An artistic Japanese Bonsai lamp decorated with antique Japanese fans from the early 19th century and the bonsai coloured in Gold paint. Set on a black base this piece is a lamp during the evening and transformed into a piece of art during the day.
About the Japanese Fans: The fan is an important accessory in the Japanese culture. Their purpose is not merely for cooling, they are emblems of status and a practical embellishment. Fans decorated by famous artists are highly valued in Japan. The aristocracy used fans as part of their official garb, and the number of ribs in the fan was adjusted to the status of its owner. The samurai also used fans, known as jinsen, made of pheasant or peacock feathers. However, their battle fans (gunsen, tessen) had iron ribs, and were used as weapons if necessary. It was thus possible to ascertain a person's rank or occupation according to his fan.
About Bonsai: A close relationship between Japan's Zen Buddhism and the potted trees began to shape bonsai reputation and esthetics. One of the monks' activities was to introduce political leaders to various arts of miniature landscapes as admirable accomplishments for men of taste and learning. Potted landscape arrangements included miniature figurines. Bonsai thus became a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce, in containers, small trees that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees, dating back over a thousand years. Over time, Bonsai began to appear in Japanese writings and representative art and the popularity began to grow within and beyond the scholars and the nobility.
From artistic conceptualization to design to finishing this piece, took more than 1.5 months with over 9 craftsmen and designers involved at various stages.
Size: 50(W) x 58(L) x 92(H) cms. (Approx.)
Weight 30 Kgs