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 Japanese Ichiboku Carved Treen
This one-of-a-kind Japanese treen is crafted from a tree stump and its roots, possibly mulberry wood. It is a secular sculpture of two figures struggling in martial art combat. The sculptor used the twisted roots and knotty stump to his advantage to express the violent emotions and dynamic forms of the carving. The Japanese have for a long time had a preference for wooden sculpture. They have a traditional taste for wood and a skill in using a chisel. This particular carved treen exhibits 'homa-shiki' (rolling waves style)[120B] on the garment of the larger figure's right arm which joins with the smaller figure's left arm garments. Parallel clothing lines run about the top of the stump into the roots, seemingly, the actual channels and lines of the roots. The contorted grimaced faces on this carving reminds one of the faces on wooden Japanese masks and wooden temple guardians.[173C, 174D, 120E] Our treen was carved from one solid piece of wood, possibly a mulberry stump and its roots. Single wood block carvings are called 'Ichiboku'[120A] As the sculpture ages it will contract and develop the age cracks as seen on this art. By the Meiji Period (1868-1912) most of the wood carvers in Japan had switched to ivory carving because of foreign demand and working with wood became a lesser craft although some of the most accomplished work was done by Meiji craftsmen.[113F] More information and references available upon request. Size: ~ 14 1/2" H x 9" x 7 1/2"; Weight: 1043 grams;


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