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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Fantastic Antique Japanese Carving, Tiger by Gyokuzan

Fantastic Antique Japanese Carving, Tiger by Gyokuzan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1920: Item # 1412609

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The Bashful Tiger is frozen in time, gripping the top of a rocky crag, an unusual depiction of the fearsome creature signed Gyokuzen and likely dating from the late 19th century (Meiji period). It is carved from a dense dark wood and has inlayed eyes. The technique is fabulous, with the chisel leaving behind each individual hair on the cats body. There is a great deal of humor in the depiction, typical of Japanese art, when we often see the god of thunder, the ferocious dragon, the fearsome tiger, the powerful shishi Lion, caught in a playful moment, or looking shyly away, as if embarrassed at being seen. The carving is 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Possibly the work of Asahi Gyokuzan (1843-1924), an artist especially remembered for ivory carving.