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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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SMALL JAPANESE TANTO SWORD AND SHEAF, SIGNED TO BLADE
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
SMALL JAPANESE TANTO SWORD AND SHEAF, SIGNED TO BLADE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD40020 Bids
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ANTIQUE JAPANESE KATANA SWORD AND WOODEN SHEAF, SIGNED TO BLADE, WITH STAND
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KATANA SWORD AND WOODEN SHEAF, SIGNED TO BLADE, WITH STAND
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD37519 Bids
ANTIQUE IMPERIAL JAPANESE WAKIZASHI SWORD
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE IMPERIAL JAPANESE WAKIZASHI SWORD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $500
$42512 Bids
MEN'S JADE AND TWENTY-FOUR KARAT GOLD RING
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
MEN'S JADE AND TWENTY-FOUR KARAT GOLD RING
by O'Gallerie
Est: $800- $1,200
$90011 Bids
Phenomenal Japanese Obi
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
Phenomenal Japanese Obi
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$5010 Bids
Japanese Porcelain Decorative Blue And White Serving Dish, 9 X 10
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Japanese Porcelain Decorative Blue And White Serving Dish, 9 X 10
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1810 Bids
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Collection Japanese Cast Iron Tea Pots
Feb 27, 10:00 AM EST
Collection Japanese Cast Iron Tea Pots
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $40- $80
$1309 Bids
Japanese Decorative Bowl And Plate
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Japanese Decorative Bowl And Plate
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$179 Bids
A Japanese ivory figural group of a mother and child (H:9.5cm)
Feb 29, 1:00 PM AEDT
A Japanese ivory figural group of a mother and child (H:9.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD808 Bids
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI ERA BRONZE EAGLE ON PERCH
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI ERA BRONZE EAGLE ON PERCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$3258 Bids
Meiji - Taishi Period Japanese Ginbari Cloisonne Pot
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Meiji - Taishi Period Japanese Ginbari Cloisonne Pot
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$807 Bids
A Japanese satsuma bowl decorated with characters (dia 19cm)
Feb 29, 1:00 PM AEDT
A Japanese satsuma bowl decorated with characters (dia 19cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD607 Bids
A Japanese Meiji ivory figural group (H:29cm)
Feb 29, 1:00 PM AEDT
A Japanese Meiji ivory figural group (H:29cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,000- AUD2,000
AUD707 Bids
Pair Occupied Japan Decorative Wall Plates
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Pair Occupied Japan Decorative Wall Plates
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$87 Bids
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Dish On Carved Wood Stand
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Dish On Carved Wood Stand
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$146 Bids
Japanische Holzschnitte, Koitsu, Tsuchiya, 1870-1949, Shin hanga (27 x 40 cm)
Mar 02, 3:00 PM CET
Japanische Holzschnitte, Koitsu, Tsuchiya, 1870-1949, Shin hanga (27 x 40 cm)
by Signens Kunstauktionen
Est: €100- €140
€1205 Bids
HASUI KAWASE WOODCUT
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
HASUI KAWASE WOODCUT
by O'Gallerie
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5505 Bids
Oriental woodblock print of a lady and dog beneath a fruit tree frame size 60x 40cm
Feb 27, 7:00 PM AEDT
Oriental woodblock print of a lady and dog beneath a fruit tree frame size 60x 40cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD305 Bids
A pair of large Japanese Satsuma vases (H:47cm)
Feb 29, 1:00 PM AEDT
A pair of large Japanese Satsuma vases (H:47cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD505 Bids
An antique Japanese sewing box fitted with Ivory compartments (H:23-W:26.5-L:35.5cm)
Feb 29, 1:00 PM AEDT
An antique Japanese sewing box fitted with Ivory compartments (H:23-W:26.5-L:35.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,000- AUD2,000
AUD705 Bids

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