This remarkable bamboo crane has the entire length of the cane carved with a large variety of figures. The top is a whorl that shows fine patina and an old leather carrying loop. The cane’s wonderful deep brown patina has led us to date the cane to the late Meiji period, circa 1880s-1910. The cane is intricately carved down the entire length of the piece. The carvings include (starting from the top) - A Hannya Mask– A Samurai – The Head of Hotei – A Peasant Woman - and an unknown mask. Each of these designs is carved in very fine detail.
The bottom tip of the cane is hollow. The cane measures 31 ½” long – the rounded top is 1 ½” – and the tapered tip at the bottom is 1/2"diameter. It is in excellent condition with no cracks - just the superb patina from years of usage.