Antique Stones Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1492 item #1361293 (stock #774)
Antique Stones Japan
$4,600.00
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. A fine example of type, this elegantly sculpted and clearly dated piece boasts exceptional presence.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1360553 (stock #772)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,800.00
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)
Antique Stones Japan
$850.00
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
$1,200.00
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)
Antique Stones Japan
$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)
Antique Stones Japan
$2,400.00
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
$5,400.00
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.

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

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 #1359357 (stock #764)
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: 52 cm
Width: 21.5 cm
Depth: 21.5 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.

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 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. Very minor old loss. Variegated lichen accumulation.

Height: 45 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 15 cm

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1357369 (stock #762)
Antique Stones Japan
$1,000.00
Seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra, sculpted in shallow relief from a brownly patinated blue-gray igneous or metamorphic stone, possibly schist. Muromachi/Momoyama Period ca. 1550. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss.

Height: 37 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Depth: 11 cm

A charming pre-Edo Amida stone, sharply executed and in notably good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1357338 (stock #761)
Antique Stones Japan
$6,400.00
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 1700 item #1357335 (stock #760)
Antique Stones Japan
$5,400.00
Amida Nyorai, the hands forming the Amida raigo-in mudra welcoming believers to the Western Paradise, constructed with the joined wood-block technique and finished in lacquer and gilt, the head backed by a round mandorla (Jp. zuko), standing upon a lotus-form dais atop a lotus-leaf plinth on a double-disc base with gilt-copper decorative ornamentation, encased in its original zushi in wood with interior finished in black lacquer and exterior finished in red lacquer and with gilt-copper hinges, closing clasp, and decorative ornamentation. Early- to mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. Replacement of the original full-body mandorla with the round head mandorla, loss of lotus petals at rear of lotus-form dais, minor old wood loss to the lotus-leaf plinth, and desirable black-soot patination overall. Both hands and both feet in virtually flawless and apparently original condition. Excellent overall condition.

Height of sculpture, including base and mandorla: 62 cm
Height of Amida figure only: 40 cm

Height of zushi exterior: 79 cm
Width: 30.5 cm
Depth: 25 cm

An exquisitely sculpted, impressively scaled Edo-Period Amida Buddha in laudable condition, encased in its original zushi. 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
$2,200.00
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

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 : Furnishings : Garden : Statuary : Pre 1800 item #1357079 (stock #757)
Antique Stones Japan
$7,200.00
Square tachigata-style lantern sculpted in six parts from a high-quality granite. Mid-Edo Period ca. 1750. Excellent condition, with only very minor old loss. Heavy lichen accumulation especially on the two upper parts, i.e., the kasa (roof) and ornamental hoju (sacred jewel) configuration.

Height: 144 cm.

A notably handsome square lantern with rounded column featuring a distinctively styled upper ornament comprising a sacred jewel partially protruding from an upthrusting lotus-form dais, the original six-part ensemble fully intact and in admirable condition despite significant age.