Antique Stones Japan
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 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1241604 (stock #559)
Antique Stones Japan
$800.00
Imari-yaki calligraphy-brush holder decorated with a Nanbanjin (lit. southern barbarian person) motif. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1775. Excellent condition.

Height: 14.3 cm
Diameter of mouth: 2.4 cm
Diameter of foot: 4.7 cm

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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Wood : Pre 1700 item #1378085 (stock #802)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,400.00
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 #1379417 (stock #806)
Antique Stones Japan
$650.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in relief from a dark-gray volcanic stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 31 cm
Width: 16.5 cm
Depth: 8 cm
Packaged weight: 8 kg.

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 : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1276506 (stock #609)
Antique Stones Japan
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Shingi (lit. "heart wood") wooden core of a seated Bosatsu (Skt. Bodhisattva) sculpted in either clay or dry lacquer (Jp. mokushin kanshitsu). Nara Period ca. 750. Minor old loss and insect damage.

Height, including bi-level wooden stand: 69.5 cm
Height of shingi only: 65 cm
Width of stand: 30.5 cm
Depth of stand: 24 cm.

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 #1314972 (stock #669)
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Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from an iron-rich igneous stone. Late-Muromachi Period ca. 1550. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 36 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 9.5 cm

With its bottom surface sculpted for insertion into the soil, this piece requires some form of lateral support for upright display indoors.

A charming example of pre-Edo Japanese stone sculpture.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1329317 (stock #700)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,000.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in shallow relief from a light-brown igneous stone showing rust-brown patination above the line of soil insertion. Late-Muromachi/Momoyama Period ca. 1550. Very minor old loss.

Height: 33 cm
Width: 20.5 cm
Depth: 11 cm.
Packaged weight: 12 kg.

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. If placed outdoors, it can be inserted easily into the ground.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1357369 (stock #762)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in shallow relief from a brownly patinated blue-gray igneous or metamorphic stone, possibly schist. Muromachi/Momoyama Period ca. 1550. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 37 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Depth: 11 cm
Packaged weight: 11 kg.

A charming pre-Edo Amida stone, sharply executed and in notably good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1338890 (stock #725)
Antique Stones Japan
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Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from a beige-hued igneous stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Minor old loss and softening of the lines and contours overall. Custom-made wooden display stand included.

Overall height, including display stand: 48 cm
Height of Amida stone: 43 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 13 cm
Height of display stand: 10 cm
Width: 37 cm
Depth: 22 cm
Packaged weight: 24 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1352538 (stock #745)
Antique Stones Japan
$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