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A Fine Old Japanese Natural Form Burl Wood Stand Called Kadai

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Collection No. TA-596
Size Height 51cm
The Art of Compassion The Todd Barlin Collection
Asian Buddhist Art
Asian & Japan Scholars Art

A Fine Old Japanese Natural Form Burl Wood Stand Called Kadai

This beautiful and mysterious object is a root-wood stand from Japan called Kadai.  Its form can be what you see in it as when people are viewing clouds in the sky and each seeing something different.  It may have been used as a small stand to have set something on it like a vase with flowers.   It was likely made in the late 19th Century.  This artwork has been in my home for many years and it still delights the eye to see it each day as if seeing it for the first time.  Sometimes it looks like two figures dancing but no matter what side you look at there is always something new in the form.

The Japanese aesthetic of using natural forms in wood with minimal additions by the artist are some of the most beautiful objects in my collection.

A Kadai can be used in Tea Ceremonies and the form can be referred to as  Wabi-Sabi

In Zen philosophy there are seven aesthetic principles for achieving Wabi-Sabi as listed below;

Fukinsei (不均斉): asymmetry, irregularity;

Kanso (簡素): simplicity;

Koko (考古): basic, weathered;

Shizen (自然): without pretense, natural;

Yugen (幽玄): subtly profound grace, not obvious;

Datsuzoku (脱俗): unbounded by convention, free;

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Japanese Art & Objects & Asian Art & Objects.  Please look at my collection of Japanese Inro & Smoking Pouches & other Japanese art objects on my website.


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