Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1239956 (stock #554)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,300.00
Stone water basin (Jap. mizubachi, or chouzubachi), originally part of a hokyointo stupa. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 20.5 cm
Exterior dimensions: 40 cm square
Interior (basin) dimensions: 16 cm square
Basin depth: 8.5 cm

This mitatemono (recycled thing) water basin was originally employed as one part of a hokyointo stupa, a complete early-Edo-Period example of which appears in the final photograph. (For further photos of the same hokyointo, clearly dated to Kanei 13 (1638), please see our stock #178 in our Archives.) Water basins in this style are extremely uncommon, reflecting the relative scarcity of hokyointo stupas. A very desirable piece.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1239938 (stock #553)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,000.00
Octogonal water basin sculpted from a brick-hued igneous stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Minor old loss and superficial cracks, with no leakage.

Height: 28 cm
Exterior diameter: 37 cm
Interior (basin) diameter: 20 cm
Basin depth: 10 cm

A subtly styled, well-proportioned water basin, patinated to perfection.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1239900 (stock #552)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,800.00
Stone (granite) water basin (Jp. mizubachi, or chouzubachi), originally part of a gorinto (five-tiered stupa). Muromachi Period ca. 1400. Very minor old loss.

Height: 31 cm
Exterior diameter: 41 cm
Interior (basin) diameter: 21 cm
Basin depth: 9 cm.

Originally employed as one part of a large gorinto, this mitatemono (lit., recycled thing) water basin features a single letter of Siddham (Jp. bonji), an ancient syllabic-alphabet script for writing Sanskrit, incised on its side. A notably handsome, sizable example of type, with significant age. Uncommon.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1237191 (stock #546)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,800.00
Stone Dosojin comprising two figures standing side by side in a semi-embrace, the figure on the left holding a flask in the shape of a hyotan (a gourd symbolizing good fortune) and the figure on the right holding a shallow drinking bowl, sculpted in relief from a liver-hued igneous stone, probably andesite. Clearly dated to the 10th year of the Horeki Era (1760), mid-Edo Period. Very minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 64.5 cm
Width: 39 cm
Depth: 25.5 cm.

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.

Early Dosojin examples typically feature either two Jizo Bosatsu figures--Dosojin's honjibutsu, or Buddhist counterpart, being Jizo Bosatsu--or, less often, two Amida Buddha figures standing or seated side by side. By the mid-Edo Period ca. 1725, Dosojin is most commonly depicted in the form of two figures, traditionally construed as a male/female couple, standing or seated side by side and typically displaying some form of physical affection. The piece on offer herein is a representative example of this more recent Dosojin style.

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. The example offered herein, sizable and in excellent condition, is a true rarity. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1237186 (stock #545)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Seated Dai-Nichi Buddha, the hands forming the chi-ken-in "knowledge fist" mudra, sculpted in relief from sandstone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Very minor old loss.

Height: 53 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 16.5 cm.

Images of a small group of bosatsu (bodhisattva), namely, Jizo Bosatsu, the various manifestations of Kannon Bosatsu, and Seishi Bosatsu, dominate the field of Japanese stone sculpture throughout the Edo Period (1603-1868) and into the modern era. Conversely, Edo-Period stone images of the four main manifestations of the Nyorai (Buddha), namely, Amida Buddha, Dai-Nichi Buddha, Shaka Buddha, and Yakushi Buddha, are relatively uncommon.

Dai-Nichi Buddha, the supreme deity of the Esoteric Buddhist sects in Japan, is depicted with hands in either of two mudra, of which the chi ken-in, formed by the right fist clasped lightly around the upright left index finger held at the level of the chest, is by far the more common. This mudra symbolizes the knowledge of Dai-Nichi Buddha of the Diamond World, the five fingers of the right hand representing the five sense organs of man, as roots of knowledge, and the upright index finger of the left hand injecting a sixth element, mentality of the Buddha.

A well-executed Diamond World Dai-Nichi Buddha stone with good age and in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1236684 (stock #544)
Antique Stones Japan
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Hexagonal Kasuga-style stone lantern (ishi-doro) sculpted in six pieces from a gray-hued igneous stone, probably a type of andesite, with the Tokugawa clan's triple-hollyhock-leaf mon (crest) incised on each face of the roof and a single stylized hollyhock leaf incised on each face of the central dais. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1675. Old loss and repairs, most notably to the central dais and the tapered pedestal.

Height: 142 cm

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 #1232927 (stock #533)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Seated Jizo Bosatsu, the right hand holding a shakujo (crozier) and the left a hoju (sacred jewel), sculpted in low relief from basalt. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall.

Height: 35.5 cm
Width: 23 cm
Depth: 11.5 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 1800 item #1224254 (stock #522)
Antique Stones Japan
$450.00
Upper portion of a standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a brick-hued igneous stone. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Old loss, most notably of the entire lower half.

Height: 27.5 cm
Width: 22.5 cm
Depth: 11.5 cm

Originally more than 50 cm in height, a joyously expressive Jizo stone fragment.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1190830 (stock #491)
Antique Stones Japan
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Daikokuten figuratively sculpted from tuff, a sedimentary stone composed largely of volcanic ash. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Old loss, most notably to the lower-left side. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 14.7 cm
Width: 12.0 cm
Depth: 10.0 cm

A rare, and notably charming, stone depiction of Daikokuten, one of Japan's seven lucky gods.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1188332 (stock #488)
Antique Stones Japan
$750.00
Daikokuten sculpted from a high-quality sandstone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Very minor old loss.

Height: 13.8 cm
Width: 10.0 cm
Depth: 7.5 cm

Stone depictions of Daikokuten, one of Japan's seven lucky gods (shichifukujin), are uncommon. This finely sculpted example apparently has never been displayed outdoors and is therefore in nearly flawless condition. What appear to be abrasions or repairs on the upper edges of the two bales, just in front of the feet, are in fact natural intrusions of a grayish-white calcified substance.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1134398 (stock #461)
Antique Stones Japan
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Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted from a fine-grained igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Very minor old loss, with overall softening of the lines and contours. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 38.5 cm
Width: 27.2 cm
Depth: 23.1 cm

A regally rotund Nyoirin Kannon stone sculpted with elegant simplicity, in excellent condition despite significant age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1087447 (stock #419)
Antique Stones Japan
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Standing Bosatsu (probably Kannon) nagarebutsu (lit. flowing Buddha) sculpted from a single piece of wood (ichiboku-zukuri), originally finished in lacquer and gilt. Late-Heian Period ca. 1100. Stable condition, i.e., fumigated against further intrusions by wood-devouring insects.

Height, including block-form dais appearing in the first photograph: 127 cm
Height of nagarebutsu only: 106 cm

Hailing from Tashinji Temple in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture, this large-scale standing bodhisattva nagarebutsu bears the structural and stylistic hallmarks of a late-Heian Period manufacture. A desirable, highly collectible example of type.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1054824 (stock #380)
Antique Stones Japan
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Stone depiction of a seated Shaka Buddha. Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss.

Height: 22.1 cm
Width of base: 11.3 cm
Depth of base: 10.0 cm.

Edo-Period stone depictions of the various Buddha manifestations, i.e., Amida, Dai-Nichi, Yakushi, and Shaka (derived from the Sanskrit Sakyamuni), are relatively uncommon.

A notably charming, small-scale Shaka stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1028708 (stock #369)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Stone head of Sho-Kannon Bosatsu sculpted from andesite. Originally attached to the piece shown in the final two photographs, clearly dated on the back to Hoei 5 (1708), mid-Edo Period. Old loss and traces of the original polychrome.

Height: 20.0 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Depth: 12.0 cm.

An exceptional piece, elegantly sculpted and with good size.

The round dais appearing in the photographs is not included.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #851469 (stock #267)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,300.00
Seated Bosatsu (Skt. Bodhisattva) sculpted in relief from a fine-grained igneous stone, the hands forming the gassho adoration mudra and supporting a long-stemmed lotus blossom. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1775. Very minor old loss. Patchy-white lichen accumulation.

Height: 63 cm

A charming seated Bosatsu, boldly executed and fairly massively scaled. The white patches are dried lichen, not repairs.

The lotus-form dais shown in the photographs is not included.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #801883 (stock #231)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,200.00
Stone depiction of Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in this deity's characteristic seated pose of royal ease. Clearly dated to the 11th year of the Kyoho Era (1726), mid-Edo Period. Very minor old loss.

Height: 68 cm
Max. width: 39 cm
Depth: 29 cm.

A fairly massive rendering of a joyously radiant Nyoirin Kannon, sculpted in bold relief from andesite, an extremely hard, heavy igneous stone.

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.