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Wood Okimono of a Hawk

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Wood Okimono of a Hawk
This is a fully carved boxwood okimono of a hawk on its own stand, its head turned elegantly upward, the wings resting on each side. Finely carved details naturalistically render the bird's plumage, razor sharp claws and each feather along the neck. The expressive eyes are inlaid with aogai. (Hawks form part of Japan's rich artistic history, often represented in scenes of nature and in imagery connected to legends of the samurai. During the Edo Period, the hawk became an emblem of the Japanese warrior class due to its keen sight, predatory nature and boldness-preferred attributes of the samurai.) This boxwood okimono with rich, dark patina, is in very good condition, its slight age cracks on the base due to the nature of the medium. Ivory signature plaque, Keiun, can be found on the base. Height: 10" Meiji Period, Japan

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