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Wooden head of rakan, Japan 16th century

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Wooden head of rakan, Japan 16th century
$ 650

Head of a rakan with elongated eyebrows and thick earlobes. His eyes cast down. The head is hollow and is built up from several segments of wood. This technique is referred to as yosegi saiku. The eyes made of crystal, reverse painted. On the wood, mainly on the back of the head, traces of gesso. Soft wood. 16th century. H (without base) 7 inches. Along some seams traces of glue, some chips at edges (eyelids), otherwise good condition.

Originally this piece must have had a polychrome layer.

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