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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A Pair of Carved Wood Portraits by Ichikawa Tetsuro

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The Sakamoto family sculpted in wood by Ichikawa Tetsuro dating from the post war era. On back is incised: Sakamoto Fujin Zo Showa 30 11th month (The Sakamoto’s, November 1955) respectfully carved by Tetsuro. Each is roughly 32 x 23 x 35 cm tall (12 x 9 x 14 inches) and both are in excellent condition.
Ichikawa Tetsuro (1901-1987) was born in Tokyo, he entered the Tokyo School of Art (Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko, modern University of Art) at age 15 and studied under Okuda Hosei and sculpture under Kano Tessai. In 1918, eventually succeeding as the recipient of Tessai’s style. He opened his own studio following the death of Tessai in 1925. He began to lose his hearing, eventually becoming deaf in the 1930s. He never exhibited publicly, until 1986, when he held a solo exhibition celebrating sixty years of wood carving. He died 3 months later. He was granted the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest honors to be bestowed upon a civilian in Japan, in 1979 for his commitment to and propagation of the Nara style of woodworking.