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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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A Patinated Bronze Model of a Samurai by Miyao, late 19thc.
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
A Patinated Bronze Model of a Samurai by Miyao, late 19thc.
by Neue Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$6009 Bids
Japanese Bronze Farmer Sculpture
Mar 03, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Bronze Farmer Sculpture
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
TWO 18TH/19TH C. ZUSHI SHRINES.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
TWO 18TH/19TH C. ZUSHI SHRINES.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4002 Bids
Lot of 3 Kotobukiya Bishoujo Figures
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Kotobukiya Bishoujo Figures
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of 3 Kotobukiya Figures
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Kotobukiya Figures
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
A modern Japanese blanc-de-chine farmer figure carrying two baskets
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A modern Japanese blanc-de-chine farmer figure carrying two baskets
by Gibson's
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD401 Bid
Two mother of pearl inlaid ivory figures of maidens, Meiji period
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Two mother of pearl inlaid ivory figures of maidens, Meiji period
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2201 Bid
Important 19th C. Silver Model Figure of Kannon by Takamura Koun (1852-1934)
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Important 19th C. Silver Model Figure of Kannon by Takamura Koun (1852-1934)
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $4,000- $12,000
$1,0001 Bid
Wood Figure Daikoku: God of Wealth
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Wood Figure Daikoku: God of Wealth
by Orion Asian Art
Est: £40- £120
£401 Bid
Wooden Seated Tanuki Figure
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Wooden Seated Tanuki Figure
by Orion Asian Art
Est: £200- £600
£2001 Bid
Japanese Netsuke Carved Figure
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Netsuke Carved Figure
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Lot of 2 Kotobukiya Bishoujo Figures
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 2 Kotobukiya Bishoujo Figures
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Japanese Ceramic Sculpture of a Noh Actor
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Ceramic Sculpture of a Noh Actor
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Antique Artist Signed Carved Man Standing Holding a Staff Japanese Figurine
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Artist Signed Carved Man Standing Holding a Staff Japanese Figurine
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Japanese Carved Fudo Myo-o, and Misc. Figures.
Mar 09, 10:30 AM PST
Japanese Carved Fudo Myo-o, and Misc. Figures.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $80- $120
$500 Bids
(3) Japanese & Southeast Asian wood carvings
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
(3) Japanese & Southeast Asian wood carvings
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
A FINE AND RARE BRONZE STATUE OF BODHISATTVA
Mar 07, 2:00 PM PST
A FINE AND RARE BRONZE STATUE OF BODHISATTVA
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$5,0000 Bids
Japanese Bronze Sculpture, Monk Holding A Bell
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Bronze Sculpture, Monk Holding A Bell
by Neue Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Antique Japanese samurai gofun figure
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Japanese samurai gofun figure
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Japanese Polychrome Porcelain Figure of a Woman
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Polychrome Porcelain Figure of a Woman
by Neue Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Japanese Terracotta Deity Figure.
Mar 09, 10:30 AM PST
Japanese Terracotta Deity Figure.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Two Japanese carved wooden figures
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Two Japanese carved wooden figures
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£200 Bids
A Japanese bronze Man riding a Lion. 7 x 6 cm
Mar 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A Japanese bronze Man riding a Lion. 7 x 6 cm
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Japanese Men, Women & Children Statues


Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting

Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting

Neue Auctions

Neue Auctions

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Gibson's

Gibson's