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Pair 19c Japanese sword MENUKI KANZAN JITTOKU landscape

Pair 19c Japanese sword MENUKI KANZAN JITTOKU landscape


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1264330
Dmitry Levit Asian Art
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 $500.00 
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting: 1. Kanzan and Jittoku reading an open scroll, with Jittoku’s broom on the ground behind them. 2. A landscape in scholar’s taste with 2 huts, rocks and trees. According to a legend, Kanzan and Jittoku lived in a kitchen of a Chinese Zen Buddhist monastery and talked nonsensical language, which some took as a sign of them being enlightened. The second menuki alludes to the tranquility of a simple natural setting. Excellent design, superb casting, wonderful face, great depiction of robe lines. White bronze with coppery patina, silver and gold detailing, beautiful patina, in great condition. Length 1 5/8 inches.