Japanese Traditional Maru...

Traditional clothing of the Edo period, (1600-1868), included the kimono and obi as we know them today. The obi did not, however, become a prominent part of a woman’s ensemble until the mid Edo period. It was then that textile designers, weavers and dyers all focused their talent on creating a longer, wider and more […]

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Antique Japanese Satsuma ...

Pictured is an antique Satsuma brooch in a five-lobed ‘cinquefoil’ design on a gilded brass back. This is rendered in the Moriage style (raised enamel) of butterflies, flowers, and buddha motifs seen on Satsuma wares. The pattern on the piece is a reference to the Japanese legend of 1000 Cranes, with one large crane in […]

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Kokeshi | Creative Yuzawa...

This is a wonderful, large example of a Kokeshi with peony motif by Shibuya Shinruku, a prolific doll maker who is considered a ‘transitional’ Kokeshi artist. While he is from Akita Prefecture, where traditional Kijiyama Kokeshi originated, he is based in the Yuzawa area of Akita, and is a ‘creative’ (sosaku) artist due to his use […]

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The Tokugawa Collection: ...

The Japanese robes in this exhibition catalogue can be seen as exquisite textiles-tapestries for the body that need no history to inform the viewer of their importance as art. Japanese people often attribute personality traits to people from particular regions and positions within society (i.e., Fuyu no so [nobility], gentry, farmers, artisans, and merchants), and […]

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Japanese Shigaraki Tanuki...

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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Japanese Mino-Oribe Ware ...

A fine, thin, wheel-thrown bowl thought to be from the early Edo period (1st half of 17th/c), and originating at the Yashichida kiln in Ogaya District. This footed bowl, probably used for tea, is made of warm, mottled gray clay, with a splash of copper-tinted aqua green ash glaze, characteristic of this period, as are the two […]

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Japanese Bamboo Shoot Wat...

At first Suiteki were simply jars or bowls used for holding water, but as interest in the accoutrements of calligraphy grew, water-droppers became more specialized. Suiteki are used by brush calligraphers to hold and dispense exact amounts of water onto an ink stone for the purpose of mixing and diluting ink pigment. Due to the limited […]

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Japanese Copper Suichuu W...

At first Suiteki were simply jars or bowls used for holding water, but as interest in the accoutrements of calligraphy grew, water-droppers became more specialized. Suiteki are used by brush calligraphers to hold and dispense exact amounts of water onto an ink stone for the purpose of mixing and diluting ink pigment. Due to the limited […]

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Japanese Bronze Melon Wat...

At first Suiteki were simply jars or bowls used for holding water, but as interest in the accoutrements of calligraphy grew, water-droppers became more specialized. Suiteki are used by brush calligraphers to hold and dispense exact amounts of water onto an ink stone for the purpose of mixing and diluting ink pigment. Due to the limited […]

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Black Enamel Chinese Cloi...

Shown is a beautifully proportioned Black Chinese Cloisonne’ vase, ca. 1920. Fine wire cloison work enclosing a black profusely decorated enamel ground, with a overall ornate pattern. The motifs incorporated are a stylized butterfly, flowers and a vine or fern-like overall pattern. No stamp or marks. The piece is in excellent condition with no repairs, […]

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Fine Chinese ‘Fish Scal...

This wonderful, classical-shaped Chinese bowl incorporates a fish scale pattern and black enameling. Its tight brass wire design and trimming,with a ruyi band around the lip, and a black CHINA stamp (under-glazed) indicates it was made between 1900-1920 and prior to machine-made, mass produced pieces. The interior and bottom is glazed in a turquoise color. […]

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Small and Delicate Black ...

This exceptional piece was brought out of Japan during the occupation, though not Japanese in origin. It has a classic bulbous shape with a bronze collar around the middle portion of the neck. The metal work is extremely delicate and demonstrates fine craftsmanship. The type of metal trim on the bottom and top of the […]

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