As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this quite magical Meiji Period (1868-1912) mixed media study of a woodcutter at rest, the fully signed okimono is actually designed to be a functional yet fun incense burner, the quite charming character sits upon his faggots of freshly cut wood clearly enjoying whatever he is smoking in his large opium pipe, the faggots and base carved from wood in fine detail, his body similarly carved from a native wood with his clothing lacquered in multi coloured tones . The limbs and smoking related implements as well as his head and facial features have been painstakingly carved from boxwood in the finest detail imaginable, his aged face inset with glass eyes truly paints a picture of a weary man enjoying his moment at rest, the figure itself lifts from the faggots of wood to reveal an original metal receptacle in which to burn the incense, the vapours escaping from the woodcutters gaping mouth to resemble smoke from his pipe. A very rare and enchanting mixed media okimono that would grace any collection and certainly bring a smile to your face, as intended when manufactured during that magical Meiji Period, artist signed within a silver seal and inscribed into the lacquer base.
Condition report :
Very fine condition with minimal age related wear to the lacquer.
Approximate Sizes :
Height : 13.5″ 34.5 cm
Width : 12.5″ 31.5 cm
Depth : 7.5″ 19 cm
Free worldwide delivery and a certificate of authenticity are included within the price of this item.