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Japanese Men, Women & Children Statues

Japanese statues are influenced by religion more than any other Japanese art form. Most Japanese statues throughout history have been produced as accessories to some form of worship, whether for Shinto animistic practices or Buddhism. This is especially true in the beginning of the 5th century when the majority of human figures depicted through Japanese statues were religious figures. These included the ceremonial primitive doll-like dogu, Buddha, and bodhisattvas. Most of these statues were made of bronze.

By the Muromachi period, Japanese portrait sculpture flourished both in religious and secular art. Sculptors began depicting Zen Buddhist masters and icons, while the art of creating Noh masks emerged.

During the Tokugawa or Edo period (1603-1868), statues became increasingly secular. The Japanese people became disinterested with Buddhism and instead began to form images of people from famous royal figures to geisha to everyday workers. These statues were made of bronze, wood, or porcelain. Today, even though the Japanese have learned Western techniques, Japanese sculptors choose to sculpt from materials in their environment. Therefore, most sculptures are made of wood.


Quick Facts

  • Noh is a form of Japanese theater that has been performed since the 14th century. Actors in Noh theater wear masks, which are standard throughout all plays, in order to allude to a preexisting character or set of behaviors
  • Many Japanese statues of people take the form of dolls, which were thought to have the ability to capture evil spirits. These figures were set out to protect children and were later destroyed in an annual ceremony
  • One of the most famous Japanese sculptors is Unkei, who lived around 1150-1223. He was a devout Buddhist who specialized in traditional Buddhist sculpture. His claim to fame is his ability to create very detailed, dynamic, and even delicate largescale works

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Antique Carved Japanese Ivory Figure
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Carved Japanese Ivory Figure
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1307 Bids
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Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Antique Japanese Ivory Sculpture
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$706 Bids
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Massive Japanese Bronze Sculpture
Dec 16, 11:00 AM PST
Massive Japanese Bronze Sculpture
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$201 Bid
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Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Figural Wood Carving Attr. to Seiji Saito
by Caza Sikes
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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LOT: 6 ELFENBEINFIGUREN
Dec 15, 9:00 AM CET
LOT: 6 ELFENBEINFIGUREN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF300- CHF500
CHF3001 Bid
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6pc Vintage Japanese Garden Gnomes Set
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
6pc Vintage Japanese Garden Gnomes Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Collection of Antique Japanese Sculptures and Carvings
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Collection of Antique Japanese Sculptures and Carvings
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Japanese Carved Wood South Sea Islander Figure
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Carved Wood South Sea Islander Figure
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Collection of Antique Japanese Sculptures
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Collection of Antique Japanese Sculptures
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
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Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Japanese Ivory Figure of a Man,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
A Japanese parcel-gilt bronze of a samurai, possibly by Miyao Eisuke,
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Japanese parcel-gilt bronze of a samurai, possibly by Miyao Eisuke,
by Cheffins
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£8001 Bid
Japanese Patinated Bronze Figure of Samurai on Horseback, H: 12 3/4 in. (32.39 cm.)
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Patinated Bronze Figure of Samurai on Horseback, H: 12 3/4 in. (32.39 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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Elegant tall statue 44 cm: Japanese girl carrying 2 shells
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Elegant tall statue 44 cm: Japanese girl carrying 2 shells
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$800 Bids
A CREAM-GLAZED PORCELAIN MODEL OF SEATED HOTEI
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A CREAM-GLAZED PORCELAIN MODEL OF SEATED HOTEI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€2,4000 Bids
Antique Japanese bronze sculpture, & 3 bronze miniatures
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Antique Japanese bronze sculpture, & 3 bronze miniatures
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$300 Bids
Japanese Bronze Okemono Sculpture, Noh Kabuki Actor, C. Meiji Period, H 11'' W 9''
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Japanese Bronze Okemono Sculpture, Noh Kabuki Actor, C. Meiji Period, H 11'' W 9''
by DuMouchelles
Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
Samurai Painted Figure On Stand
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Samurai Painted Figure On Stand
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $300
$100 Bids
Japanese Carved Jadeite Figure on wood base Kneeling woman with with lute c1950
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Japanese Carved Jadeite Figure on wood base Kneeling woman with with lute c1950
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $120- $150
$1000 Bids
Japanese Carved Jadeite Figure, on wood base. Seated man with beard c1950
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Japanese Carved Jadeite Figure, on wood base. Seated man with beard c1950
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $120- $150
$1000 Bids
Seven Japanese Carved Wood Figures
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Seven Japanese Carved Wood Figures
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD BRONZE STATUE OF A BOY W/ PLAY HOOP.
Dec 20, 9:00 AM EST
JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD BRONZE STATUE OF A BOY W/ PLAY HOOP.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$7500 Bids
Collection of Japanese Carved Sandalwood Figures
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Collection of Japanese Carved Sandalwood Figures
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Japanese Men, Women & Children Statues


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Nagel Auction

Stallion Hill Gallery

Stallion Hill Gallery

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Christian McCann Auctions