Kayōboku

#3367

Bunjin okimono “Kayōboku”
Lotus leaf-shaped wooden carving
Wood & lacquer
Edo period, 19th century
H:10.5cm, D:43cm, L:51cm
Collector’s box with the description about this item (see below)

荷葉木
此物不為何木也形状奇異酷肖
敗荷成於自然蓋造化戯作云原
係和州中山翁之有余一瞥欣羨
欲獲之乃託寧楽今村氏得割其
愛為伹憾裏面見刀鑿之痕稍過
巧緻而經歳之久古色可掬不必害為
珍玩也聊記所見以存之
癸亥晩春看雲主人

Wooden lotus leaf
I don’t know what kind of wood is used for this objet but it is totally natural. The form is quite strange but its outline is not carved.
Mr. Nakayama of Nara wanted to obtain this piece and asked Mr. Imamura.
The trace of carving of the back is well done and its patina is fantastic more and more with age.
He thought the trace of carving of the backside is too much well done and the old patina
Mizunotoi (=a year of the 60 Chinese sexagenary cycle, 1923), late Autumn, Master Kan’un

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