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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1370795 (stock #10946)
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Zushi, shrine used in Buddhist temples, containing a statue of Aizen Myoo. He sits on his typical lotus throne carried by a vase full of jewels, surrounded by a circular, red, flaming nimbus. He has six arms and on his head he wears a crown in the shape of a lion’s head flanked by two gilded sharito reliquaries. In his lower hands Aizen holds a ghanta and a bell, the secondary hands hold arrows and formerly held a bow, the upper pair of hands used to hold probably a rope and a jewel. Sandalwood decorated with gold and black and red. Jewelry made of gilded copper and glass beads. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H zushi ca. 16 inches; figure of Aizen ca. 5 inches.

Figure: one are re-stuck with glue, others joints showing small seams, some beads missing in gilded jewelry. Zushi: some lacquer chips on the doors, edges and other traces of obvious age and usage. All in all very good condition.

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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1364804 (stock #10935)
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Small handwarmer, or te-aburi, in the shape of a yawning Daruma, stretching his arms above his head. The back of his head left open to put in and take out the charcoal. Could theoretically also function as an incense burner. Bronze with brown patina and fine engraving. Japan, Meiji/Taisho eras, 1910s-1930s.

H ca. 8.5 inches

Few casting flaws, one repaired, otherwise 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1347341 (stock #10902)
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Small zushi hand shrine made to be hung up. Outside black lacquer with fine decoration in gold (with details in relief), imitating the usual gilded hardware, in addition to a jewel, a flaming jewel and a one-pronged Vajra on the front and 2 Vajra, a rinbo, a lotus flower and jewel on the back. Inside extremely fine relief carving in wood of Fudo Myoo in the center flanked by his acolytes Seitaka doji and Kongara doji, standing on a rock formation in front of flames against a minutely carved background of flowers in squares. Details in gold, red and black. Doors gilded on inside with two tone decoration of manji and inscribed in black ink with a mantra Namu …, the name Fudo Myoo, the name of the donor and the date Meiwa 3, year of the boar, 9th month, 28th day (1766).

H 4 inches

Fine condition

All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Fine Art : Pre 1980 item #1345671 (stock #Alib56)
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Wu Tung, Tales from the land of dragons: 1000 years of Chinese painting. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1997. Paperback with dust jacket, catalog to an exhibition with the same title, 269 pages, 152 paintings with descriptions and with b/w and several with color images, extensive introduction with numerous b/w illustrations. ISBN 0-87846-438-7.

Some traces of usage to the dust jacket, all in all very good condition

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1345619 (stock #Alib46)
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Eleanor Olson, Tantric Buddhist Art, publ. China House Gallery, New York 1974. Paperback, catalog to exhibition at China Institute of America, 100 pages, 54 sculptures, paintings and ritual objects with full descriptions b/w illustrations, few color illustrations, short, illustrated introduction.

Fair condition, firm binding, cover with few light stains, creases and dents. Clean text.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1960 item #1345510 (stock #Alib43)
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Chinesische Skulpturen der Sammlung Eduard Von Der Heydt / Chinese Sculptures in the Von Der Heydt Collection, publ. Museum Rietberg Zuerich 1959, hard cover. 189 pages, 66 objects with full descriptions in German and English and excellent b/w photographs. Introduction by Osvald Siren. Covering tomb decorations and religious sculpture (in the archaic periods, the periods of transition and maturity and in the later periods).

Firm binding, front cover a bit bent, all in all good condition, inside clean

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1344083 (stock #10878)
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Sculpture of Daruma, Buddhist patriarch, sitting wrapped in his garment, chest and face bare. Cast bronze with beautiful brown patina. Cast seal in back, illegible. Japan, Edo/Meiji era, mid-19th century.

H ca. 7-1/4 inch.

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1344081 (stock #10877)
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Daruma standing tall, wrapped tightly in his garment, the tips of his feet just peeping out. One tip of his garment floating, as if in the wind. The face deeply cut and expressive. Keyaki (zelkova) wood carved in ittobori style. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century. Mingei (folk art).

H ca. 13-1/2 inches

Natural stress crack, typical for keyaki wood, few very old chips in the back that were probably already there at the time of the carving, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1930 item #1341548 (stock #10875)
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Helmet ornament, or kabuto maedate, as worn by samurai. A golden jewel surrounded by a flaming mandorla. The central jewel made of gilded paper imitating leather, framed by a wooden outline, mounted onto a copper plate in the shape of a flaming mandorla. Buddhist symbol. Japan, early 20th century.

H 8 ¾ in., W 7 ½ in.

Some nicks and dents