Antique Stones Japan
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 #1380491 (stock #810)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Jizo Bosatsu with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra and standing upon a lotus-form dais, sculpted figurally from a brick-hued sandstone. Clearly dated on the back to the third year of the Kanpo Era (1743), mid-Edo Period. With the notable exception of an old line of repair around the neck and lower face, very good condition. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Overall height, including lotus-form dais: 44 cm
Height of Jizo figure only: 37.5 cm
Diameter of lotus-form dais' upper surface: 24 cm
Packaged weight: 13 kg.

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 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
$600.00
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 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 1492 item #1378569 (stock #805)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,900.00
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 1900 item #1378233 (stock #804)
Antique Stones Japan
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Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) sculpted from granite. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss, most notably to the critter's right paw and nearby paunch.

Height: 32 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 21 cm
Packaged weight: 22 kg

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 : 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 #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 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 1800 item #1376610 (stock #799)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Two Jizo Bosatsu figures standing side by side, each with hands pressed together in the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in bold relief from a brick-hued igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 30 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 10 cm
Packaged weight: 6 kg.

An atmospheric, charming Jizo pair.

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1375495 (stock #797)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,500.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Late-Muromachi Period ca. 1550. Old loss, with good lichen accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 19 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: 18 kg

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
$950.00
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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1375264 (stock #794)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,600.00
Jizo Bosatsu seated upon a lotus-form dais, the hands forming the gassho mudra of adoration, figurally sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Excellent condition, with variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 39 cm
Width: 24 cm
Depth: 22 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg

An unusually well-sculpted Jizo with a lovely visage, in virtually flawless condition despite significant age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1374838 (stock #793)
Antique Stones Japan
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Two Amida Buddhas seated side by side, 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. 1500. Minor old loss.

Height: 65 cm
Width: 29 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: approx. 65 kg

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 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 #1373322 (stock #790)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,200.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Muromachi Period ca. 1500, possibly earlier. Minor old loss and surface erosion. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 66 cm
Base width: 23 cm
Base depth: 23 cm
Packaged weight: 37 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. This is a notably strong example, substantial both in height and girth, fully intact and of a piece, and without a doubt dating to the Muromachi Period.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1373011 (stock #789)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,800.00
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 1492 item #1372283 (stock #788)
Antique Stones Japan
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted from a single piece of a composite-type tuff, an igneous stone formed primarily from volcanic ash. Kamakura Period ca. 1300. Old surface pitting and overall erosion notwithstanding, the 5-part formal structure remains intact and clearly discernible. Good lichen accumulation.

Height: 58 cm
Packaged weight: 30 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.

With a bottom surface sculpted not flatly but rather tapered for easy insertion into the soil, this atmospheric gorinto hails from Oita Prefecture's Kunisaki Peninsula, esteemed by Japanese collectors for the depth and quality of its sculptural tradition in stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1371390 (stock #787)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,700.00
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
$950.00
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 1700 item #1367650 (stock #783)
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Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from an andesitic tuff, a relatively soft stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 49 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 20 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 relatively small yet handsome example showing a desirable amount of old loss and vivifying pastel-green lichen accumulation.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1366874 (stock #782)
Antique Stones Japan
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Koma-inu (lit. Korean dog, but typically referred to in English as lion dog) sculpted with the yosegi-zukuri (joined wood-block construction) technique and finished in lacquer and gilt, the eyes of painted inset crystal. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Minor old wood loss, most notably to the front section of the left foreleg, the right eyebrow, and a tip of the gently curved mane, plus significant loss overall to the gilt and lacquer finish.

Height: 21.3 cm
Length: 22.5 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

A notably strong little koma-inu.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1364866 (stock #781)
Antique Stones Japan
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated to the 12th year of the Kanei Era (1635), early-Edo Period. Very minor old loss.

Height: 59.5 cm
Width: 18.5 cm
Depth: 17.5 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.

On one side of this gorinto five Japanese characters are incised in a column, one character on each of the five geometric forms to which it corresponds in meaning.

A sizable, solidly handsome early-17th-century gorinto.

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 1700 item #1362904 (stock #779)
Antique Stones Japan
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Amida Buddha standing upon a lotus-form plinth atop a multi-tiered base, the hands forming the Amida raigo-in mudra welcoming believers to the Western Paradise, constructed using the joined wood-block technique and finished in lacquer and gilt with an elaborate moriage-relief decorative treatment to the garment, with eyes of inset crystal. Loss of the mandorla, and old repairs, discreetly rendered. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600.

Overall height, including lotus-form plinth and base: 53 cm
Height of Amida figure only: 38 cm

An elegantly sculpted piece with a subtly ravishing decorative finish.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1362889 (stock #778)
Antique Stones Japan
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Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) sculpted from a salmon-hued granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Lotus-form dais appearing in the photos, sculpted from a brown igneous stone ca. 1800, is included.

Tanuki height: 35 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 23 cm
Lotus-form dais height: 13 cm
Upper-surface diameter: 28.5 cm.

Tanuki, of which stone depictions are extremely uncommon, are typically 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 are gendered far more discreetly, even to the point of appearing gender-neutral, as in the example offered herein.

A very old Tanuki, then, seated upon a lotus-form dais. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1362866 (stock #777)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from an andesitic tuff, a relatively soft stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Minor old loss. Variegated lichen and moss accumulation.

Height: 49 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 20 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 small-scale example, fully intact and of a piece, dates to the Muromachi Period.

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.