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KAWARI KABUTO IN THE FORM OF A SHACHIHOKO or DRAGON FISH

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KAWARI KABUTO IN THE FORM OF A SHACHIHOKO or DRAGON FISH

Superb Dragon Fish helmet from the master metalworker Fukutaka Ichiro

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KAWARI KABUTO IN THE FORM OF A SHACHIHOKO or DRAGON FISH

Russet Iron with Gilded Eyes

Circa 1970

Height 53 cm Width 37 cm Depth 40 cm (21 x 14.75 x 16 in)

This superb sculptural Kabuto is in the form of a dragon fish and was made by Fukutaka Ichiro, the most talented gendai (modern) smith of his generation. His particular skill was embossing and he never signed his work.

In Japanese folklore the dragon shachihoko is a mythical fish with the head of a tiger, dragon scales and the arched tail of a carp which is believed to cause rain and can protect against fire.

Provenance:
Private collection Japan

Bibliography:
Shin Katchushi Meikan by Sasama Yoshihiko ISBN 4-89806-127-3

1909 / 3162

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