The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1387383 (stock #MOR6790)
The Kura
$1,100.00
A roundel of bamboo, the surface carved away revealing a snake crawling through the eye socket of a skull in relief, with mock knots from branches intimating wood. It has a brass insert for holding water. The piece is 13-1/2 inches (34.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1387179 (stock #MOR6789)
The Kura
sold, thank you
This appears to be an incarnation of Shindara Daisho of the 12 guardian deities (Juni Shinsho). He has glass eyes and stands on the original Daiza.. The Deity is 21 inches (53.5 cm) tall, total height with stand is 33 inches (83 cm). Later Edo period (18th-19th century). The left hand has been replaced.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1385460 (stock #SAR6787)
The Kura
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An austere and all matching kuro-nuri (black lacquered) Kon Odoshi (Blue laced) Hotoke do Gusoku decorated solely with the crest of the Yagyu clan in gold. The helmet is a smooth Zunari type with a simple wide flange mask, and a matching smooth chestplate. Suspended from all are Kiritsuke Kozane Shikoro, Nodokake, Sode and Kusazuri, Decorating the bottom lame of the Kusazuri and Sode is a single tied hat. On the chest a stack of three of the same design...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1383372 (stock #MOR6779)
The Kura
$2,200.00
An unusul weave carpet by pioneering artist Tatsumura Heizo replicating by technique a piece from Shosoin Imperial Repository dating from the early 20th century. A label reading: Made by Tatsumura Heizo, Bird and Plum Patterned from the Shosoin Repository (Tatsumura Heizo Sei, Shosoin Go Butsumon Kacho Umehana Moyo) is attached to the underside. It is 96 x 175 cm (38 x 69 inches) and comes in an old age-darkened kiri-wood box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1383205 (stock #MOR6777)
The Kura
$850.00
A dragon head water pitcher with gold damascene wrapped in tie-dyed silk crepe and enclosed in a red lacquered wooden storage box titled Ryushu Suibyo It is an early 20th century replica of the 7th century dragon head Ewer, the original, currently in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, was part of the Imperial Bequest to Hôryû-ji Temple (In 1878 it was returned to the Imperial Household). This is 19-1/2 inches (50 cm) tall and in overall fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #1383115 (stock #TCR6776)
The Kura
$1,200.00
Sale Pending
An unusually large Meiji period Fushina Yaki (also Fujina-yaki) vase decorated with a hawk in a snowy pine before a waterfall intimated by a flow of green from the trumpeting rim, a group of Samurai opposite, with various designs built up n the surface. It is 14-1/2 inches (36.5 cm) tall and is in overall fine condition, with a small chip in the base (see close-up photo).
Fushina-yaki was the Goyogama clan kiln of the Matsudaira of Matsue Han in modern day Izumo, established around 1764...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1383114 (stock #MOR6775)
The Kura
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Iyashiku mo tsune areba
hisashi hisashikereba onozu kara yoi kaori wo harau
If you perservere (with proper living), the years will grant you success. This was a famous last line from a treatise written by revered Han Dynasty scholar Cui Yuan (Cui Ziyu, 78–143). These same words were famously written by Kukai (Kobodaishi 774-835) the founder of Shingon escoteric Buddhism in Japan...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1492 item #1382713 (stock #TCR6774)
The Kura
$2,700.00
Remnants of yellow glaze covers this Heishi (Heiji) bottle form from the Owari-Seto area engraved clearly about the neck with three lines. A quintessential Kamakura pot. There is much degradation to the glaze typical of Seto which has withstood a millennium of earthquake, fire, war and abuse. That anything survives so long in Japan is miraculous. It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter and comes wrapped in old cloth in an old wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1382712 (stock #ANR6773)
The Kura
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Here the Imperial scholar Takatsuji Tanenaga has written in exceptional clarity the famous neo-confucian treatise by Fan Zhongyan which formed the basis of modern Confucian thought in both China and formed one of the main tenets of the official philosophy espoused by the Shogunate. It is dated Autumn of 1792 and signed Zen Ken-Chunagon Sugawara Tanenaga Sho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1382680 (stock #MOR6772)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A pair of powerful Shishi guardian carvings dating from the later Edo period, 18th-19th century, in the Ah-Un expression (Exhaling and inhaling). Ah-Un has many allusions, it is the beginning and end of the alphabet, summarizing all in between, and is said to be inhaling good fortune, and exhaling bad. Glass eyes inset into very human faces. They are 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall, 9-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (24 x 14 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1382376 (stock #MOR6769)
The Kura
$3,200.00
A striking Iki-ningyo (Living Doll) head dating from the later Meiji to Taisho period enclosed in a wooden storage box. Glass eyes, translucent skin and genuine hair over a carved wooden base, this is a true work of art. The head is life size, roughly 14 inches tall from the base, and is in overall fine condition, with some out of place hairs, minor handling marks and some faint discoloration over the left eye...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1381801 (stock #L014)
The Kura
$750.00
Sale Pending
In a literati paradise two brightly robed figures converse beyond the walls of the hermitage, lost in the great beauties of nature, a singular work by the famous porcelain maker Miura Chikusen. Ink and light color on paper in a pale rough-silk mounting with black wood rollers enclosed in a period wooden box. Included is a museum exhibition label from The Homma Museum of Art where it was exhibited in August 1947. It is 19-1/2 x 86-1/2 inches (50 x 220 cm) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1381665 (stock #MOR6763)
The Kura
sold, thank you
An antique Guardian mask used to ward off evil hand carved from a rough slab of hardwood. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) tall and in fine condition. Usually hung under the eaves of a house, it shows weathering typical of age. Late 19th to early 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1381664 (stock #TCR6762)
The Kura
sold, thank you
An anonymous Shigaraki Mingei Ishizara multi-purpose basin dating from the early 20th century covered in fissured cream glaze with pale green draping from the rim. Thickly potted, it is 31.5 x 33 x 7 cm (12-1/2 inches diameter, 3 inches tall). On the base is a mark called a Yago, which reads “Yamasa” which would have identified the owner. There is an old loss to the glaze on the rim typical of use (see close-up photo).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1381108 (stock #TCR6761)
The Kura
sold, thank you
A mythical kirin in vibrant color prances on the front of this Iro Nabeshima Vase by Seikosha bearing the kiln mark of crossed pine needles on the base. It is 18 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 20.5 cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition. This is an early work from Seikosha, dating from the later 19th to opening years of the 20th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1381107 (stock #MOR5159)
The Kura
$1,450.00
Dark stained bamboo is decorated with inlayed beads of red coral in built up lacquer intimating the bursting fruit of a pomegranate tree enclosed in a box signd by the infamous Zen Priest Nakahara Nantenbo dated Taisho 3 (1914). The age darkened box is titled Koetsu-san Zakuro Sago. The “Ko” in the title indicates this piece was already old when Nantenbo had it in his possession. It is 22 x 5.5 cm (8-1/2 x 2 inches) and is in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1380976 (stock #MOR6760)
The Kura
$700.00
Sale Pending
A very elegant set of 2 art-nouveau influenced black lacquered wooden and metal candle sticks dating from the later Meiji period enclosed in the original wooden box signed Matasai. They are 53 cm (21 inches) tall each and in excellent condition. The first generation Nakamura Matasai(1827-1900) was a student of the Ikkokusai school of lacquer, and his first born son (1868~1919)succeded the family name. It is unclear by timeline to which these may be attributed as they date from the tail end ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1380933 (stock #TCR5241)
The Kura
$875.00
Sale Pending
An incredible work of florals on gold signed on the base Kutani Kaburagi Sei showing the very best of that regions pottery dating from the Meiji to Taisho period, when quality and craftsmanship was at its peak. It is 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 13 inches (33 c) tall and in overall fine condition. There is a small tori-ashi (birds foot) glaze crack in the bottom but does not leak, and is only visible on the outside bottom.