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19c ASAKUSA pipe case KISERUZUTSU Immortality Fungus

19c ASAKUSA pipe case KISERUZUTSU Immortality Fungus


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1328968
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19th century Japanese Asakusa school staghorn kiseruzutsu (tobacco pipe holder) carved in a shape of a stem of Immortality Fungus with 5 heads. Could serve as nyoi, or Ruyi scepter - traditional symbol of scholarship and transmission of knowledge. Elegant carving, excellent rendition of fungus head textures, superb staining typical for the Asakusa School pieces. Very clever design, excellent wear and patina on the surface. Length 7 1/2 inches.