Antique Stones Japan
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 #1357338 (stock #761)
Antique Stones Japan
$4,600.00
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 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 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 #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 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 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 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 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 : 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 1800 item #1318548 (stock #677)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
Standing Senju (1,000-Handed) Kannon Bosatsu, the upper of the two pairs of hands placed in front of the figure forming the gassho adoration mudra and the lower holding an alms bowl (houhatsu), and the three pairs of hands arrayed on either side of the figure holding various attributes, sculpted in relief using an uncommon hammered technique from a high-quality salmon-hued granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation, particularly on the upper portion of the sculpture.

Height: 62 cm
Width: 36 cm
Depth: 21 cm.

A fairly massive, playfully stylized Senju Kannon Bosatsu in excellent condition and with good age. 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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #714112 (stock #177)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted from a gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated on the backside to the second year of the Kanpo Era (1742), mid-Edo Period. A large natural fissure, as opposed to a crack or other damage, runs diagonally along a line from the head down through the right side of the figure's face and continues to the neckline. No repairs have been made. Excellent lichen accumulation, including large patches of a gray-white-hued variety.

Height: 47.5 cm
Width: 32.2 cm
Depth: 22.4 cm
Packaged weight: 37 kg

Nyoirin Kannon as serendipitous confluence of nature and art. A superlative stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1308053 (stock #657)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
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 1800 item #1376160 (stock #798)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,300.00
Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu, the left hand holding a short-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, sculpted in bold relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the 10th year of the Kyoho Era (1725), mid-Edo Period. Very good condition, with only a couple of points of very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 67.5 cm
Width: 33 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: 46 kg.

An elegantly sculpted Sho-Kannon clearly dated to the mid-Edo Period, with significant size and in excellent condition. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #851469 (stock #267)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,300.00
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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1356378 (stock #755)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,200.00
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.