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Japanese Bamoob Ikebana Basket with Rootwood Handle
Japanese Bronze and Parcel-Gilt Okimono of Musicians
Japanese Bronze and Parcel-Gilt Okimono of Musicians
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A charming figural group of seven bronze and parcel-gilt musicians mounted upon a tiered, burl wood stand. Each of the seven figures is individually modeled. So animated is the sculptural quality of this okimono, that musical strains appear to be heard from each member of this youth orchestra. Gilt signature plaque of master metallurgist Miyao Eisuke can be found on the flutist. This unique okimono is in excellent condition with no loss or damage. Height: 8”, length: 9” Meiji Period, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke Carved as an Oni Mask
Japanese Wood Netsuke Carved as an Oni Mask
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A striking dark wood netsuke mask of a grimacing oni, two small horns visible atop its head. Typically inspired by Noh play characters, this oni mask netsuke is carved in the manner of actual Noh masks. The anonymous netsuke carver emphasized the contours around the eyes, nose and mouth with deeply carved grooves resulting in a highly dramatic artwork. This netsuke is in excellent condition with rich patina. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Articulated Okimono of a Crab
Japanese Articulated Okimono of a Crab
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An articulated bronze sculpture of a crab, its incised work and modeling naturalistically rendered. These unbelievable moveable sculptures, in great demand during Meiji times are still heralded today as marvels in Japanese ingenuity. This bronze crab, an excellent version of the genre, is in very good condition with all moving parts intact. Width: 7.5” Meiji Period, Japan
Japanese Okimono of Three Puppies
Japanese Okimono of Three Puppies
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A charming and delightful Japanese wood okimono of three puppies with playful expressions, their fur expertly incised, their eyes inlaid with amber. Length: 6.75” Meiji Period, Japan This wood okimono is in excellent condition.
Japanese Multi-Metal Box with Owl in Tree
Japanese Multi-Metal Box with Owl in Tree
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A copper-patinated bronze and multi-metal covered box of rectangular form on four, small foliate feet. On its lid, an owl in high relief is perched on a fruit-bearing tree overlooking a shallow lotus pond. A silver-inlaid crescent moon, darkened by chiseled clouds, heightens the mystery inherent in this nocturnal scene. The brilliancy of the imagery is conveyed through the use of chiseled and incised metals - silver, gold, shakudo and copper. This marvelous box is in excellent condition with no ... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shojo
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shojo
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A lightly lacquered boxwood netsuke of a happy-go-lucky shojo bearing a large sake bowl over his head. Inebriated from his favorite drink, the mythical character is garbed in the traditional billowy robes and has his characteristic shaggy long hair. This netsuke is highly and finely detailed - its facial features and modeling of the body immediately defining the character as a shojo. Incised signature of Shugetsu III. This fantastic and humorous netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.57” ... Click for details
Japanese Gold-Lacquered Bi-form Box with Autumnal Scene
Japanese Gold-Lacquered Bi-form Box with Autumnal Scene
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An overlapping bi-form tebako (cosmetic box) designed in hiramaki-e and togadashi. Autumnal imagery with mountains, streams, maple, pine and luxurious foliage adorns the exterior and sides, dense nashiji the interior and underside. Silver mounts and tomobako. Provenance: Signed on tomobako lid: "Gift by Empress at Hayama Goyotei (summer house), Taisho 6, March 3, 1918." This gold maki-e tebako is in good condition. Height: 2.75", length: 6.5" Meiji/Taisho Period, Japan
Japanese Shibuichi Tsuba with Kiri Mons
Japanese Shibuichi Tsuba with Kiri Mons
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A shibuichi, eight-lobed tsuba with beautifully executed gilt kiri mons strategically placed, front and back. (The kiri mon, or paulownia crest, one of the most honored Japanese crests, also relates to the legend of the mythical phoenix that perches only on the branches of the paulownia tree.) This tsuba is in very good condition, with 2 kogai bitsu (opening for the kogai and kozuka). Length: 3" Late Edo Period, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Man Wrestling a Badger
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Man Wrestling a Badger
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A fine wood netsuke of a man in loincloth wrestling a badger in mid-transformation. Kneeling, he restrains the mischievous badger as it shape-shifts into a teapot, lid and side handles visible. However, the badger’s bushy tail is a giveaway. The resulting triumphal grin on the man’s face exhibits the carver’s psychological acumen and technical skill. (Badgers in Japanese folklore are notorious for their rather devious power to shape-shift. ) This netsuke is in excellent condition with rich patin... Click for details
Soten School Tsuba
Soten School Tsuba
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A striking iron Soten School sukashi tsuba. On its openwork ground, samurai in full battle regalia with swords in hand spar near a river over rockwork, a flowing waterfall in the background. Gilt nunome zogan detailing throughout with high relief sculpting. Incised signature of Goshu Kikone Ju on front. This tsuba is in good condition with some minor rubbing to the gilt, commensurate with age and use. Length: 3”, width: 2.75” 19th Century, Japan
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