Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1384201 (stock #819)
Antique Stones Japan
$950.00
Seated Kukai (774-835, known posthumously as Kobo Daishi), the right hand holding a three-pronged vajra (Jp. sankosho) and the left a string of juzu prayer beads, Kobo Daishi's characteristic attributes, sculpted in relief from an iron-rich igneous stone. Late-Edo Period ca. 1850. Very minor old loss and surface cracking. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 39 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 17 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg.

Founder of the Japanese Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism, creator of the kana syllabary still used in modern written Japanese, and master calligrapher, Kobo Daishi heads the list of Japan's great cultural heroes. This is a notably well-executed example, suitable for either indoor or outdoor display.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1384113 (stock #818)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the hands bearing aloft a sacred jewel (Jp. hoju), figurally sculpted from a brick-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated on the back to the 11th year of the Kansei Era (1799), late-Edo Period. Minor old loss and desirable softening of the lines and contours overall. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 37 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Packaged weight: 14 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1383767 (stock #816)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,100.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Minor old loss.

Height: 39 cm
Width: 23.5 cm
Depth: 11.5 cm
Packaged weight: 15 kg

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1383404 (stock #815)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,100.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, a shakujo (crozier) held in the right hand and a hoju (sacred jewel) in the left, figurally sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 52 cm
Width: 21 cm
Depth: 18 cm
Packaged weight: 22 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1383010 (stock #814)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Sho-Kannon Bosatsu seated upon a lotus-form dais, the left hand holding a long-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, figurally sculpted from a relatively soft, iron-rich sandstone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Old loss, most notably to the back, and lines of repair on and around the head and neck. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 40 cm
Diameter of upper surface of lotus-form dais: 28 cm
Packaged weight: 23 kg.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1382704 (stock #813)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Two Jizo Bosatsu figures standing side by side with hands forming the gassho adoration mudra, sculpted in relief from a gray-hued volcanic stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 27.5 cm
Width: 11.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm
Packaged weight: 4 kg.

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.

A fetching little Dosojin stone with an unusually tall mandorla towering over the two Jizo figures.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1381720 (stock #812)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,800.00
Seated Dai-Nichi Buddha, the hands forming the chiken-in knowledge-fist mudra (also known as the six-elements mudra), sculpted figurally from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated on the back to the third year of the Anei Era (1774), mid-Edo Period. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 42 cm
Width: 30.5 cm
Depth: 24 cm
Packaged weight: 25 kg.

An exceedingly uncommon depiction of a figurally sculpted Dai-Nichi Buddha clearly dated to the mid-Edo Period, with substantial size and in excellent condition. Highly collectible.

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 #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
$400.00
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 1492 item #1378569 (stock #805)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,500.00
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 : Wood : Pre 1700 item #1378085 (stock #802)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
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 #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 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.

An elegantly sculpted Sho-Kannon clearly dated to the mid-Edo Period, with significant size and in excellent condition. Highly collectible.

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
$900.00
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.

A notably charming example of early- to mid-Edo Period stone sculpture.

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
Packaged weight: 4 kg.

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 1800 item #1373011 (stock #789)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,500.00
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.