Japanese Antique Framed Painting of Monkeys by Mori Sosen
Antique Japanese framed scroll painting by the artist Mori Sosen (1747-1821), Japanese painter of the Shijō school during the Edo period. Although he did paint other animals and birds, Sosen is most famous for his paintings monkeys. In this painting, a mother monkey grooms her young one. Her expression is one of intent concentration while her little monkey protests. Sosen was a master at painting monkeys, delineating every hair and creating a soft effect. Painted in sumi ink and light... Click for details
Antique Japanese Ema Votive Prayer Board Horse Stallion Makie Gold
An antique Japanese large rare Ema (votive prayer board) hand painted in Makie gold over a black lacquer background. A hand forged iron pin mounted to the top center of the frame was used to securely hang this dedication sacred object at a Japanese shrine.
Back in the day, live horses were donated and dedicated to a shrine. As the times changed, prayer boards were donated instead with painted horses replacing the live ones. More recently, all forms of subject matter are shown on the... Click for details
Japanese Antique Tsuba with Puppies
Antique Japanese iron tsuba (sword hand guard) decorated with mixed metal gold and silver inlay. One side show a scene of a small dog playing with a grass hopper amidst grasses and flowers. In the distance are mountains topped with gold. The reverse side is signed by the maker and shows a scene of a small sleeping dog curled up in the bamboo by a stream.
Age: Late Edo Period (1603-1867)
Dimensions: 3" long x 2 7/8" wide
Tibetan Antique Small Bronze Buddhist Votive Offering Cup
Antique Tibetan small bronze votive cup for use on a Buddhist altar to make offerings to various deities. There are 8 auspicious items traditionally offered: water to drink, water to wash, flowers, incense, light (an oil lamp or candle), perfume, celestial food, and music (usually a conch shell). This bronze cup stands on a small round foot and has a deep, rich patina. The underside of the cup is decorated with a raised four-petaled floral motif.
Antique Thai Manuscript Storage Cabinet Early 19th Century
An antique Thai Manuscript Storage Cabinet made of Teak that was used to store and preserve Buddhist scriptures that were written on manuscripts made of palm-leaf as well as text on Buddhism written on Khoi paper. Often donated by wealthy patrons to monasteries, they housed these venerable writings. It was decorated using a technique called Lai Rod Nam that is gold on a black lacquer ground. The front depicts from bottom to top, the underworld to the protectors of Buddhism to the enlightened... Click for details
Antique Matsumoto Tansu (Chest on Chest) Keyaki w/ Iron Stands
An antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (stacking chest on chest) made of Keyaki (Zekova) wood. The body and drawer fronts use this highly prized and rare wood while the drawer backs and interior were made using Suginoki (Cryptomeria) wood. All original hand forged iron hardware with beautiful lock plates that feature the lucky treasure bag (Fukubukuro), Mokko style handles and drawer corners with fine stimple work. The safe door hides two small drawers that were used for the storage of valuables. ... Click for details
Antique Japanese Nihon Matsu Kasane Tansu Keyaki Urushi Meiji Period
An antique Japanese Nihon Matsu Kasane Tansu (stacking chest on chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original Urushi lacquer finish and hand forged iron hardware. The lock plates feature the lucky Sho Chiku Bai (Pine Bamboo Plum blossom) motif with two stylized Chrysanthemum knobs. The handles are in the Warabite style with handle stoppers that are butterflies above and plum blossoms below. The safe door below hides two small drawers for the storage of... Click for details
Antique Kanazawa Mizuya Tansu (Kitchen Chest) Keyaki Meiji period
An antique Japanese Kanazawa Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova), Hinoki (Cypress) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. In 2 sections with sliding doors and drawers, the bottom doors open to a spacious storage area with a removable shelf. The upper left sliding door pair reveal a permanent split level shelf while the right side doors and the top doors open to more storage space. Original Urushi lacquer and hand forged Hirute handles complete this elegant tansu. It has an... Click for details
Antique Japanese Gyosho Bako (Peddler's Chest) Kirinoki Edo 18thC
An antique Japanese Gyosho Bako (peddler's chest) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. Original hand forged iron hardware with four articulated bottom loops to allow through a carrying cord. Four exposed drawers with 6 hidden drawers behind the hinged security door. Beautiful rustic charm that makes for a functional side table or a one-of-a-kind collector's tansu.
Age: Edo Period (1750-1800)
Dimensions: 11" Wide by 36 1/4" High by 16 3/4" Deep
Japanese Antique Scroll Painting of a Dragon
Antique Japanese scroll painting depicting a dragon in clouds. In his left-hand claws, he holds the flaming hoju, the wish-granting pearl. Storm clouds billow below him. Painted in sumi ink on silk with details in white and gold ink.
Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: total size of scroll 75" high x 10 3/4" wide (12 1/4" wide including rollers). Size of art: 45 1/4" high x 9 3/8" wide