Jerry Solomon

Japanese Masks & Sculpture, Arms & Armor, African, Oceanic, Indonesian, & Philippine Tribal Arts
P.O. Box 48737
Los Angeles, California USA 90048
Tel : (323) 876-2183
Hours: By appointment

A former stockbroker and collector of Japanese, African, Oceanic and Indonesian art became an art dealer in 1981. He began buying and selling Asian and Tribal Art, applying a collector’s viewpoint, to purchase and sell quality art. Jerry Solomon is a recognized international authority on Japanese Tsuba (sword guards), and Japanese Shrine masks, previously collecting African, Oceanic, Indonesian, Philippine and Himalayan arts. Being a major believer in eclecticism, that art is most enjoyed when one can experience the beauty of many cultures, his interests and expertise are very diverse. Among them are Japanese Tsuba and Armor, Japanese Shrine masks, African and Oceanic art, Indonesian sculpture, Indian Cola sculpture and Tibetan Thanka. Special interests are in the Arts of the Batak, Dyak, Nias and the Philippines, and especially Bul’ul. He has either participated in organizing, lending or lectured in the following exhibitions:

Arts of the Japanese Sword, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; 1974—One of theOrganizers, lenders and lecturers of the exhibition.

Japanese Shinsa, Newport Beach, California (A major Japanese sword and sword Fittings exhibition in association with the NTBHK of Japan); Newport Beach,California, 1974. -- Large exhibition of his Higo province tsuba collection, in the Meibutsu room.

Great Masters of Tsuba-Ko; Japanese Sword Club Northern California; Token Kai, 1976, lecture by Jerry Solomon, and article published.

The People and Art of the Philippines, Museum of Cultural History, UCLA; 1981.—Lender.

The Silk Route and The Diamond Path
, Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, UCLA; AsiaHouse Gallery; NY; Natural Museum of History, Natural Museum of Man, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; 1983; lender.

The Eloquent Dead — Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia, UCLAMuseum of Cultural History, 1985, one of the major lenders.

Islands and Ancestors — Indigenous Styles of Southeast Asia, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1988.– Lender.

Masks of the World
, Mingei International, Museum of World Folk Art, La Jolla, California; 1995. – Major lender.

Masks of the World
, The California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, California, 1999. Major lender.

Body Politics — The Female Image in Luba Art and the Sculpture of Alison Saar
, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2000. – One of the major lenders. Other institutions where loans, lectures or consultations were given: The British Museum, Department of Asian arts; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California; University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA; Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles, Orange Coast College, Art Museum.
16th century Japanese Demon (Oni) Shrine mask
Nepal Mask
Conquistador Mask
late 19th-early 20th century Karo Batak Gilded silver wedding headress, Sumatra, Indonesia
Ainu Pair
Indian Bronze Candle Holder
Chinese Warring states ceremonial ding Ca. (475 BCE to 221 BCE)
Japanese Wood Standing Guardian figure ca. 14th-15th BCE
small seated Leti Island figure