Japanese Antique Shrine Scroll Painting of the Goddess Benzaiten
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
Antique Japanese Kannon Biraki (Wedding Chest) Tansu 2 Section Kiri
An antique Japanese Kannon Biraki (wedding dowry chest) Tansu in a 2 section stacking set made entirely of Kiri (Paulownia) wood. With original hand made iron hardware including the Warabite handles and copper Chrysanthemum nail head covers surrounding a Paulownia main lock plate. Behind the hinged doors hide two large and two small drawers with an ingenious sliding pin that locks the left door in place allowing the right door to latch shut. Side handles allow for carrying each section by hand... Click for details
Antique Japanese Kyoto Mizuya Tansu (Kitchen Chest) Meiji Era
An antique Japanese Kyoto Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest) made of Hinoki (Cypress), Kaki (Persimmon) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. Constructed using mortise and tenon Japanese joinery and inlaid solid Persimmon wood sliding door runners. Hand made bronze hardware with Warabite and Maru Warabite handles. Side ribs accentuate the exterior design and add strength and beauty in design for years of lasting enjoyment. The textured glass that is original to the piece hides a split level shelf display... Click for details
Japanese Antique Kesa (Buddhist Priest's Vestment) with Tokugawa Mon
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 Lacquer Pair of Presentation Processional Boxes Edo
A pair of antique Japanese lacquer presentation processional boxes finished in original Urushi. Constructed of Hinoki (Cypress) wood it was made for both strength and to make it light in weight. The tops each have a hook style hinge on one side and a clasp on the opposite side where a cord or a lock would have kept the contents secure. The interior is lacquered and the floor contains two rings which were used in conjunction with a cord to secure the valuable content from shifting about. The... Click for details
Japanese Antique Scroll Painting of a Koi Fish Leaping up a Waterfall
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
Antique Japanese Kyoto Mizuya Tansu (Kitchen Chest) 2 Section Meiji
An antique Japanese 2 section Kyoto Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest) made of Hinoki (Cypress) and Keyaki (Zelkova) woods. Constructed using mortise and tenon Japanese joinery and hardened wooden nails. Original hand made iron hardware with Hirute handles. Side ribs accentuate the exterior design and add strength and durability for years of lasting enjoyment. Stylized Obi (Kimono sash) silhouettes in hand carved panels to the upper sliding doors with bronze handles designed in a stylized... Click for details
Japanese Antique Pair of Large Stone Inari Foxes (Kitsune)
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
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Antique Japanese Yamagata Kimono Tansu Kiri Sugi Mid Meiji Period
An antique Japanese Yamagata Kimono Tansu (Kimono chest) made of Kiri (Paulownia) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. It originates from the famous tansu making area in Japan situated in the northern Tohoku region of Honshu island. It ha an all original finish of natural Kiri to the front and a wiped lacquer technique to the top and sides. It was constructed using straight dovetail joinery and hardened wooden nails. The sides feature two sets of handles; one pair of handles for the hands for tansu... Click for details
Japanese Antique Bamboo Ikebana Basket with Gnarled Bamboo Handle
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.