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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Rare Wooden Oni-gawara Mingei Carving from North Japan

Rare Wooden Oni-gawara Mingei Carving from North Japan


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1800: Item # 1461704

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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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 $3,700.00 
An exceptionally rare roof ornament in the shape of a devils head (called an Oni Kawara or Oni-gawara) bleached white and washed smooth with centuries of weather. Both cheeks and temples are marked by rust where hand forged iron spikes had secured it to the ridge. It is 70 cm (28 inches) tall, 55 cm (22 inches) wide and in overall excellent condition. This was likely part of a multi-layered shrine roof, the use of wood indicating it came from a lower tier which was partly protected by another overhang.