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Shop sign, kanban, oar ornament, Japan Edo, 19th c

Shop sign, kanban, oar ornament, Japan Edo, 19th c


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1286062

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 $1,300.00 
Kanban or shop sign for a store that sells or manufactures ornamental pin holders (ireko ningyo) for the oar pin (of a rowing boat or raft) to fall into. The pin holders are decorated as a male and a female face in court dress, their mouths wide open. The words ireko ningyo branded into the wooden board. On the back of the board paper label with a flying plover and the words ireko ningyo; also explanatory drawing of the proper use of the ireko ningyo. Japan, early 19th century.
W 19 in. x H 10.75 and 8 in.
Painting very worn, upper side missing, old repairs with iron nails.