Tori | Zodiac Rooster by Ryoho


Dimensions: 2-0" w x 3-1/2” d x 4-0” h

This is a Japanese vintage Ichii Itto-bori wood zodiac animal carving from the 1960s. This piece has beautiful detailing from its cockscomb and beak, to eyes inlaid with horn. It was crafted by and signed on the underside by Ryoho, who worked in the Hida Takayama area of Gifu Prefecture.

This piece is made of Japanese cedar, which is from the mountain areas of the Hida Province, and exemplifies the perfect combination of hardness and oiliness, with an especially fine grain-producing an exquisite surface when carved and polished. The wood is reddish in color, at the core, getting paler on the outer layers, which makes it extremely easy the carve and form. The piece comes in its original cardboard box with identification and a makers stamp on the lid.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, “as is” and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage noted. 

NOTERooster (tori) — Born 2005, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909. People born in the year of the Rooster are deep thinkers and are always busy and devoted to their work. They always want to do more than they are able, and if they undertake a task beyond their abilities, they are disappointed. Rooster people have a habit of speaking out directly whenever they have something on their minds.