The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 2000 item #1487188
The Kura
A lacquer tray made for the Urasenke Tea School enclosed in a wooden box titled Kanshitsu Umehana Bon (Dried Lacquer Plum Blossom Tray) signed Konnichi followed by the Ka-o signature of the 15th Grand Master of Urasenke Sen Soshitsu (Hounsai). The 5 lobed tray is 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, signed underneath Tatsu.
Kuroda Tatsuaki (1904-1982) was born into a family of Kyoto lacquer ware artisans; in his mid-teens, he began to study lacquer art on his own. He was studied in the Mingei Movement under potter Kawai Kanjiro, which led Kuroda to further deepen his own art of woodworking. His policy of handling the entire process by himself, from creating the base, to lacquer application and decoration, set him apart from his peers. In 1970, he became the first person in the field of woodworking to be designated as a Living National Treasure.
Sen Sōshitsu XV is the 15th-generation Grand Master of Urasenke, which is one of the most widely known schools of Japanese tea, and served in official capacity from 1964 to 2002. In 1949, he received the Zen title Hōunsai.
All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Contemporary item #1487458
The Kura
A beautiful hand crafted box by Nitta Kiun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tanzaku Bako (Poem Card Box). It is 40 x 11 x 7 cm and in perfect condition. Nitta Kiun was born in Wakayama in 1944, and studied woodcraft under his father, establishing his own woodcraft studio in 1980. He held his first Solo exhibition in 1985, and was accepted for the first time the following year into the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Crafts Exhibition. He was awarded Governors prize in 1988 at the Wakayama Prefectural Exhibition, and has since been much lauded.
All Items : Artists : Metalwork : Pre 2000 item #1481801
The Kura
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An exquisite hand-formed koro, the tri-legged form hammered from a single sheet of copper gilded with gold and signed on the base Goro. The top is created in the same manner pierced with three holes, and it has an insert of the same alloy to keep heat away from the softly gleaming body. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Uchidashi is a traditional Japanese metalworking technique that involves hammering or embossing designs onto the surface of metal objects. This technique is often used to create intricate patterns, textures, and relief designs on various metal objects, such as armor. Taking it to the extreme, and entire three dimensional object such as a koro or animal figurine, can be hammered out from a single plate of metal. Uchidashi is a labor-intensive technique that requires a high level of skill, precision, and artistic creativity. It has been traditionally used in the creation of decorative and functional metal objects. This technique showcases the mastery of Japanese metal craftsmen and their ability to turn simple pieces of metal into intricate works of art.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1489297
The Kura
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A black glazed bowl decorated with the Zen phrase Buji by Shimizu Hian enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter, 8 cm (just more than 3 inches) tall and in excellent condition. It is signed on the side Hian followed by his age at 91 years old. Buji is a Japanese Zen Buddhist concept that can be translated as "nothing eventful" or "nothing lacking." It is often used to express a state of tranquility, contentment, or a sense of completeness. In the context of Zen philosophy, "Buji" suggests a state of being where one is free from desires, attachments, and the sense of lacking something. The idea behind "Buji" is rooted in mindfulness, meditation, and living in the present moment. It encourages individuals to let go of unnecessary worries, desires, and preoccupations, allowing them to fully embrace and appreciate the current moment without a sense of deficiency. In Zen practice, attaining a state of "Buji" is often associated with a deep understanding of the impermanence of life and the futility of clinging to material possessions or fleeting experiences. It promotes a more profound sense of inner peace and contentment by letting go of the constant pursuit of external validations and desires. While "Buji" is a term with specific relevance in the context of Zen Buddhism, its underlying message of finding contentment and peace in the present moment has broader applications and can be appreciated in various aspects of life.
Shimizu Hian (1883-1975) was a popular poet and painter of the early modern period. He graduated law studies from the prestigious Kyoto University, and took a position in Kobe District Court. A social activist, from there he wandered through various positions, bank clerk, office worker, mayor of a small town. His paintings were lauded by such greats as Kawai Gyokudo and Konoshima Keika, and he was a true literati in life style.