One of our most recent acquisitions to the shop is this large heavy quality Japanese antique treasure boat "Takarabune" cast completely in solid bronze with incredible detail, c.1890.
The large sail turns to and fro and the life-like rudder on the back also moves. The large sail is decorated with images of Japan's infamous Seven Lucky Gods or Seven Gods of Fortune. During the first three days of the New Year the Seven Lucky Gods are said to pilot through the heavens to human ports as the Takarabune or Treasure Ship. As it sails into town bringing good fortune, the takarabune is celebrated in a New Year's tradition in Japan, especially by hopeful businesses.
It is superbly modeled with realistic details such as the waves and clouds motifs on the exterior with the lion and dragon among other animals along the sides. The ship is loaded full of treasures!
This interesting sculpture is destined for the finest collection or display. Come and visit us in store and have a look at this bronze masterpiece.
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