Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1392630 (stock #836)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,300.00
Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four pieces from a large-grained igneous stone. Muromachi Period ca. 1450. Old loss, most notably to the cubic foundation stone. Variegated lichen and moss accumulation.

Height: 56 cm
Width: 19 cm
Depth: 19 cm
Packaged weight: 26 kg.

The gorinto is a distinctively Japanese style of stupa comprising five geometric forms. 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 pieces, the uppermost piece comprising two of the five geometric forms, are far more uncommon than gorinto sculpted from a single stone. This is a handsome example of type, all of a piece and showing good formal balance.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1390271 (stock #835)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Seated Amida Buddha, 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. 1550. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 32.5 cm
Width: 22 cm
Depth: 11 cm
Packaged weight: 12 kg.

A glance backward in time across the field of Japanese Buddhist stone sculpture tends to become a wide-eyed stare upon discovering a distinct stylistic shift somewhere around the beginning of the Edo Period ca. 1600. Six commonly observed characteristics of pre-Edo stone sculpture are as follows: (1) flatness, in two senses, namely, (a) shallow depth relative to height and width, and (b) shallow relief sculpting; (2) a triangulated upper mandorla resembling a pediment, usually jutting ledge-like outward over the figure; (3) a tapered base for insertion into the ground as opposed to a flat base for placement upon the ground; (4) stylistic primitivism with regard to the treatment of the deity depicted; (5) an overwhelming predominance of Amida Buddha depictions, invariably in the seated position with hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra; and (6) an absence of both date and inscription.

A thoroughly classic Muromachi-Period stone Amida Buddha in excellent condition, suitable for either indoor or outdoor display. If displayed indoors on a hard, flat surface, some form of lateral support, such as a wall, is required. If displayed outdoors, the tapered bottom can be inserted directly into the soil.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1389788 (stock #833)
Antique Stones Japan
$900.00
Tengai, a canopy originally suspended horizontally above a Buddhist sculpture, sculpted in octagonal form from wood and finished in lacquer and gold leaf, incorporating lotus and cloud motifs. Late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Minor old loss and desirable patination overall.

Diameter: 52.5 cm
Thickness: 4 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1389353 (stock #832)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu in characteristic seated pose of royal ease, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the fifth year of the Genroku Era (1692), mid-Edo Period. Old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 61.5 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 21 cm
Packaged weight: 43 kg

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1388533 (stock #828)
Antique Stones Japan
$3,900.00
Stone Dosojin comprising two figures standing side by side, the female figure on the left holding a flask in the shape of a hyotan (a gourd symbolizing good fortune) and the male figure on the right holding a shallow drinking bowl, sculpted in relief from a gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the fifth year of the Horeki Era (1755), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss and light lichen accumulation.

Height: 58.5 cm
Width: 40 cm
Depth: 24 cm
Packaged weight: 75 kg

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.

Classic Dosojin examples typically feature a depiction of two standing figures, traditionally construed as a male/female couple, with the female figure holding a flask and the male figure a shallow drinking bowl, as in the example offered herein.

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. This example was sourced from a Japanese collector in suburban Tokyo. A rare opportunity.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1388493 (stock #827)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,900.00
Six Jizo Bosatsu figures standing in a row, the mudra varying from figure to figure, sculpted in relief against an unusually expansive funagata-style mandorla from a heavy igneous stone. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Virtually no stone loss, with desirable softening of the lines and contours of the Jizo figures. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 61 cm
Width: 44 cm
Depth: 20 cm
Packaged weight: 70 kg

According to Buddhist belief, Jizo Bosatsu was entrusted by the historical Buddha with saving all sentient beings during the 5.76 billion years between the time of the Buddha's death and the arrival of Miroku, the Buddha of the future. The concept of six Jizo is rooted in the Buddhist idea that all sentient beings plod toward enlightenment through six realms of transmigratory existence, i.e., Hell, Hunger, Animality, Anger, Humanity, and Heaven. Responsible for safeguarding the passage of all beings through these six realms, Jizo is symbolically construed in six manifestations, one for each of the six realms.

A monumental piece and intriguingly styled, with the two central Jizo noticeably taller than the other figures, showing significant age yet in excellent condition, the features of each Jizo clearly discernible. An uncommon, highly collectible piece, sourced from a Japanese collector in suburban Tokyo.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1385676 (stock #822)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Hand/forearm fragment of a bosatsu (Skt. bodhisattva) sculpted from a single piece of wood. Momoyama~early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Other than minor old insect damage, very good condition, with black-soot patination overall.

Hand/forearm length: 21.5 cm
Gilt-wood lotus stems max. height: 25 cm

An elegantly rendered fragment originally attached at the left elbow of a bosatsu, attested to by the wrist bracelet, and most likely holding a narrow-necked flask containing the nectar of life. The five gilt-wood lotus stems, of later (ca. 1900) manufacture, are included.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1384942 (stock #821)
Antique Stones Japan
SOLD.
Daikokuten standing atop two rice bales on an elaborate two-tier plinth, a wish-fulfilling magical mallet in the right hand and a treasure-filled sack in the left, sculpted in wood and finished in lacquer, gilt, and polychrome, with eyes of inset crystal, the entirety encased in a protective case (Jp. zushi) sculpted from wood and finished in lacquer and gilt with gilt-copper hinges and decorative fittings. Late-Edo Period ca. 1825. Loss of the zushi's closing clasp; otherwise, very good condition, with only minor old loss to the lacquer and gilt finish, and desirable patination overall.

Height of Daikokuten figure: 10.5 cm
Exterior height of zushi: 28.5 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 16.5 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1384763 (stock #820)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,200.00
Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu, 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 gray-brown igneous stone. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1725. Very minor old loss, with slight traces of polychrome. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 57 cm
Width of base: 18 cm
Depth of base: 14 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg.

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 : 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.