Antique Japanese small scroll painting for a shrine depicting the goddess Benzaiten (Benten). One of the 7 Lucky Gods, Benten is the goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. She originates from Saraswati, goddess of music. Here in this painting, she is in her 8-armed form called Happi Benzaiten. Each hand holds a specific buddhist attribute. She stands atop a dragon which hold a precious magic pearl in it's claws. On her crown is a small torii gate. Below, each on their... Click for details
Japanese Antique Kesa Cloth (Buddhist Priest's Vestment) made with prized brocade displaying the crest of the Tokugawa shogunate and framed with a rare purple and gold silk brocade with red accents. The "triple hollyhock" mon belonged to the Tokugawa feudal military government of Edo Japan (1600-1868).
Often described as a mantel or robe, the kesa is worn draped diagonally over the left shoulder and under the right armpit. Meant as a reminder of the Buddha's own simple patched... Click for details
Antique Japanese scroll painting of a koi (carp) fish jumping up a waterfall. The legend of the koi originated in China when a group of koi swam up the Yellow River. When they reached a waterfall many turned back but some stayed and attempted to jump up and over. The tenacity of the koi was noticed by nearby demons who kept making the waterfall taller and taller. But one fish finally made a giant effort, succeeded in leaping over and at that moment, was transformed into a dragon. Because... Click for details
An Unusual an rare pair of large antique Japanese Inari foxes hand carved from a single boulder of granite.
Also called zenko, these good spirit kitsune (foxes) are specifically associated with the goddess, Inari. Each fox is fitted with it's own separate base also carved from granite. (stone basin sold separately)
Believed to be both messengers and guardians, kitsune served Inari in her role as goddess of agriculture, specifically rice. Part of the folklore surrounding the fox... Click for details
Antique Japanese woven basket for fruit and ikebana. Wide and round form with low walls made of plated split bamboo. The gnarled and twisted bamboo branch handle makes this a wonderful example of the "wabi-sabi" philosophy which celebrates natural irregularities. Comes with a signed tomobako.
Japanese Buddhist reliquary made of gilt bronze and crystal in a miniature lotus lantern or stupa form. The sarira, or human pearls, are delicately displayed in the central portion of the reliquary through a crystal cylinder. Two types of sarira are divided between two levels, with three smaller yellowish churira on top (originating from the liver) and two larger, whitish sharira (originating from the head) on the lower shelf. These human pearls are the crystalline traces left behind in... Click for details
Japanese antique rectangular kesa or priest/monk's outer vestment cloth. The silk brocade of this kesa is a pale orange color and finely woven with colorful designs of dragons in clouds. The silk is Imperial Chinese, as shown by the five clawed dragons. Lined with dark blue silk.
Often described as a mantel or robe, the kesa is worn draped diagonally over the left shoulder and under the right armpit. Meant as a reminder of the Buddha's own simple patched garment, kesa are formed... Click for details
Pair of dramatic Japanese large bronze candlesticks. Each candlestick depicts strolling vines with blossoming flowers on all sides. Small detail are seen down to each petal. The bronze nail head is in great condition and could easily support large candles an be used once again.
Antique Japanese pair of copper and bronze tsuri-dÅrÅ, hanging lanterns. These lanterns were hung under the eaves of a Buddhist temple to help light the way. Made with the traditional 5 structural elements. The hÅshu (jewel), onion shaped finial, has a large handle for hanging. The kasa (umbrella) is made with six upturned petals and is decorated with an incised cloud motif. The hibukuro (fire box) is made in hexagonal form and has pierced metal decorations which have been papered so... Click for details