japonese art

Hiramaki-e lacquer, nashiji and fundameEdo period, 19th centuryLength: 10.5 cm, height: 6.5 cm Since the Heian period, The theme of deer and autumn plants has been utilized in poetry and art to symbolize autumn. This unusual kogo, a small incense container used during the tea ceremony, depicts the animal crouching, one leg extended, decorated just so with maple leaves, yellowing for the autumn season.

Netsuke con polpo
A wood netsuke representing an octopus dressed in kimonoSigned: MiwaEdo school, early 19th centuryKatabori wood netsuke, with eyes inlaid in dark hornHeight: 6.8cmProvenance:Arlette Katchen collectionThe semi-anthropomorphic octopus, dressed in a haori, stands on four tentacles that an entrapped tiny monkey tries to force. The composition refers to a tale in which Ryūjin, the Dragon King of Sea, falls ill and is told by his doctor, an octopus, that the only remedy for his sickness is the liver of a live monkey.There were a number of carvers using the name Miwa, all living in Edo, the...

A standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly GeneralsHeian period, 12th centuryJapanese cypressHeight 98 cm The Twelve Heavenly Generals (Jūni Shinshō) protect and serve Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha. In Japanese antique sculpture and art, they are almost always grouped in a protective circle around Yakushi Nyorai and might have symbolized the twelve vows of Yakushi, or the protection during the 12 daylight hours, or even the 12 months, the 12 cosmic directions or the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Jūni Shinshō are also members of the Tenbu, a larger grouping...

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