The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholarís realm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1263807 (stock #MOR4595)
The Kura
A tall vase in the style of bamboo ikebana vases cut from a single round of fantastically burled wood, polished to a soft glow by years of handling. Outside is a beautiful deep red patina. The upper and lower cores have been removed and inset with bamboo vases. It is 49 cm (19-1/2 inches) tall, and in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1263646 (stock #MOR4374)
The Kura
A naturally formed burl of wood forms this rugged basin in rich candy buff finish outside, lacquered red within. It is 29 x 23 x 9 cm (9 x 11-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition, with a few minor burn marks inside accentuating age and use.