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13. A dynamic portrait painting of Japan's most famous Samurai Horseback Archer, Nasu no Yoichi. Nasu no Yoichi (1169-1232) was a samurai of the Genji clan who fought alongside the Minamoto in the Genpei War. He is particularly famous for his monumental feats of archery in the Battle of Yashima in 1184. Signed Yoshikazu. Taisho/Showa Period.

Measuring 74 ¾" long by 21 ¼" wide.

 

14. An antique Japanese scroll painting of the Buddha Sakyamuni in a mountainous landscape during his period as a contemplative wandering ascetic. The Buddha is depicted wearing simple homespun but his presence is rendered more dynamic by delineating the outline of his windswept robes and the suggestion of an aura that surrounds his gentle countenance. 'Suisaiga' or many colored ink painting is the term often used to describe what we in the west would call a watercolor painting. As with all such artistic efforts the use of water pigments on silk does not allow for any margin of error and upon careful examination, this painting reveals itself to be a complex demonstration of skill. Signed Chushi. Meiji Period.

Measuring 70 ½" long by 21 ½" wide.

 

           
           

 

15. Moon Rise among the Pines

An antique Japanese ink painting of a Moon rising in the mist among Pine. Mesmeric in its atmosphere the artist has created perspective and a sense of the disbursement of light by executing the pine in the foreground with bold definition and that in the background softens into the light of the moon. Signed with original tomobako. Meiji Period.

Measuring 84 ½" long by 26 ¾" wide.

 

16. An antique Japanese sumi or ink painting of 'Hayabusa', the falcon resting on a gnarled pine. This compelling subject was a symbol of both valor and strength, respectively, and inspired by the free, virile and fierce spirit of the ruling warlords who practiced the art of falconry. Through the use of dynamic brushwork and contrasting ink values, the artist has engagingly conveyed the powerful presence of this preeminent master of the skies. Artist seal illegible. Japan, circa 1820.

Measuring 77 ½" long by 26" wide.

 

       

 

 
           

17. An antique Japanese scroll painting of scholar's rocks and spring bamboo. A clear, pleasant palette that is inviting to the eye. Signed Hon'un with zo (created by). Original tomobako. Circa 1920's.

Measuring 45 ½" long by 22" wide.

 

18. A very classic Japanese sumi-é ink painting of a stand of bamboo with brilliantly executed brush work and a well balanced, attractive composition. Signed "Brushed by the Master of the Ch'i Yuan". Edo Period.

Measuring 70 ¼" long by 15 ¼" wide.


           
           

19. The Hyaku Monogatari (100 Supernatural Tales - a ghost story game)

A parade of highly animated skeletons whose gestures emulate the village folk dance of the 'Chidori', a harvest time celebration. These dancers are delightfully articulated in sumi ink with hints of color to further highlight the presence of their ghostly apparitions. Accompanied by a very expressive calligraphic invocation in sosho, or grass writing, a form given to great artistic license and illegible to most but likely a poem describing this spirited event.

In Japan, '100' implies a large number, and it was believed that multifarious demons would march through the streets on certain nights and disappear at dawn. This belief came to be the basis of the hyaku monogatari, a ghost story that was developed in the Edo Period. Owner's red seals.

Measuring 63 ¼" long by 17" wide.

 

20. A dynamic Edo Period ink painting on silk of Koi swimming upstream, long a symbol of accomplishment and an emblem used to signify success in scholarly pursuits. Red ink seals. Original brocade surround.

Measuring 59" long by 15 ¼" wide.


           
           

21. A very atmospheric antique Japanese scroll painting of Mandarin Ducks beneath a gnarled pine in the soft glow of crescent moonlight. This classical painting represents a happy marriage (mandarin ducks mate for life) with the blessings of strength and endurance (the pine) and the grace of spiritual illumination (moonlight). Signed Keisen with artist's seal. Original tomobako. Late Meiji / Taisho Period, circa 1910.

Measuring 82" long by 21 ¾" wide.

 

22. An antique Japanese landscape painting of a river coursing through a rocky terrain beside a country village, as an oarsman is navigating a small ferry with three passengers. The artist has created an engaging composition that evokes the integrated experience of nature to be found in life as it was lived in rural Japan. Signed Taihou Saku. Taisho Period 1912-25.

Measuring 48" long by 22 ½" wide.


           
           

23. A grimacing Daruma seated in his monk's mantle holding a hossu is being administered to by a young courtesan as she carefully cleans his ears. They are secluded by a privacy screen; however, a curious young apprentice peers from behind the end panel. The screen is painted with a classic literati landscape and a calligraphic inscription that reads like a poem:

"Sho Sho Kitsu Cha Ko"
Heavy hearted,
he has a cup of tea and goes.

This beautifully painted scroll is a satire of a more intimate side of the fierce patriarch of Zen Buddhism. Signed in seal form Dotsu.

Measuring 62 ¾" long by 16 ¼" wide.

 

24. A large antique Japanese painting of a piebald cat resting beneath a bamboo grove, dreamy eyed he appears to be smiling as he watches the fluttering of a butterfly. This delightful work of art of gentle contentment employs the technique for perspective where the foreground is bolder with strong definition and the background softer and fades into the distance. The void space is essential to the integrity of the overall composition. Signed Sekko.

Measuring 90 ½" long by 35" wide.