Tanaka Ryohei | Japanese ...

Mr. Ryohei Tanaka travels a lot to sketch his subjects on the spot. He does not invent places. On Ryohei’s images you will hardly ever find any humans at all. The houses look deserted – and many actually are. Ryohei Tanaka has devoted his life to perfect images of old rural Japan as it once […]

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Shigaraki Tanuki Incense ...

Ceramic Tanuki, (Raccoon-Dog, see image), are a type of Shigaraki pottery that originated in Shiga Prefecture, near Kyoto, Japan during the Edo period. They are the most well-known of the sculptural pottery types, and have been part of Japanese folk lore since ancient times. The legendary Tanuki, a sign of good luck, is reputed to […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

Shown is a very rare, beautiful figure of a commoner, (such pieces of were produced to be used as a tool to spread the message of multi-class unity, and support between individuals of varying ranks). The young lady, with elegant, long fingers, is offering a container of fruit in a traditional serving piece. This rare […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

We must introduce the history behind this figure in an effort to explain what it represents. ‘Filial piety’, or ‘Filial devotion’, is considered among the oldest and greatest of virtues of Asian people, and is shown towards both the living and the dead. The term “filial”, meaning of a child, denotes the respect and devotion […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

Shown is an exceptional mud figure of Luohan, seated on a wonderfully detailed stump, as he enjoys reading a book of poetry. The first element we notice is the great detailing of his expressive face and overall figure, with exact representation of his hands, and his one leg propped on the stump on which he […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

Shown is an exceptional mud figure of Luohan, seated on a stump, as he holds a lotus flower in his right arm. The first element we notice is the great detailing of his expressive face, (he is sticking out his tongue at those passing by), and overall figure. He trousers, in a light grey glaze […]

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Chinese Rare Shiwan (Shek...

Arahat, or translated in Chinese as Lohan, is an important figure in Buddhist religion. There were originally only 18 Lohans, each were added throughout the evolution of the Chinese dynasties), and were introduced into China from India around the 1st/century A.D. It is said that Lohan supposedly moved through all the stages of the Buddhist […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

Zhongli Quan is one of the most ancient of the Eight Immortals and the leader of the group. He is also known as Zhongli of Han (Han Zhongli) because he was said to be born during the Han Dynasty. He possesses a fan which has the magical ability of reviving the dead. Immortals are said […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

The earliest beginnings of aquaculture indicate that fishing has had a long history, dating as far back as 4000 years. Admittedly, China was the cradle of the beginning of aquaculture, with its coastal villages providing the growing popularity with the beautiful harvest the sea offered. However, during the early centuries, and especially before the advent of […]

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Japanese Antique Kamakura...

One of the finest examples of Kamakura-bori carving techniques we have seen. Simple in form with a black lacquered finish, heavy relief of beautiful, highly detailed gold fish carvings, (representing wealth and success), at the edge, as if swimming in a natural pond. The flora is accented in a mustard-colored lacquer. Stamped ‘Made in Japan’ […]

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Antique Japanese Finely W...

The Japanese have always enjoyed combining sculptural and functional forms with unusual and unexpected materials to produce visually and physically creative works of art. Much of the bronze process has remained unchanged throughout time—certainly, the essential interaction of the alloy and the manipulation of metals and the deep emotional connection of artist to the alchemy […]

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Rare Vintage Creative Kok...

Bridal kimono motifs symbolize all the elements that a bride would desire to be fulfilled during their marriage. This doll is from the 1960s and depicts a bride in traditional wedding attire worn at the ceremonial hall after the wedding. She is wearing a beautifully detailed Uchikake, (Brocade), Kimono with traditional motif, (flying cranes, clouds, […]

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