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A Late Meiji/Early Taisho Mingei Bamboo Page Turner

A Late Meiji/Early Taisho Mingei Bamboo Page Turner


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1950: Item # 995491

Please refer to our stock # 40 when inquiring.
 $75.00 
This is an amusing bamboo page turner from Japan made in the 1920s-30s. It has an open work handle and on the lower portion there is an intaglio carving of a snake about to sneak up on a frog. What makes it interesting is that the front of the snake is on one side and the tail is on the other - thus giving a feeling of the snake burrowing through the thin bamboo.

The piece is probably a folk art piece (Mingei) as the carving is rather crude. The turner measures 14 ½” long and is 1 ½” wide by 1/8” thick. It is in very good condition with nice patina – there is one short sliver on an edge than is loose from the bamboo grain.