stylistic flair, this playful guardian beast was originally paired with a similarly styled close-m...
Seated Koyasu Kannon Bosatsu, the right hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud and the left arm supporting an infant child, sculpted in relief from a light-brown sedimentary stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old loss.
Height: 57 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 20.5 cm
Packaged weight: 42 kg
An uncommon depiction of Koyasu Kannon Bosatsu, deaccessioned from a municipal art museum located in the Tohoku region north of Tokyo. Highly collectible.
A very rare and interesting, Buddhist bronze ewer (kundika) in classical form w. rounded, oblong body, a short sprout and a long neck. Lid for the opening. There are three circling bands, two on the body and one on the neck. The sprout set with a raised lotus pattern. The piece is of relatively heavy casting and with remains of leaf gilding on black surface. A superb piece and a serious collector’s item. According to its transmitted history the ewer comes from the Buddhist temple, the Chishaku...
Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu, the left hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud and the right forming the segan-in mudra symbolizing the fulfillment of the historical Buddha's vow to strive for the salvation of all sentient beings, figurally sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Very minor old loss, with slight traces of polychrome. Light lichen accumulation.
Height: 57 cm
Width of base: 18 cm
Depth of base: 14 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg.
Standing Fudo-Myo (Skt. Acalanatha) with characteristic attributes of sword and rope held in the right and left hands, respectively, sculpted in relief against a flame-motif mandorla from sandstone. Early-Meiji Era ca. 1875. Excellent condition, with only extremely minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.
Height: 45 cm
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 20 cm
Packaged weight: 23 kg.
On the back of this Fudo-Myo is incised the name of an Edo-Period yakuza, Omaeda Eigoro (1793~1874), famous in par...
Nobori banners, carps, warrior's Yoroi and Kabuto helmets, samurai dolls and swords were all a part of the display used for Boy's Day (renamed Children's Day) on May 5th in Japan. They reflect the parents' wish to inspire their sons in manliness, discipline, bravery and the honor codes which are associated with them.
Originally, nobori were used on the battlefield to identify the troops; some were to show the warriors where their taisho (general) was, others were used to shift the troops. ...
Japanese late Edo to very early Meiji period Satsuma earthenware bowl decorated in the well with a bird on a flowering plum branch emanating from chrysanthemum-covered rockery executed in gilt outlined gosu blue, red, green, and black enamels on a finely crackled cream-colored ground. A floral border extends around the interior rim. The exterior walls hold three chrysanthemum clusters interspersed with butterflies in flight. The base contains the circular Shimazu family crest and the mark “...
Wanli period, late Ming Dynasty, ca. late 1600s
This bowl is painted overall with a floral design in orange, green, and yellow enamels with black enamel outlines. The interior rim is decorated with a similar motif, and a single flower is painted on the interior base. The foot is encircled with double lines in underglaze cobalt blue and an underglaze cobalt blue design is painted on the base. The bowl has typical rim-fritting, and there is a small chip to the interior of the foot that has b...
Large shrine, zushi, made on special order for a temple. Inside, right in front of the back wall is a silk covered panel. Towards the bottom of the panel, on a gold background, are painted Fugen Bosatsu on his companion the elepahant, and Monju Bosatsu, sitting on the back of his companion the tiger. Above them, set in the center of a red painted circle is a circular crystal reliquary, sitting on a gilt bronze lotus dais, surrounded by gilt bronze flames, forming the wish granting jewel hojugata...
Six-armed Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, defining attributes held in four hands, sculpted in relief from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Meiji Era ca. 1900. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation and traces of polychrome.
Height: 37 cm
Width: 25 cm
Depth: 20 cm
Packaged weight: 22 kg.
Japanese stone depictions of Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu typically have just two arms, so this six-armed example is something of...
The nobori banners, carps, warrior's Yoroi and Kabuto helmets, samurai dolls and swords were all a part of the display used for Boy's Day (renamed Children's Day) on May 5th in Japan. They reflect the parent's wish (at the time that they were made) to inspire their sons in manliness, discipline, bravery and the honor codes which are associated with them.
Originally, Nobori were used on the battlefield to identify the troops; some were to show the warriors where their taisho (general) was. ...
Edo Period Celadon Hirado Horse
A "rare" Hirado celadon (seiji) recumbent horse, extraordinary modelling, and a virtuosic example of the flawless green-glazed porcelain produced in the eighteenth century in northwestern Kyushu, Japan. Typically, the glaze was applied over a layer of white slip (liquid clay). This enhances the celadon color and exaggerates the sinuous curves in the horse's tail, legs, etc., that make the animal so intensely expressive. The gilt maki-e ...
A large and very expressive, ceramic figure of sitting shishi, lion-dog, with turned head. It is covered in a creamy, white crackled glaze. The open, staring eyes made of inserted glass are rendered with gold. Unsigned. Japan, late Edo, before 1850. H. 35 cm, L. 25 cm, W. 16 cm. Condition: good, but for a few chips, fire cracks and minor area of repair on underside.
AN INCREDIBLE AND RARE SLAVE DOCUMENT FROM PERSON COUNTY, NC. This document is an agreement to rent a slave from the George Glen estate and is dated December 26, 1864, just months before the end of the Civil War. The document reads:
“ #168 Twelve months after date, me or either of us promises to pay E M Holt & J W Parker, executors of H Parker, deceased, late guardians of the heirs of George Glen, deceased, the sum of $100, of the same being for the [heir?] of a Negro $65 by th...
A fantastic, extremely rare and important Edo Period Daki Ningyo, with a fine
shibori outer kimono, and a red chirimen silk crepe inner kimono with a
fawn-spot pattern. Featuring a beautifully sensitive life-like face.
Looks wonderful in a seated or standing pose. All aspects of this Daki
Ningyo are of the finest quality. We are confident that you have never before seen one of this age and quality offered for sale. Height: 25 inches, 63.5 cm.
Jiaqing Period, ca. late 1700s
Each vase is decorated overall with various flowers on a medium-blue enamel ground within a continuous geometric fretwork pattern of gilt wires. Both the rim and base is gilded, now having some wear showing on each vase. The square area on the base is left from an old sticker removed in the past. Both vases have a melon form label body with a flaring mouth rim that is partially gilded inside. The interiors are not enameled and the old bronze has taken on a gr...
Height: 5.5 inches
Width: 3.25 inches (excluding handles)
Age: Late Edo to Meiji (1850 - 1870)
A piece of massive ivory carved as a fantasy landscape with detailed renderings of pastoral life complete with village, people attending at various work (fishing, picking fruits, feeding ducks), lotus and fish pond, pavilions and large willow trees. etc. set on a boat-like form imitating a tree trunk. Late Qing, ca. 1900. L 31 cm, H 8 cm. Condition: Excellent (one minor, but superficial hairline).