Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1393928 (stock #841)
Antique Stones Japan
$800.00
Seated Ebisu, one of Japan's 7 Lucky Gods (Jp. shichifukujin), with a sea bream (Jp. tai), Ebisu's characteristic attribute, tucked beneath the left arm. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Very minor old loss, with traces of polychrome. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 35.5 cm
Width: 22.5 cm
Depth: 20 cm
Packaged weight: 14 kg

Of Japan's 7 Lucky Gods, only Ebisu has purely Japanese roots, the other six gods having either Indian or Chinese origins. This is a notably charming example, well-sculpted and in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1393897 (stock #840)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Jizo Bosatsu standing atop a stylized lotus-form dais with hands pressed together in the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in shallow relief from blue-green schist. Clearly dated to the 12th year of the Kanbun Era (1672), early-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss around the perimeter. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 53 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 14 cm
Packaged weight: 30 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1700 item #1393784 (stock #839)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,500.00
Fragment of a multi-section folding screen (Jp. byobu) depicting a Portuguese trader in Japan seated on a folding chair beneath a large umbrella, executed in natural pigments and gilt on silk. Momoyama Period ca. 1575. Significant old loss.

Fragment height: 73 cm
Fragment width: 23 cm
Wood-and-plexiglass frame height: 94 cm
Frame width: 43.5 cm

An exceedingly rare example of authentic namban-themed Japanese art. Decorative and highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1492 item #1393531 (stock #838)
Antique Stones Japan
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Itahi stupa, commonly referred to as an aoishitoba (lit. blue-stone stupa), sculpted in shallow relief from blue-green schist, featuring a single bonji (Siddham-script seed syllable) symbolizing Amida Buddha atop a stylized lotus-form dais. Dated to the Genkou Era (1321~1324), late-Kamakura Period. Excellent condition, with only minor old perimeter loss and surface erosion overall.

Height: 96 cm
Width: 27 cm
Depth: 2.6 cm
Packaged weight: 18 kg

The earliest extant examples of stone itahi date to the mid-Kamakura Period ca. 1250, while the most recent examples date to the first decade or so of the Edo Period ca. 1615, after which time the production of stone itahi ceased. The type of blue-green schist from which this piece is hewn was traditionally quarried primarily in the Kanto Plain region comprising Tokyo and bordering prefectures.

With a narrow tongue-like projection at its lower end, this piece was sculpted for easy insertion into the soil.

A thoroughly classic example of a highly collectible style of Japanese stone sculpture, with significant size and irrefutable late-Kamakura Period temporal provenance.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1392826 (stock #837)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,400.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a high-ferric-content sandstone. Clearly dated to the 11th year of the Kyoho Era (1726), mid-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 66.5 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 15 cm
Packaged weight: 30 kg

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1392630 (stock #836)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,300.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four pieces from a large-grained igneous stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1450. Old loss, most notably to the cubic foundation stone. Variegated lichen and moss accumulation.

Height: 56 cm
Width: 19 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: 26 kg.

The gorinto is a distinctively Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms. The Japanese Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism views the gorinto as a symbol of Dai-Nichi Buddha, who, underlying all things, manifests himself in the five elements making up the physical world.

Gorinto sculpted in four pieces, the uppermost piece comprising two of the five geometric forms, are far more uncommon than gorinto sculpted from a single stone. This is a handsome example of type, all of a piece and showing good formal balance.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1390271 (stock #835)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from a brick-hued igneous stone. Late-Muromachi Period ca. 1550. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 32.5 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 11 cm
Packaged weight: 12 kg.

A glance backward in time across the field of Japanese Buddhist stone sculpture tends to become a wide-eyed stare upon discovering a distinct stylistic shift somewhere around the beginning of the Edo Period ca. 1600. Six commonly observed characteristics of pre-Edo stone sculpture are as follows: (1) flatness, in two senses, namely, (a) shallow depth relative to height and width, and (b) shallow relief sculpting; (2) a triangulated upper mandorla resembling a pediment, usually jutting ledge-like outward over the figure; (3) a tapered base for insertion into the ground as opposed to a flat base for placement upon the ground; (4) stylistic primitivism with regard to the treatment of the deity depicted; (5) an overwhelming predominance of Amida Buddha depictions, invariably in the seated position with hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra; and (6) an absence of both date and inscription.

A thoroughly classic Muromachi-Period stone Amida Buddha in excellent condition, suitable for either indoor or outdoor display. If displayed indoors on a hard, flat surface, some form of lateral support, such as a wall, is required. If displayed outdoors, the tapered bottom can be inserted directly into the soil.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1389788 (stock #833)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Tengai, a canopy originally suspended horizontally above a Buddhist sculpture, sculpted in octagonal form from wood and finished in lacquer and gold leaf, incorporating lotus and cloud motifs. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss and desirable patination overall.

Diameter: 52.5 cm
Thickness: 4 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1389353 (stock #832)
Antique Stones Japan
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Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the fifth year of the Genroku Era (1692), mid-Edo Period. Old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 61.5 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 21 cm
Packaged weight: 43 kg

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1388863 (stock #831)
Antique Stones Japan
$500.00
Kai-awase, made from a natural clamshell (Jp. hamaguri, Lat. Meretrix lusoria), the interior surfaces of both halves depicting a nearly identical scene from the Heian-Period literary classic Genji Monogatari hand-painted in the traditional Yamato-e style, characterized primarily by a predominance of gold leaf in addition to natural-pigment polychrome. Late-Edo Period ca. 1825. The actual shell, the two halves of which fit snugly together to form an air-tight container, is in virtually flawless condition, with neither cracks nor chips, while the interior paintings remain bright and clean with only very minor old loss to the gilt and polychrome.

Width: 8.5 cm
Depth: 6.8 cm
Height: 4 cm

The shell-matching game of kai-awase, full sets of which comprise 180 pairs of shells, has a history in Japan extending back to the Heian Period (794-1185). Kai-awase paintings oftentimes depict scenes from Genji Monogatari, as in the present example. Also quite common are bird-and/or-flower genre scenes.

Edo-Period kai-awase in fine condition, i.e., both shells free of chips and cracks and thus air-tight when closed, are commonly employed as kogo (incense boxes).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1388824 (stock #830)
Antique Stones Japan
$500.00
Kai-awase, made from a natural clamshell (Jp. hamaguri, Lat. Meretrix lusoria), the interior surfaces of both halves depicting a nearly identical scene from the Heian-Period literary classic Genji Monogatari hand-painted in the traditional Yamato-e style, characterized primarily by a predominance of gold leaf in addition to natural-pigment polychrome. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. The actual shell, the two halves of which fit snugly together to form an air-tight container, is in virtually flawless condition with neither cracks nor chips, while the interior paintings remain bright and clean with only minor old loss to the gilt and polychrome.

Width: 8.8 cm
Depth: 6.7 cm
Height: 4.2 cm

The shell-matching game of kai-awase, full sets of which comprise 180 pairs of shells, has a history in Japan extending back to the Heian Period (794-1185). Kai-awase paintings oftentimes depict scenes from Genji Monogatari, as in the present example. Bird-and-flower (Jp. kacho-ga) genre scenes are also quite common.

Edo-Period kai-awase in fine condition, i.e., both shells free of chips and cracks and thus air-tight when closed, are commonly employed as kogo (incense boxes).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1388820 (stock #829)
Antique Stones Japan
$400.00
Kai-awase, made from a natural clamshell (Jp. hamaguri, Lat. Meretrix lusoria), the interior surfaces of both halves depicting a nearly identical bird-and-flower (Jp. kacho-ga) genre scene hand-painted in the traditional Yamato-e style, characterized primarily by a predominance of gold leaf in addition to natural-pigment polychrome. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. The actual shell, the two halves of which fit snugly together to form an air-tight container, is in virtually flawless condition with neither cracks nor chips, while the interior paintings remain quite bright and clean, with old gilt loss confined mostly to the moriage-relief lower borders.

Width: 9 cm
Depth: 6.7 cm
Height: 4.2 cm

The shell-matching game of kai-awase, full sets of which comprise 180 pairs of shells, has a history in Japan extending back to the Heian Period (794-1185). Kai-awase paintings oftentimes depict scenes from the Heian-Period literary classic Genji Monogatari. Bird-and-flower genre scenes, such as in the present example, are also quite common.

Edo-Period kai-awase in fine condition, i.e., both shells free of chips and cracks and thus air-tight when closed, are commonly employed as kogo (incense boxes).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1388533 (stock #828)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,900.00
Stone Dosojin comprising two figures standing side by side, the female figure on the left holding a flask in the shape of a hyotan (a gourd symbolizing good fortune) and the male figure on the right holding a shallow drinking bowl, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the fifth year of the Horeki Era (1755), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss and light lichen accumulation.

Height: 58.5 cm
Width: 40 cm
Depth: 24 cm
Packaged weight: 75 kg

Dosojin is the Japanese Shinto manifestation of an originally Chinese Taoist deity believed to guard the border between this world and hell. Charged with obstructing the passage of evil spirits and gods of disease into human communities, Dosojin stones were traditionally placed on roadsides and mountain passes as well as at crossroads and village boundaries.

Classic Dosojin examples typically feature a depiction of two standing figures, traditionally construed as a male/female couple, with the female figure holding a flask and the male figure a shallow drinking bowl, as in the example offered herein.

Talismanic as opposed to memorial in function, Dosojin stones have long been highly sought-out by collectors in Japan and as a result are no longer readily available in the domestic market. This example was sourced from a Japanese collector in suburban Tokyo. A rare opportunity.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1388493 (stock #827)
Antique Stones Japan
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Six Jizo Bosatsu figures standing in a row, the mudra varying from figure to figure, sculpted in relief against an unusually expansive funagata-style mandorla from a heavy igneous stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Virtually no stone loss, with desirable softening of the lines and contours of the Jizo figures. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 61 cm
Width: 44 cm
Depth: 20 cm
Packaged weight: 70 kg

According to Buddhist belief, Jizo Bosatsu was entrusted by the historical Buddha with saving all sentient beings during the 5.76 billion years between the time of the Buddha's death and the arrival of Miroku, the Buddha of the future. The concept of six Jizo is rooted in the Buddhist idea that all sentient beings plod toward enlightenment through six realms of transmigratory existence, i.e., Hell, Hunger, Animality, Anger, Humanity, and Heaven. Responsible for safeguarding the passage of all beings through these six realms, Jizo is symbolically construed in six manifestations, one for each of the six realms.

A monumental piece and intriguingly styled, with the two central Jizo noticeably taller than the other figures, showing significant age yet in excellent condition, the features of each Jizo clearly discernible. An uncommon, highly collectible piece, sourced from a Japanese collector in suburban Tokyo.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1387845 (stock #825)
Antique Stones Japan
$400.00
Kai-awase, made from a natural clamshell (Jp. hamaguri, Lat. Meretrix lusoria), the interior surfaces of both halves depicting a nearly identical thistle-flower genre scene hand-painted in the traditional Yamato-e style, characterized primarily by a predominance of gold leaf in addition to natural-pigment polychrome. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. The actual shell, the two halves of which fit snugly together to form an air-tight container, is in virtually flawless condition, with neither cracks nor chips, while the interior paintings remain bright and clean with only very minor old loss to the gilt and polychrome.

Width: 8 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm
Height: 4 cm

The shell-matching game of kai-awase, full sets of which comprise 180 pairs of shells, has a history in Japan extending back to the Heian Period (794-1185). Kai-awase paintings oftentimes depict scenes from the Heian-Period literary classic Genji Monogatari. Bird-and/or-flower genre scenes, such as in the present example, are also quite common.

Edo-Period kai-awase in fine condition, i.e., both shells free of chips and cracks and thus air-tight when closed, are commonly employed as kogo (incense boxes).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1385676 (stock #822)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Hand/forearm fragment of a bosatsu (Skt. bodhisattva) sculpted from a single piece of wood. Momoyama~early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Other than minor old insect damage, very good condition, with black-soot patination overall.

Hand/forearm length: 21.5 cm
Gilt-wood lotus stems max. height: 25 cm

An elegantly rendered fragment originally attached at the left elbow of a bosatsu, attested to by the wrist bracelet, and most likely holding a narrow-necked flask containing the nectar of life. The five gilt-wood lotus stems, of later (ca. 1900) manufacture, are included.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1384942 (stock #821)
Antique Stones Japan
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Daikokuten standing atop two rice bales on an elaborate two-tier plinth, a wish-fulfilling magical mallet in the right hand and a treasure-filled sack in the left, sculpted in wood and finished in lacquer, gilt, and polychrome, with eyes of inset crystal, the entirety encased in a protective case (Jp. zushi) sculpted from wood and finished in lacquer and gilt with gilt-copper hinges and decorative fittings. Late-Edo Period ca. 1825. Loss of the zushi's closing clasp; otherwise, very good condition, with only minor old loss to the lacquer and gilt finish, and desirable patination overall.

Height of Daikokuten figure: 10.5 cm
Exterior height of zushi: 28.5 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 16.5 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1384763 (stock #820)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,200.00
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.