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Japanese Bronze Page Turner

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Japanese Bronze Page Turner
This double-sided page turner, beautifully worked in light bronze, features a handle crafted in high relief depicting rats on a bamboo shoot. Early 20th century. The scimitar-form blade is engraved on both sides with leaves and “Buddha’s hand” fruit, an aromatic but inedible citron that is said in its irregular shape to resemble the hand of Buddha. There is an engraved insect on one side and a bird on the other. The handle, which is the same on both sides, has been formed into a bamboo shoot. There is a rat at the top and one at the bottom of the shoot. A rope is tied around the shoot.

The Japanese link rats with prosperity, especially in the agricultural sector, because of the rodent’s success in securing food supplies. In art, depictions of the rat are most common in years of the zodiac represented by the animal and in presentations of Daikoku, a deity of grain and one of Japan’s Seven Gods of Good Luck.

CONDITION is excellent, with nice patina. There are a few darkened spots on one side.

DIMENSIONS: 10 5/8” (27 cm) long, 1 1/8” (3 cm) wide at handle.

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