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Posted 3 years ago


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This is a large tray, wood with raised lacquer decor,measuring approximately 26¾" in length and 16¼" wide. The edge is just under 2" high. The corners are dovetailed and have bone or ivory fixings.
It has no cracks, perfectly flat.
The owl seems to have glass inlaid eyes.
My research gave me keyaki wood, and taka maki-e lacquer.
I know symbolism is very important in asian culture, specially for luck, fortune or success so I'm astonished by the owl grasping a sparrow!
And I can't identify the plant on last pic...
Waiting for Christie's opinion ;-) but would like to hear about your opinions on the symbols!

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Maybe lotus leaves?
  2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thanks Vetraio, It was my first thought, but the flower doesn't match...

    Thanks for your love, all!
  3. toracat toracat, 3 years ago
    Spectacular!! email me after you hear from Christie's!
  4. shrine shrine, 3 years ago
    kyratango -- thank you for sharing such beautiful piese, one of the best Japanese inlaid I've seen. This one is Japanese for sure and they have slightly different culture than Chinese. Japanese values honor, fight and valor where chinese values peace, fortune and longevity more. This is a common theme in Japanese inlaid, like owls feeding on sparrow, falcon feeding on duck, and etc.

    Keyaki wood, in my opinion, is a accurate word for the material, good research job.
  5. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thanks a lot shrine!
    I know nothing in japanese culture, so I'm proud to found the right wood id, and lacker technique.

    Thanks a lot too Don, waiting too to hear from Christie's...
    Will post new beasts as soon as my fight against loading pics from my phone will be succesful...
  6. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thanks all for your loves!
  7. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Just heard from Christie's...
    They just said not interesting for them to sell, too low value...
    But no information about it :-(
  8. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
    Pfft Christies!! No taste! lol
  9. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Lol! Thanks Racer for visiting!
  10. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thanks windwalker for loving it much than Christie's did ;-)
  11. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thanks toolate and vintagefran :-)
  12. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 2 years ago
    Really cool! Love the owl!
  13. Alan2310, 2 years ago
    What a beautyful tray, i love it.
    The picture 4 remind me the leaf this plant""Elephant Ears Colocasia Illustris Taro Plant with black leaves and green veins"

  14. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Thanks Vintagelamp for loving my owl tray!
    Alan, colocasia has rather similar veined leaves, but still puzzled by the flowers...
    Thanks a lot for your input!
  15. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Caperkid for joining the 23 lovers :-))

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