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12. A Japanese antique sculpted stone icon of the much revered Bodhisattva ‘Jizo’, protector of travelers and small children. This unusual rendering gives evidence of the influence of Zen with its highly stylized composition. Hands held in Kongō-gasshō, the diamond hand clasp, a mudra of homage and the offering of prayers of compassion, as well as resolution of purpose. The Bodhisattva vows to remain incarnate until all sentient being are freed from suffering. Granite, mounted to custom hardwood pedestal. Late Edo period, circa 1840.

Measuring 31” high, including pedestal.

 

         
         
 
 

13. A handsome and boldly modeled Bizen Yaki stoneware sculpture of a powerful mythological 'shishi' or temple lion clambering over a rocky precipice above a large peony, the symbol of regal power. The shishi is sculpted with his characteristic attributes of lion's mane and tufted tail and curls that appear to unfurl like mystic flames from his haunches. The combining of these two elements of strength, the shishi from Buddhistic origins and the peony from the Japanese heraldic tradition, symbolize the power of the unity of the teachings of the dharma with the nobles oblige of Imperial rule. Bizen is a high-fired stoneware with an iron glaze originally intended to simulate bronze during its 16th century development, when metal was too precious for the making of arms and armor to be spared for works of art. Meiji Period with Bizen seal.

Measuring 14" high.

 

         
         
 
 

14. A powerful and compelling antique Japanese bronze portrait study of Bodhi Dharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. He is known to have brought Buddhism from India to China, where it was subsequently popularized by Taoism, giving rise to the development of Chan (Chinese), also known as Zen (Japanese). Here he is depicted with wind in his robes, portraying the popular Zen legend of when he crossed the Yangtse River while standing on a single reed. Meiji Period. Signed with studio seal.

Measuring 20” high, including its 1" base.

 

         
         
 
 

15. A highly stylized Japanese Art Deco 'Koro' (incense burner) in the sculptural form of a peacock. Executed in gilt bronze and cloisonné enamel, it displays striking spectrum of blues and greens with contrasting neutral tones. Here we see a unique work of art that is a quintessential example of how Art Deco expresses the collaboration of 'pure design' and 'function'. As Japan embraced western modernism, is it any wonder, that she found such fascination with the appeal of this aesthetic movement. Circa 1930.

Measuring 11" high by 7 ½" wide by 10" wingspan.

 

         
         
 
 

16. A most unusual antique Japanese bronze and married metalwork sculpture of the Ono-Daruma. Bodhi-Dharma, traditionally known to the Japanese as Daruma, is the founder of the Zen tradition and is often depicted in Japan in a doll like form to symbolize his legendary vigil of nine years in meditation, seated wrapped in a monk's cloak with legs folded. In esoteric Buddhism he is believed to have been a divine emanation of Kannon whose origin is that of the god/goddess (purity of a sexless being) Kwan Yin (Tibetan - Avalokitesvara). Here we see a sculpture where instead of his manifestation as a monk with a rather menacing gaze we have the benevolent countenance of Kannon, recognized in historical Japanese culture as a goddess of infinite compassion. The monk's robes are graced with an engraved decoration of the Ho-oh or phoenix, symbol of feminine divinity, in flight among an array of cherry blossoms. Japan, circa 1890.

Measuring 9 ½” high.

 

         
         
 
 

17. An archaic Indian red sandstone architectural sculpture of Brahma, the creator god in the Trimurti of Hinduism. He is seated on the back of a highly stylized elephant with three of his four heads visible and four arms in mudra and holding attributes that are symbols of knowledge and creation, such as the water pot, representing the substance of creation. Brahma was often depicted as red in color, which is congruent with the choice of red sandstone for this iconic work of art. This sculpture was originally created as a section of existing architecture for a temple of the 11th/12th century and was likely removed in the late 1800’s. Gujarat / Rajasthan Region. The most famous temple to Lord Brahma is in Pushkar, Rajasthan.

Measuring 17 ½” high by 14” wide by 6” deep, including fitted base.

 

         
         
 
 

18. An antique Japanese stone frog ‘Kaeru’ commissioned of a sculptor as a garden talisman of good luck and prosperity. As historical Japan was an agrarian culture, it was the appearance of the frog that would often portend the coming of the rains, making this creature a harbinger of good fortune. This original work of art is particularly captivating for the artist’s lifelike rendering and the charm of the sumi-é ink details. Circa 1880.

Measuring 4 ½” high by 8 ¾” wide by 6” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

 

 

         
         
 
 

20. An antique Japanese stone sculpture of a ‘Shishi’ or temple lion, a mythological guardian of the virtue of the Dharma. Sculpted from a large boulder, the roughhewn remnants of which serve as a platform for this noble beast who stands foursquare and alert to guard the temple grounds. Circa 1820.

Measuring 12” high by 18” wide by 8” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

21. A rare antique Chinese folk art sculpture depicting a Taoist Immortal propitiating over the symbolic emblems of Celestial Power – Dragon and Terrestrial Power – Tiger. His right hand is held in a mudra (hand gesture) that expresses his divinity. Within the Chinese folk art tradition, iconic sculptures were considered to be imbued with Shamanic Power. Naïve in composition, yet rich in cultural content. Wood with polychrome lacquer detail and gold embellishment. Circa 1820.

Measuring 15” high by 11” wide by 6” deep.