Takayama Contemporary Hand Carved Animals | Set of Four Takayama Contemporary Hand Carved Animals | Set of Four

Hand Carved Zodiac Animals

Takayama Contemporary Hand Carved Animals | Set of Four


Descriptive qualities& condition:

These wonderful and detailed little animal carvings came from Hida Takayama Japan and made by Tsuda Sculptures and specialize in hand-made individuality, which makes each carving unique. Represented in the group of four are rat (1-1/2”l); ox; (1-1/2”l); boar (1-1/2”l) and a rabbit (2-0”l), which are wonderfully detailed with their eyes, ears, horns, and tails giving them real character.

The wood grain, (Sugi), detailed carving, and the natural color make each piece a wonderful visual and tactile pleasure. Two are signed, (Rabbit and the Boar) by the artist, and the other two (Ox and the Mouse), were by his apprentice and unsigned.

Condition: As originally in exceptional condition, “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. 

NOTE: Each represents the Japanese zodiac which is based on the solar calendar since the lunar calendar was abandoned in 1872. Here is the year and summary of the characteristics of each animal in this set of four:

Rat (nezumi) — Born 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912. People born in the year of the Rat are charming, honest, ambitious, and have a tremendous capacity for pursuing a course to its end. They will work hard for their goals. They are easily angered but maintain an outward show of control.

Ox (ushi) — Born 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913. People born in the year of the Ox are patient, mentally alert and when required to speak are skillful. They have a gift for inspiring confidence in others. This allows them to achieve a great deal of success.

Boar (inoshishi) — Born 2007, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911. People born in the year of the Boar are brave. They have tremendous inner strength, which no one can overcome. They display great honesty. They are short-tempered, yet hate to quarrel or have arguments. They are affectionate and kind to their loved ones.

Rabbit (usagi) — Born 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915. People born in the year of the Rabbit are the most fortunate. They are smooth talkers, talented, ambitious, virtuous, and reserved. They have exceedingly fine taste and are regarded with admiration and trust.