Antique Japanese gusoku bitsu (carrying box for samurai armor). Constructed of Kiri (paulownia) wood with original red lacquer finish and black lacquer frame, its edges reinforced with hand-forged iron plates and locks. The back has shoulder straps, made of leather and braided reeds, on iron rings for carrying. A kanji inscription between the leather straps gives the previous owner's name.
Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 31" H x 17" x 14 1/2"
Pair of Japanese Satsuma Vases
A charming pair of Japanese porcelain satsuma vases. The panels on each vase tell a story of ghosts and demons escaping from a woven basket. One vase shows a scene of court performers in a traditional lion dance, used to repel evil spirits. In another panel is a scene of kneeling courtesans with worrisome expression and a shrine maiden attempting to purify the area. The final panel shows a golden box, with a large clawed oni forcing the lid shut to trap the evil spirits within. Each vase is... Click for details
Japanese Contemporary Insect Okimono
Unusual Japanese okimono of an ant with lifelike rendering made out of leather hide. Mounted on custom metal base for display.
Dimensions: 16.25" H x 4.5" W x 6" D (on base)
Japanese Temple Carving of Dragon and Tiger
Japanese temple carving depicting a dragon (Ryu) and a tiger (Tora), with background of bamboo forest and blossoming plum branches. The dragon is a sacred creature representing great power, strength, and good luck for people that are worthy. The imagery of the dragon fighting the tiger is symbolic of the opposing forces of yin and yang.
19th Century Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 26" H x 16" x 2 1/2"
Chinese Mirror with Squirrels and Grapes
Antique Chinese bronze mirror. The front is decorated with motifs of birds, squirrels, and grapes in high relief. The largest center squirrel is pierced through for attaching to a silk cord. The opposite side is a flat and smooth mirror surface in deep shades of green and black. Original patina.
Possible Han Period.
Dimensions: 7" x 7" x 3/4" H
Japanese Two Section Kiri Tansu
Antique Japanese two section Kiri (paulownia) wood clothing tansu. The piece holds 4 drawers, with heavy, square iron pulls, and large round lock plates incised with 3 circle mon. Original, natural finish wood.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 35.5" L x 16.5" D x 47.5" H
AntiqueJapanese Single Section Burl Keyaki Tansu
Japanese single section clothing tansu, with Kuri burl hardwood front drawers, iron lock plates with foliate edges, warabite pulls, fan-shaped iron corner hardware. The bottom corner has a safe door with round lock plate and ring pull. Inside are the two smallest drawers in the chest.
Meiji period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 34 1/4" x 15" x 18 3/4" H
Japanese Gyosho Kannon Bako
Rare Japanese gyosho kannon bako. Constructed of Kiri wood with original red lacquer finish. The piece is fitted with hand-forged iron plates and mounts. The front of the chest holds 3 small drawers in its lower section, with a pair of large doors above. The interior of the chest has a large open compartment with a long drawer long the top. The sides are fitted with iron rings and handles with a long cord so the piece may be carried on a merchant's back.
Japanese bronze vase with a wide, flattened body shape, the tall cylindrical neck rendered with bamboo stalk texture. The handles of the vase are a pair of leaping rabbits over low relief waves. The foot of the vase is imprinted with the artist cartouche.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 7 1/2" x 7" x 6"
Japanese Two Panel Byobu Screen of Rooster and Butterflies
Japanese two panel byobu screen painting of a fierce rooster watching butterflies floating overhead. Pigment on silk, with black lacquered frame. Attributed to Goun.