Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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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
item #1429965
Antique Korean Bundaji (Bedding Chest) Auspicious Symbols Elm & Genko
An antique Korean Bundaji (bedding chest) made of Elm, Genko and dense Pine woods. Likely commissioned to be made and presented as a wedding present for a married couple it features its original brass hardware filled with a multitude of auspicious symbols. The five gourd hinges represent fertility and wealth. The double cabbage design represents a harmonious marriage. The Sea Bream represents wealth while the diamond shaped archaic pyramids surrounding the front symbolizes the ancestral... Click for details
item #1429957
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
item #1429915
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
item #1429694
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
item #1429693
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
item #1429692
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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
item #1429688
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.

Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 12" high x 16 1/2" wide
item #1429683
Antique Chinese Carved White Jade Chimera Belt Hook
A Chinese antique white jade belt hook in the form of a bearded chimera surrounded by tendrils of mist. The chimera's dragon-like body is carved atop an elegant and traditional belt hook form.

Age: 18th century.

Dimensions: Height: 1.5" Width: 1" Length: 3.75"
item #1429646
Japanese Antique Gilt Bronze and Crystal Buddhist Sarira Reliquary
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
item #1429599
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