Wood Octopus Inro, Pipecase & Pipe

$1,300.00

A superb Japanese inro, kizerazatsu (pipecase) and kizeru (pipe), the kizerazatsu carved of wood in an open style in the shape of an octopus, or tako, the pipe of bamboo and brass and the inro, or tonkotsu carved from wood in acylindrical, single-case, box form with wave designs from the natural wood grain, dating to the Meiji Era (1868-1912). The tonkotsu measures 3 X 3 X 2 ins. The kizeruzatsu measures 7 1/2 ins. in length; the pipe measures 9 1/2 ins. The set is signed on the base of the tonkotsu: SHURAKU TO with kakihan = Shuraku carved. Davey lists several 19th century wood carvers by this name. The wood has a fabulous patina. There is one, small rim chip repair near one of the cord holes on the tonkotsu. The octopus is featured in many Japanese tales, including the story of the carpenter Hassan, of Edo, who swore off eating octopus to get rid of his warts! Our octopus is carved in typical style as a somewhat comical figure with a pouting mouth. He is often shown with a cloth around his head, holding a fan and dancing. From this figure has come the term Tako-Nyudo, or octopus monster, which is used to refer to bald-headed people! Can you imagine a better piece of superb Japanese art for the bald-headed monster in your life?!   

        $1,300.00

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