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Japanese Bronze Okimono of a Carp, Taisho Period, Early 20th Century, Japan

$2,900

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An elegant Japanese cast bronze okimono of a swimming carp, Taisho Period (1912 - 1926), early 20th century, Japan. The graceful fish portrayed realistically in motion, as if swimming against a current. The fish's fins pushed back, muscular body taut and straining, with its tail rippling out behind. The carp's eyes look straight forward with a focused and determined gaze. Expertly and naturalistically cast, with especially fine attention to the scales, and even the underside of the head. An artist's mark engraved to the underside. The bronze with a beautiful mellow patina. Carp are symbols of perseverance, strength, and determination in Japanese culture. They often swim against the current. Legend states that any carp strong and brave enough to swim up and jump over the Dragon Gate (Longmen) waterfall, instantly is transformed into a dragon.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.13 in (7.96 cm)Width: 12.5 in (31.75 cm)Depth: 4 in (10.16 cm)
  • Style
    Taisho (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bronze,Carved,Cast,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1920
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. One minor casting flaw to the scales. Some light scratching to the bronze.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894727806742

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    Ships From: Austin, TX
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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austin, Texas, Lotus Gallery caters to a worldwide clientele through their gallery and participation in fairs and shows throughout the year.

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