Condition: Excellent

Antique Japanese Pair of Flat Bar Bronze/Mix Metal Scroll Weights | 19th/Century

Japanese scholar’s objects were, in a sense, the luxury goods of their time, but rather than wealth what they really represented was the physical embodiment of the scholar’s intellectual curiosity and aesthetic taste. As well as the creation of the ‘three perfections’ poetry, paintings, and calligraphy a key aspect of life as a scholar/artist was the appreciation and study of these pursuits. Scroll weights would have been used to weigh down a paper scroll, allowing the scholars to quietly reflect on the contents before them.

Represented is a beautiful pair of 19th/c Antique Japanese Scroll weights, (heavy bars used by painters and readers of scrolls). Both pieces are engraved with one continuous image of a natural motif representing a Blooming Cherry tree, Chrysanthemums, and a pair of Birds highlighted in silver. A spring poem is inscribed on the top of one weight. Both pieces have the artists stamp on the back. Condition: Excellent as originally made. Dimensions: ¾”w x 4-3/8”L x 3-8”h.

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