A rare Japanese Satsuma koro
Meji period
c. 1880-1890
A Satsuma koro depicting Kannon on all sides with her entourage
and a dragon. She is the Japanese manifestation of the Chinese
Kwan Yin or the Tibetan Avelokitesvara. The top lid has two
perforations in the sign of the cross and the signature at the
bottom is topped with the cross in the circle Satsuma symbol. This
symbol originated when Korean Christians settled in Japan in the
village of Satsuma and developed beautiful earthenware with
exquisite painting on them. They blended the two cultures together
utilizing these archetypes. Works of this quality have been
completely lost to the modern world. This excellent example
measures from top to bottom approximately 5 1/2" tall.
A rare Satsuma vase depicting boys playing in the snow
Meji period
c. 1880-1910
A  Satsuma vase in the shape of gourd which is considered a very
auspicious symbol representing longevity and was a shape in
frequent use to dissipate or ward off pernicious influences. It is a
very happy motif, a rare and  excellent scene of boys playing in the
A very rare Satsuma bowl depicting a Bhodisattva
Meji period
c. 1790-1860
A very rare Satsuma bowl depicting a powerful Bodhisattva which
is an enlightened being of compassion. He is ringing a dorje
thunderbolt bell in his right hand as the incense rises to the
heavens with his prayers and mantras from his left hand. He is
flanked by two Dakinis who are his attendants. Condition is good
though His halo is worn off and some wear is evident due to age. A
very small/short natural imperfection hardly noticeable is on the
right rim which is guaranteed to be from its original oven firing
when it was made. It is rare to see an image of the thunderbolt  
dorje in any Japanese antique piece but we do see it in Japanese
Buddhist ritual art and occasionally on samurai sword menuki  but
it is extremely rare on a piece of Satsuma! It was not made for
export. This item was revered by Japanese Buddhist families and
represents a significant aspect of her culture. It is in overall great
shape and the image is clean. It measures approximately 170mm
in diameter.
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Very rare Japanese shakudo chatelaine box
c. 17th-18th century
Edo period
A very rare 17th -18th century Japanese shakudo snuff or tobacco
box depicting a very interesting battle scene on both sides with
horses, flags and a military fort. It is all hand made by a very skilled
artisan. Mixed metal work accents the reverse. It has  very nice
wear and patina.  A remarkable and scarce example of early
Japanese  metal work. It measures 69 & 1/2mm  from the very top
to bottom. Without the top bolt and bottom hinge it measures
65mm in diameter.
A very rare Hindu ritual water bowl
17th-19th century
A very rare Hindu ritual bowl for water purification ceremony. The
top rim depicts Ganesh, Skanda, Parvati, Nandi and lingas. The
bowl is decorated  all around with high relief Bhairavas. A most
rare and wonderful example of  a Hindu ritual vessel. It measures
approximately  5 3/4" in diameter at its widest and 4 1/2" tall.