Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
In accordance with the requests of local authorities our Kyoto gallery will be closed to visitors from April 14th until further notice.
Provocative Antique Japanese Wood Sculpture
Please refer to our stock # MOR8449 when inquiring.
Atama Wo Kakaeteru, she holds her head in her hands, perhaps pondering the troubled times she is enduring. This nude, carved from a single block of wood, is anonymous, judging by the carving style and finish dating from the pre-war years. It is 67 x 40 x 50 cm (25 x 15 x 19 inches) and is in overall an excellent state of preservation. If you had received our recent newsletter, you will know that by the early 1930s Japan was enduring dire financial circumstances while at war on the continent, and with government restrictions and censorship, the people were forced to internalize their fears and misgivings, perhaps inspiring sculptures such as this. One might wonder what would inspire someone to such a wonderfully expressive carving, without thinking to sign it. Part of our current exhibition “SHOWA” highlighting crafts from the middle years of the Showa era encompassing sculpture, textiles, ceramics, painting in both Nihonga and Oil, metalwork, glass and lacquer. This intriguing era full of so much change is yet rarely explored, and I hope that we may be able to show some highlights over the next two weeks. Due to size, the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
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