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Auction Description for Arcimboldo: Asian Works of Art
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Asian Works of Art (196 Lots)

by Arcimboldo


196 lots with images

December 8, 2016

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Prague 1, Czech Republic

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A CARVED HIPPO TOOTH

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Description: Dated and signed: "yang metal monkey, carved by Matsayuma". Japan, 1920-1921. Length 35 cm.

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A CARVED IVORY OKIMONO WITH GENRE SCENES

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Description: Elephant ivory depicting 18 figures of farmers performing various activities. Signed: Tan-un. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Length 42 cm.

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A SHIBAYAMA INLAID IVORY PEAR WITH INSECTS

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Description: Incised four character mark: Shibayama. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height 11 cm.

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A SHIBAYAMA INLAID IVORY MUSHROOM WITH INSECTS

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Description: Incised four character mark: Shibayama. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height 10.5 cm.

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A SMALL CARVED IVORY ASHTRAY

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Description: Ivory with metal lining, tropical wood base. Carvings depict the strong boy hero Kintaro with an axe and a crying one-horned oni against a background of waves. Signed: Juko. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height 7.5 cm.

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AN ARTICULATED IVORY JISAI OKIMONO OF A DRAGON

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Description: Naturalistically rendered with a long serpentine and undulating body and flames licking its flanks; the leg joints, head, mouth and tongue movable; on a detachable, natural wood stand. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Length 87.5 cm.

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AN IMPORTANT ARMOUR SOSHU MYOCHIN GO MAI DO GUSOKU YOROI

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Description: Japan, Sagami province, early 17th century. Height 146.5 cm.

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A COMPOSITE ARMOUR DO MARU IN ARCHAIC STYLE

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Description: Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height 152 cm.

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A CEREMONIAL SWORD TORIKUBI NO TACHI

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Description: Mumei machi okuri shin-shinto, hon zukuri, iori mune, chu kissaki, suguga hamon. Japan, 19th century. Overall length 105.5 cm, blade 71 cm.

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A HUGE AND RARE SWORD ODACHI

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Description: Hon zukuri, iori mune fumbari, furisode nakago, hada masame/itame, hamon midare, suguha etc., sori 15 cm. Koshirae: ebi saya decorated with raden, brass kanagu, iron kaku mokko gata tsuba. Tetsu migaki ji fuchi and kabutogane, menuki with dragons. Japan, Muromachi Period (15th/16th century). Overall length 186 cm, blade 121 cm.

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A LARGE SATSUMA-NISHIDA STONEWARE VASE

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Description: The vase of baluster form, decorated in various coloured enamels and gilt with two foliate panels depicting figural scenes, the cover topped with a large lion figure.Mark to the base: Dai Nippon Teikoku Nishida zo (Made by Nishida in the Great Japanese Empire). Japan, Kyoto, Meiji Period (19th century). Height 125 cm.

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A PAIR OF BRONZE 'DRAGON' VASES

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Description: Each vase cast with a dragon in deep relief coiled around the body, supported on elephant-head feet, and flanked by a pair of elephant-head handles. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height 55.5 cm.

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A PAIR OF LARGE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' VASES

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Description: Each vase is decorated with two dragons in relief amidst clouds. Inscribed with names of six members of the Tashiro family from Hizen. Japan, Hirado, 1868. Height 58 cm.

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AN ORMOLU-MOUNTED ARITA EWER, KENDI

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Description: The vessel with rounded sides decorated with peonies and chrysanthemums, European bronze mounting. Japan, Arita, 18th century. Height 27 cm.

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A CINNABAR LACQUER WINE EWER AND CUP

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Description: The body is decorated with flying phoenixes in the clouds on a geometric patterned background with a meander pattern band around the base. Japan, 19th century. Height 19.5 and 8.3 cm.

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A MONUMENTAL BRONZE CENSER

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Description: Cast in sections and mounted on a three high legs, the central ovoid section decorated on one side with a figural scene and on the opposite side with dragon in waves. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Censer 167 cm high, pedestal 44 cm.

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A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL 'PHOENIX' DISH

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Description: Japan, 19th century. Diameter 36 cm.

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A SOLID SILVER CENSER WITH DRAGONS

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Description: Silver is hallmarked and certified, 960/1000 purity. Japan, 20th century. Height 11 cm. Weight 913 g.

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A PAIR OF BRONZE ELEPHANT-FORM CENSERS

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Description: Elephant-shaped censers carrying two-tier pagodas topped with dragon figures. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height 46.5 cm.

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A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL VASE WITH CRANES

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Description: Finely enamelled with two cranes on a cliff in crashing waves. Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912). Height 15 cm.

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A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL VASE WITH WINE GRAPES

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Description: Decorated with grapes and wasps on a pale-green ground. Mark to the base: Ando. Japan, early 20th century. Height 19 cm.

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A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL BEAKER VASE

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Description: Worked in silver wire and jade green coloured cloisonné enamels, silver rims. Mark to the base: Ando. Japan, 1920's. Height 28 cm.

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KANO TANSETSU (1654-1713) MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE WITH A HUT

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Description: Ink and colours on silk. Hanging scroll, brocade mounting. Signed: Tansetsu-zu. Seal: Tansetsu-in. Japan, 2nd half of the 17th century. 99 x 33.5 cm.

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OKUMURA MASANOBU (1686-1764) YOUNG LADY AND A BOY WITH BONSAI

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Description: Ink and colours on paper. Hanging scroll, brocade mounting. Japan, circa 1744. 86.5 x 35.5 cm.

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A GILT WOOD FIGURE OF YAKUSHI NYORAI

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Description: Gilt pawlonia wood. The buddha sits in padmasana on a high base, his right hand in vitarkamudra, holding a bottle of elixir in his left hand. Japan, Edo Period (1603-1868). Height 24 cm.

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A RARE CAST IRON CRUCIFIX WITH BUDDHA, FUMI-E

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Description: During the Edo period, the religious authorities of the Tokugawa shogunate required those suspected of being "hidden" Christians to step on crosses such as these in order to prove they were indeed not Christians. Those who refused were tortured or killed. Japan, Edo Period (early 19th century). Height 24 cm.

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UNKNOWN ARTIST (18TH CENTURY) AIZEN MYŌŌ

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Description: Ink and colours on paper. Hanging scroll, brocade mounting. Aizen Myóó is the god of love among Japan’s Esoteric sects. The King of Sexual Passion, he converts earthly desires into spiritual awakening; saving people from the pain that comes with love. Shown with three faces, three eyes and six arms, wearing a crown containing a lion mask among his high hairstyle. He has a red body, symbolising the power to purify sexual desire, and carries a bow and arrow. Japan, circa 1775. 63.5 x 31.5 cm.

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UEDA TOSA KEIHI (17TH CENTURY) FUKUKENJAKU KANNON

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Description: Ink and colours on silk. Hanging scroll, brocade mounting. The colophon pasted on the lower reverse dates the painting to the year 1662 and states that the holy picture was painted by Ueda Tosa Keihi. After having been destroyed, the painting was restored again to its original beauty by the writer of the colophon in 1774.The icon depicts the famous treasure statue of Fukúkenjaku Kannon placed in Nantendó octagonal treasury of the Kófukuji Temple in Nara. The statue was created by the founder of the Kei school Kōkei (active 1175–1200) in 1189. Fukúkenjaku Kannon is one of the manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, the God of Mercy. He is depicted in a richly gold-decorated flowing attire and a high crown with a standing statue of Miroku Buddha among flowery jewels surrounded by four concentric halos around his head and a larger circular halo around his body. His rounded face with prolonged downcast eyes and a sad small mouth is depicted in the older masculine form with a moustache, and his body has four pairs of hands. Japan, dated 1662. 82,5 x 35 cm.

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A VERY RARE GILT-BRONZE SARIRA RELIQUARY

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Description: The four-sided gilt-bronze reliquary, engraved with a motif of a seated Buddha on a openwork background of scrolling vines, is set on a five-layered lotus blossom and raised on a short foot with a wider lotus blossom base. From beneath the corners of the reliquary, lotus stems grow, finished with small flowers in which four guardian figures are set. Two of them hold spears. Smaller lotus blossoms can also be found on the gently cambered lid. Sarira reliquaries come originally from India and were intended to store the remains of Buddha and enlightened masters. A very similar example, from the temple complex in Namwon, can be found in the Seoul National Museum. Korea, Unified Silla Period (668-935). Height 17.2 cm.

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A SET OF THREE BRONZE HORSE WARRANTS, MA-PAE

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Description: Bronze plaques with 5, 4, and 3 stylised figures of horses. These were used to identify secret imperial inspectors and authorised them to commandeer horses for their missions. Korea, Joseon Period (17th century). Diameter 10 cm.

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A BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI

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Description: Cast seated in padmasana on a high, richly decorated lotus pedestal, his right hand in bhumisparshamudra, his left resting on his lap, wearing a light robe, the hair worked in tight curls surmounted by the ushnisha. Burma, early 18th century. Height 31.5 cm.

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A BRONZE FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI

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Description: Seated in virasana on a lotus base with his hands in dhyanamudra, dressed in a samghati, his face with serene expression, elongated earlobes, the curled hairdress and usnisha surmounted by a flame. Thailand, Ayutthaya Period (circa 1600). Height 25.5 cm.

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A GILT AND LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF BUDDHA

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Description: The figure is shown seated in dhyanasana on a lotus base, with hands held above the lap, the hair with tight curls surrounding the usnisha. Traces of polychrome and gilding remain. Vietnam, Le Trung Hung Dynasty (18th century). Height 36 cm.

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A FRAGMENT OF A KHMER SANDSTONE RELIEF

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Description: The fragment most likely depicts a dancing apsara, a celestial nymph. Her head is adorned by a headdress and earrings, a necklace, and around her waist a knotted skirt with a sash. The scene is framed by a motif of plants. Cambodia, Angkor Period (12th-13th century). Width 16 cm.

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A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA

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Description: Seated cross-legged on a high pedestal with his right hands in bhumisparshamudra, his left resting on his lap. Thailand, late 19th century. Height 16.5 cm.

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A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF A TEMPLE GUARDIAN LION

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Description: Thailand, 19th century. Height 24 cm.

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A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI

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Description: Burma, mid 20th century. Height 39 cm.

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AN EARTHENWARE HEAD OF BUDDHA

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Description: The buddha with long enlarged earlobes has lowered eyes, a blissful smile playing on his small, slightly upturned lips. Burma, Ava Kingdom (14th century). Height 7.5 cm.

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A SOLID CAST GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA

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Description: The figure standing in samapada with his right hand raised in abhayamudra, wearing a sanghati with deeply incised undulating folds and a sash draped over his left shoulder, his face expressively modelled and flanked by long pendulous lobes, surmounted by a five-fold siraspata. Sri Lanka, Kandyan Period (18th century). Height 17 cm.

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A GRAY SCHIST HEAD OF A BUDDHA

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Description: The head has an urna at the center of the forehead, his eyes half closed, his lips pursed. Gandhara, Kushan Period (2nd-3rd century). Height 8.5 cm.

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A GRAY SCHIST FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA

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Description: The figure is seated in dhyanasana with his hands in his lap, the folds of his sanghati flowing over both shoulders and spilling over his ankles, his face with downcast, almond-shaped eyes, backed by a nimbus. Gandhara, Kushan Period (2nd-3rd century). Height 20 cm.

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A FINE KHANJAR DAGGER

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Description: Double-edged curved blade of watered wootz steel with medial ridge and keened point. The forte is chiseled in low relief on each side. The steel hilt and scabbard chiseled with foliage and cartouches enclosing perching birds and figures. Persia, 18th century. Overall length 41.5 cm, blade 27 cm.

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A KILIJ WITH GILT SILVER SCABBARD

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Description: Single edged, strongly curved blade of watered wootz steel, the gilt silver hilt with its cross-shaped guard. The spectacular scabbard of embossed gilt silver plate with hallmarked and chased decor. Persia, 19th century. Overall length 92 cm, blade 77 cm.

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A SILVER MOUNTED KOUMMYA

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Description: Slightly curved, double-edged blade. Amber hilt with silver mounts. Solid silver scabbard with filigree decorations. Two suspension rings. Silver is certified, purity 800/1000 and 960/1000. Morocco, 19/20th century. Overall length 51 cm, blade 25 cm. Weight 957 g.

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A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF HERUKA

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Description: The figure was used as a stand for a ritual dagger. Tibet, 16th century. Diameter 8.5 cm.

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A REPOUSSÉ GILT COPPER TORANA

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Description: The centre features a figure of Garuda with extended wings and two nagas, with a makara below. The scene is framed by lotus tendrils. Tibet, 17th/18th century. Width 38 cm.

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A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF DAKA

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Description: Sitting on his haunches on a lotus base holding a vajra and ghanta crossed in his hands, his head tilted back looking straight up with mouth open and eyes bulging, surmounted by a skull tiara. Tibet, 16th/17th century. Height 8 cm.

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A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF MAHAKALA

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Description: The deity is finely cast, striding in alidhasana on a lotus base, embracing his yogini, and holding various implements in his ten hands, a tiger skin wrapped around his waist and adorned with snakes, jewellery and billowing sashes, the face with bulging eyes surmounted by a skull tiara. Tibet, early 17th century. Height 17 cm.

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A BRONZE FIGURE OF ACHALA

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Description: Striding in alidhasana on a lotus base, holding a sword in his raised right hand and a noose in his left, dressed in a tiger skin and adorned with serpents. Tibet, 17th century. Height 17 cm.

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A BRONZE FIGURE OF VAJRAPANI

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Description: Striding in alidhasana, his right hand raised holding a vajra, dressed in a tiger skin and adorned with beaded festoons, sashes, and a snake around his neck, the face with wrathful expression surmounted by a skull tiara with the hair in flames. Tibet, early 17th century. Height 31 cm.

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