Antique Stones Japan
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
$1,200.00
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
$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 : 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
SOLD.
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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1384201 (stock #819)
Antique Stones Japan
$950.00
Seated Kukai (774-835, known posthumously as Kobo Daishi), the right hand holding a three-pronged vajra (Jp. sankosho) and the left a string of juzu prayer beads, Kobo Daishi's characteristic attributes, sculpted in relief from an iron-rich igneous stone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Very minor old loss and surface cracking. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 39 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 17 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg.

Founder of the Japanese Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism, creator of the kana syllabary still used in modern written Japanese, and master calligrapher, Kobo Daishi heads the list of Japan's great cultural heroes. This is a notably well-executed example, suitable for either indoor or outdoor display.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1384113 (stock #818)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands bearing aloft a sacred jewel (Jp. hoju), figurally sculpted from a brick-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated on the back to the 11th year of the Kansei Era (1799), late-Edo Period. Minor old loss and desirable softening of the lines and contours overall. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 37 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Packaged weight: 14 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1383767 (stock #816)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,100.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss.

Height: 39 cm
Width: 23.5 cm
Depth: 11.5 cm
Packaged weight: 15 kg

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1383404 (stock #815)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,100.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, a shakujo (crozier) held in the right hand and a hoju (sacred jewel) in the left, figurally sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 52 cm
Width: 21 cm
Depth: 18 cm
Packaged weight: 22 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1383010 (stock #814)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Sho-Kannon Bosatsu seated upon a lotus-form dais, 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 relatively soft, iron-rich sandstone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Old loss, most notably to the back, and lines of repair on and around the head and neck. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 40 cm
Diameter of upper surface of lotus-form dais: 28 cm
Packaged weight: 23 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1382704 (stock #813)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Two Jizo Bosatsu figures standing side by side with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-hued volcanic stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 27.5 cm
Width: 11.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm
Packaged weight: 4 kg.

Dosojin is the Japanese Shinto manifestation of a Chinese Taoist deity charged with guarding the border between this world and hell. Believed to obstruct the passage of evil spirits and gods of disease into human communities, Dosojin is associated particularly with roads, crossroads, mountain passes, village boundaries, and travel generally.

Because Jizo Bosatsu is Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, Dosojin stones oftentimes take the form of two Jizo figures either standing or seated side by side.

A fetching little Dosojin stone with an unusually tall mandorla towering over the two Jizo figures.

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 #1380544 (stock #811)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,200.00
Standing fragment of Indara Taisho, one of the 12 Heavenly Generals (Juni-Shinsho) that defend and protect the Healing Buddha (Yakushi Nyorai), sculpted from wood using yosegi-zukuri (joined woodblock) construction and finished in polychrome. Late-Kamakura~early-Muromachi Period ca. 1300~1400. Significant old loss, with remnants of a gesso-like ground and traces of polychrome.

Total height, including custom-made wooden stand: 44.5 cm
Height of figure only: 41 cm
Width of stand: 22 cm
Depth of stand: 14 cm

Each of the 12 Heavenly Generals is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The snake coiled atop this figure's head suggests that it is most probably a depiction of Indara Taisho.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1379521 (stock #808)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,000.00
Jizo Bosatsu seated upon a stylized lotus-form dais, the tiny hands holding a large hoju (sacred jewel), sculpted figurally from a rust-hued granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Very minor old loss, with overall softening of the lines and contours. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 32 cm
Width: 19.5 cm
Depth: 16 cm
Packaged weight: 13 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1379421 (stock #807)
Antique Stones Japan
$400.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from an ochre-hued sandstone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss.

Height: 21 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Depth: 8.5 cm
Packaged weight: 4 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.

A charmingly small-scale gorinto. 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 : Wood : Pre 1700 item #1378085 (stock #802)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
A matched pair of decorative plaques incorporating a stylized peony (Jp. botan) motif, each plaque sculpted from a single piece of zelkova (Jp. keyaki), a relatively hard, heavy wood, and left unfinished. Early-Edo period ca. 1650. Minor old edge loss, cracking, and discreet repairs.

Diameter of each plaque: 32 cm
Depth: 5 cm

Sculpted with a notably robust elegance and in excellent condition despite significant age, this pair of decorative plaques, originally displayed in a Japanese temple or shrine, was de-accessioned from the holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1377670 (stock #801)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a brick-hued fine-grained granite. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Minor old loss, with lichen accumulation overall.

Height: 55 cm
Width: 16.5 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Packaged weight: 25 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.

A sizable, notably handsome gorinto, showing excellent formal balance and desirable patination.

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 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 #1375281 (stock #795)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu with hands forming the gassho mudra of adoration, figurally sculpted from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old loss and overall softening of the lines and contours, with significant lichen accumulation.

Height: 36.5 cm
Width: 16.5 cm
Depth: 12 cm
Packaged weight: 9 kg.

A notably charming example of early- to mid-Edo Period stone sculpture.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1373884 (stock #792)
Antique Stones Japan
$850.00
Two Jizo Bosatsu figures standing side by side with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-hued igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss; traces of decorative polychrome on the figures' garments.

Height: 17.5 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm

Dosojin is the Japanese Shinto manifestation of a Chinese Taoist deity charged with guarding the border between this world and hell. Believed to obstruct the passage of evil spirits and gods of disease into human communities, Dosojin is associated particularly with roads, crossroads, mountain passes, village boundaries, and travel generally.

Because Jizo Bosatsu is Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, Dosojin stones oftentimes take the form of two Jizo figures either standing or seated side by side.

An unusually small-scale Dosojin stone possessing outsize charm. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1373011 (stock #789)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,500.00
Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts, the lowermost of which is highly unusual inasmuch as it is columnar rather than rectangular in shape. Clearly dated on the side of the column to the opening year of the Genbun Era (1736), mid-Edo Period. Old line of repair visible on the roof-like part third from the bottom symbolizing fire; otherwise, only very minor old loss, with light lichen accumulation.

Height: 71 cm
Diameter of column: 23.5 cm
Packaged weight: 52 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 example offered herein departs radically from the norm owing to the columnar shape of its lowermost part, which in conventional gorinto examples is rectangular.

An intriguingly unconventional gorinto, boasting good size and pleasing formal balance.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1371390 (stock #787)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, figurally sculpted from a large-grained granite. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old loss, most notably to the fingertips of both hands, and softening of the lines and contours overall.

Height: 60 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 24 cm
Packaged weight: 40 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1370216 (stock #786)
Antique Stones Japan
$850.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu seated in characteristic pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Clearly dated to the third year of the Kansei Era (1791), late-Edo Period. Very minor old loss. Variegated moss and lichen accumulation.

Height: 52 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 21.5 cm
Packaged weight: 32 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1370121 (stock #785)
Antique Stones Japan
$950.00
Seated Jizo Bosatsu, a shakujo (crozier) held in the right hand and a hoju (sacred jewel) in the left, sculpted from a fine-grained granite. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Excellent condition. Variegated lichen and moss accumulation.

Height: 41 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 14 cm
Packaged weight: 22 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1368451 (stock #784)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,700.00
Seated kappa (lit. river child) sculpted from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash, the arms and legs folded across the chest and trunk. Meiji Era ca. 1900, possibly earlier. Old loss, most notably to the edge of the fringed bowl-like head. Excellent lichen accumulation.

Height: 63 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 37 cm
Packaged weight: 53 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1361649 (stock #776)
Antique Stones Japan
$650.00
Head of a rakan, or arhat (Ch. lohan, Sk. arhan), sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700, possibly earlier. Minor old loss. Felt-covered wooden stand included.

Height of head: 15 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Depth: 9 cm

Height of stand: 7.5 cm
Width/depth: 16.5 cm

In Mahayana Buddhism, rakan are ranked just beneath bodhisattva in the hierarchy of enlightenment. Before his death, Shaka (Sk. Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha) is believed to have ordered rakan to live in this world and protect the True Law. Rakan are therefore depicted in the guise of Buddhist priests, with kesa (monk's robe) and shaved head, in groups of either 16 or 18, or, less commonly, 500 figures, some seated and others standing.

This well-preserved example was originally attached to a rakan with height of approximately 75 cm (if a standing sculpture) or 45 cm (if seated). An interesting, uncommon piece, highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1361604 (stock #775)
Antique Stones Japan
$800.00
Head of a Jizo Bosatsu sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Old loss. Felt-covered wooden stand included.

Height of head: 18 cm
Width: 12 cm
Depth: 17 cm

Height of stand: 7.5 cm
Width/depth: 16.5 cm

This head was originally attached to a Jizo with height of approximately 90 cm (if a standing sculpture) or 60 cm (if seated). A desirable, highly collectible piece.

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 1800 item #1360591 (stock #773)
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$1,600.00
Standing Bato (Horse-Head) Kannon Bosatsu with hands forming the Bato-in mudra and horse head perched amid the upswept double-chignon hair-do, sculpted in relief from a fine-grained gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the seventh year of the Meiwa Era (1770), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss, with overall softening of the lines and contours.

Height: 58.5 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Packaged weight: 29 kg.

Beginning from the mid-Edo Period, stone images of Bato-Kannon were placed along roadsides throughout Japan to ensure safe passage of horses and their owners. This piece is a fine example of type, elegantly sculpted, clearly dated, and with exceptional presence.

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 : Pre 1700 item #1360344 (stock #770)
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$1,500.00
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from a grayish andesitic tuff, a relatively soft stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 68 cm
Base width: 31 cm
Base depth: 31 cm

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. This is a fine example of type, relatively large-scale and with pleasing formal balance, fully intact and of a piece, and almost certainly dating to the Muromachi Period ca. 1500.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1360248 (stock #769)
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$1,000.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, the left hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown basaltic tuff with dark-blue inclusions. Meiji Era ca. 1900. Very minor old loss. Light dried-moss accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: 28 kg.

A well-executed Nyoirin Kannon stone in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1359769 (stock #766)
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$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 1700 item #1359394 (stock #765)
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$900.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a brick-hued sedimentary stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 50 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 14 cm
Packaged weight: 17 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.

On one side of this gorinto, five individual seed-syllables in Siddham script (Jp. bonji) are incised in a column.

A handsome 17th-century gorinto with interesting coloration and good size.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1357724 (stock #763)
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$1,200.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a high-quality granite. Muromachi Period ca. 1500, possibly earlier. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 45 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 15 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg.

An outstanding example of type. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1357338 (stock #761)
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$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 1492 item #1357295 (stock #759)
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$1,900.00
Torso fragment of a standing Fudo-Myo (Skt. Alacantha) sculpted from a single block of wood. Kamakura Period (see radiocarbon dating report, final photograph). Comes with custom-made stand, not shown in photographs.

Height: 42.5 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Depth: 9 cm

A sizable fragment with excellent presence.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1357197 (stock #758)
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SOLD.
Two gorinto (5-tiered stupa) standing side by side, a column of five Siddham-script seed-syllables (Jp. bonji) incised on each symbolizing the Five Wisdom Buddhas, namely, Dai-Nichi Nyorai, Ashuku Nyorai, Hosho Nyorai, Amida Nyorai, and Fukujoju Nyorai, sculpted in shallow relief from an iron-rich igneous stone. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 63 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 16 cm
Packaged weight: 40 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.

An exceedingly uncommon example of two relief-sculpted gorinto on a single stone, well-executed, sizable, and with significant age. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Garden : Statuary : Pre 1800 item #1357079 (stock #757)
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SOLD.
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 #1356994 (stock #756)
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SOLD.
Standing Senju (Thousand-Armed) Kannon Bosatsu sculpted in relief from a gray-blue volcanic stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 51.5 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 19 cm

Above the figure's head is incised a Japanese character roughly translatable as "banish," suggesting that this stone was originally employed as an amulet to ward off disease, pestilence, and evil forces generally. The name of the sculptor is incised on the piece's lower right lateral surface.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1356378 (stock #755)
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$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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1354786 (stock #750)
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$900.00
Jizo Bosatsu seated upon a lotus-form dais with centrally placed hands holding a hoju (sacred jewel), figurally sculpted in one piece from a fine-grained igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall. Very light lichen accumulation.

Height: 16 cm
Width: 12.5 cm
Depth: 12 cm

A notably charming little Jizo stone in excellent condition despite significant age. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1352548 (stock #746)
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$1,100.00
Height: 22 cm
Width: 18.5 cm
Depth: 15 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1352538 (stock #745)
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$1,250.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from schist. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Very minor old loss and softening of the lines and contours overall, with variegated lichen accumulation. Includes custom-made wooden display stand.

Overall height, including display stand: 37 cm
Height of Amida stone: 36 cm
Width: 14.5 cm
Depth: 9.5 cm
Height of display stand: 8 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 16 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1351929 (stock #743)
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$1,200.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from an igneous stone, most likely basalt. Muromachi/Momoyama Period 16 c. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 39.5 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 14 cm

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.

A notably handsome, well-proportioned example, with significant age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1349018 (stock #738)
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$1,900.00
Seated Koyasu Kannon Bosatsu, the right hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud and the left arm supporting an infant child, sculpted in relief from a light-brown sedimentary stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old loss.

Height: 57 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 20.5 cm
Packaged weight: 42 kg

An uncommon depiction of Koyasu Kannon Bosatsu, deaccessioned from a municipal art museum located in the Tohoku region north of Tokyo. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1341025 (stock #730)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,000.00
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 rarity. A well-executed piece bursting with charm. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1340841 (stock #729)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,300.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the right hand holding a pendant censer and the left a hoju (sacred jewel), sculpted in relief from granite. Momoyama~early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Very minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall.

Height: 45 cm
Width: 20.5 cm
Depth: 12 cm.

Sculpted with a tapered base for insertion directly into the ground, this stone requires a wall or other form of lateral support if displayed indoors.

A winning Jizo stone with significant age and in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1337715 (stock #721)
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SOLD.
Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) sculpted from a salmon-hued granite. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 40 cm
Depth: 35 cm
Packaged weight: approx. 70 kg.

Tanuki depictions typically are characterized by a daunting display of testicular fortitude, assuming, that is, the beast in question is no older than mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. In the case of earlier examples, tanuki typically show very little or, as in the present example, nothing at all gonad-wise. So, while this piece at a glance might seem to be a Ms. Tanuki, it is in fact simply a very old Tanuki. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1492 item #1335028 (stock #717)
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Standing Fudo-Myo nagarebutsu (lit. flowing Buddha) sculpted from a single block of wood (ichiboku-zukuri), displayed on a custom-made wooden stand. Late-Heian to Kamakura Period ca. 1100–1300. Stable condition, i.e., fumigated against further intrusions by wood-devouring insects.

Height, including display stand: 57 cm
Height of Fudo-Myo figure only: 42 cm
Width of display stand: 30 cm
Depth of display stand: 20 cm

An exceedingly uncommon piece, elegantly displayed. Highly collectible.