Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1386170 (stock #824)
Antique Stones Japan
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Seishi Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho mudra of adoration, seated upon a two-tiered lotus-form dais placed atop a semi-circular plinth and backed by a funagata-style mandorla, the entirety sculpted in wood and finished in lacquer, gilt, and polychrome, with eyes of inset crystal. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1750. Very good condition overall, with notable exceptions including an old line of repair, not at all intrusive, toward the top of the mandorla at the point where it juts forward over the figure, as well as loss to the gilt-copper headpiece and chest ornaments. Otherwise, fine condition, with desirable rubbing and black-soot patination to the finish overall.

Overall height, including mandorla and plinth: 68 cm
Height of Seishi figure only: 36 cm.

One can reasonably assume that this Seishi Bosatsu originally was placed on one side of an Amida Buddha in tandem with a Kannon Bosatsu similarly situated on the other, the three sculptures collectively forming an Amida Sanzon triad.

The Japanese text written in black ink on the underside of this Seishi sculpture refers generally to repairs made in the second year of the Bunkyu Era (1862) by an illegibly named Dai-Busshi (master sculptor), implicitly suggesting an earlier manufacture date for this piece. In view of the color contrast of the two main wooden blocks making up the piece, one can reasonably assume that said repairs included a replacement of the front block comprising the lap and front edge of the garment.

All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Garden : Statuary : Pre 1800 item #1357079 (stock #757)
Antique Stones Japan
$6,200.00
Square tachigata-style lantern sculpted in six parts from a high-quality granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Heavy lichen accumulation especially on the two upper parts, i.e., the kasa (roof) and ornamental hoju (sacred jewel) configuration.

Height: 144 cm
Total packaged weight: approx. 290 kg.

A notably handsome square lantern with rounded column featuring a distinctively styled upper ornament comprising a sacred jewel partially protruding from an upthrusting lotus-form dais, the original six-part ensemble fully intact and in admirable condition despite significant age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1357338 (stock #761)
Antique Stones Japan
$5,400.00
Koshinto stupa comprising a standing six-armed Shomen-Kongo, the Siddham-script seed syllable symbolizing Shomen Kongo incised near the apex of the funagata-style mandorla, a full moon atop clouds at the upper left and a partially eclipsed sun at the upper right, with three seated wise monkeys (hear, see, speak no evil) underfoot and a chicken to either side, sculpted in relief from a purple-brown igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very good condition overall, with only very minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 88 cm
Width: 42 cm
Depth: 24 cm

A monumentally scaled Koshinto stupa in laudable condition, the likes of which are no longer readily available in the local Japanese market. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1359769 (stock #766)
Antique Stones Japan
$4,800.00
Large-scale Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted figurally from a gray-hued volcanic stone akin to basalt. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Minor old loss, with traces of polychrome.

Height: 61 cm
Width: 37 cm
Depth: 26 cm

Japanese stone is for the most part sculpted in relief; figurally sculpted pieces are concomitantly rare. In the case of figurally sculpted pieces, the arms are very seldom treated naturalistically, i.e., as cylindrical extensions angling out and away from the trunk, but are instead typically fused to the trunk along a line extending from armpit to fingertip, a stylistic concession to the relative softness of most types of Japanese stone. (Marble, for example, has never been quarried in Japan, and high-quality sandstone is virtually nonexistent.)

Elegantly sculpted from a relatively hard volcanic stone seen most often in early-Edo pieces of high quality and with both arms treated naturalistically, this Nyoirin Kannon stone is a true rarity. Highly collectible.

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 1800 item #1237191 (stock #546)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,800.00
Stone Dosojin comprising two figures standing side by side in a semi-embrace, the figure on the left holding a flask in the shape of a hyotan (a gourd symbolizing good fortune) and the figure on the right holding a shallow drinking bowl, sculpted in relief from a liver-hued igneous stone, probably andesite. Clearly dated to the 10th year of the Horeki Era (1760), mid-Edo Period. Very minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 64.5 cm
Width: 39 cm
Depth: 25.5 cm.

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.

Early Dosojin examples typically feature either two Jizo Bosatsu figures--Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, being Jizo Bosatsu--or, less often, two Amida Buddha figures standing or seated side by side. By the mid-Edo Period ca. 1725, Dosojin is most commonly depicted in the form of two figures, traditionally construed as a male/female couple, standing or seated side by side and typically displaying some form of physical affection. The piece on offer herein is a representative example of this more recent Dosojin style.

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. The example offered herein, sizable and in excellent condition, is a true rarity. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1361293 (stock #774)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,200.00
Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from tuff, an igneous stone composed largely of volcanic ash. Kamakura Period ca. 1250. Minor old loss and variegated lichen and moss accumulation.

Height: 78 cm
Width: 35 cm
Depth: 34 cm
Total packaged weight: 67 kg.

The gorinto is a uniquely Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms, which correspond (from bottom) to earth, water, fire, wind, and ethereal space. 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 parts, the uppermost part comprising two of the five geometric forms, are far more uncommon than gorinto sculpted from a single stone. The present example, boasting substantial size and significant age, hails from Oita Prefecture's Kunisaki Peninsula, esteemed by Japanese collectors for the depth and quality of its sculptural tradition in stone. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1308053 (stock #657)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,900.00
Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu, the left hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bed and the right hand forming the semu-in mudra of fearlessness, sculpted in relief from a salmon-hued granite. Dated on the right-hand lateral surface to the third year of the Enpo Era (1675), early-Edo Period. Minor surface loss, with overall softening of the lines and contours. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 72 cm
Width: 27.5 cm
Depth: 15 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1388493 (stock #827)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,900.00
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 : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1381720 (stock #812)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,800.00
Seated Dai-Nichi Buddha, the hands forming the chiken-in knowledge-fist mudra (also known as the six-elements mudra), sculpted figurally from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated on the back to the third year of the Anei Era (1774), mid-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 42 cm
Width: 30.5 cm
Depth: 24 cm
Packaged weight: 25 kg.

An exceedingly uncommon depiction of a figurally sculpted Dai-Nichi Buddha clearly dated to the mid-Edo Period, with substantial size and in excellent condition. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1375336 (stock #796)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,800.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from a high-quality granite. Nanbokucho/early-Muromachi Period ca. 1400. Very minor old loss, with light lichen accumulation.

Height: 61 cm
Width: 23.5 cm
Depth: 23.5 cm
Packaged weight: 50 kg

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #628192 (stock #102)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,800.00
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. Associated with roads and travel, Dosojin is the deity of mountain passes, crossroads, and village boundaries who obstructs the passage of evil spirits and gods of disease. By the mid-Edo Period ca. 1700, the most commonly observed form of Dosojin is a male and female figure standing or seated side by side. Earlier examples typically feature two Jizo Bosatsu figures--Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, is Jizo Bosatsu--or, less frequently, two Amida Buddha figures standing or seated side by side.

Dosojin stones, having a supposed talismanic as opposed to memorial function, are avidly sought out by collectors of stone in Japan. This example possesses an undeniable expressive force and significant antiquity. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1330622 (stock #706)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,800.00
Seated Jizo Bosatsu, the left hand holding a hoju (sacred jewel) and the right a shakujo (crozier), figurally sculpted from a large-grained sedimentary stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall.

Height: 62 cm
Width: 47 cm
Depth: 30 cm
Packaged weight: 65 kg

Sadogashima, an island in the Japan Sea off the coast of Niigata Prefecture, is famous for its production of a distinctive style of figurally sculpted stone Jizo. Sadogashima Jizo stones sculpted on such a monumental scale as this example are exceedingly uncommon. A highly collectible piece, with excellent size, laudable condition, and significant age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1356378 (stock #755)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,700.00
Standing Fudo-Myo with flame mandorla sculpted in relief from a dark-gray igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 64 cm
Width: 39 cm
Depth: 25 cm

Loss of both sword and rope notwithstanding, a redoubtable Fudo-Myo stone in all respects.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1234245 (stock #538)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,500.00
Matching pair of bronze temple lanterns clearly dated to the seventh year of the Meiji Era (1874), professionally retrofitted with electric lighting systems ca. 1960. Excellent condition and desirable patination.

Height: 78 cm
Roof diameter: 28 cm
Base diameter: 25.5 cm

A notably handsome pair of early-Meiji bronze lanterns with fully functional electric lighting systems. Uncommon.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1378569 (stock #805)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,500.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Nanbokucho~early-Muromachi Period ca. 1400. Desirable old loss and lichen accumulation.

Height: 85 cm
Width: 35 cm
Depth: 35 cm
Packaged weight: approx. 90 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1373722 (stock #791)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) and a seated Amida Buddha sculpted in shallow relief from granite. Late-Muromachi/Momoyama Period ca. 1550. Minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall.

Height: 60 cm
Width: 29 cm
Depth: 14.5 cm
Packaged weight: 43 kg.

An intriguing itahi-form stupa sculpted from a gray-hued granite, featuring a gorinto and an Amida Buddha seated upon a tall base. Exceedingly uncommon.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1360553 (stock #772)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the right hand holding a shakujo (crozier) and the left a hoju (sacred jewel), sculpted in bold relief from a gray-brown andesitic tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1675. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 72 cm
Width: 33 cm
Depth: 25 cm
Packaged weight: 52 kg.

An impressively scaled, elegantly sculpted example of early- to mid-Edo Period professional work. Highly collectible.