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Japanese Kyosoku Meiji Period Arm Rest

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 748475

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Because the Japanese used a minimum of furniture and usually sat on the floor, frequently an arm rest, kyosoku, was used either singly or in pairs. This simple wooden Meiji period arm rest would have been appreciated for both its form and finish. The wood was first burned with hot coals and then scrapped with the result that the softer sections of wood would be carved out more deeply. This process would leave the "wavy" sculptural pattern on the surface of the wood.

23 inches long and 12 inches high