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Japanese - General

Japanese art dates back to as early as the 10th millennium B.C. It is unique in its constant absorption, adaptation, and diversion from outside influencing and invading cultures. Japanese painting stemmed from Buddhist Chinese influence, bronze work was initiated by the Koreans, and constant simultaneous assimilation and rejection of Western missionary oil painting styles characterize the timeline of Japanese art history. While much of Japan's art history is influenced by religion, it is the country's secular artwork that is perhaps the most influential, including theater, wood-block printing, bronze work, poetry, clothing, accessories, and masks.

While early bronze works in Japan indicate a struggle to use the medium, by the first century A.D., the Japanese were able to create arrowheads, daggers, swords, spearheads, and other weapons. By the second century A.D., the Japanese produced geometric-patterned ceremonial bells, and the century after further perfected the art, producing bells with thinner walls. Bronze mirrors are an excellent example of the intricate bronze work of Japan. With one side polished to a very reflective sheen, the other side is decorated with geometric shapes and natural motifs that stemmed from traditional literature. Many bronze mirrors feature handles within the first century A.D.

Another artistic strength in Japan is fashion, most notably the inro and its accessories. These boxes were fastened to the kimono belt, which lacked pockets. In order to fasten an inro to the kimono, it was tied to a netsuke, which anchored the inro in place above the belt, while the ojime bead kept the inro securely shut. As kimonos are no longer in fashion, ojime are no longer of functional use barring ceremonial practices. However, intricately carved and decorated ojime remain a unique decorative collectible.

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JAPANESE METALWARE GROUP, EDO/MEIJI
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
JAPANESE METALWARE GROUP, EDO/MEIJI
by Jackson's International
Est: $150- $300
$3258 Bids
Japanese Tsugaru-Nuri Lacquerware Letter Tray, 11-3/4 x 9-1/4 in
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Tsugaru-Nuri Lacquerware Letter Tray, 11-3/4 x 9-1/4 in
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$405 Bids
GROUP OF JAPANESE CARVED CANES
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
GROUP OF JAPANESE CARVED CANES
by Jackson's International
Est: $75- $150
$1405 Bids
Japanese 950-Silver Biwa-Form Salt and Pepper Shakers, .9 oz
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese 950-Silver Biwa-Form Salt and Pepper Shakers, .9 oz
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$805 Bids
PAIR JAPANESE LACQUER BOTTLES, MEIJI
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
PAIR JAPANESE LACQUER BOTTLES, MEIJI
by Jackson's International
Est: $150- $250
$2253 Bids
Set of five Japanese Maki-e gilt lacquer footed tea trays. 11 1/4"H X 1 1/2"W
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Set of five Japanese Maki-e gilt lacquer footed tea trays. 11 1/4"H X 1 1/2"W
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$203 Bids
Japanese bronze yatate ink pot with pen holder. 2 3/4"H x 13"L
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Japanese bronze yatate ink pot with pen holder. 2 3/4"H x 13"L
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $80- $120
$202 Bids
A tall Japanese bamboo and ivory inlaid brushpot, Meiji period, 39.5cm high
Dec 07, 9:30 AM GMT
A tall Japanese bamboo and ivory inlaid brushpot, Meiji period, 39.5cm high
by Gorringes
Est: £400- £600
£2001 Bid
EXQUISITE JAPANESE CLOISSONE LIDDED POT, MEIJI
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
EXQUISITE JAPANESE CLOISSONE LIDDED POT, MEIJI
by Jackson's International
Est: $150- $250
$1301 Bid
JAPANESE GILT METAL PLAQUE, MEIJI
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
JAPANESE GILT METAL PLAQUE, MEIJI
by Jackson's International
Est: $75- $150
$601 Bid
A Japanese carved hardwood easel, late Meiji Period (1868-1912),
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A Japanese carved hardwood easel, late Meiji Period (1868-1912),
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £300
£1801 Bid
JAPANESE TOBACCO GROUP, MEIJI
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
JAPANESE TOBACCO GROUP, MEIJI
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $200
$901 Bid
EXQUISITE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912) CLOISONNÉ INK WELL SET.
Dec 08, 9:00 AM EST
EXQUISITE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912) CLOISONNÉ INK WELL SET.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
Japanese bronze yatate ink pot with pen holder. 2 3/4"H x 15 3/4"L
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Japanese bronze yatate ink pot with pen holder. 2 3/4"H x 15 3/4"L
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $80- $120
$101 Bid
FINE JAPANESE CASED DRESSING SET, MEIJI
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
FINE JAPANESE CASED DRESSING SET, MEIJI
by Jackson's International
Est: $200- $300
$1801 Bid
Chinese/Japanese Porcelain Articles
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese/Japanese Porcelain Articles
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$201 Bid
JAPANESE CARVED PLACE CARD HOLDERS, MEIJI
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
JAPANESE CARVED PLACE CARD HOLDERS, MEIJI
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $150
$901 Bid
Mid Century Japanese Mt. Fuji Salt & Pepper Shaker
Dec 10, 10:00 AM MST
Mid Century Japanese Mt. Fuji Salt & Pepper Shaker
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A Japanese carved bamboo brush pot, 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A Japanese carved bamboo brush pot, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £150- £250
£1301 Bid
Japanese Hanging Scroll,
Dec 09, 10:00 AM AEDT
Japanese Hanging Scroll,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD201 Bid
PAIR OF JAPANESE KOBE WOOD TOYS
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
PAIR OF JAPANESE KOBE WOOD TOYS
by Jackson's International
Est: $75- $150
$601 Bid
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TWO JAPANESE STYLE THROW PILLOWS
Dec 09, 9:00 AM EST
TWO JAPANESE STYLE THROW PILLOWS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid

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