The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the last few months since the Kumamoto Earthquake. Robert has been working with disaster relief group IDRO Japan in the earthquake affected areas of Kumamoto, and this has caused some delays in listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. For more on these efforts see IDRO Japan on Facebook.
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 : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342722 (stock #MOR5295)
The Kura
$950.00
Eight various powder horns of hollowed out wood and bamboo based and or capped with various elaborate woods, bone antler and metal to form powder flasks for the traditional Japanese matchlock and black powder guns of the 19th century and earlier. Varying in color from light to rich caramel red to black, they are made of unusual natural shapes. Each is between 6 and 9 inches (16-22 cm) in length, and are in quite good condition. Also included are a cicada shaped netsuke of horn, a gourd shape...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342721 (stock #MOR5294)
The Kura
$970.00
Five water-buffaloe horns have been hollowed out, based and capped with various elaborate woods, bone antler and metal to form powder horns for the traditional Japanese matchlock and black powder guns of the 19th century. Several show designs in the Ainu style of Northern Honshu and Hokkaido. They are between 4-1/2 and 6 inches each (11-16 cm) in length, and are in quite good condition. The Ainu are the indigenous peoples of Northern Japan who for many centuries maintained their own languag...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342649 (stock #SAR5293)
The Kura
$4,200.00
A very unusual Katana held in a saya (scabbard) made to look like a gnarled branch cut into a poor man’s cane. When pulled a spring-loaded mechanism releases two iron flanges creating a very effective tsuba hand guard. The blade is unsigned, measuring Nishaku nissun nibu {26-1/2 inches (67.3 cm)}. The remnants of a piece of paper remain glued to the saya with the name Masaaki Noma (?) written in cursive Roman letters, followed by UZUMASA, an area in Kyoto city. The end is capped in metal, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1342646 (stock #SAR5292)
The Kura
$2,750.00
A Dragon is hand hammered in relief on this side plate from a suit of armor. From the lower edge are suspended five rows of hon-kozane scales gilded with gold. It is 22 inches (56 cm) long in total, the iron plate 11 x 9 inches (28 x 22 cm). The cloth is in delicate condition. 16th-17th century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1342642 (stock #MOR5291)
The Kura
$1,300.00
A black lacquered box of thick hinoki cypress decorated with crests and characters in red and bound with thick iron. It is 19 x 14-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches (48.5 x 37 x 37 cm). It is in overall fine condition, showing wear and abrasions typical of age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342618 (stock #SOR5290)
The Kura
Price on Request
A wakizashi in full furniture with crossed hawk feathers crest accompanied by papers from the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozonkai (NBTHK) from 1968, Iwate-ken license number 123424. It is in a fine scabbard of tame-nuri opaque red with snow-crystal like designs in black. The various parts are all matching, of soft metal with silver inlay. There is a small repair near the himotoshi (see close-up photos). The blade is in fine condition.
blade length: 31.5 cm
sori:1.1 cm
motohaba:2....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1342598 (stock #ANR5289)
The Kura
Price on Request
Brilliantly colored riders charge into rushing water on the gold leaves of this 18th century six panel screen relating the famous charge at the Battle of Uji Bridge. Tatsuna and Kagesue charge forward into the waters riding toward the enemy lined up on the opposite shore of the Uji River; the skeleton of the bridge visible in the back-ground. The screen measures 173 x 377 cm. (68 x 148-1/2 inches) each and retains the original Edo backing paper, with strong hinges and a good brocade border. It d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342597 (stock #SOR5288)
The Kura
$1,100.00
A beautifully appointed short yari (Spear) mounted on a short handle covered in nashiji lacquer with iron base and brass ring fittings bound with gilded rope and featuring a saya of gold flecked nashiji. It is in total length 46 inches (117 cm) long). The blade and tang total 13 inches (33.3 cm) in length. The blade itself is 12.2 cm (5 inches) long. It can be polished further if desired. There is a chip in the tip of the nashiji cover. Kago Yari were used for defense by respected members ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1342430 (stock #MBR5287)
The Kura
$1,200.00
A bronze basin in the shape of a boat riding smoothly on tempestuous seas, guided by a phoenix on the bow, and a dragon calling the wind from the rear. The waves and two creatures are in Seido green patina, the boat in a rich red. Dating from the later 19th century, the boat itself is 20 x 12 x 14 inches (50.5 x 31 x 27.5 cm). With the creatures attached it is 2 feet (61 cm) long and weighs 8.7 kg (19 pounds). The dragon is missing one toe on his lower leg (see close-up photo), otherwise all...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1342322 (stock #ANR5285)
The Kura
Sale Pending
Screen by Kusuda Bosen exhibited at the 1st Shin Bunten (1937) titled Okinawa no Insho Some Byobu (Impressions of Okinawa Dyed Cloth Screen). A bingata based dying technique was used to create this cloth image using Okinawan scenery and motifs. This piece was displayed at the peak of the Mingei-Arts & Crafts movement, with its precepts based in the philosophy espoused by Yanagi Soetsu and several potters, the movement derived much of its style from the “untouched” regions of Kyushu and Oki...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1342318 (stock #MOR5284)
The Kura
$325.00
Black lacquer shines like black glass, windows shaped like burning balls gilded with genuine gold seem to glow from within in the midnight darkness, like the light of Buddhist law. This is an exquisite 19th century offering table for use in Buddhist services. It is of fine quality, 30.5 x 30.5 x 25.5 cm (12 x 12 x 10 inches) and is in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1342254 (stock #MOR5283)
The Kura
$750.00
A block of wood carved into the shape of a fox mask (kitsune) used to form paper-mache masks used in traditional shrine dances. One can see the lines where the masks are cut from the mold down the center between the eyes. The Jaw is a separate piece. The wood is dark with age and use, stained from the hundreds or thousands of masks which have dried on its surface. With the jaw it is 20-1/2 x 16 x 14 cm (roughly 8 x 6 x 5-1/2 inches).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1342253 (stock #MBR5282)
The Kura
$835.00
A floral motif is hand hammered on the surface of this copper box lined with padded mohair, prominent round rivets securing the panel and corners together. It is 9 x 11 x 2-13/4inches (23 x 28 x 7 cm) and is in fine condition. There is wear to the sides where the box has been opened and closed over the years.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1342202 (stock #MOR5281)
The Kura
$750.00
An Enso and short verse are carved into the exquisite wood grain of this round obon serving tray by Shimizu Kosho of Todaiji Temple in Nara enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The four character poem reads simply, “Seated among flowers, Drunk on the moon”. It is 15-1/2 inches (39.5 cm) diameter, 1 inch (3 cm) tall and in fine condition. The image was painted by Kosho, and carved at the Yamanaka Oshima Lacquer Studio.
Mimicking the verse on the tray an enigmatic figure inside ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1342201 (stock #MOR5280)
The Kura
$4,350.00
A demure image of grace and youth; this is a fine full sized Bunraku theater puppet dating from the later 19th or opening of the 20th century. This was shown at an exhibition of Bunraku related items, and a small catalog is included. The puppet is Osome, heroine in the play Shinpan Utazaimon Nozakimura no Dan (Osome Hisamatsu). She is dressed in a period red chirimen-silk kimono stencil-dyed with floral motifs and with embroidery of cranes; clouds and waves in couched silver thread. A mustard...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1342146 (stock #MOR5279)
The Kura
Sold, Thank you!
A hand riveted Torii gate of iron bands made for protecting sacred places. It is 30.5 x 34 cm and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1342121 (stock # MOR5278)
The Kura
$595.00
A dragon finial forms a loop from which to hang this antique iron lantern shaped like a bell with grated window and door, the bottom plate pierced with images of a pagoda and Daimonji-mountain of Kyoto. When hung the imagery cut into the base would have been cast out on the ground below the lantern. It came from a home along the ancient pleasure quarters of Kamishichiken in Kyoto. It comes complete with chain and hook for hanging. There is an ancient break on one side (or it was cast that wa...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1342033 (stock #MOR5277)
The Kura
$270.00
An anonymous red lacquered tray carved in the shape of a banana leaf (Basho in Japanese) from the Takamatsu area on the island of Shikoku. It is 19 x 54.5 x 1.5 cm (7-1/2 x 21-1/2 x 1/2 inches) and is in fine condition, dating circa 1920.