Vintage Ichi Itto Bori Zodiac

“Tori | Zodiac Rooster”




Descriptive qualities& condition:

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 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 an evergreen yew tree from the mountain areas of the Hida Province. The cedar wood exemplifies the perfect combination of hardness and oiliness, making the wood extremely easy to carve, and the especially fine grain produces an exquisite surface when carved and polished. The wood is boxwood in reddish in color, at the core, getting paler on the outer layers, which adds extra interest for the carver. The rooster’s eyes are inlaid with horn.

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