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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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Japanese Bronze Figure of a Geisha, Marble Base
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Japanese Bronze Figure of a Geisha, Marble Base
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$903 Bids
LOT OF 3: LINEMAR AND JAPANESE FLINTSTONE AND FLINTSTONE-TYPE TOYS.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 3: LINEMAR AND JAPANESE FLINTSTONE AND FLINTSTONE-TYPE TOYS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$2252 Bids
Japanese Bronze Sculpture of a Badger
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Bronze Sculpture of a Badger
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3252 Bids
A LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0001 Bid
Japanese Carved Ivory Scholar Figure
Dec 11, 12:00 PM EST
Japanese Carved Ivory Scholar Figure
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A LARGE PARCEL-GILT BRONZE MIYAO STYLE FIGURE OF AN ONI WITH ROCK CRYSTAL BALL
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A LARGE PARCEL-GILT BRONZE MIYAO STYLE FIGURE OF AN ONI WITH ROCK CRYSTAL BALL
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,0000 Bids
A LACQUER-GILT KAMAKURA WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A LACQUER-GILT KAMAKURA WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €4,000- €8,000
€4,0000 Bids
A POLYCHROME AND GILT-LACQUERED FIGURE OF A BUDDHIST MONK
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A POLYCHROME AND GILT-LACQUERED FIGURE OF A BUDDHIST MONK
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €4,000- €8,000
€4,0000 Bids
A RARE AND LARGE LACQUER-GILT WOOD FIGURE OF A SEATED AMIDA NYORAI WITH SHITENNO
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A RARE AND LARGE LACQUER-GILT WOOD FIGURE OF A SEATED AMIDA NYORAI WITH SHITENNO
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €7,500- €15,000
€7,5000 Bids
A LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI ON LOTUS BASE
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI ON LOTUS BASE
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0000 Bids
A VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GILT-LACQUERED MINIATURE FIGURES OF KANNON AND SENJU
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GILT-LACQUERED MINIATURE FIGURES OF KANNON AND SENJU
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €1,500- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
A LACQUER-GILT WOOD FIGURE DEPICTING AMIDA NYORAI
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A LACQUER-GILT WOOD FIGURE DEPICTING AMIDA NYORAI
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €750- €1,500
€7500 Bids
A LACQUER-GILT WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
A LACQUER-GILT WOOD FIGURE OF AMIDA NYORAI
by Galerie Zacke Vienna
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,0000 Bids
LOT OF 18: VARIOUS EARLY JAPANESE CELLULOID EASTER-RELATED FIGURES.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 18: VARIOUS EARLY JAPANESE CELLULOID EASTER-RELATED FIGURES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
LOT OF 4: VARIOUS BOXED OR CARDED JAPANESE TOY ITEMS.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 4: VARIOUS BOXED OR CARDED JAPANESE TOY ITEMS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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A Japanese ivory group, Taisho period, 8 x 8 cm
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
A Japanese ivory group, Taisho period, 8 x 8 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €400
€1200 Bids
A pair of Japanese Guardian Bronze Figures c.19th century.
Dec 05, 11:00 AM EST
A pair of Japanese Guardian Bronze Figures c.19th century.
by Palmyra Heritage Gallery
Est: $1,500- $1,800
$1,2000 Bids
A wooden carved statue of a Javanese woman in traditional dress.
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
A wooden carved statue of a Javanese woman in traditional dress.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €40- €60
€100 Bids
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GRANDE SCULPTURE DE KANNON EN BOIS LAQUÉ POLYCHOME, Japon, époque Edo, XVIIIe-XIXe siècle
Dec 06, 2:00 PM CET
GRANDE SCULPTURE DE KANNON EN BOIS LAQUÉ POLYCHOME, Japon, époque Edo, XVIIIe-XIXe siècle
by Artcurial
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€4,0000 Bids
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STATUETTE DE KANNON EN BOIS LAQUÉ NOIR ET OR, Japon, époque Muromachi (1333-1573)
Dec 06, 2:00 PM CET
STATUETTE DE KANNON EN BOIS LAQUÉ NOIR ET OR, Japon, époque Muromachi (1333-1573)
by Artcurial
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids
AN IVORY CARVED STATUE OF 'SHOULAO AND CHILD'
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
AN IVORY CARVED STATUE OF 'SHOULAO AND CHILD'
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €600- €1,200
€6000 Bids
Toba sur sa mule bronze et émaux champlevés Japon vers 1920 H. 37 cm
Dec 03, 2:00 PM CET
Toba sur sa mule bronze et émaux champlevés Japon vers 1920 H. 37 cm
by Primardeco
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids

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