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Butterfly Jizai Okimono
Butterfly Jizai Okimono - Asian Works of Art Style Butterfly Jizai Okimono -
Ref : 87652
1 000 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
Japan
Medium :
Iron
Dimensions :
L. 2.91 inch X l. 2.36 inch
Asian Works of Art  - Butterfly Jizai Okimono 19th century - Butterfly Jizai Okimono
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Butterfly Jizai Okimono

Fine iron jizai of a butterfly with articulated wings.
The butterfly (choho) in Japan is perceived as "the soul of the living and the dead", the spirits of the dead taking the form of a butterfly on their journey to the other world. The butterfly spreading its wings is a symbol of femininity. It can also symbolize joy and longevity. This last motif is taken up by the samurai, seeing in its twirling figure a motive of good omen allowing them to reach immortality. The Taira clan has adopted the butterfly as its coat of arms for this symbolism.
Japan - Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Length: 7.4 (3 inch) cm - Width: 6 cm (2,4 inch)

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