Project Description

Bamboo kagamibuta with Unkaku sennin 

Comprising a silver plaque inlaid with gold set in a bamboo bowl, the himotoshi is lined with stained stag antler.

The metal plaque is decorated with an old man holding a scroll and seated beneath a pine tree. The long forehead of the wise man would suggest Fukurukuju, the god of longevity. However the scroll and pine tree would suggest the Sennin Ukaku, who is usually depicted with a scroll inscribed “Under the shadow of the pine and the plum-tree, sleeping on a high rock, Unkaku knows not how run the years; there is no calendar in the mountains”

Unsigned. 19th century

Diameter: 2.9 cms

Repaired crack to the side of the bowl

MR2158