Asian Art and Antiques

Bugaku Mask of Bato by Deme Yasui, Japan, Edo Period, C. 1764

Red lacquered face with cords of blue hair, a large beaked nose, sharp curved eyebrows, and crossed, angry eyes  identifies  Bato, a young barbarian who discovers his father has been eaten by a tiger.  This piece was carved and signed by Deme Yasui at the Hachimangu Tsurugaoka Temple in Kamakura.  Formerly in the Prince Tokugawa Collection.  Comes with a tomobako.

11 x 8 inches

27.9 x 20.3 cm


Bugaku Mask of Chirite, Japan, Edo Period, 17-18th Century

Red laquerred cypress wood Bugaku mask of Chirite by Deme Tohachi, a middle Edo period mask carver.  This piece comes with a Tomobako and was formerly in the Prince Tokugawa collection.

8.75 x 6 inches

22.2 x 15.24 cm


Takeo Karatsu Bean Jar, Japan, Edo Period, 17th Century

Porcelain is defined as a ceramic material made by heating clay-type materials to high temperatures. It includes clay in the form of kaolinite and has been produced in China for more than 2000 years and in Korea for at least 1600 years, but was not developed in Japan up until the end of the 16th century.

Between 1592 and 1597, Japan, under the military rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korea two times with the intent to conquer both Korea and ultimately, China. Both invasions failed, but an estimated 400 potters and their families were kidnapped and taken to Japan to develop porcelain production, which up until then, was a closely guarded secret.

This large, wide-mouthed bean jar from the Yumino kiln in the Takeo area south of Karatsu, Japan, has a simplified pine tree sketched in iron and green and amber glazes over a brushed white slip. This type of stoneware was introduced to Japan by Korean potters around the end of the 16th century and very closely resembled Buncheong ceramics, a Korean porcelain. A similarly decorated bottle was exhibited in the Korean Buncheong Ceramics Exhibit from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art and is shown as Catalogue 60 on page 109 of the exhibition book.  17/18th century

12.25 x 14 inches

31.1 x 35.6 cm 


Silver Bowl with Lotus, Fish, and Birds, Thailand, Rattanakosin Period,19th Century

Intricately chaste silver begging bowl with all over, including the bottom, detailed silverwork featuring lotus flowers and pods, various fish types, and birds.  Weight is 224 grams.

6.25 inch diameter

15.9 cm


Stoneware Vase by Robei (Aoki Mokubei), Japan, Edo Period, C. 1810

Japanese studio ware brown stoneware vase with a slender ovoid body enhanced with narrow horizontal ribs terminating at the shoulder under an abstract band and an irregular rim.  There is a seal impressed near the bottom of the vase.   It’s tomobako is inscribed Ichirin-zashi hanabin (‘Vase for one flower’) and the lid underside is signed ‘Robei’ (Aoki Mokubei), with one seal.


6 inches

15.2 cm


Cut Velvet Panel, China, Ming/Qing Dynasty, 17/18th Century

Russet colored velvet panel with undercut shades of gold and blue probably used as a chair cover divided into three sections, with each section displaying cut velvet cartouches, the first in a four-lobed oval lozenge presenting a pair of phoenix among scrolling tendrils, while the other two are roundels with 9 stylized lotus flowers and scrolling leaves.  Mounted with a gold brocade border of chrysanthemums on a golden teak panel frame.

40 x 14.5 inches

101.6 x 36.8 cm


Gilded Bronze Standing Buddha, Thailand, Rattanakosin Period, 19th Century

Standing on a round lotus pod base above three additional tiers  of octagonal form, this splendid Buddha ‘preaches on reason’ with both arms raised in double abhaya mudra.  Wearing an elaborate robe inlaid with mirrors, his peaceful expression is typical of a classic Thai Buddha.

25 inches

63.5 cm


‘Crocodile Mouth’ Tetsubin by Hataho, Japan, Meiji Period, 19th Century

Cast iron tetsubin named ‘Crocodile Mouth’, with a mushikui, or bug eaten motif, handle with a yellow bronze lid and a tomobako inscribed and sealed by the artist, Hataho from Takaoka, Toyama.

8 inches

20.3 cm


Large Bronze Koro, Japan, Meiji Period, 19th Century

Large patinated bronze tripod censer with a hemispherical body raised on three short supports bracketing a recessed circular base and a slightly dome-shaped lid pierced with a reticulated design of three stylized Mon (crests) of flowering paulownia scattered between two additional Mon in raised relief,

11.25 inches

28.6 cm


Jataka Thangka, Bhutan, 18-19th Century

Based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who lived primarily in India during the 5th century BC, today, more than 500 million followers practice Buddhism, the world’s 4th largest religion. Two major variants of practice are Theravada, which strives for the ultimate state of nirvana for the individual, and Mahayana, which strives not for nirvana, but rather to Buddhahood via states of rebirth to help others reach awakening.
Known as Buddha, Gautama was believed to have lived many lives in his quest for enlightenment. Stories about his previous lives, many which originated in Hindu folklore, are called Jataka tales and often, like Aesop’s fables, had morals.
Thangkas are Tibetan Buddhism paintings on cotton or silk, usually depicting dieties, landscapes, or mandala, a spiritual representation of the universe.
In this 18/19th century Jataka Thangka from Bhutan, a small country sandwiched between India and Tibet, featuring distemper on cloth, the Buddha’s hands rest on his lap in the Dhyana (Meditation) mudra supporting a black begging bowl filled with flowers. Wearing patched saffron red robes of a fully ordained monk, he sits on a white lotus pedestal with his legs folded in vajra position, his peaceful, perfectly symmetrical face seems to be offering a slight smile. His tightly curled blue-black hair is combed into a single knot centered above his head and crested by a gold top-knot ornament, while long, split ears, signifying a prince, hang from each side of his face.  He wears the patched red and saffron robe of an ordained priest as he sits on a white lotus pedestal with his legs folded in vajra position. around him, Jataka tales about previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal forms, teach virtues, compassion, and sacrifice.
32.25 x 25 inches

32.25 x 25.23 inches

81.9 x 63.5 cm


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