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Japanese Carved Treen of Fighting Kara Shishi

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All Items: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Wood: Pre 1980: item # 1160079

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Japanese Carved Treen of Fighting Kara Shishi
The Art and Orchid Gallery offers the dramatic well carved treen which exemplifies the Japanese appetence for the wood mediums and their traditional skill using chisels that goes beyond the Fujiwara Period (897-1185).[120A, 18B] This okimono, or ornamental object, was crafted by the technique the Japanese call 'ichiboku', or mostly carved from a single piece of wood.[25C, 120A] From the base stand upward, is a plethora of undercuts as kara shishi climbs on kara shishi. The Japanese artist borrowed this Chinese lion-dog decoration and calls it kara shishi.[3D] This animal can be found depicted on Japanese enameled ceramics in standing and fighting poses in references.[175E, 3F] Japanese motifs in decorative art frequently combine plants and animals, such as lion, king of the beasts, with the peony flower, king of the flowers.[120G, 3D, 164H] In this okimono the base with its upward radiating lines is a conventionalized peony. There are no damages or carver's marks and the base is felt lined. We believe its 20th Century. References available upon request. Size:~ 9 3/4" H x 6 1/2" x 5 1/2"; Weight: ~1734 grams ( ~ 3 3/4 pounds)

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