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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Height: 142 cm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.