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Japanese Cast Iron Abalone Shell, Bowl

Japanese Cast Iron Abalone Shell, Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1335169

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Tokugawa Antiques
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Astoria, OR 97103

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A life size cast iron form of an abalone shell with red urushi lacquer. On the backside, its outgrowth (5 toed) stabilizes it to sit steady on a flat surface. There are 2 "bumps" or pflanges on the top's rim - its unclear if there had been another shell half which would have joined to form a box - please view last photo. It is in overall good condition - there is expected wear to the lacquer. Dates from early 20th century.

Length: 8"
Width: 6 3/4"
Height: 2 5/8"
Weight: 2 pounds