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Michael Ayervais is a recognized collector of Japanese Ningyô. Across the years Michael has expanded his collecting into other Japanese and Asian arts.
A rare huge clay Lucky Cat, produced in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868) - Ca. 1820.
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Japanese Meiji era Iki Ningyo 'Living Doll' manufactured late 19th to early 20th century.
Rare antique Chinese wood statue of Guayin; possibly Tang Dynasty.
Japanese late 19th century pair of Meiji period vases, baluster form in black cloisonne with floral motifs.
A Japanese carved and gilt wood Buddha figure Amida Nyorai (Buddha Amitabha), 15th C. Sengoku Cypress wood with traces of pigment and lacquer gold leaf. Standing on a lotus and a gold lacquer Zishi . This important masterpiece is exquisitely caved. From the draping of the robes and the beautiful face and head. This important museum quality is a very rare find. This statue of Amida (Sanskrit Amitabha Buddha), the Buddha of the Western Paradise, performs the gesture of teaching (vitarka mudra) with both hands. In East Asia, these gestures signify Amida's welcoming descent from heaven(raigo) to greet the soul of a faithful devotee at death. Images of his descent to earth illustrate the nineteenth of forty-eight vows made by Amida in a previous life, in which he promises to appear at the moment of death to all beings who devoutly desire rebirth in his paradise. Painted and sculpted versions of this theme first became popularized in Japan during the 12th century and were placed near the deathbed of a devotee so that he or she could see it. The statue has age appropriate wear. There are small chips to the robe's surface and the figure is missing its pinky and index finger.
A pair of framed elaborate Japanese paintings of an emperor and empress by Nakayama Sanji from the Mid Meiji Period (c. 1890). Each figure is richly adorned in colorful, flowing robes. Shown at Chicago World's Fair in 1893.
An antique late Momoyama period paper and wood Japanese painted screen in two panels, from the late 16th century.
An antique Japanese Meiji Period screen portraying a Portuguese Caravel ship on two panels.
Early 20th Century six panel Japanese screen, during the late Meiji to early Showa period, comes set within a black lacquer frame, with paintings of various foliage, flowers and bamboo surrounding a blue lake, beautifully detailed with swirling patterns.
Produced in Japan within the early 20th Century period, circa late Meiji to the early Showa period, this elegant six panel screen, which comes set within a black lacquer frame
A pair of Japanese carved wooden temple figures in the form of lions seated in traditional pose. The pieces have had some conservation and restoration to stabilize them.
Edo Pariod Japanese two-panel screen depicting cranes on a willow branch.
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