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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 Umbrella Stand
Feb 11, 9:00 AM EST
Japanese Umbrella Stand
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$1205 Bids
Signed Japanese Woven Ikebana Basket
Feb 05, 12:00 PM EST
Signed Japanese Woven Ikebana Basket
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1254 Bids
4 JAPANESE SWORD KATANA TSUBA LOT
Feb 08, 9:00 AM EST
4 JAPANESE SWORD KATANA TSUBA LOT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $40- $80
$403 Bids
Japanese Meiji Skull and Snake Bamboo Brush Pot
Feb 09, 5:00 PM PST
Japanese Meiji Skull and Snake Bamboo Brush Pot
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
A Japanese tortoise-veneered and mother of pearl-inlaid wooden 'Namban' coffer, Momoyama or Edo, 16/17th C.
Feb 23, 9:30 AM CET
A Japanese tortoise-veneered and mother of pearl-inlaid wooden 'Namban' coffer, Momoyama or Edo, 16/17th C.
by Rob Michiels Auctions
Est: €2,500- €5,000
€2,0002 Bids
Seikichiro Goto Japanese Handmade Paper in 2 vols
Feb 08, 10:00 AM EST
Seikichiro Goto Japanese Handmade Paper in 2 vols
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$601 Bid
2pc Japanese Edo/Meiji Bronze Buddhist Bells
Feb 09, 5:00 PM PST
2pc Japanese Edo/Meiji Bronze Buddhist Bells
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Ancient Chinese or Japanese Polearm
Feb 18, 9:30 AM EST
Ancient Chinese or Japanese Polearm
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Mid 20th Century Japanese Bronze Yatate Inkwell
Feb 09, 12:00 PM EST
Mid 20th Century Japanese Bronze Yatate Inkwell
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A Japanese miniature do gusoku samurai armour, possibly early Taisho or later, Total H 77 cm
Feb 08, 10:00 AM CET
A Japanese miniature do gusoku samurai armour, possibly early Taisho or later, Total H 77 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,0001 Bid
Signed Japanese Woven Ikebana Basket
Feb 05, 12:00 PM EST
Signed Japanese Woven Ikebana Basket
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
14-STERLING JAPANESE BAMBOO STEM DEMITASSE
Feb 14, 11:00 AM EST
14-STERLING JAPANESE BAMBOO STEM DEMITASSE
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $150- $200
$101 Bid
Japanese Buddhist Ornate Wood Fish Drum Gongmokugyo
Feb 27, 4:00 PM EST
Japanese Buddhist Ornate Wood Fish Drum Gongmokugyo
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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A collection of small Japanese articles
Feb 08, 10:00 AM PST
A collection of small Japanese articles
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$401 Bid
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2 JAPANESE IKEBANA BOOKS
Feb 09, 9:00 AM AEST
2 JAPANESE IKEBANA BOOKS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Three Japanese painted papier mache Noh masks
Feb 05, 12:00 PM AEDT
Three Japanese painted papier mache Noh masks
by Lugosi Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD25- AUD50
AUD251 Bid
8-STERLING JAPANESE ICE TEA JULEP STIRRING SPOONS
Feb 14, 11:00 AM EST
8-STERLING JAPANESE ICE TEA JULEP STIRRING SPOONS
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $150- $200
$101 Bid
Japanese Brass and Enameled Censor
Feb 12, 6:00 PM EST
Japanese Brass and Enameled Censor
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Japan Eisengefäß
Feb 17, 10:00 AM CET
Japan Eisengefäß
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €550- €800
€5501 Bid
Antique Pair of Japanese Silver & Iron Abumi Stirrups
Feb 07, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Pair of Japanese Silver & Iron Abumi Stirrups
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Japanese Mid Century Charcuterie Cheeseboard, Cutting Board Set
Feb 11, 2:00 PM EST
Japanese Mid Century Charcuterie Cheeseboard, Cutting Board Set
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
Japanese Unisex Rainbow Wristwatches
Feb 11, 2:00 PM EST
Japanese Unisex Rainbow Wristwatches
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids

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