Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1367650 (stock #783)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,200.00
Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from an andesitic tuff, a relatively soft stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600. Minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 49 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 20 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 relatively small yet handsome example showing a desirable amount of old loss and vivifying pastel-green lichen accumulation.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1366874 (stock #782)
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Koma-inu (lit. Korean dog, but typically referred to in English as lion dog) sculpted with the yosegi-zukuri (joined wood-block construction) technique and finished in lacquer and gilt, the eyes of painted inset crystal. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Minor old wood loss, most notably to the front section of the left foreleg, the right eyebrow, and a tip of the gently curved mane, plus significant loss overall to the gilt and lacquer finish.

Height: 21.3 cm
Length: 22.5 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

A notably strong little koma-inu.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1364866 (stock #781)
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Gorinto (5-tiered stupa) sculpted in one piece from a gray-hued igneous stone. Clearly dated to the 12th year of the Kanei Era (1635), early-Edo Period. Very minor old loss.

Height: 59.5 cm
Width: 18.5 cm
Depth: 17.5 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.

On one side of this gorinto five Japanese characters are incised in a column, one character on each of the five geometric forms to which it corresponds in meaning.

A sizable, solidly handsome early-17th-century gorinto.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1363715 (stock #780)
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Head of a Buddha sculpted in wood using the warikubi technique and finished in lacquer, gilt, and pigment, with eyes of inset crystal. Kamakura Period ca. 1250. Old loss to the right earlobe and to the stylized rahotsu hair curls above both ears as well as old loss to the refinished lacquer and gilt.

Overall height, including custom-made acrylic display stand: 24 cm
Height of head only: 20.8 cm
Width: 11.4 cm
Depth: 11.9 cm

This head was attached originally to a Buddha with a height of more than one meter (if a standing piece) or 65 cm (if a seated piece).

A thoroughly classic example of Kamakura-Period Buddhist sculpture. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1362904 (stock #779)
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Amida Buddha standing upon a lotus-form plinth atop a multi-tiered base, the hands forming the Amida raigo-in mudra welcoming believers to the Western Paradise, constructed using the joined wood-block technique and finished in lacquer and gilt with an elaborate moriage-relief decorative treatment to the garment, with eyes of inset crystal. Loss of the mandorla, and old repairs, discreetly rendered. Momoyama/early-Edo Period ca. 1600.

Overall height, including lotus-form plinth and base: 53 cm
Height of Amida figure only: 38 cm

An elegantly sculpted piece with a subtly ravishing decorative finish. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1362889 (stock #778)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,600.00
Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) sculpted from a salmon-hued granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Lotus-form dais appearing in the photos, sculpted from a brown igneous stone ca. 1800, is included.

Tanuki height: 35 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 23 cm
Lotus-form dais height: 13 cm
Upper-surface diameter: 28.5 cm.

Tanuki, of which stone depictions are extremely uncommon, are typically characterized by a daunting display of testicular fortitude--assuming, that is, the beast in question is no older than mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. In the case of earlier examples, tanuki typically are gendered far more discreetly, even to the point of appearing gender-neutral, as in the example offered herein.

A very old Tanuki, then, seated upon a lotus-form dais. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1362866 (stock #777)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,500.00
Stone gorinto (lit. 5-tiered stupa) sculpted in four parts from an andesitic tuff, a relatively soft stone composed primarily of volcanic ash. Muromachi Period ca. 1500. Minor old loss. Variegated lichen and moss accumulation.

Height: 49 cm
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 20 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 notably good example, fully intact and of a piece and without a doubt dating to the Muromachi Period. Highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1361649 (stock #776)
Antique Stones Japan
$650.00
Head of a rakan, or arhat (Ch. lohan, Sk. arhan), sculpted from a gray-brown igneous stone. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700, possibly earlier. Minor old loss. Felt-covered wooden stand included.

Height of head: 15 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Depth: 9 cm

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

In Mahayana Buddhism, rakan are placed next in rank to bodhisattva. Before Shaka (Sk. Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha) died he is believed to have ordered rakan to live in this world and protect the True Law. Rakan are therefore depicted in the guise of Buddhist priests, with kesa (monk's robe) and bald head, in groups of either 16 or 18, or, less commonly, 500 figures, some seated and others standing.

This well-preserved example was originally attached to a rakan with height of approximately 75 cm (if a standing sculpture) or 45 cm (if seated). An interesting, uncommon piece, highly collectible.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1361604 (stock #775)
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$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
$3,600.00
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

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
$1,800.00
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

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

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

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1360426 (stock #771)
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Seated Jizo Bosatsu with hands holding a sacred jewel (Jp. hoju), figurally sculpted from granite. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height, including plinth: 31 cm
Width: 23 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm

A notably charming Jizo with distinctive lichen accumulation.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1360344 (stock #770)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
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. Highly collectible.

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

A well-executed Nyoirin Kannon stone in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1360201 (stock #768)
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$1,100.00
Hokora shrine sculpted in three pieces from granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Very minor old loss. Significant lichen accumulation, especially on the roof.

Overall height: 31 cm
Width of roof: 37 cm
Depth of roof: 32 cm

Originally employed as a symbolic dwelling for the ancestral deity of a family or clan, this hokora is highly unusual inasmuch as it includes a removable door.

The little Jizo stone appearing in the first photo is not included.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1359779 (stock #767)
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Itahi stupa, commonly referred to as an aoishitoba (lit. blue-stone stupa), in blue-green schist, a gorinto (5-tiered pagoda) sculpted in bold relief on the front surface. Clearly dated to the fourth year of the Bunroku Era (1595), Momoyama Period. Old loss to the upper perimeter; otherwise, very good condition, with desirable patination overall.

Height: 76 cm
Width: 31 cm
Depth: 8 cm

The earliest extant examples of stone itahi date to the mid-Kamakura Period ca. 1250, while the most recent examples date to the first decade or so of the Edo Period ca. 1615, after which time the production of stone itahi ceased. The type of blue-green schist from which this piece is hewn was traditionally quarried primarily in the Kanto Plain region comprising Tokyo and bordering prefectures.

On each of the five geometric forms making up this gorinto is incised a Siddham-script seed-syllable (Jp. bonji) symbolizing one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas.

With a narrow tongue-like projection at its lower end, this piece was sculpted for easy insertion into the soil.

An uncommon example of a highly collectible style of Japanese stone sculpture, with significant size and irrefutable temporal provenance.

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 distinct rarity. Highly collectible.