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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1960 item #1283941 (stock #10758)
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Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Aizen Myoo, flames coming out of his mouth. On top of his head a lion. Polychrome lacquered resin-like material, mounted on a metal base plate. Japan, 20th century.
Height ca. 5 ½ inches, width ca. 6 ½ inches.
Fine condition
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1960 item #1283935 (stock #10754)
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Kabuto maedate, or ornament that sits in the front of the Japanese helmet. Long-horned monster face with big teeth and fangs and pointy ears. Wood with reddish color. Japan, 20th century.
Height 9 inches, width 8 ½ inches.
Fine condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1283930 (stock #10757)
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Highly unusual sculpture of two natural ruyi mushrooms ‘growing’ from a piece of wood. At the foot of the mushrooms sits a small frog. The mushrooms mounted with wire and resin. Japan, Meiji era. Unsigned.
Ca. H 7 x W 14 x D 6 inches.
The stem of the smaller mushroom was broken and glued.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1277761 (stock #10756)
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Hanging scroll. Painting of a salmon hanging to dry and two rats, one nibbling on the salmon. Signed Rosetsu utsutsu and artist’s seals Nagasawa and Gyo. Black ink and some light color on paper. Attributed to Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754 - 1799). Japan, late 18th century.
Image H 49 ½ x W 18 ¾ inches. Total H 71 ½ inches.
Light stain at top, many small damages and tiny worm holes professionally restored, short horizontal creases, some foxing, generally good to very good condition.

Comes with kiri-wood storage box.

From the estate of Ingeborg L. Muller, wife of Robert O. Muller

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1277760 (stock #10755)
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Hanging scroll. Painting of snake coiling around a bamboo stalk. Signed Ippo and red artist’s seal Keishi. Black ink on silk. Attributed to Mori Ippo (1798 - 1871). Japan early Meiji era.
Image H 42 ½ x W 15 inches. Total H 78 inches.
Few brown stains in silk, generally very good condition.
Comes with kiri-wood storage box.

From the estate of Ingeborg L. Muller, wife of Robert O. Muller

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1265426 (stock #10752)
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Single block carving (ichiboku) of a sambaso dancer with the typical high hat with a round circle on each side. In his left hand he holds suzu bells; his right hand, on his back, holds a fan. Keyaki wood (paulownia), carved in a faceted way, resembling ittobori, and stained. Japan, 1910s-1920s.
H ca. 18 inches.
One repaired crack from the bottom into his left shoulder, some scuffing and chipping at edges, tension crack in hat. All in all very good and stable condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1262407 (stock #10751)
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Hanging scroll. The eight-armed deity, bearing arms and jewels, and a coiled snake (the deity Ugajin) on her head, sits on a lotus-leaf-seat, flanked by Daikoku. Before her are the 15 disciples, or jugo doji. Ink, mineral colors, gold and gofun on silk. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Painted area: H 37 in. x W 15 in.
Mounting severely damaged. Painting with few horizontal crack in middle section and short one at the upper left, gofun rubbed, all in all very good original condition (no restorations).
Comes with wooden storage box (no inscription, not original)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1261794 (stock #10750)
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Beautiful copy of an Asuka period figure of Jikokuten, one of the four shi-tenno, as housed in Horyuji temple in Nara. He is the keeper of the kingdom, the guardian of the world. Usually, he holds a sword in his right hand and rests his left hand on his hip. Here he is imaged with a kind of halberd in one hand, while the other hand has lost its attribute. Plain wood. Japan, late 19th or 20th century.
H 21 ½ inches.
Hands broken at wrists and glued back. Glue traces underneath feet. Few chips (feet, back, etc.).

There is a tradition of recreating well-known sculptures, paintings, whether National Treasures or Important Cultural Property. Not with the intention to forge, but for private or public use in a small temple or private temple. The Meiji era sculptor Koun made Buddhist sculpture, after famous pieces on public display. He did sign his work. The piece presented here is not signed.

All Items : New Century : Sculpture : Pre 2000 item #1261790 (stock #10749)
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Haunting sculpture of a female with long hair, hunched over like a specter. Course dark gray clay with salt glaze. Hollow. Unsigned. Japan, 1980s-1990s.
H ca. 26 ½ in. (67.3 cm)
Excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1258420 (stock #10748)
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Hanging scroll with image of the descent of the Buddha to welcome the souls of the deceased and accompany them to the Western Paradise. He is standing on a lotus on clouds and holds his hand in gebon josho. The mudra is the appropriate level for common citizens to be reborn in. Mineral colors and gold on silk. The garment exquisitely decorated in gold. Japan, late Muromachi or early Edo period, 16th century.
Image: 38 ¼ X 15 ¾ inches. Mounting: 84 ¼ x 21 3/8 inches.
Missing areas throughout the silk, mainly in the background. Beautifully stabilized.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1249459 (stock #10746)
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A pair of hanging scrolls depicting the gods of wind and thunder: Futen or Fujin on the left and Raiden or Raijin on the right. Ink and colors on silk. Both signed Soseki saku and each with two seals, one of which reads Soseki as well. Japan. Late Meiji or Taisho era.
Image: H 41 ½ x W 15 ½ in.
Whole: H 69 ½ x W 20 5/8 in.
Each with several horizontal cracks and missing spots lovingly restored and with scratches on the silk surface. All in all in very good and stable condition.
Rare.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1910 item #1241202 (stock #10740)
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Kabuto maedate of rectangular shape. On the silver underground in golden, bold bonji characters the name of the deity Fudo Myoo (most likely). Wood with silver and gold lacquer. Japan, 19th century.
H 8 ¼ in. x W 1 ¾ in.
Front surface relacquered.

Fudo Myoo is one of the five Myoo, guardians of Buddhism. He scares humans into accepting the teachings of the Buddha Dainichi; he holds a sword in the right hand that symbolizes wisdom cutting through ignorance) and a in his left with which he catches and binds the demons. His image is often seen on a part of armour.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1240423 (stock #10737)
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Wooden sculpture of an old man and woman taking a break from the rice harvest. They are sitting on an elevation. He is preparing his pipe, taking tobacco out of his tonkotsu. She is getting out a lunch box and two tea cups, while the tea kettle is at her feet. Behind them a sheaf of rice and two sickles. Perhaps a modern reference to Jo and Uba, the old couple on the island Takasago who symbolize longevity. Signed on bottom: the 74 year old man, Tomoyuki. Probably Taisho era (1912-1926) or early Showa at the latest.
H ca. 11 inches, W at bottom 10 ½ inches.
Few thin age/stress cracks, all in all fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1910 item #1234189 (stock #10733)
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Chawan in Raku style, made in dry lacquer technique (kanshitsu) simulating ceramic. The lacquer is applied in such a way that you see small crevices and patches of red and brownish black lacquer in the same way we see it in Raku ware. Japan, Meiji era.
H ca. 3 ½ inches, dia. Ca. 4 ½ inches.
Excellent condition.
Comes with brocade pouch and plain wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1234154 (stock #10732)
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Large Buddhist shrine with ‘double doors’, holding the figure of the three-eyed Shomen Kongo in his appearance with six arms, accompanied by four attendants. He is adorned with a skull necklace, bracelets in the shape of coiled snakes around his arms and ankles, holding halberd and chakra, bow and arrow, sword and human being, trampling on a demon. Initially Shomen was a pest spreading demon who after conversion to Buddhism became a guardian deity against wild animals, demons spreading disease and love(!) and against the wild weather deities. Wood decorated in mineral colors and gold, gilded sheet metal for mandorla, attributes and crown. Japan, Edo period, early 19th, perhaps late 18th century.
H of case ca. 15 ½ inches.
Case with damages, figure group with some scuffs, losses and repairs, all in all good and stable and original condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1233997 (stock #10731)
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Extremely rare. A pair of hand shrines for husband and wife, showing on the inside the bodhisattva Fugen (larger one) and Monju (smaller one). Monju – on the lion - is holding a nyoi scepter, while Fugen – on the elephant – holds a lotus flower topped by a pagoda. Extremely fine carving, especially fine in the rendering of the lion and the elephant with exquisite painting in mineral colors, gofun and gold. The outside of each shrine covered in fine nashiji lacquer, over which in slightly raised gold lacquer a Tokugawa mon on the cover and the same mon on the back in silver. The zushi must have been made by special order for someone in the Tokugawa family line. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
H 2-½ inches; 2-9/16 inches.
Comes with kiri-wood storage box.
Excellent condition.

Fugen and Monju bosatsu (Compassion and Wisdom) are the two bodhisattva that accompany the historical Buddha Shakyamuni / Shaka Nyorai.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1233910 (stock #10730)
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Zushi with beautiful hardware on the front; inside the figure of Yakushi Nyorai (medicine Buddha), sitting on a high lotus throne, holding the medicine jar in his left hand and with his right hand making the gesture of picking medical herbs. He is surrounded by 16 rakan, painted onto the inside of the doors (not decals). On the mardorla behind his head two apsara are painted, playing the sho and the flute. High quality carving. Wood decorated in mineral colors and gold. Japan, Edo period, likely late 18th century, perhaps early 19th century at the latest.
H of case ca. 9 ¼ inches.
Painting on the doors a bit darkened, slightly chipping; some lotus petal with tiny chip, otherwise in very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1233875 (stock #10729)
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Nichiren Buddhist shrine with the sculpture of Kishimojin holding an infant in her left arm and raising her right hand in a kind of mudra. Wood beautifully decorated in mineral colors and gold. Japan, Edo period, around 1800.
H of case ca. 9 ½ inches.
Paint a bit flaking at top of figure, otherwise very good condition.

Kishimojin, or Kariteimoten originally was a demon who had a thousand children. Still she would eat the children of others. Buddha’s teachings converted her. She is a guardian deity of Buddhism, especially of small children. In Nichiren Buddhism she is venerated as guardian deity for easy birth and raising children.
She sometimes is shown as a standing figure, sometimes in the shape of a male demon, more often as a female figure with a baby in her arms and several small children around her. In one of her hands she may hold a pomegranate (symbol of fertility) that Shakyamuni gave her to bite into, if she felt a craving for children’s flesh. The male and female, demonic and human shapes sometimes merge, showing her different aspects in one statue.
Several different states of Kishimojin can be found in our listings.