Creative Japanese Rabbit (Usagi) Washi Paper Lamp
Dimensions: 13-0”h x 8-0” dia. (stand: 2-0””h x 9-0”dia)
Offered is a Washi Paper Rabbit Lamp in which he is resting on a natural-form Cedar (Sugi) and clear lacquered wood stand which is a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and contemporary form. Washi paper has a distinctive characteristic and originates from Japan, where it is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree, according to age-old tradition merged with contemporary craft and in this case a contemporary rabbit. The fragile-looking, translucent paper is strong and durable and enables the artist to create this wonderful form. The rabbit is a popular motif in Japanese art, literature, and folklore, often representing cleverness and resourcefulness.
This limited and rare edition represents a creative interpretation of a “chubby and happy” Rabbit (Usagi), with upright pink ears, definitive eyes and nose, rosy pink cheeks, and a smiling mouth. Japanese throughout this small island believe that he lives on the moon and is kept alive through folktales that have existed for many centuries. See the full story by reading our blog: https://mingeiarts.com/blogs/celebration-of-mingei-journey-through-japan/tsukino-usagi-the-moon-rabbit-beautiful-center-of-water-rabbits-selfless-and-making-mochi-on-the-moon to gain a full perspective on this beloved creature.
This expressive light form supports a density of illumination that reflects just as much light within the interior of the lamp as it allows to escape. As you can see it creates a certain mysterious and irregular effect — and it was this luminous quality that fascinated paper artists in the Northern regions of Japan. Today contemporary and creative light sculptures have become a popular decoration for various occasions, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere and inspiration to children and adults of all ages.
Condition: Excellent and perfect, original as-made condition. It comes fully electrified for US use and retains the craft/workmanship of paper makers in Central/Northern Japan.
Additional Information: Japanese lamps and lanterns have a rich history and cultural significance, spanning across centuries. These delicate and versatile light sculptures have been used for everything from lighting to symbolizing hope and happiness. In the 8th century, paper lamps and lanterns were introduced to Japan, where they quickly became a symbol of good luck and happiness. During times of war, people would illuminate a paper lanterns both inside and outside their homes as a sign of hope for peace. this symbol of hope and resilience has been carried down through the generations and is still a cherished tradition throughout Japan.
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