Vintage Japanese Kamakura...

This Kamakura-bori To-Bako box, made in the Showa period, and features a  bold, deep relief engraving of a Peony with a textured background. Even those with little knowledge of Japan can’t help but notice the prominence of flower symbolism in Japanese culture. Known as the ‘King of Flowers’, the peony or Botan is a symbol […]

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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) ...

Su Wu, courtesy name, Su Ziging, came from Duling, and was a high minister who was known for his loyalty and sincerity. He was an attendant in his father’s military staff and was eventually appointed Leader of Court Gentlemen and entrusted with diplomatic missions. In this large mud figure, Su Wu is poised with his […]

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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 Round Ka...

This Kamakura-bori tray features a mixture of Japanese botanical patterns and powerful, bold engravings. The dark red color with overlaid lacquer is outstanding. It sometimes takes more than a month for even a skilled craftsman to achieve such fine results. Local craftsmen with the finest craftsmanship have pursued this arduous process for 800 years. After the drying […]

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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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Vintage Japanese Red Kama...

This is a vintage red Kamakura-Bori Urushi lacquered document box, with a carved lid in an Peony motif done in Takamakie, (high relief), made with multiple layers of lacquer creating a beautiful sculptural effect. The side of the lid is beautifully textured and carved, giving further decorative detailing to the piece. The interior is black […]

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