Monday, March 2, 2009
New Carving Reflects Kamakura Influences
Thank God for my reference library. Working on the little queen, I had this funny feeling that I've seen this shape before. Not Korean.....
I finally found it in "Masterworks in Wood: China and Japan, by the Portland Art Museum. It is Japanese, 12th - 13th Century. It represents a Shinto Deity. You can still see the tree trunk. That funny gesture of saluting while holding onto his pant leg breaks the formality with its quirkyness.
It's not so much that this inspired that. It is more like parallel play. Now that the little queen exists, they begin a dialog. Good to know there are other wonderful carvings and carvers out there.