JINBO MIYABI (B. 1952)
JINBO MIYABI (B. 1952)
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Banka (Late Summer)

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JINBO MIYABI (B. 1952)
Banka (Late Summer)
Signed Miyabi
12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.) high
With original wood box titled Banka (Late Summer), signed Jinbo Miyabi, sealed Miyabi and dated 2016

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Takaaki Murakami(村上高明)
Takaaki Murakami(村上高明) Vice President, Specialist and Head of Department | Korean Art

Lot Essay

In Japan, hozuki (red lantern plant) is believed to have sacred energy. Often displayed with ceremonial utensils as obon festival offerings, the plant serves to guide the souls of the dead and lead ways for ancestors to return home.
Since the Heian period (794–1185), the butterfly, emblem of spiritual power, has been an important motif in Japanese art. The brocade wrappers for a set of twelfth-century Buddhist sutras dedicated by Retired Emperor Toba (r. 1107–23) to Jingo-ji are applied with butterfly-shaped metal bosses. In China, the words for butterfly, hu die, are homophonic with multiple characters with auspicious meanings of blessings, good wealth and longevity.
Born in 1952, Jinbo Miyabi was trained under his father, a wood sculptor specialized in single-block technique (ichiboku-zukuri). Widely presented in solo and group exhibitions in Japan, Jinbo is not only acclaimed for his extraordinary wood carving skills, but also accredited as a coloring expert.

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