Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Beautiful 3 star gods feng shui

In Asian > Japanese Antiques > Show & Tell and Asian > Netsuke > Show & Tell.
Japanese Antiques238 of 690Japanese vaseBlue and white tea cup Possible Flow Blue
Love it
Like it

Peasejean55Peasejean55 loves this.
surfdub66surfdub66 loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
auraaura loves this.
See 2 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 5 years ago

    (7 items)

    I got these at a boot sale, asked expert to say if they were chinese or Japanese, and was told they were Japanese, Yamaguchi. Apparently very common to find japanese carvings with chinese subject matter and vise versa. Not sure what else the marks/signs mean. I am told they are pre 1940, possibly 1900 or turn of century. Does anyone know what the material it is. I can tell they are not ivory, but cant tell if celluloid or bone.

    Mystery Solved
    Japanese Antiques
    See all
    Koto era Wakizashi - antique sword Samurai Japanese Tachi tsuba Katana shirasaya
    Koto era Wakizashi - antique sword ...
    220*Japan Antique long sword Katana Standard blade Samurai classic Bold SUGUHA
    220*Japan Antique long sword Katana...
    Japanese sword in shikomi-zue mountings "Hizen koku Oumi-daijo Tada X"
    Japanese sword in shikomi-zue mount...
    Gold Work koshirae fine blade - antique Wakizashi sword Samurai Japanese japan
    Gold Work koshirae fine blade - ant...
    Koto era Wakizashi - antique sword Samurai Japanese Tachi tsuba Katana shirasaya
    Koto era Wakizashi - antique sword ...
    See all


    1. wexval, 5 years ago
      Your very well done Star Gods are lost wax molded resin or composition, likely made in Italy. I have been collecting this molded Asian art since 1970, and some of it dates to around 1920, but not the work with so much color, which is only lately showing up. I would date this to last quarter 20th century or later. Below you can see an emperor/empress pair done by the same maker as yours.
    2. ProfessorHeritage ProfessorHeritage, 5 years ago
      Ah Brilliant. Lol the expert then clearly wasnt very good! Thanks Wexwal. I thought they were recent, because the only way they could be pre 1940 was if they were celluloid.
      Do you think they are painted in Japan or China? or do you know who the marker is? The ones you sent me in the link at fantastic! Look like the same artist or company.
    3. wexval, 5 years ago
      Your Star Gods were definitely made in the same shop as my figures with no work being done in China or Japan. The few pieces that I have been able to attribute to Asian manufacture have nowhere near the quality of the Italian work. There are several Italian distributors that use paper labels on art with Asian style incised marks. The following link may help.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.