The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

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

Takago Shiro Carved Wood Figure

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1940: Item # 1401825

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A grizzled sage leans contentedly on a staff, a sleepy look in his eyes by Takago Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the pre-war era. Exquisitely rendered in raw wood, with a fine reddish patina unmarred by handling. It is 14 inches (35 cm) tall and in excellent condition with incised signature on the base. Takago (Also read Tagomori) Shiro was born and raised in the tumultuous and difficult era leading up to the second world war. He was accepted into the 4th Shin-Bunten National exhibition in 1941, but appears nowhere else after that, and it is likely, that like so many promising young artists, he did not survive the war. I would like to think that if he made it through, he grew to be as old and wizened as this carving.