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Japanese Art & Antiques

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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Antique Japanese Meiji Period Fish from Imari 8X11.5 inches
Jul 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Japanese Meiji Period Fish from Imari 8X11.5 inches
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $0- $0
$16017 Bids
Antique Samurai Japanese Katana Long Sword
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Samurai Japanese Katana Long Sword
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$90017 Bids
A Fine Inlaid Ivory Netsuke of a Daimyo, Signed Yasuaki (Homei), Early 20th Century
Jul 18, 2:00 PM EDT
A Fine Inlaid Ivory Netsuke of a Daimyo, Signed Yasuaki (Homei), Early 20th Century
by Waddington's
Est: $600- $800
$1,80015 Bids
Red Japanese Samurai Kawari Kabuto Helmet Iseebi
Jul 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Red Japanese Samurai Kawari Kabuto Helmet Iseebi
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $1,000- $15,000
$2,70014 Bids
Utagawa Hiroshige Kinryuzan Temple Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Utagawa Hiroshige Kinryuzan Temple Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $50- $250
$35013 Bids
TWO JAPANESE INRO CASES Japan, 19th Century
Jul 22, 12:00 PM AEST
TWO JAPANESE INRO CASES Japan, 19th Century
by Artvisory
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD20013 Bids
Antique Signed Japanese Samurai Sword Katana with Tsuba and Genuine Shagreen Tsuka
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Signed Japanese Samurai Sword Katana with Tsuba and Genuine Shagreen Tsuka
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$85012 Bids
Kawase Jasui Woodblock Print "Spring Moon" FRAMED
Jul 31, 12:00 PM EDT
Kawase Jasui Woodblock Print "Spring Moon" FRAMED
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$70011 Bids
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Antique Imari Punch Bowl
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Imari Punch Bowl
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$22510 Bids
Hajime Namiki, Red and Orange Tall Tree 
Jul 18, 1:00 PM EDT
Hajime Namiki, Red and Orange Tall Tree 
by Blue Box Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $300
$18010 Bids
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Genuine antique Japanese iron KABUTO of SAMURAI's ō-yoroi (大鎧) armor, Edo period (1603-1868)
Aug 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Genuine antique Japanese iron KABUTO of SAMURAI's ō-yoroi (大鎧) armor, Edo period (1603-1868)
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $4,000- $8,000
$4759 Bids
Hasui Kawase Early Summer Rain Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Hasui Kawase Early Summer Rain Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $50- $250
$2009 Bids
A Japanese Timber & Iron Banded Side Table with a Bevel Edged Glass Top
Jul 21, 11:00 AM AEST
A Japanese Timber & Iron Banded Side Table with a Bevel Edged Glass Top
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD2208 Bids
Ancient Fine Japanese Katana Tsutsu Lacquer Daimyo Embellished Sword Case
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Ancient Fine Japanese Katana Tsutsu Lacquer Daimyo Embellished Sword Case
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$2758 Bids
Utagawa Kuniyoshi Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Utagawa Kuniyoshi Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $50- $250
$1757 Bids
JAPANESE KATANA.
Jul 22, 10:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE KATANA.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $350- $500
$3757 Bids
Joichi Hoshi 1913-1979 Japanese Woodblock SIGNED
Jul 31, 12:00 PM EDT
Joichi Hoshi 1913-1979 Japanese Woodblock SIGNED
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1257 Bids
A Group of Three Ivory 'Figural' Netsuke, 18th-19th Century
Jul 18, 2:00 PM EDT
A Group of Three Ivory 'Figural' Netsuke, 18th-19th Century
by Waddington's
Est: $300- $500
$3207 Bids
Katsushika Hokusai Mishima Pass Mount Fuji Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Katsushika Hokusai Mishima Pass Mount Fuji Old to Antique Japanese Woodblock Print
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $50- $250
$1007 Bids
Hajime Namiki Tree Scene 108
Jul 18, 1:00 PM EDT
Hajime Namiki Tree Scene 108
by Blue Box Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $300
$1707 Bids
Antique Japanese Samurai Sword Wakizashi with Tsuba and Shagreen Tsuka
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Japanese Samurai Sword Wakizashi with Tsuba and Shagreen Tsuka
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$3257 Bids
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JAPANESE CAST BRONZE TIGER 20th Century Height 7”. Length 11”.
Jul 18, 9:30 AM EDT
JAPANESE CAST BRONZE TIGER 20th Century Height 7”. Length 11”.
by Eldred's
Est: $100- $300
$1257 Bids

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