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Lot 120: Japanese Sasano-Bori Wooden Painted Eagle
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
** A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit The Fowler Museum at UCLA **
Japan, Yamagata Prefecture (northern Honshu), mid to late 20th century CE. An amazing chisel-done carving of a raptor, probably an eagle, in the sasano-bori style, a unique form of folk craft. The art is made using a special kind of chisel; the wood is left curled like the natural form of bird feathers. The raptor sits atop a tall wooden perch and has painted feathers, beak, and claws. A really cool piece of folk art. Size: 3.4" W x 9.5" H (8.6 cm x 24.1 cm)
Provenance: ex-Morgan Collection, Santa Monica, CA.
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Condition Report: Small losses to one side of feathers.