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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Wood Carving of a Koi (Carp) by Kawahara Kazuo

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1980: Item # 1424158

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A life-size image of a carp moving languorously through the water, sunlight reflecting golden off its scales. The carving is of aromatic camphor wood, the same wood used for carving Shinto deities and other holy figures. It is by Kawahara Kazuo, and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The lithe creature is 16 inches (40.5 cm) long. There is a slight abrasion to the tip of the dorsal fin, otherwise is in excellent condition.
Kawahara Kazuo (b. 1937) was born into a family of woodworkers in the famous craft village of Inami in Toyama Prefecture. He graduated the prefectural Takaoka Craft School in 1956, and apprenticed under his grandfather Kawahara Tesshu. His work was first recognized for selection at the Nitten National exhibition in 1962 and has been consistently accepted there. Five years later he would receive the Hokutosho, one of several prizes at that prestigious event. His work has also been accepted into the Nihon Gendai Kogeiten Modern Crafts Exhibition (awarded) where he served as a judge as well as the Shinkogeiten New Crafts Exhibition. He is the recipient of the Toyama Prefectural Order of Cultural Merit for his dedication to propagating the Inami wood-working techniques.