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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1920 item #1364006 (stock #10932)
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Realistically shaped dildo made of ceramic, glazed and decorated with peony flowers in Buncheong inlay technique. Two holes at the base of the dildo allow for a strap to attach the dildo to the ankle. Korea, 19th/20th century.

L 6-7/8 inches.

Some glaze chips, firing glaze flaw, otherwise fine condition

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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1363555 (stock #10929)
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Unique impressionistic youga style painting of the Minami-za kabuki theater of Kyoto. A crowd of people strolling in front of the theater. This is a moment in time where a typical Japanese street scene is mixing with Western elements, such as Western dress (or partial western dress) and electricity poles. The painting itself is a mixture of Japanese material (silk, mineral colors, gold wash) and western, impressionistic painting technique. Signed and dated in the upper left corner: Showa 2 (1927), fall, ‘Tenjaku utsutsu kore’ and seal ‘Tenjaku’. Although we are not familiar with the painter, this type of painting fits in the Meiji, Taisho era youga movement.

Painting: H 33 ¾ x W 48 inches
Mounting with wooden scroll ends: H 64 ½ x W 54 ¾ inches.

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1363420 (stock #10928)
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Relatively tall sculpture of a fox dressed as a priest, on its way to create mayhem. The body wrapped in a long garment, the head covered, too, holding a long walking stick and a rosary. Small impressed maker’s seal in the back, illegible. Bizen-yaki, Japan, Meiji era, late 19th century.

H 8 inches

Tiny, old chip at one of the feet, virtually invisible. The hole in the back is not a damage, but a vent, to prevent the piece from exploding in the kiln.

Bizenyaki sculptures are usually much smaller, with exception of the shishi. The fox priest is a rare subject matter in this material.

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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1930 item #1358626 (stock #10924)
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Small chaire tea caddy with ovoid-shaped body and square shoulders of light colored stoneware, covered with a black high gloss glaze with a mottled cream and brown dripping patch on the shoulder. Black glaze on inside. Japan, Kyoto ware, late Meiji or Taisho era, 1910s-1920s.

H ca. 3 inches

Fine condition

Comes with wooden storage box, without inscription, from a much later date

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1358601 (stock #10923)
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$625.00
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1355614 (stock #10919)
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Vase for flowers or for decoration in the shape of a bamboo segment with roots at the base and a branch with leaves, on which a cicada sits. Heavy stoneware with thick multi-colored glaze. Unsigned. Japan, mid-late 1970s.

H 10 ¼ inches

Mint condition

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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1352602 (stock #10916)
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Three part set with tray and covered bowl to serve food to guests at a (wedding) banquet. Or perhaps a gift to guests attending a wedding. Tray decorated on top in silver slightly raised takamakie with waves on a black ishime ground. The cover of the bowl decorated in gold and silver and reddish brown takamakie lacquer on a black ishime ground, with chidori (plovers) flying over waves. The bottom of the tray and the inside of bowl and cover in gold nashiji. This image refers to a poem written by Emperor Daigo in the 10th century: The plovers that live / on salty cliffs above the / shores of Sashide / cry ‘yachiyo’ wishing for / our lord’s eight-thousand-year reign. Which is the expression of the wish for a long and stable imperial rule. In the modern world, it can also be taken at a much simpler meaning, of the power of the little birds to navigate in stormy weather. Japan, Showa era, mid-20th century or a little later.
Original storage box inscribed with the contents, the name of the company that made it.

Tray 1-3/8 x 9 x 8-7/8 inches; Bowl diam 7-1/8 inches; Set H 4 ¼ inches

Very good condition

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.