The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1220131 (stock #TCR4342)
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A pair of bisque fired braziers in the original signed wooden boxes decorated with paintings by Shibata Zeshin overlaying colorful paper letters by various writers. On one the jovial Otafuku, embodiment of womanly traits, prepares tea, tobacco and a kemari ball for her guest. On the other a boy dressed in traditional Shinto Garb lets fly a kite, a set of bells in one hand ready to dance. Both are signed Zeshin and both allude to New Years festivities...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1219939 (stock #TCR4341)
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Orchids spring up in the shadow of a garden stone on the sides of this Kyo-yaki hibachi decoratd by literati genius Tomioka Tessai. Tessai was well known for decorating objects, from wooden storage boxes, furniture, pottery, porcelain tea ware and anything else he could place his hands or brush on. He worked with potters such as Eiraku Zengoro and Takahashi Dohachi among many others...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1219883 (stock #MOR4337)
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$3,500.00
A spectacular late Edo period Koshirae for a short blade decorated with kiri-gane gold, mother of pearl, silver, nashiji and maki-e crests representing the heraldry of the Edo Shogunate. The Mitsuba-Aoi (three hollyhock) crest of the Tokugawa family adorn the Nashiji cased body. The Tsuka handle, Kurikata tie point, Tsukigashira, and Kojiri (both ends of the scabbard) are decorated with minutely detailed flowers in mother of pearl scattered in fields of genuine Kiri-gane gold...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1219099 (stock #ALR4332)
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Silver canines gleam menacingly in the corners of the mouth of this terrifying Edo period sabiji-nuri iron Menpo face mask. It has a three lame nodokake also with sabiji-nuri, laced with tight blue chord. The mustache is a bit ragged and there are typical chips around the edges from use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1218642 (stock #ALR4331)
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A conical Jingasa battle hat 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) high, 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) diameter entirely gilded outside with genuine gold. Inside is lacquered black and retains the tie holds for the liner. There is some writing within, and a maru-ichi crest. There is damage to the peak and edges, but is quite impressive looking, and was likely used by the immediate vanguard of the Daimyo. One of two variations we have, they are from Omi province, just outside of Kyoto in old Japan.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1218593 (stock #MOR4328)
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An Edo period figure of Amidha Nyorai standing in the Vitarka mudrā, the gesture of transmission of Buddhist teaching. It is 2 feet (61 cm) tall with the base, the image alone 14-1/2 inches (36.5 cm) tall. Overall it is in very nice condition. Likely 18th century, some restoration has been performed over time. The robes of the image have been re-gilded and likely the face and hands re-lacquered at some point, however current wear does show some age since then...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1218439 (stock #MOR4327)
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$750.00
An Edo period hand forged iron lantern made to hang outside temple eaves. The extreme degredation of the iron is testament to its great age, and is highly valued by the Japanese for its pleasing Wabi-sabi aesthetic. Several of the ornamental horns on the top have entirely broken away or disintegrated. Oil drips and spills preserve the base and the original oil dishes remain inside. A perfect compliment to a flower arrangement or Tea room...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1492 item #1218298 (stock #MBW4324)
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A kamakura period Seated Shinto Deity 12 x 8-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (30 x 21.5 x 65 cm) cut from a single piece of camphor wood. Strong Chinese influence in features and clothing. I believe this is an imgae of Sadaijin (Minister of the Left), a guardian deity seen outside shrines who protects the inner sanctuary. It has damage to face, right hand, feet and worm holes; the flares of sleeves and pant legs (originally attached) missing...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1492 item #1218297 (stock #MBW4324)
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A kamakura period Seated Shinto Deity 12 x 8-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (30 x 21.5 x 65 cm) cut from a single piece of camphor wood. Strong Chinese influence in features and clothing. I believe this is an imgae of Sadaijin (Minister of the Left), a guardian deity seen outside shrines who protects the inner sanctuary. It has damage to face, right hand, feet and worm holes; the flares of sleeves and pant legs (originally attached) missing. Additional images available...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1217418 (stock #ANR4319)
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A six panel gold screen decorated in a style harkening to the first half of the Edo featuring angular trees interspersed with blossoming cherries, a torrent splashing angrily through the right quarter topped with moriage gold clouds. Many repairs and losses to the heavy pigments attest to the great age of the painting. Excellent size for wall mounting, it is 62 x 138 inches (157.5 x 350 cm). The border is from a later mounting. Due to size the cost of shipping is to be accrued separately.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1217227 (stock #MOR4316)
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A hand forged Uchidashi Iron votive tablet in the form of a Shojo sake sprite knocking back a massive cup. It is 84 x 58 cm (33 x 23 inches) and in fine condition, enclosed in the original black wooden frame. Uchidashi is a technique of hand hammering shapes and images into iron from behind, and is highly valued in Japan, a land where metal was extremely scarce and hand formed from iron ore up to the Meiji period. This dates from the 19th century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1216257 (stock #MOR4312)
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For anyone who has seen the recent show at the Met, Birds in Japanese Art, here a Bunko Box of raw Kiri-wood fitted with a panel of gilded silk embroidered with a HO-O phoenix in silk thread in the manner of the painting master Ito Jakuchu. It is 34 x 42 x 17 cm (13-1/2 x 16-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches) and in overall excellent condition and comes enclosed in an old custom made wooden box. Dating from the first half of the 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1216136 (stock #TCR4309)
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Carp leap from the churning waves on the side of this exquisite porcelain by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan II enclosed in the original signed wooden box which is protected by an outer black lacquered wooden box (ni-ju-bako). The detail is crisp and clear, everything we would come to expect from this illustrious artist. It is 11 inches (27.5 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1194533 (stock #ANR4235)
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A small 8 panel screen dated 1923 and titled “View from the tower of Ro-Jo”. Rojo refers to Komatsu Castle, one of the principle dwellings in the powerful Kaga domain established by Maeda Toshitsune in modern day Komatsu city Ishikawa prefecture. The screen is painted in a contemporary (for the time) Nanga style using ink and light pigments on gold flaked paper. It is bordered simply in an austere lacquer wood frame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1181547 (stock #ANR4177 )
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A huge three legged toad climbs the back of Gama, while Tekkai exhales his spirit on another journey through the timeless classics of Chinese liturgy, two paintings by Hara Zaizen. Mineral pigments on paper mounted on applied gold and bordered in fine silk with a lacquered wood frame. Each panel measures 94 x 170.5 cm (37 x 67 inches) and is in fine condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued seperately for this screen.
Hara Zaizen (Ariyoshi) was born around 1785, the thi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1164420 (stock #MOR4109)
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A catfish swims among the rocks and reads, the current flowing like the swish of its tail behind on this beautiful Mingei Shrine carving dating from the later Edo period. Of course it calls to mind the Zen Koan, how does one catch a catfish with a gourd…. This came from a shrine in Otsu prefecture at the foot of Mt. Hie which was torn down last year. It had been between the upper beam and the gable on the front of a smaller Shrine on the grounds of a Tendai Temple. The carving is 39 x 5.5 ...