A BAMBOO SCEPTER China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 
17th century

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Lot 5004
A BAMBOO SCEPTER
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 
17th century
Sold for US$ 36,250 inc. premium

The Zuiun Collection

15 Mar 2017, 10:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
A BAMBOO SCEPTER China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 
17th century A BAMBOO SCEPTER China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 
17th century A BAMBOO SCEPTER China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 
17th century
A BAMBOO SCEPTER
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 
17th century
The scepter formed from a natural bamboo rhizome with a rich golden-brown patina, the twisted end resembling a lingzhi fungus
With a double Japanese wooden tomobako storage box, the exterior of the outer lid inscribed Take nyoi 竹如意 (Bamboo scepter), the interior of the inner box lid inscribed 唯我独尊庵什宝竹如意者形状奇古頗極造化之妙所謂人工不及天工者信然 (The form of this bamboo scepter, a treasure of the Yuigadokuson-an [a hermitage named for the first words of Shakyamuni Buddha after he was born from his mother's side], is an extremely wondrous curiosity of nature such as the hand of man could surely never achieve), dated Kanoe-tatsu chūshū ato ichinichi 庚辰中秋後一日 (The second day of the eighth month of 1880) and signed Tessai Kissō Yarō 銕哉喆叟耶老 (Lucky old man Tessai)
12 1/2in (31.8cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Kanō Tessai 加納銕哉 (1845–1925)
    Sold in June 1937 at the Osaka Fine Art Club 大阪美術倶楽部

    Kanō Tessai, a previous owner of this piece, was born to a netsuke artist's family in Gifu and studied wood carving as well as painting in both Kyoto and Nagasaki, becoming a priest for a time before returning to secular life in 1868. He opened his own business in Tokyo in 1872 and came to prominence when he was commissioned to make a stationery set for Ōkubo Toshimichi, one of the leaders of the Meiji Restoration. He contributed wood carving to a Shibayama inlaid screen with rose and peacock decoration exhibited at the second Naikoku Kangyō Hakurankai (National Industrial Exhibition) in 1881 and then went on to show his own tobacco pouches and a pipe case at the next two exhibitions, in 1890 and 1895.
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