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Head of monkâs staff, Japan, Meiji period

Head of monk’s staff, Japan, Meiji period

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1920: Item # 865548

Please refer to our stock # 10554 when inquiring.
$ 700

The metal head of the staff, with some simple engraved decoration on the central shaft indicating lotus petals. The central ring has the shape of an inverted heart, from which six rings loop, three on each side. Mounted on a short wooden pole, covered with red lacquer. The staff is one of the 18 Possessions permitted to a monk. It has several uses attributed to it, among others to scare away insects and reptiles while traveling. Cast sentoku. Japan, 19th century.
H including pole ca. 10" (25.2 cm), H metal head only ca. 4.75" (12.3 cm).
Minimal corrosion on head, otherwise very good condition. Mounted on metal base.