Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1361604 (stock #775)
Antique Stones Japan
$800.00
Head of a Jizo Bosatsu sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Old loss. Felt-covered wooden stand included.

Height of head: 18 cm
Width: 12 cm
Depth: 17 cm

Height of stand: 7.5 cm
Width/depth: 16.5 cm

This head was originally attached to a Jizo with height of approximately 90 cm (if a standing sculpture) or 60 cm (if seated). A desirable, highly collectible piece.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1361293 (stock #774)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,200.00
Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from tuff, an igneous stone composed largely of volcanic ash. Kamakura Period ca. 1250. Minor old loss and variegated lichen and moss accumulation.

Height: 78 cm
Width: 35 cm
Depth: 34 cm
Total packaged weight: 67 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 present example, boasting substantial size and significant age, hails from Oita Prefecture's Kunisaki Peninsula, esteemed by Japanese collectors for the depth and quality of its sculptural tradition in stone. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1360591 (stock #773)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,600.00
Standing Bato (Horse-Head) Kannon Bosatsu with hands forming the Bato-in mudra and horse head perched amid the upswept double-chignon hair-do, sculpted in relief from a fine-grained gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the seventh year of the Meiwa Era (1770), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss, with overall softening of the lines and contours.

Height: 58.5 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Packaged weight: 29 kg.

Beginning from the mid-Edo Period, stone images of Bato-Kannon were placed along roadsides throughout Japan to ensure safe passage of horses and their owners. This piece is a fine example of type, elegantly sculpted, clearly dated, and with exceptional presence.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1360553 (stock #772)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
Standing Jizo Bosatsu, the right hand holding a shakujo (crozier) and the left a hoju (sacred jewel), sculpted in bold relief from a gray-brown andesitic tuff, an igneous stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1675. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 72 cm
Width: 33 cm
Depth: 25 cm
Packaged weight: 52 kg.

An impressively scaled, elegantly sculpted example of early- to mid-Edo Period professional work. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1360344 (stock #770)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,500.00
Sale Pending
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from a grayish andesitic tuff, a relatively soft stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 68 cm
Base width: 31 cm
Base depth: 31 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 fine example of type, relatively large-scale and with pleasing formal balance, fully intact and of a piece, and almost certainly dating to the Muromachi Period ca. 1500.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1360248 (stock #769)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,000.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, the left hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown basaltic tuff with dark-blue inclusions. Meiji Era ca. 1900. Very minor old loss. Light dried-moss accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: 28 kg.

A well-executed Nyoirin Kannon stone in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1359769 (stock #766)
Antique Stones Japan
$4,800.00
Large-scale Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted figurally from a gray-hued volcanic stone akin to basalt. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Minor old loss, with traces of polychrome.

Height: 61 cm
Width: 37 cm
Depth: 26 cm

Japanese stone is for the most part sculpted in relief; figurally sculpted pieces are concomitantly rare. In the case of figurally sculpted pieces, the arms are very seldom treated naturalistically, i.e., as cylindrical extensions angling out and away from the trunk, but are instead typically fused to the trunk along a line extending from armpit to fingertip, a stylistic concession to the relative softness of most types of Japanese stone. (Marble, for example, has never been quarried in Japan, and high-quality sandstone is virtually nonexistent.)

Elegantly sculpted from a relatively hard volcanic stone seen most often in early-Edo pieces of high quality and with both arms treated naturalistically, this Nyoirin Kannon stone is a true rarity. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1359394 (stock #765)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a brick-hued sedimentary stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 50 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 14 cm
Packaged weight: 17 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.

On one side of this gorinto, five individual seed-syllables in Siddham script (Jp. bonji) are incised in a column.

A handsome 17th-century gorinto with interesting coloration and good size.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1357724 (stock #763)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a high-quality granite. Muromachi Period ca. 1500, possibly earlier. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 45 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 15 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg.

An outstanding example of type. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1357338 (stock #761)
Antique Stones Japan
$4,600.00
Koshinto stupa comprising a standing six-armed Shomen-Kongo, the Siddham-script seed syllable symbolizing Shomen Kongo incised near the apex of the funagata-style mandorla, a full moon atop clouds at the upper left and a partially eclipsed sun at the upper right, with three seated wise monkeys (hear, see, speak no evil) underfoot and a chicken to either side, sculpted in relief from a purple-brown igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very good condition overall, with only very minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 88 cm
Width: 42 cm
Depth: 24 cm

A monumentally scaled Koshinto stupa in laudable condition, the likes of which are no longer readily available in the local Japanese market. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1357295 (stock #759)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,900.00
Torso fragment of a standing Fudo-Myo (Skt. Alacantha) sculpted from a single block of wood. Kamakura Period (see radiocarbon dating report, final photograph). Comes with custom-made stand, not shown in photographs.

Height: 42.5 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Depth: 9 cm

A sizable fragment with excellent presence.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1357197 (stock #758)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Two gorinto (5-tiered stupa) standing side by side, a column of five Siddham-script seed-syllables (Jp. bonji) incised on each symbolizing the Five Wisdom Buddhas, namely, Dai-Nichi Nyorai, Ashuku Nyorai, Hosho Nyorai, Amida Nyorai, and Fukujoju Nyorai, sculpted in shallow relief from an iron-rich igneous stone. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 63 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 16 cm
Packaged weight: 40 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.

An exceedingly uncommon example of two relief-sculpted gorinto on a single stone, well-executed, sizable, and with significant age. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1356994 (stock #756)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Standing Senju (Thousand-Armed) Kannon Bosatsu sculpted in relief from a gray-blue volcanic stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 51.5 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 19 cm

Above the figure's head is incised a Japanese character roughly translatable as "banish," suggesting that this stone was originally employed as an amulet to ward off disease, pestilence, and evil forces generally. The name of the sculptor is incised on the piece's lower right lateral surface.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1356378 (stock #755)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,200.00
Standing Fudo-Myo with flame mandorla sculpted in relief from a dark-gray igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.

Height: 64 cm
Width: 39 cm
Depth: 25 cm

Loss of both sword and rope notwithstanding, a redoubtable Fudo-Myo stone in all respects.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1354786 (stock #750)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Jizo Bosatsu seated upon a lotus-form dais with centrally placed hands holding a hoju (sacred jewel), figurally sculpted in one piece from a fine-grained igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss, with softening of the lines and contours overall. Very light lichen accumulation.

Height: 16 cm
Width: 12.5 cm
Depth: 12 cm

A notably charming little Jizo stone in excellent condition despite significant age. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1352548 (stock #746)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,100.00
Height: 22 cm
Width: 18.5 cm
Depth: 15 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1352538 (stock #745)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,250.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in relief from schist. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Very minor old loss and softening of the lines and contours overall, with variegated lichen accumulation. Includes custom-made wooden display stand.

Overall height, including display stand: 37 cm
Height of Amida stone: 36 cm
Width: 14.5 cm
Depth: 9.5 cm
Height of display stand: 8 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 16 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1351929 (stock #743)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from an igneous stone, most likely basalt. Muromachi/Momoyama Period 16 c. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 39.5 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 14 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.

A notably handsome, well-proportioned example, with significant age.