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.
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Antique Japanese Wood Carving, Yoshida Issen, Smoking Man

Antique Japanese Wood Carving, Yoshida Issen, Smoking Man


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1940: Item # 1424047

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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 $1,500.00 
An evocative work by Yoshida Issen, a man at leisure, relaxing, the poise and gesture as if he is about to speak. The carving gives insight into the clothing and customs of old Japan. Here the subject is seen in the clothing of a traveler or outdoor worker, pantaloons tucked into a set of straw leggings, straw sandals on his feet, and a sleeveless jacket over his tunic. The mouthpiece of the pipe protrudes from the pouch secured by a netsuke toggle dangling from his left hand. Otherwise he appears to have no possessions. Beautifully carved, it is signed on bottom Issen and dated Showa 12 (1937). Adjacent to the date is the place name Noto Nanao, a town on the Noto peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture. This figure is 21 cm (8-1/2 inches) tall and in exceptional condition. Yoshida Issen I (1885-1956) was a well-known woodworker and sculptor from Nanao. A large free-standing panel (tsuitate) by him is held in the Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum.