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...
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands holding a long-stemmed lotus bud, sculpted figurally from a gray-hued volcanic stone. Clearly dated on the backside to the seventh year of the Shotoku Era (1717), mid-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss and scant dried-lichen accumulation.
Height: 49 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 16.5 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg
Standing Shomen Kongo (lit., Blue-faced Vajrapani) sculpted in relief from a gray-hued igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation and remnants of dried moss.
Height: 48.5 cm
Width: 28.5 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: 33 kg
In the Esoteric Buddhist tradition, Shomen Kongo is a fearsome deva believed to protect against disease. With six arms/hands holding various symbolic Esoteric attributes, three eyes of which one is vertical, a monkey-h...
Standing Seitaka Douji, one of Fudo-Myo's two child attendants, figurally sculpted from a gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated to the seventh year of the Kyoho Era (1722), mid-Edo Period. Loss of the attributes originally held in the hands; otherwise, very good condition, with only very minor old loss. Slight traces of polychrome.
Height: 47 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 15 cm
Packaged weight: 15 kg.
A well-executed Seitaka Douji, stone examples of which are exceedingly uncommon, with an...
Seated Bosatsu (Skt. Bodhisattva) sculpted in relief from a fine-grained igneous stone, the hands forming the gassho adoration mudra and supporting a long-stemmed lotus blossom. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1775. Very minor old loss. Patchy-white lichen accumulation.
Height: 63 cm
A charming seated Bosatsu, boldly executed and fairly massively scaled. The white patches are dried lichen, not repairs.
The lotus-form dais shown in the photographs is not included.
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. ...
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...
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...
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.
A gilt-wood kebutsu Buddha nestled snugly in its original pierced-work sub-mandorla, which was originally attached to the main mandorla directly above a large main sculptural image. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Minor old repairs, with a string attached at the top for wall display.
Height: 28 cm
Width: 27.5 cm
Depth: 7 cm
Height of kebutsu Buddha figure only: 9.5 cm.
An elegantly sculpted mandorla fragment framing a lovely kebutsu Buddha. Highly decorative.
Large zushi, made on order for a temple, containing a seated group of En no Gyoja, the father of Shugendo, with his two attendants Zenki and Goki inside a cave. En no Gyoja is sitting with a staff in his right hand, and a hand scroll in his left. The two attendants are crouched before him. The green attendant (Goki) holds a ewer and a stick to ring a bell or mokugyo; the red disciple (Goki) holds an axe.
Wood with polychrome and gold color over gesso, eyes reverse-painted glass or crystal...
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...
This old Japanese Noh theater mask has the expressive face of an old man. The mask is carved from paulownia wood and dates to middle Edo period, around 1750. The patina is wonderful.
Mask measures approx 8 inches high and 6 inches wide
A Buddhist shrine, made for a temple, containing the 8-armed, weapon-bearing goddess Benten; her head adorned with a gilt bronze crown in the shape of a Shinto gate, decorated with birds, sun and moon, and beads. On the top of her head sits the snake-bodied water deity Ugajin. Behind her head a circular mandorla with three flaming jewels. Benten sits on a double lotus throne, placed on top of a rock formation.
The figure and the lotus dais are made in wood with gilding over red lacquer, wi...
Jizo Bosatsu head fragment sculpted from a solid piece of wood, with black-soot patination overall. Heian Period ca. 1100. Minor old professional repairs.
Overall height, including custom-made wooden base: 38 cm
Height of head only: 18 cm
Width: 12 cm
Depth: 16 cm
An extraordinary piece with serious age.
Standing 11-Headed Kannon Bosatsu, the figure's left hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud and the right forming the segan-in mudra symbolizing the fulfillment of the vow, sculpted in relief from a brown-hued sedimentary stone. Clearly dated to the third year of the Kokwa Era (1846), late-Edo Period. Minor old loss, with dried lichen accumulation.
Height: 41 cm
Width: 21.5 cm
Depth: 15 cm
Packaged weight: 14 kg
At the upper-right of the figure appear two Japanese characters that tra...
Done by top-quality marble stone, a great Buddha’s head was well carved.
A typical piece of the early to mid-Tang periods, the marble head was well carved by the hands of the excellent craftsman.
The religious piece was well depicted in details: on top, the spiral ushnisa and the features of the face –the full cheek, almond eyelids and well-defined lips, all were meticulously rendered by affluent and sleek carving skills.
Due to natural cause or some...