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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Antique Japanese Carved Buddhist Lotus Stand

Antique Japanese Carved Buddhist Lotus Stand

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1700: Item # 1395981

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A carved wooden Buddhist stand in the shape of a lotus blossom over a cupped leaf. This exemplifies the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, not only in that the lotus leaf itself is such a symbol as it begins to degrade even as the flower comes into bloom, but also that this piece is entirely about texture and patina, the wood much worn from its great age. Three holes in the top once held something, likely a tri-legged bronze koro, which is no longer present. Carved from hardwood, it was likely once gilded, and insects got into the wood between the gilding and the surface, eating runes into the shape to spectacular effect, likely finding the wood itself to hard to penetrate deeply. It is 14 x 18 x 14 cm (5-1/2 x 7 x 5-1/2 inches).