Flying Cranes Antiques Ltd. - Antique Arts of Japan


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 886274

Please refer to our stock # 9-432 when inquiring.
Flying Cranes Antiques Ltd.
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1050 Second Avenue, Galleries 55, 56 and 58
New York, NY 10022

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This is a boxwood and ivory tabaco-ire with bats expertly carved in great detail in high relief. On one side, its panel is filled with a mass of flying bats. On the other, framed by auspicious clouds in high relief, three bats clasp a plaque with gold-lacquered characters. A carved nut ojime holds the cord in place. (Bats in East Asian art are associated with good fortune and happiness.) This tabaco-ire is in excellent condition with no cracks or restoration. 19th Century, Japan