1 of 9 images

Japan Mid Century Modern Ainu Japanese Bear, Higuma and Salmon Fish

About

Japan, fine old medium scale carving of a bear, Higuma, grasping a salmon fish, carved by the Ainu people of Northern Japan (Hokkaido Island). Carved Ittobori style (from one wooden piece) of cryptomeria or cedar wood. Mid-Century, dating to 1950s-1960s. Measures" 11" H x 17" L x 8" D. The Ainu indiginous people, residing on Hokkaido Island, Japan for centuries, evolved a wood carving culture and later an export business since the early 20th century many Ainu carved bears, known as Higuma, to sell as souvenirs. Until then, these bear carvings had only existed as sacred objects, usually as headdresses and prayer sticks. History tells us that during the early 20th century, a former bear hunter by the name of Umetaro Matsui, (1901-1949) started carving bears in the town of Asahikawa after surviving an unfortunate run in with a bear. Provenance: private Japanese Nagoya collection. Schneible Fine Arts has been dealing in authentic Chinese,Japanese, and antiquities and fine art, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for twenty five years. Mr. Schneible personally travels to China, Japan and Europe each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity, and quality condition. After accumulating a group, they are imported to Vermont and Maine in large containers. This method keeps shipping costs low and enables us to offer them to you at reasonable prices. We carefully pack and ship to clients all-over the USA and at reasonable shipping costs. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our "Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee." We are members of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) specializing for ten years now in old and authentic Japanese stone garden ornaments. Please come visit us June 15-Oct 10, to our expansive Maine annual summer garden and indoor gallery Exhibition "Treasures from Asia" 149 Main St, Northeast Harbor, Me 04662 (Mount Desert Island-just 15 minutes from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park). This, our seventh annual exhibition, features hundreds of antique, and many unique Asian and non-Asian garden ornaments including a fine selection of authentic Japanese lanterns and water basins (tsukubaI) as well as an indoor gallery chock full of select antique Asian Buddhas, Chinese antiquities, old jades, fine pottery, woodblock prints, Japanese screens, and much more. We hope to see you there!  

Details

  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 11 in. x W 17 in. x D 10 in.

    H 27.94 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 25.4 cm

  • Seller location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference number
    LU128923566812

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2015
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Shelburne, VT
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Japanese Large Antique Hand made Hand carved Be...

Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

Wood

Japanese fine old hand made and hand carved large-scale wooden carving of a bear Higuma grasping a salmon fish, cryptomeria (cedar) wood , signed and dated Showa 53 (1978), Quality:...

NaN

Bear Family Climbing Tree, Old Japan Handcrafte...

Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

Cedar

Mint and Signed Japanese fine old handmade and hand-carved large-scale wooden carving of a bear family Higuma climbing a tree, cryptomeria (cedar) wood and in large-scale, 19 inche...

NaN Sale Price
38% Off

Handmade Sculpture of Entwined Lions, Japan, 1930s

Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

Plaster

An old Japanese 1930s era large-scale and animated sculpture of two entwined lions with original old felt bottom tabs. Handmade. Dimensions: 9 inches high and 25.5 inches; length ...

NaN

Japanese Stunning Antique Tiger Hand-Carved and...

Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

Bone, Wood

Japan, a one of a kind large-scale hand-carved wooden model of an animated tiger, Taisho period (1912-1926) A fine sculpture hand-carved from a single block of wood, in a Mingei o...

You May Also Like
NaN

Carved Tibet Architectural Panel Elephant & Bir...

Unknown

Tibetan Sculptures and Carvings

Wood

Carved Tibet architectural panel elephant and bird motifs early to mid-20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This charming panel, carved from a plank of pine wood, would have adorne...

NaN

Wood Carved Ironwood Panel with Floral Motif, B...

Unknown

Indonesian Sculptures and Carvings

Wood

Wood carved ironwood panel with floral motif. Borneo, mid-20th century. Offered by Bo Tree Source. This beautifully eroded decorative panel incorporating a floral motif comes from ...

NaN

Terracotta Votive Plaque from Nepal, Early to M...

Unknown

Nepalese Sculptures and Carvings

Terracotta

Terracotta votive plaque from Nepal, early to mid-20th century. Offered by Bo Tree Source. Terracotta votive plaque from the Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley, early to mid-20th c...

NaN

Vintage Decorative Cart Panel, Naga Motif, Mid-...

Unknown

Thai Sculptures and Carvings

Teak, Paint

Vintage decorative cart panel. Naga motif, mid-20th century, North Thailand Offered by Bruce Hughes. This was a once brightly colored decorative panel from a northern Thai two whee...

NaN

Vintage Decorative Cart Panel, Naga Motif, Mid-...

Unknown

Thai Sculptures and Carvings

Teak, Paint

Vintage decorative cart panel. Naga motif, mid-20th century. North Thailand. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This is a beautifully decorated panel from a two wheeled cart from rural North...

NaN

Vintage Hand-Carved Cart Panel, Elephant Motif,...

Unknown

Thai Sculptures and Carvings

Teak, Paint

Vintage hand-carved cart panel. Elephant motif. Teak, mid-20th century. North Thailand. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This colorful three dimensional hand carved and painted teak panel ...

NaN

19th Century Lao Buddha Statue

Laotian Sculptures and Carvings

19th century Lao Buddha (Life like size). Late Era: Second period (1827-1893) Wonderful example of Laotian Buddhist Folk Art. The art of the Lao Buddha image is considered one of the...

NaN

Antique Japanese Statue of Dakini Ten

Japanese Sculptures and Carvings

Wood

Rare and highly unusual antique Japanese statue of the esoteric deity 'Dakini Ten,' a top a holy white fox clutching a Buddhist thunderbolt (Vajra) in its jaws. Early Edo period 17th...