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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1365266 (stock #10938)
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Small scroll painting of the monk Ikkyu dancing on top of the head of a skeleton, who is playing the shamisen. Scene from the story of the Hell Courtesan, as described by Santo Kyoden, the equivalent of memento mori. Signed and sealed at lower right by the artist. Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, early 20th century.

Painting 34 ¼ x 8 in.
Mounting 55 x 11 ½ in.

Mounting a bit dry, causing some horizontal ribs. Otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1364808 (stock #10936)
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Small zushi hand shrine in the shape of a lotus petal. Inside the Raigo (Amida Nyorai coming from the Western Paradise, greeting the souls of the deceased and inviting them to follow him to Paradise). One half carved is carved on the inside with Amida Butsu sitting on a lotus throne, his hands in mudra, the other half is carved with Seishi bosatsu and Kannon bosatsu. Seishi has the hands folded together to express joy over receiving a new soul into Paradise. Kannon holds a lotus flower. Wood decorated in lapis lazuli blue, overpainted with immaculate lines of gold. The outside covered in gold lacquer. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 3-7/8 inches

Tip of zushi broken and repaired on one side with very little loss. Some traces of age and usage, but all in all in fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1364377 (stock #10934)
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Midsize Buddhist shrine, zushi, with double doors on front and back, housing a suiseki (scholar’s rock) placed on a lotus base. Zushi black lacquer on outside with brown copper hardware engraved with flowers, the roof decorated above the doors with cranes painted in black ink. Inside covered with gold lacquer, the pillars decorated with lotus petals. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

H zushi 9 inches

Some traces of usage (chips on lotus base, rubbing of painting), one door with minor damage on inside, otherwise excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1364039 (stock #10931)
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Fairly large zushi hand shrine in the shape of a lotus petal. Double sided, made of sandalwood. Inside each half is a deep relief carving of Buddhist deities. On one side the three-eyed Aizen Myoo with a lion crown, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds before a red mandorla. His six hands hold Vajra and ghanta, bow and arrow, and lotus bud and pouch. On the other side the two-armed Kannon bosatsu, holding a lotus bud in the left hand, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds. Inside decorated in gold, red, blue and black for details, green mineral color for the background. The outside decorated in gold lacquer over a black lacquer ground: loose lotus petals and a bonji on each side (one bonji probably for Fugen and one bonji A (for Amida)). Japan, Edo period, around 1800.

H ca. 3-7/8 inches

Inside in excellent condition with minimal abrasions of the blue in the hair and of the green background pigment. Black lacquer on the outside with some losses. Above the bonji for Fugen (?) a restoration. Wood a bit warped.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1363963 (stock #10930)
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Tiny zushi, or hand shrine, with double doors on two sides. Inside a two-sided reliquary with tiny stones, in the shape of a flaming jewel, or tama, on a lotus base in gilt copper alloy and glass. Shrine made of kiri wood (paulonia), inside covered with lacquer with nashiji gold sprinkle. Outside mounted in gilt metal hardware with nanako decoration. Japan, Edo period, 18th century, possibly earlier.

H 2 ½ inches

Some age and use related chipping along the edges, minor damage in the lacquer, and nicks and dents, hinges a bit weak, rubbed and bent, but all in all in very good condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1363366 (stock #10927)
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Slender brushpot carved out of a thick bamboo segment, in the shape of a snake that has caught a toad between the curls of its body, about to devour it. Beautiful carving and light staining on the snake’s body. Snake and toad are 2 of the 3 animals of the sansukumi, the animals who are afraid of each other. Japan, 2nd half 19th century.

H ca. 8 inches, diam. 3¼ inches.

Old crack in the lower segment, normal for bamboo, some worm damage in bottom and on the inside, not impacting the stability of the piece.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1362544 (stock #10925)
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Highly unusual painting of the Shaka sanzon, showing in the center of the painting the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni with thick black hair on his chest and very long toe nails. He is flanked by the bodhisattvas Fugen standing on the elephant and Monju standing on the lion. Fugen and Monju have abnormally long noses. The noses resemble the noses with which the Japanese used to image foreigners (Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch). Black ink, gold and light colors on silk. Gilt copper scroll ends. Japan, 19th century.

Image H 37.25 x W 16.6 inches
Mounting ca. 70 x 21 inches

Painting in very good condition, mounting with traces of usage.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1358627 (stock #10918)
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Small square kogo, box for storing incense. Cover decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e and nashiji gold flakes with the Sanskrit or Siddham character ban, sitting on a lotus base, floating in a lotus pond. Ban stands for the Dainichi Nyorai. On a lotus base in the upper left corner, sits the character for life (sei) and on the upper right float two characters: woman (onna) and wood? (ki) between bird-like shapes. Inside nashiji gold flakes of different sizes. Pewter rims. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 3/4 x W 2-1/2 x D 2-1/2 in.

Some deep chips on the edges of the cover, lacquer dried, some shallow dents on cover (lotus).

Old inventory number in red lacquer on pewter rims: 31.50.170.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1358601 (stock #10923)
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Tea caddy of irregular conical shape. Light colored stoneware with thin cream-colored glaze with brownish green drip lines. Seto ware. Edo period, 18th century or early 19th century.

H ca. 3 ½ inches

All in all fine condition, with some minor traces of usage.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1358556 (stock #10922)
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Tea caddy of squarish shape with rounded shoulder and dent in the belly. Dark brown stone ware with mottled brown glaze over which splashes and drip of a yellowish green glaze. Probably Seto ware. Edo period, 18th century.

H ca. 3 inches

Few tiny pinprick size flaws in the glaze due to age and handling. All in all fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1358167 (stock #10921)
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One-sided accordion album with 12 paintings. 10 images of man-woman scenes, one rape scene, one scene with a woman with dildo. Paintings in black ink, color (some with gold), and gofun on silk. The covers are bound in silk brocade, with a small silk sumie painting of a heron on the front cover. Paintings unsigned, but the style can be attributed to Tomioka Eisen (1864–1905). Japan, Meiji era, around 1900.

Album 11¼ x 14¾ inches
Paintings 9½ x 13½ inches

Paintings with a few small spots, some wear (rubbing, missing spots) at upper margins of some paintings, but all in all in excellent condition. Covers with some wear around the corners, but all in all in fine condition.

Comes in blue Chinese wrapper in fair condition

Larger images are available upon request

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1355619 (stock #10920)
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Finely cast bronze censer on four linked feet with very elegant flower décor on the body and fretwork on the rim, patinated in a rich brown. Bottom decorated in low relief with repeating, extremely fine fretwork of faces. Seal on bottom: Dai-Nihon Bunsei nen Seimin sei. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
H H 2-7/8 x diam. 6 ½ inches.
Excellent condition

Murata Seimin (1761-1837), bronze sculptor active in Edo, well-known for his fine casting of bronze vessels and animals.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1354059 (stock #10917)
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Cedar wooden ‘post-hide’ or hashira-kakushi that is used as a decoration of one of the posts in a room, or a horizontal post of the tokonoma (niche). The post-hide is the same width as the pillar posts in a Japanese house, hiding it thus almost completely in width.
Cedar wood, the front stained dark brown and decorated in mineral with a dragon. Seal on either end of the plaque. Inscription in black ink on the back. Paper label on the back, explaining the symbolism of the piece, in English, and identifying the piece as a gift. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.

W 39½ x H 3-7/8 inches

Few stress cracks in cedar wood, paint chipped in several places, all in all very good condition.

From a private US collection

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1352587 (stock #10915)
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Brushpot made of stone ware with decoration in green, brown and cream colored glazes and engraving of lotus flowers and leaves and the character fuku (good fortune). White glaze with beautiful fine crackle. Impressed seal in bottom: Yutoku. Kyoto ware, Kyo-yaki. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

H 4-5/8 x Diam 3¼ inches

Tiny glaze chip on rim, firing flaw inside, from which springs a hair crack. All within the acceptable minor traces of usage

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1350936 (stock #10914)
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Painting in watercolor on paper of the Fujin statue in the Taiyu-in, the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Iemitsu, in Nikko. Beautiful details. Signed: Yokotsuka, Nikko. Framed in the original wooden frame, with imitation gilt copper corner decoration, applied in low relief stucco. Japan, Taisho era, 1910s.
About Yokotsuka no information could be found. Apparently he was active in the Taisho era and he has made other watercolors with scenes from Nikko.

Measurements with frame: 20½ x 17 inches.

Very good condition. Frame with a few scratches and scuffs, but basically in very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1350881 (stock #10913)
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Tall statue of the long-legged Ashinaga standing on a rock, next to a basket, holding up a cupped lotus leaf, which can function as a candle stick for a slender candle. Carved wooden core with gesso and thick layer of polychrome decoration, eyes inlaid reverse painted glass. Japan, early Meiji era, 19th century.

H 32 ¼ inches

Smaller (chips, crack) and larger (right arm, leg, left hand) damages, most of which very well restored. Detailed condition report upon request.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1350863 (stock #10912)
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Two part statuette of Ashinaga, creature with overly long legs, carrying half a giant clam shell on his head. He wears short pants and a short jacket that is tied shut (but still showing his bare chest) with a tasseled rope, and covered with mugworth leaves along the lower hem. Rather than the usual long beard and bald head with a ring of curls on the side, the face shows a European style mustache and the head is adorned with long, thick and abundant curls, much in the way of the Portuguese and Dutch, as the Japanese used to portray them. The small base is engraved with shell decorations. Dark brown stained wood; eyes inlaid in white and black material. Unsigned, Japan, Meiji era.

H incl. base 18½ inches

Few unimportant chips, all in all in excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1349079 (stock #10905)
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Saucer, or small plate. Ko-Seto style. Light gray stoneware typical for Seto, with mottled brown glaze, iridescent light green, and translucent green glaze with fine crackle, leaving parts of the underlying stoneware uncovered. Japan, Edo period, 19th century or perhaps a bit earlier.

H 1-1/2 x W 5 inches

Small glaze chip in rim, very thin glaze crack, four green-black lacquer restorations