The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholar’s realm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1263231 (stock #MOR4577)
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$700
An antique bamboo pot carved with a much worn sage meditating under a pine with a poem reading “The Moon Shines Bright through the Pine Boughs”. A sideways swipe at the bamboo intimates the moon just above the branches of the aged tree. 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 5 inches (11.5 x 9 x 13 cm) and in fine, original condition, dating from the 19th century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1263230 (stock #MOR4437)
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$650
This sign appears to be a work by young Tomioka Tessai in the shape of a fan. It is 27 inches (68 cm) long. The lower corners have been broken and re-glued and otherwise is in fine condition. On back is the Yaki-in (branded stamp) reading Yano, likely the Craftsman who made the piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1262926 (stock #MOR4433)
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$850
A very unusual natural wood burl backed with a flat of wood containing a door revealing a chamber in which could be stored tobacco. Slots in the top, lined with metal and bone respectively, can hold a pipe, a pipe cleaner, and would allow the pipe to be dipped into the tobacco without opening the back. The entire back can be removed for cleaning. A leather strap secures a walnut shell Netsuke carved in the shape of a Buddhist prayer drum...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1262726 (stock #MOR4632)
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$850
A Ryuyi (Nyoi) of natural wood wrapped with a silk chord and beautifully worn and polished with many years of love and gentle care. It is roughly 13 inches (33 cm) long and in fine condition.
The Nyoi has many stories associated with it. They are strongly associated with priests, and are said to hold the spirit of the grandchild the priest has forsaken having. For that reason they are also colloquially called Mago-no-te, a “Grandchilds Hand”...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261866 (stock #MOR4398)
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$850
Hotei plays Nirameko (see who laughs first at the funny faces) game with a child, a basket of dumplings the prize on this fine Sencha Tea Tray signed Beizan. The grain appears to be some form of Rosewood. While the child sticks out his tongue, Hotei is much more creative, little fingers in his mouth and index fingers raising hi eyebrows, it is a rare look at humor in 19th century Japan. The tray is 8-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (22 x 32.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261399 (stock #MOR4619)
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$300
A smoke stained Susu-dake bamboo wrist rest carved with the waxing moon suspended over a bat hovering around the upper branches of a Bonsai pine tree rooted in a shallow basin on a table. A streak of pale bamboo shows where rope had once been wrapped around the ancient bamboo pole, and the artist has chosen to use this as a feature to intimate mist...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261269 (stock #MOR4616)
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$880
A pentagonal box of select grained wood lacquered red within, black on bottom and the the outside clear accentuating the beautiful grain, enclosed in a period black lacquered wooden box dating from the 19th century. Removing the lid, four compartments are revealed. The lower two compartments are fitted in the sides with small serving dished of the same wood design...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1261102 (stock #MOR4612)
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$1,000
MOR4612 A beautifully polished and worn piece of natural wood hollowed out and plugged on one end, the other open with a solid zogei lid made to carry incense. The lid shows perfect grain and the wooden body is scarred and gnarled by time and nature. It is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) long and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1253132 (stock #MOR4598)
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A stunning selection of burled wood makes up this intricate compartmentalized picnic box dating from the opening years of the 20th century (Later Meiji). It would make a great jewelry box. There are 23 individual compartments and one sake flask. The set is 32 x 20 x 42 cm (12 x 8 x 17 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with minor Chips typical of use. The lower most box lid has warped some with age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1242601 (stock #MOR4504)
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The dark skinned foreigner stares out from his bundle of light colored rags, a whisk staunchly gripped across his exposed midriff on this root-wood carving of the famous patriarch of Zen Buddhism, the Daruma, cut from a single piece of natural shaped wood. The heart of the wood forms the figures exposed body, while the outer pith wood wraps around an old scar, forming the robes naturally. It is a most unique bit of mingei sculpture, well patinated and features a fine carved base...