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Wooden figure of seated old man, Japan

Wooden figure of seated old man, Japan


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 270356

Please refer to our stock # 10060 when inquiring.
  
$ 800

Sculpture of a seated old man with a pointy beard and long moustaches, possibly Takeshiuchi-no-Sukune. The old man is dressed in Chinese garment, his mouth set in a grimace, his right hand holding a thin mace, or a large, closed fan, his left hand just over his lap. On his head he wears a sort of cap with two horn-shaped protrusions at the front. Made of two pieces of wood (lower part of body and legs, torso from the waist up) joined by pegs, polychrome. The mace is a separate piece. Some material cracks and some pigments rubbed, otherwise very good condition. Height 17 inches. Japan, 19th century.
This is an excellent example of mingei. A comparable figure we have not been able to find in the literature.