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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #841251 (stock #10541)
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Step-on image in bronze of Christ on the cross before a town-setting. The scene cast in high relief, the background in low relief. The heavy piece is standing on four corner-feet. Signed on the side Yoshisuke saku. The back inscribed Kanbun kyunen junigatsu hi kore tsukuru (made on a day in the 12th month of the year Kanbun 9 (1669); niju no uchi ni (no. 2 from 20); Aratame jashumon yo, kurumehan (For examining the wrong faith, the Kurume clan).
7.25 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches (18.3 x 14 x 3.5 cm).
Surface strongly rubbed, some corrosion, basically excellent condition.

Step-on pictures, or fumi-e, or ebumi, were images of the Virgin Mary or of Jesus that Japanese authorities used to make people suspected to be Christians to step upon. This practice was executed during the Tokugawa regime, in an effort to ban Christianity from the country. By 1629 this practice was generally spread throughout Japan and it was only abandoned completely at the beginning of the Meiji period. All kinds of media were used to make images: wood, stone, prints and bronze.
In 1669 the bronze founder Hagiwara Yoshiysuke was ordered to cast 20 fumie with prescribed images (5 pieces with ecce homo, 5 pieces with Christ on the cross, 5 with the pieta and 5 with the saint Rosario). A piece with the image of the pieta is in the Gakushuin Museum of History in Tokyo.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #839973 (stock #10538)
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Scroll painting with the image of five hunters (two carrying a rifle on their backs) warming up at a fire next to a snow covered thatched hut. The painting is a rendering of the 28th print from the famous series Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki (one hundred poems explained by the nurse), Minamoto no Muneyuki ason. It is an allusion to the poem by Minamoto no Muneyuki, about the deep loneliness in the mountains, when the winter has come and all guests have left. Black ink and colors on silk. Signature at lower right: Kakyojin (the man who is crazy about painting) Hokusai ga. Red seal: Hokusai.
Paper label on the back dating the piece into the 1820s. The print series was published in 1836. The addition of kakyojin was used towards the end of his life. In the last years of his life, Hokusai has produced extremely fine brush work. All this would lead to believe that the original painting, if there was such, was created in the 1830s/1840s. The style is very close to that of Hokusai himself, but it is unclear whether the piece was done by a person in his immediate proximity or later on.
Painted area (silk): 32 7/8 x 13 ¼ in. (83.5 x 33.8 cm); total length: 62 1/8 in. (157.8 cm).
Very good condition.

Wooden box, inscribed on cover top: Katsushika Hokusai hitsu, setchu ryojin zu (image of hunters in the snow). Inside of cover also inscribed: Hokusai Iitsu zoku …mitsu hikken. Red seal. Label on the side, describing the contents of the box.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #839791 (stock #10535)
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Hanging scroll with image in ink and colors on silk of a tiger mother licking her cub underneath a rock. Signature in lower left: Echizen no suke Ganku and seal ..gan Kishi Ganku. Kishi Ganku (1756 or 1749 - 1839). Comes with fitted wooden box and carton protection box with seal. Japan.
Painted area: 44 x 16.5 inches (111.7 x 42 cm). Total length: 78.6 inches (199.7 cm).
Excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #839555 (stock #10536)
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Hanging scroll with image in ink, red, gofun and gold on paper of the bodhisattva Fugen in twenty-armed form sitting on a lotus throne guarded by the four guardian kings each standing on the head of an elephant, the whole being carried by a crowd of elephants. The black outlines printed, the image subsequently colored by hand. To the lower left the name of the donor: Reiun Jogan. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 21.4 x 12.75 inches (54.3 x 32.2 cm). Total length: 56.25 inches (142.9 cm).
Several restored damages, consistent with its age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #839198 (stock #10530)
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Scroll painting in black ink on paper of the characters Fukurokuju which is the name of one of the seven gods of good luck. Short date inscription on the upper left, 1842. Signed ... Eiko (Nagamichi) hitsu and sealed on the left side. Japan. Original mounting, porcelain scroll ends. Back inscribed Fukurokuju and Miyoshi Eiko.
Painted area: 48.1 x 22.75 inches (122.2 x 57.8 cm). Total length: 75.1 inches (190.8 cm)
Several damaged and partly restored areas along the upper margin, several horizontal creases, one vertical crease in the middle, mounting weak along upper roller and with hole.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #829293 (stock #10523)
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Small shrine with very fine carving of of the guardian deity Bishamonten, holding a halberd and standing on the back of a crouching demon. The halberd and crown are made of sheet metal, with traces of gilding. The demon in wood and lacquer, the latter one chipping slightly. Japan, 18th century.
Height of case: ca. 12.5 inches (32 cm).
Case: skirt loosened, restored and chipping crack in right hand door, restored crack in roof. Figure: demon with rubbed spots and some lacquer chips, Bishamon in good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #826156 (stock #10520)
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Wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Myoken, deity of the Polar Star and of the Big Dipper. He is dressed in Chinese garment, standing on the back of a dragon-like turtle or minogme, holding a sword. Behind his back a nimbus with six discs (one missing), representing the seven stars of the Big Dipper. A snake wound itself around the turtle. Wood with fine decorations in gold, black and red. Japan, Edo period, around 1800.
Height ca 7 inches (17.8 cm).
Tip of snake’s tail missing, some re-gilding on the shoulders, otherwise very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1920 item #826129 (stock #10518)
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$700.00
Hollow phallus, perhaps used as incense burner or water container, of ceramic, molded and joined and fired at low temperature. This type of object is used in Shinto shrines, devoted to fertility. Seal impressed in bottom. Japan. Probably Meiji period or somewhat later.
H ca. 6.5 inches (16.5 cm).
Mint condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1940 item #805777 (stock #10514)
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$800.00
Japanese woodblock print. From the series “Selected views of the Tokaido”. Titel: Bishu, Seto. Early evening in the back yard of a potter in Seto. Sepia tones. Signature in the lower right corner: Hasui. Seal: Kawase. Publisher: Watanabe Shosaburo. Date: Showa 9 (1934), 3rd month. 15.4 x 10.2 inches (39 x 26 cm).
Very good impression, slightly yellowed, tiny restorations in lower margin, right margin restored.

Kawase Hasui: 1883-1957.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1940 item #805740 (stock #10513)
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Japanese woodblock print, kuchi-e (with the two typical vertical folds). A woman sits in front of her writing desk and looks in the mirror. Behind this image sit two demons (a green and a red one) with a kanebo and watch her. Red seal: Toshikata.
8.9 x 11.8 inches (22.5 x 30 cm).
Very good impression with black lacquer in the hair, browned, brown spots on left side, creases at the margins, three small holes right underneath spotting, backing paper residue on back.

Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908). This is the frontispiece from the magazine Bungei Kurabu that was published during the Meiji and Taisho eras, predominantly for women. Allegedly it is titled “Kyori no bijin (Beauty in home village)”, and published in vol. 6, no. 6.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #788579 (stock #10511)
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Hanging scroll with a very fine painting of a female severed head by Tomioka Eisen. The very realistic face is rendered in blue and green hues, giving it a very real impression of death. The mouth is twisted into a grimace showing the immaculate teeth, blood stains on the temple. Black ink and color on silk. Signed: Mosai giga (drawn for amusement). Seal: Eisen. Japan, Meiji period, around 1900. Red lacquered wooden scroll ends
Painted area: 15.5 x 12.25 in. (39.4 x 31 cm); whole length: 51 inches (129.5 cm).
Excellent condition.

Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) was a pupil of Kobayashi Eitaku who was a follower of the Kano school of painting, but later in life turned to illustrating in the ukiyoe style. Eisen, after his master’s death, became focused on a serious painter’s career. He devoted himself to painting, illustrations in magazines (kuchi-e), and shunga.

A very similar painting was painted in 1848/49 by Hokuyo, a pupil of Hokusai. It can be assumed that Eisen painted this head after Katsuyo, turning it upright. If you would turn the painting face down again, the flow of the hair would be much more natural.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #788531 (stock #10510)
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Wooden folk art carving of a giant penis. Strapped around it are red and white twisted cotton cords (imenawash) with paper strips (gohei). Japan, 20th century.
H 24.5 inches (62.2 cm).
Excellent condition.
The piece may have stood in a fertility shrine or may have been used in a festival.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #785049 (stock #10372)
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$200.00
Sturdy sake bottle with creamy white glaze over grayish white stoneware with a fine crackle, the neck covered in dark brown glaze, dripping down. Seto ware, 19th century.
Height: ca. 10.25 inches (ca. 26 cm).
Neck broken and restored.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #773627 (stock #10507)
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a) Two-sided cookie mold carved with three molds with text and two with mani-design on one side, and five molds with text on the other side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 15 7/8 in. (40.4 cm). b) Two-sided cookie mold with five molds with text on each side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm).
a) Traces of usage (some splintering at edges and few stains), b) repaired stress crack. Both with eyelet attached to hang on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #773540 (stock #10501)
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Two-sided cookie mold for two different candies. One side has 10 half globular indentations to form five spherical candies. The other side has five square molds for cookies with text. Burn mark of the manufacture. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period.
L ca. 13.5 in. (34.2 cm)
Stress crack in the tip, abrasions at the tip, beautiful dark patina from heavy use (obviously on one side only), metal eyelet attached to hang mold on wall. All in all very good condition.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1980 item #773351 (stock #10504)
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Nakane, Chie, Japanese Society, Pelican Sociology series, Penguin books, 1981 (re-issue from the original from 1970). Standard work on the subject. Pocket issue.
Slight traces of usage, pages yellowed, some pencil remarks, basically good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #772110 (stock #10497)
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Small wooden carving of excellent quality: tiger with flaming groin, looking back and fiercely growling, standing on a rock between stalks of bamboo. Beautiful piece of hard wood, some red color around the mouth, eyes inlaid in brass. Although carved in three dimensions, it is meant to be seen frontally only. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
L 18.5 inches (47 cm), H 4.6 inches (11.8 cm).
Few tension cracks without consequences, excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #771805 (stock #10495)
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Single piece kashigata for peony-shaped candy. Cherry wood. Japan, early 20th century.
L 11.5 inches (29.2 cm).
Some dents and scratches, all attributed to use.