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JAPANESE CARVED/INLAID/LACQUERED WOOD, KINTARO, c1800
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Japanese carved, inlaid and lacquered hardwood panel depicting Kintaro "Golden Boy", c.1800.Possibly Ritsuo school. Dimensions: (inside frame) 17.75" wide x 10.75" tall. This is a fabulous depiction of the legendary "Golden Boy", Kintaro. Kintaro, who was fathered by a red dragon, mothered by the mountain sorceress. He was born with extraordinary strength, virtue and bravery. He later became a honorary retainer to Yorimitsu Minamoto, the greatest samurai in Japan history. A fit pairing. This fine depiction is of Kintaro retrieving a gigantic anchor from the sea floor. The panel is deeply carved from a dark reddish native hardwood. The panel picture is carved and inlaid using various materials, methods and techniques. One rare lacquer type and technique deserves a special mention,Sabiji. Sabiji is a special lacquer process in which lacquer is alternately built-up with metal particles. The metal particles (iron) are allowed to rust, and then another coat of lacquer is applied. This can be repeated until ready for polishing, hence creating the effect of rusty, old metal. Sabiji makie was used for creating the massive effect of the anchor. The sea creatures, basket and other details were created using various other lacquer techniques, mother-of-pearl, gilt, and carving of the hardwood background. This is a fine example and possibly from the Ritsuo School of late Edo. Kintaro is masterfully carved in fully animated round from mother-of-pearl. He actually shimmers. The carved sea floor is dark reddish brown/black with a rich and deep patina. In the upper left are 4 characters (translation pending), painted in gilt. Condition Consensus: Very Fine with no injury or repair. The panel is professionally mounted, framed and ready to display.



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