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 Root-Wood Sculpture, Pidgeon

Antique Japanese Root-Wood Sculpture, Pidgeon

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1431625

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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An organic wood “sculpture” of a pigeon, the body entirely the natural shape of the branch or root, the beak carved to a point, the tail cut off where the wood had continued. This type of “found art” has long been treasured in Japan, from unusual pieces of raw bamboo used as vases in the tea room, suiseki stones in a myriad of shapes with their bases carved from precious woods, and root-wood sculptures of many forms from the goddess of mercy to animals to tree leaves. They were highly prized by scholars and men of literati taste. Yamamoto Shunkyo, the great early 20th century painter, dedicated an entire room in his house to such objects and Tomioka Tesai lined his shelves with boxes specially made to protect these small natural wonders. This bird is 20 cm (8 inches) long and in overall excellent original condition.