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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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PAIR OF ANTIQUE JAPANESE SHAKUDO PLACE CARD / MENU HOLDERS
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
PAIR OF ANTIQUE JAPANESE SHAKUDO PLACE CARD / MENU HOLDERS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD804 Bids
A Rare Meiji Japanese Bronze Pot
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
A Rare Meiji Japanese Bronze Pot
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $500- $1,500
$303 Bids
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SWORD FUCHI SHAKUDO GOLD
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SWORD FUCHI SHAKUDO GOLD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$503 Bids
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SWORD FUCHI SHAKUDO GOLD
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SWORD FUCHI SHAKUDO GOLD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$303 Bids
Antique 950 FINE SILVER JAPANESE PERFUME BOTTLE
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Antique 950 FINE SILVER JAPANESE PERFUME BOTTLE
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
JAPANESE SILVER WIRE CENSOR KORO ATTR HAYASHI KODENJI
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE SILVER WIRE CENSOR KORO ATTR HAYASHI KODENJI
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$502 Bids
A RARE JAPANESE TEMPLE GIGANTIC TSUBA, 19TH CEN.
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
A RARE JAPANESE TEMPLE GIGANTIC TSUBA, 19TH CEN.
by Helios Auctions
Est: $350- $450
$2502 Bids
(on 2) ITALIAN TRIDENT POLEARM and JAPANESE MAGARI-YARI
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
(on 2) ITALIAN TRIDENT POLEARM and JAPANESE MAGARI-YARI
by CRN Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2502 Bids
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Japanese Yari spear 39.6 cm, Muromachi period (1336-1573)
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Yari spear 39.6 cm, Muromachi period (1336-1573)
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2001 Bid
Sanju Saku Dragon Belt Buckle
May 08, 10:00 AM CDT
Sanju Saku Dragon Belt Buckle
by Jaremos
Est: $50- $150
$301 Bid
Antique 20th Cent. Japanese Damascene Tobacco Case
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique 20th Cent. Japanese Damascene Tobacco Case
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
Japanese Wooden Wall Hanging Decoration
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Japanese Wooden Wall Hanging Decoration
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $150
$101 Bid
TWO FINE JAPANESE IKEBANA WOVEN BASKETS
Apr 24, 9:00 AM CDT
TWO FINE JAPANESE IKEBANA WOVEN BASKETS
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
MASAKATA MASHIYAMA: ONE HUNDRED TANG DYNASTY POETS
Apr 21, 3:00 PM PDT
MASAKATA MASHIYAMA: ONE HUNDRED TANG DYNASTY POETS
by California Asian Art Auction Gallery USA
Est: $800- $1,200
$6501 Bid
Antique Japanese Miniature Cloisonne Ewer
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Japanese Miniature Cloisonne Ewer
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Japanese Silver Cigarette case with engraved scene of Geisha both inside and outside, signed
Apr 24, 6:00 PM AEST
Japanese Silver Cigarette case with engraved scene of Geisha both inside and outside, signed
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1001 Bid
Japanese Silver Cigarette case withengraved scene of boat on water with Mt Fuji, signed and marked gold
Apr 24, 6:00 PM AEST
Japanese Silver Cigarette case withengraved scene of boat on water with Mt Fuji, signed and marked gold
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD240- AUD280
AUD1201 Bid
Three Vintage Japanese Silk Embroidered Dresses
Apr 28, 10:00 AM CDT
Three Vintage Japanese Silk Embroidered Dresses
by Rivich Auction
Est: $100- $500
$251 Bid
A GROUP OF SEVEN MIXED METAL OJIME
May 03, 1:00 PM CEST
A GROUP OF SEVEN MIXED METAL OJIME
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €200- €400
€2001 Bid
Antique Japanese Meiji Bronze Elephant And Monkey Jardinier
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Japanese Meiji Bronze Elephant And Monkey Jardinier
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $1,000- $5,000
$5001 Bid
Japanese Bronze Reticulated Vessel in Shang Style
Apr 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Bronze Reticulated Vessel in Shang Style
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SILVER LOCUST BROOCH. 6.5 grams. 4.75 cm x 1.5 cm.
Apr 24, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SILVER LOCUST BROOCH. 6.5 grams. 4.75 cm x 1.5 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£301 Bid
SHIRAYAMA SHOSAI: A RARE AND SUPERB BLACK LACQUER KISERUZUTSU DEPICTING NANDINA SPROUTS
May 03, 1:00 PM CEST
SHIRAYAMA SHOSAI: A RARE AND SUPERB BLACK LACQUER KISERUZUTSU DEPICTING NANDINA SPROUTS
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,0001 Bid

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