japanese art

19th centurySigned: “Kajikawa saku” and with a red pot sealHeight: 3 1/8in (7.9cm)Provenance:Michael Tomkinson CollectionLeonard Haber CollectionLiterature:Michael Tomkinson, A Japanese Collection, London: George Allen, 1898, no. 300Each case with slightly recessed joints and with different grounds, including kinji, nashiji, togidashi maki-e and gyobu-nashiji, on the obverse decorated with a treasure ship laden with the attributes of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, the sail decorated with the character kotobuki (longevity), a minogame (bushy-tailed tortoise) swimming beside the...

Kogo
Kogo (incense box)Mid Edo period, 18th centuryBlack ground; decoration in gold hiramaki-e. Rims: pewter. Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.9 x 3.1 cm.Provenance:Charles A. Greenfield collectionPrivate collection, SwitzerlandExhibited:New York, 1980, The Metropolitan Museum of ArtLiterature:“The Charles A Greenfield collection of Japanese lacquer”, Eskenazi Ltd., London: 1990, cat. 19 A.J.Pekarik, “Japanese Lacquer, 1600-1900”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1980, cat.19, fig. 31The antique Japanese tradition of folding love letters to form a knot around a tree branch...

EnsoShogetsu (Chuho Sou) (1759-1838)Sumi ink on paperSigned: "Shogetsu" with artist's sealsPainting: 29 x 60 cmMounts: 29 x 60 cm“Circle paintings” (enso) are closely associated with the meditative experience of Japanese Zen monks, which express their individual state of mind through this graphic sign. The interpretations given to this pictorial act are countless: from an overall perspective the circle is seen as the emblem of Zen’s deepest concepts, icon of the meditative process toward the Enlightenment (satori); the enso represents also the...

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