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Japanese zodiac - wood carved tiger

€ 35

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This beautiful wood carved tiger is another perfect example of Ise-style carving, coming from the city in the prefecture of Mie famous for its extraordinary Shinto shrine, which is completely dismantled and rebuilt the same as before every twenty years. Legend has it that the first animal of the zodiac carved in Ise in this style - which adopts single-blade chisels, making continuous and precise cuts to dig wood - has been made using the remains of the Ise sanctuary itself. A small gem made by skilled artisan hands, encased in an elegant wooden box. Wood. 12 cm x 4 cm x 7 cm