Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1234245 (stock #538)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,000.00
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 1700 item #1357335 (stock #760)
Antique Stones Japan
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Amida Nyorai, the hands forming the Amida raigo-in mudra welcoming believers to the Western Paradise, constructed with the joined wood-block technique and finished in lacquer and gilt, the head backed by a round mandorla (Jp. zuko), standing upon a lotus-form dais atop a lotus-leaf plinth on a double-disc base with gilt-copper decorative ornamentation, encased in its original zushi in wood with interior finished in black lacquer and exterior finished in red lacquer and with gilt-copper hinges, closing clasp, and decorative ornamentation. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Replacement of the original full-body mandorla with the round head mandorla, loss of lotus petals at rear of lotus-form dais, minor old wood loss to the lotus-leaf plinth, and desirable black-soot patination overall. Both hands and both feet in virtually flawless and apparently original condition. Excellent overall condition.

Height of sculpture, including base and mandorla: 62 cm
Height of Amida figure only: 40 cm

Height of zushi exterior: 79 cm
Width: 30.5 cm
Depth: 25 cm

An exquisitely sculpted, impressively scaled Edo-Period Amida Buddha in laudable condition, encased in its original zushi. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1377526 (stock #800)
Antique Stones Japan
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Amida Nyorai, the hands forming the raigo-in mudra welcoming the souls of the departed faithful to the Western Paradise, sculpted from Japanese cypress using yosegi-zukuri joined-block construction, the eyes of inset crystal, finished in lacquer and gilt, standing upon a multi-tiered gilt-wood plinth of more recent manufacture. Nanbokucho~early-Muromachi Period ca. 1400. Old repairs, expertly rendered and unobtrusive, with desirable patination overall.

Overall height: 64 cm
Height of Amida figure only: 54 cm

A redoubtable piece in all respects.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1363715 (stock #780)
Antique Stones Japan
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Head of a Buddha sculpted in wood using the warikubi technique and finished in lacquer, gilt, and pigment, with eyes of inset crystal. Kamakura Period ca. 1250. Old loss to the right earlobe and to the stylized rahotsu hair curls above both ears as well as old loss to the refinished lacquer and gilt.

Overall height, including custom-made acrylic display stand: 24 cm
Height of head only: 20.8 cm
Width: 11.4 cm
Depth: 11.9 cm

This head was attached originally to a Buddha with a height of more than one meter (if a standing piece) or 65 cm (if a seated piece).

A thoroughly classic example of Kamakura-Period Buddhist sculpture. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1378196 (stock #803)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,600.00
Standing Buddha sculpted from a single piece of wood using the ichiboku-zukuri technique and finished in lacquer and gold leaf. Late-Heian Period ca. 1100. Loss of both hands and both feet, loss to the lacquer and gilt finish, and possible re-sculpting of the face.

Height, including custom-made wooden stand: 38 cm
Height of Buddha figure only: 35 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1338875 (stock #724)
Antique Stones Japan
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Shaka, the historical Buddha, seated upon a lotus-form dais with hands placed centrally on the lap in the jo-in mudra of concentration, sculpted from Japanese cypress (Jp. hinoki) with joined-block construction (Jp. yosegi-zukuri) and finished in lacquer and gold leaf, with eyes of inset crystal. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1675. With the exception of old loss to the Buddha's right earlobe and loss of the mandorla originally placed behind the Buddha, excellent original condition with no apparent signs of repair or restoration, and desirably patinated overall.

Overall height, including lotus-form dais: 57.5 cm
Height of Buddha figure only: 37 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 29 cm
Upper-surface diameter of lotus-form dais: 32 cm

A redoubtable piece in all respects.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1280658 (stock #616)
Antique Stones Japan
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A standing Jizo Bosatsu placed within a recessed alcove beneath an overarching pediment-style mandorla, sculpted in relief from a high-quality granite. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Old loss, most notably to the lower-left edge, and softening of the lines and contours of the figure. Good lichen accumulation.

Height: 43 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 12 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1241604 (stock #559)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
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 : Wood : Pre 1700 item #1378085 (stock #802)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,400.00
A matched pair of decorative plaques incorporating a formalized 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 2007 global financial crisis.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1379417 (stock #806)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
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 #770100 (stock #217)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Stone depiction of a seated Senju (Thousand-Armed) Kannon Bosatsu. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Old loss to the upper perimeter; otherwise, fine. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 36.5 cm
Width of base: 16.6 cm
Depth of base: 14.5 cm.

Sculpted with charming simplicity from an extremely hard, fine-grained stone, an enchanting little Senju Kannon, stone depictions of which are exceedingly uncommon.

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 1837 VR item #1379843 (stock #809)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,900.00
Seated Three-faced Bato (Horse-head) Kannon Bosatsu with eight hands, two at chest level in the bato-in mudra and another pair on the lap holding a sacred jewel (Jp. hoju) in addition to four laterally arrayed hands wielding characteristic attributes, with a small horse-head barely discernible on the central figure's head, sculpted in bold relief from a high-quality granite. Late-Edo Period ca. 1825. Excellent condition with only very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 50.5 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 20 cm
Packaged weight: 30 kg

Stone depictions of this deity are exceedingly uncommon.

An expertly sculpted stone with formidable presence.

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.

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1314972 (stock #669)
Antique Stones Japan
$850.00
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
$850.00
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.

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 #1351975 (stock #744)
Antique Stones Japan
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Standing Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Minor old loss.

Height: 47 cm
Width: 26 cm
Depth: 15 cm

By convention, the Amida jo-in concentration mudra is reserved for seated depictions of Amida Buddha, an apparent concession to the inherent difficulty of simultaneously concentrating and standing. This standing Amida with hands forming the Amida jo-in concentration mudra is therefore a distinct rarity.