Hexagonal central portion of a sekidou (stone monument) featuring a standing Jizo Bosatsu relief-sculpted on each of the six sides. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall. Variegated lichen accumulation.
Height: 27.5 cm
Diameter: 27 cm
Packaged weight: 28 kg
The sekidou is a style of Japanese stone monument akin to a classic stone lantern, the difference being a sekidou's incorporation of a solid hexagonal portion featuring relief-scul...
Toad sculpted from a high-quality granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss, with desirable lichen patination overall.
Height: 22 cm
Width: 24 cm
Length: 31 cm
Packaged weight: 21 kg
A tantalizingly tubby toad, ready to roam the garden.
A female deva (Jp. ten) holding a vajra staff (Jp. kongou houbou) in both hands, standing upon a rock-form dais and rectangular plinth, and backed by a halo-type mandorla (Jp. zu-ko), the entirety encased in a protective display case (Jp. zushi) in plain wood original to the sculpture. Yosegi-zukuri joined-block wooden construction, eyes of inset crystal, crown and necklace in gilt-copper and colored glass, finished in natural-pigment polychrome and gilt. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Excellent condi...
Fudo-Myo (Skt. Acala Vidyaraja) standing upon a rock-form plinth, the left hand holding a rope (symbolizing the catching and binding-up of distracting demons) and the right hand positioned to hold a demon-slaying sword, now lost. Yosegi-zukuri joined-block wood construction, the eyes of inset crystal, finished in mineral-pigment polychrome and gilt, with decorative necklace in gilt-copper and colored glass, and arm, wrist, and ankle bracelets in gilt-copper. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old wo...
Jizo Bosatsu seated atop a semi-cuboid base, the hands holding a sacred jewel (Jp. hoju), sculpted figurally from a high-quality granite. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Excellent condition, with overall dried lichen accumulation of a sort and coloration, i.e., blossom-like patches in pink and pastel-green hues, frequently found on granite pieces.
Height: 36.5 cm
Width: 22.5 cm
Depth: 14.5 cm
Packaged weight: 19 kg
Rare example of Mid-Edo Period (1603-1868) White Shino Ware Tea Bowl (Chawan).
The potter's mark is carved at the base.
Shino pottery is produced in today's Gifu prefecture since 16th century and it is distinguished by thick white glazes, red marks and the surface of small holes.
2.925in. (7.5cm.) high;
5.07in. (13cm.) diameter;
There are chips and cracks due to age. The bowl doesn't leak and can be used as ...
Kebutsu (lit. transformed Buddha) seated upon clouds, ichiboku-zukuri single-block wooden construction with lacquer/gilt/polychrome finish, displayed on a pierced-work gilt-copper keko (Buddhist ritual-use flower basket). The kebutsu early-Edo ca. 1650, the keko clearly dated to the third year of the Genroku Era (1680), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss and patination.
Kebutsu height: 13 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Depth: 5 cm
Keko diameter: 28 cm
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands bearing aloft a sacred jewel (Jp. hoju), sculpted in relief from a high-quality granite. Clearly dated on one side to the third year of the Jokyo imperial reign period (1686), early-Edo Period. Very minor old loss, notably to the upper tip of the overarching funagata-type mandorla, with very slight lichen accumulation.
Height: 63 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 17 cm
Packaged weight: 44 kg.
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. ...
Shomen Kongo (Blue-Faced Vajrapani) with six arms, three eyes, snake-form arm and ankle bracelets, and a monkey head atop the head, standing upon a jaki (demon) and rock form dais. Yosegi-zukuri joined-block wooden construction, finished in natural-pigment polychrome and gilt. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Loss of all attributes originally held in the hands, old loss to the polychrome finish, and old repairs.
Height, including dais: 78.5 cm
Height of Shomen Kongo figure only: 68.5 cm
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...
Living in Kyoto it is not uncommon to come across beautiful antique tea bowls, however, finding pieces that are in good condition, aesthetically compelling, and with all of the trappings that let you know they were cared for by a devoted cha-jin can be quite challenging. Here we see all three. The shape of this tea bowl is exquisite and something I have not seen before in an Oribe piece. The lacquer box, while not the original was undoubtedly custom made for this tea bowl and looks to be 100 - 2...
A fine Arita blue & white porcelain flower vase to be mounted on a wall, kakehana. 18th century.
The flower vase is heavily moulded with a leaping Chinese Lion or karashishi in a landscape of rocks and Tree Peonies, a classic subject in Japanese art known as “Botan-ni-Shishi”, an auspicious subject.
This old kakehana was manufactured in Arita in the mid Edo period, probably for the home market.
Approximately 16.7 cm high. A tiny glaze chip on the mouth-rim,...
This type of fukusa is a cover placed over a gift at the time of a gift-giving ceremony such as the "Yui-noh" which is held prior to a wedding. The evergreen pine symbolizes the strength and devotion of men; the plum blossoms represent purity, subtle beauty and the inner strength of women. Bamboo is often used to describe the personality of men and women; for example, a person being as straight (honest) as bamboo could also mean flexible (bendable) to a large extent. When pine (matsu, SHO), bam...
An exquisitely painted Buddhist icon in ink and colors on silk representing the Eleven-headed Kannon surrounded by the protecting spirits of the Scripture of Great Wisdom. Very good silk mounting with original brass fittings. Middle Edo, c. 1750–60. L 200 cm, W 73 cm. Picture frame: L 118 cm, W 56 cm. Condition: Good, clear colors. Minor cracks to left top.
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in meditation mudra. Yosegi-zukuri joined-block wooden construction, the eyes of inset crystal, finished in lacquer and gilt. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very good condition overall, with only minor old wood loss and inter-block cracking as well as desirable rubbing and patination to the lacquer-and-gilt finish.
Height, including lotus-form dais: 32 cm
Height of figure only: 21 cm
Width: 17.5 cm
Depth: 14.5 cm
Sho-Kannon Bosatsu seated on a lotus-form dais. Yosegi-zukuri joined wood-block construction, finished in lacquer and gilt, the ornamental head-piece in gilt-copper and the eyes of inset rock-crystal. Early-Edo Period ca. 1675. Excellent condition, with only minor old loss to the head-piece and loss of the rock-crystal originally inset in the urna, with desirable patination overall.
Overall height, including lotus-form dais: 36.5 cm
Height of Sho-Kannon figure only, including head-piece: 27...
A set of 11 standing devas (Jp. ten) in polychromed wood arrayed in two rows on a gilt-wood platform. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Old minor loss to the polychrome, as well as loss to the hands of three deva figures.
Height of each figure: 10.5 cm
Height of gilt-wood platform: 10.5 cm
Width of platform: 29 cm
Depth of platform: 8.5 cm
The two figures on either end of the upper level of the two-tier platform, distinct from the other nine pieces inasmuch as they have no rock and lotus-l...
A MASSIVE BRASS MORTAR WITH CORRESPONDING PESTLE, DATED MID 18TH. CENTURY, CA. 1730-50.
The mortar is huge and measure an anstonishing 15 cm. in height and is 15 cm. wide at the rim. The corrosponding pestle measure 24,5 cm. The weight is 6,5 kilograms!
A very accomplished mortar in the early-mid 18th. century baroque style with fine concenthric decorations and square handled along.
Provenance: Thorkild Krarup Lange Collection, Retired Pharmacist in Copenhagen...