THE VANISHING HEAVENS

A UNIQUE AND RARE JAPANESE MADE UMIMATSU OPIUM PIPE


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1910: Item # 1203228
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Fashioned from an exceptionally large and solid piece of umimatsu measuring 25 inches. A very hard and heavy material. Carved with a design of carp, prawns and an eel. The overall stem of the pipe is carved with a detailed design of seaweed. The carver cleverly used the ingrained natural wood and amber colors inherent in the material to create the colors in the carved images. Done by carving through the top petrified black layers to create the design in the underlying petrified wood. The large carp is carved from a natural branch protruding from the main stem. Umimatsu , literal translation is “ sea pine , is petrified wood formed when cedar and pine trees from the Tertiary Age (5 million years ago) were buried underground and then carbonized. The layers of earth where this material is found extend under the Aobayama and Yagiyama sections of Sendai, Mayagi Prefecture in of the Tohoku Region. Use of Umimatsu as a carving material was the purview of the Japanese for centuries. Dimensions: Length: 25 inches Width: from 2 inches at widest end to 1 ¼ inches at the mouth piece