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Japanese - General

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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SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$1008 Bids
A BRONZE AND CHAMPLEVÉ KORO IN SHAPE OF A KARASHISHI
Jun 13, 12:00 PM CEST
A BRONZE AND CHAMPLEVÉ KORO IN SHAPE OF A KARASHISHI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €350- €550
€4008 Bids
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$2006 Bids
Japanese copper rain chain 268 Long | 60cm - bell dia
Jun 18, 7:00 PM AEST
Japanese copper rain chain 268 Long | 60cm - bell dia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1606 Bids
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$1255 Bids
JAPANESE EMBROIDERED RAW SILK ROBE
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE EMBROIDERED RAW SILK ROBE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$1254 Bids
Collection of japanese antique combs
Jun 18, 7:00 PM AEST
Collection of japanese antique combs
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD404 Bids
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$804 Bids
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$804 Bids
Antique Japanese Tsuba Sword Guard Mounting
Jun 15, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Japanese Tsuba Sword Guard Mounting
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
Japanese Gilt & Patinated Bronze Tsuba
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Gilt & Patinated Bronze Tsuba
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1253 Bids
Japanese Buddhist Pilgrim's Fine Hemp Robe
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Buddhist Pilgrim's Fine Hemp Robe
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $600
$5003 Bids
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$703 Bids
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$903 Bids
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
SUPER RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SAMURI SWORD PARTS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$1003 Bids
Yukawa Shodo Kinko Fuzoku Hyaku Bijin Book
Jun 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Yukawa Shodo Kinko Fuzoku Hyaku Bijin Book
by Willow Auction House
Est: $800- $1,200
$4002 Bids
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Genuine antique Japanese iron KABUTO of SAMURAI's ō-yoroi (大鎧) armor, Edo period (1603-1868)
Jun 22, 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: $5,000- $10,000
$2252 Bids
Antique Japanese Silk Brocade Jinbaori (Samurai Vest)
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Japanese Silk Brocade Jinbaori (Samurai Vest)
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
A very large embroidered wall hanging. Meiji period, late 19th century
Jun 18, 11:00 AM CEST
A very large embroidered wall hanging. Meiji period, late 19th century
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €1,400- €1,800
€1,0002 Bids
Kawamura Kiho Kiho Gafu Woodblock Book
Jun 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Kawamura Kiho Kiho Gafu Woodblock Book
by Willow Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$2752 Bids
Ɏ YOSHITSUGU: A FINE SILVER FILIGREE SHIBAYAMA INLAID AND ENAMELED KORO (CENSER)
Jun 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Ɏ YOSHITSUGU: A FINE SILVER FILIGREE SHIBAYAMA INLAID AND ENAMELED KORO (CENSER)
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,4002 Bids
A Pair of Japanese Lacquered Metal Abumi
Jun 14, 10:00 AM EDT
A Pair of Japanese Lacquered Metal Abumi
by Alex Cooper
Est: $500- $600
$2752 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Japanese - General


Galerie Zacke

Galerie Zacke

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Kunsthaus Lempertz KG

Willow Auction House

Willow Auction House