Map of British India c1867, labeled Johnson's Hindoostan & Father India, Published by A J Johnson, New York, hand colored, steel engraved.
Seattle Collection Date 1867 Size H 18" x W 26 1/2"
Rare Antique Japanese Kuruma Tansu (Wheeled Chest) Keyaki Edo Period
A rare antique Japanese Kuruma Tansu (wheeled chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Kirinoki (Paulownia) woods. All original including the finish and hand made iron fittings. Unique all drawer design. Iron rope rings on each corner to help roll this chest from place to place. Mortise and tenon joinery and hardened wood nails used in its construction. Sides and back horizontal ribs for added strength and durability.
Antique Tibetan Thangka of the blue Tara, Ekajati, a meditative deity expressing female energy of compassion, kindness, and the light of the god source, holding a Vajra and a Ghanta, surrounded by 100 secondary Bodhisattva and other religious figures, beautifully rendered.
East SF Bay Collection Dates 18th/19th century Size H 41" x W 32"
Antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (Stacked Chest on Chest) Kiri Sugi Meiji
An antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (stacked chest on chest) made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. All original finish and hand made iron fittings. Hinged door hides two small drawers behind. Straight dovetail joinery and hardened wooden nail construction. Top section has two side carrying handles while bottom section has swivel carrying handles with attached locking pins to secure both sections together.
Antique Japanese Ikebana Basket Bamboo Flower Arranging Taisho Period
An antique Japanese handwoven Ikebana basket used for flower arranging . Hand woven with a auspicious good luck symbol of a bamboo branch with leaves. Beautiful natural aged patina in excellent condition.
The bamboo motif represents tenacity and perseverance, one of the three felicitous friends of winter with the other two being the Plum Blossom (representing beauty) and the Pine tree (representing Longevity).
Antique Japanese Gyosho Bako Peddler's Chest Edo Era Kiri Hinoki
An antique Japanese Gyosho Bako also known as a merchant peddler's chest with the outer case and hinged door made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) and the inner drawers and drawer floor boards made of Hinoki (Cypress) woods. All original Urushi lacquer finish and hand made iron fittings. Side handles swivel up allowing a wood or bamboo pole to slide through so that two attendants can easily transport the chest. Alternatively, the horizontal wooden bar securing a rope in conjunction with the two rope... Click for details
Antique Japanese Choba Tansu (Merchant Chest) Kuwa & Kiri Edo Era
An antique Japanese Choba Tansu (merchant store chest) made of Kuwa (old Mulberry) and Kirinoki (Paulownia) woods. All original hand made iron fittings and finish. Two center hinged doors are removable with the hook and loop style hinge design. Front Warabite handles with two carrying handles on each side for positioning the chest and the additional swivel handles used with a wood pole to carry the chest from place to place. Lower right hinged door hides 3 smaller drawers.
Antique Japanese Katana Tansu (Sword Chest) Suginoki Meiji Period
An antique Japanese Katana Tansu (sword chest) made entirely of Suginoki (Cryptomeria) wood. All original hand made iron fittings including the Hirute drawer handles. Some loss to the metal commensurate with its age. Large top drawer stored the Katana, medium drawer stored the Wakazashi and the small drawer stored the polishing tools and extra hardware.
Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 44 1/4" Wide x 12" High x 12" Deep
Antique Map of Commodore Perry Landing in Japan 1853
Antique historic map showing Commodore Perry first arrival in Japan in 1853 showing survey of " Harbor of Napha" with water depth readings, reef areas and harbor details showing "Junk Harbor", surrounding terrain and structures. The landing site was on Ryukyu Island nowadays called Okinawa, four ships with modern cannons and weapons, one of the ships a steel-hold using coal power. The technology far surpassed the local japanese government which had to largely acquiesce to his dominion. This... Click for details
Antique Japanese Kusuri Tansu (Herbal Pharmacist Chest) Kirinoki Edo
A rare antique Japanese Kusuri Tansu (herbal medicine pharmacist chest) made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. All original finish and hand made iron fittings. Includes swivel side carrying handles which when flipped up allowed a wood or bamboo pole to slide through allowing two attendants to carry the chest about. Sliding doors allowed access to a storage area where herbal books, customer notes and prescriptions were stored. Total of 86 drawers make up this... Click for details