Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Finely carved from a choice piece of ebony, beautifully polished, depicting Chokaro’s horse seated on his large double gourd (hyotan) with its long tail swishing to one side. Note the minutely incised hairwork and fine grain of the wood. The himotoshi formed by the natural gap between the horse and the gourd.
LENGTH 4.1 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear.
The horse is the companion of Chokaro Sennin, who is able to conjure the animal out of a gourd at will. The Japanese expression hyotan kara koma (lit. ‘a horse in the gourd’) refers to a completely unexpected event which has come to pass.
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