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Haira TaishōA standing figure of one of  the Twelve Heavenly Generals DATEHeian period, 12th centuryMEDIUMJapanese cypressHEIGHT98 cmSKUalt-1449 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...

TessenFighting fanMid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with pigments and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 35.5Iron fan with an elegant shape, with nine bamboo ribs.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan  played a significant role in Japanese etiquette, especially on formal occasions, and was rarely ever out of a samurai's possession. Perhaps because it was considered such an ordinary item, it was easily employed as a suitable side arm with only minor modifications. These weapons, called tessen,...

HeishiA pair of ritual sake​ bottles DATEEarly Edo period, 17th centuryMEDIUMMaki-e lacquered turned woodHEIGHT40 cmPROVENANCEMatsūra family A pair of antique lacquered ritual sake vessel with urushi-e design of pine trees, turtles, cranes and bamboo, bearing the kamon of the Matsūra family.From the ancient times up until the Heian Period, sake was brewed mainly as an offering to the gods and served in Shinto shrines in unglazed earthenware vessels. From Kamakura period onwards, large size wooden vessels (heishi) became popular and banquets were held for ceremonies and festivals,...

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