Mingei jizai with Keyaki wood carved folding fan, hard-wrought iron chain, and a clover ring and hook. Unusual small size making for a charming sculptural item. Originally used to hold and suspend tetsubin (tea pot) over coals for heating.
Early 19th Century Edo Period (1603-1868)
Chain hanging 35".
Fan Dimensions: 12" x 3 1/8" x 2"
Japanese Tanegashima Tantutu Pistol
The Japanese tantutu pistol has a octagonal russet iron barrel, with flat sighting plains on top and bore of 3/8". A stock dai of Keyaki wood and brass plate jiita of the arquebus's firing mechanism. Mounted for display on a custom museum iron mount.
Exhibition at the 2018 San Francisco Tribal Art & Textile Show
19th Century Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 8"L x 1.5" (5.25" H on stand)
Japanese 3 Fusuma Sliding Doors
Historically, fusuma were often painted with scenes from nature such as mountains, forests, or animals. The traditional scale of the door is 5'7". The Hinoki wood panels are painted with Rimpa paint and flecks of gold, creating a mist. The floral composition is with camellia, cherry blossom, hollyhock, and chrysanthemums.
The camellia flowers symbolize young sons and daughter. Tsubaki (camellia) symbolizes the divine, faithfulness and longevity. The next flower is the cherry blossom,... Click for details
Antique Japanese Tall Kiri Box
Antique Japanese tall box made from Kiri (paulownia), natural finish wood. With 5 front drawers slightly recessed into the box, opened by round "kan" pulls with lotus pod style backplates. The edges are protected and reinforced with iron plates.
Taisho period (1912-1925)
Dimensions: 11.25" x 20" D x 24" H
Japanese Momoyama Figure of Fudo
Japanese polychrome carving of a young Fudo; standing on a cragged neck base. Fudo's posture is in the trahunga "3 bends position"; Hands holding missing implements sword and rope. The eyes are inlaid with glass or crystal. The skirt is decorated with gilt arabesque floral motifs, crested dragon and phoenix. The back has an inventory # 4576 possibly from a museum collection - unknown.
17th century Momoyama period (1573-1615)
Dimensions: 4.25" x 9 " H
17th/18th Century Japanese Red Lacquered Armor
The expression of this armor, with its dragon and carp maedate transformation, sets the tone of its mythological meaning. The red armor has a Zunari Kabuto decorated with a Nichirin sun motif, which supports the dragon and carp conversion. The menpo is a Reisei-men with rabbit hair mustache, rendering a fierce warrior’s expression. The menpo is attached with four Kiritsuke yodare in blue and gold silk cords. The Renzan Dou is decorated with slivers of silver in the Ronin pattern from front to... Click for details
Antique Japanese Shishi Corbel
A diminutive carved wooden Shishi, used as architectural elements placed under the eaves of Shinto and Buddhist temples to ward off evil spirits. Carved Hinoki wood with glass reverse-painted eyes. Mounted on custom steel metal display stand.
19th Century Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 8.5" x 7.5" x 4.25". Mounted on a step metal base 5 x 7".
Japanese Kiri Wood Kimono Tansu
Japanese tall armoire made all of kiri (paulownia) wood. This single section cabinet opens with two hinged cabinet doors. The interior has it's original metal rod for hanging clothes, a smaller metal rod on the right hand door and it's original small rectangular mirror. At the base is a single large drawer. Conservative design, with the only decoration being metal handles on the cabinet doors which are cut in a scrolling vine motif.
18th century consecrated Japanese dragon (Ryu) temple carving. Its serpentine body reveals his 3 appendages with classic three claw anatomy. The high relief carving engulfs the dragon in flames. The rendering of the dragon's face exudes power and compassion.
The dragon carving was part of the architectural decoration of a Buddhist temple. It has been sanctified with sutras, located in the dragon's eye during the "Eye Opening Ceremony" (Kaigen-Kuyo). The ritual of venerating an image... Click for details
Antique Japanese Keyaki Front Bar Tansu
Antique Japanese single section tansu with locking bar. With Keyaki (elm/zelkova) hardwood front panels in original red lacquer finish and black lacquer frame. The top and bottom drawers feature a large iron lock plate in the form of a flying phoenix, while the middle drawers are secured by the vertical locking bar with original key. The bottom corner of the chest holds 2 small drawers behind a safe door.