Japanese Carved Wood Tea Tray in Lotus Leaf Form
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: item # 1150187
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B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
This unusual tea tray has been realistically hand carved from a single piece of wood in the form of a curled lotus leaf. Meiji/Taisho period (early 20th century). The front depicts the top of an open lotus leaf with curled outer edges, including the upper and lower edges which are completely folded over the top. The lightly chiseled top surface is covered with incised leaf veins which radiate from the center, and a separately carved stem peaks out from beneath the leaf. The reverse side is also nicely sculpted, with carved patterns radiating from the stem to the outer edges of the leaf. The close-grained wood is likely boxwood, and it has a deep brown color and a soft dark patina reflecting many years of use. Boxwood serving trays of this type were important accessories in senchado (“the way of sencha”) -- the tea ceremony developed in the Edo period using sencha tea.
The lotus (“hasu”) is a water flower that rises above large fan-shaped leaves, growing in still, shallow bodies of fresh water and mud. Buddhist traditions hold that the lotus is a sacred flower. In secular Chinese art, the lotus has many auspicious meanings, variously symbolizing harmony, love, sympathy and prosperity.
CONDITION is very good, with only minor wear consistent with age and usage, including two small chips on the stem.
DIMENSIONS: 12” (30 cm) x 8 ¼” (21 cm) x ¾” (2 cm) deep.
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