Edo Bird in Flight

Early Edo Japan is one of my two favorite periods of comb art. The other is French art nouveau. But recently, an Early Edo comb of a bird flying from a branch into the sunlight was featured on the web. What I love about this particular piece is that the paint is lighter where the sun is shining, so you get a perspective of the sunlight the bird is looking toward as it is jumps into flight. I’d say the piece is 18th-Century Edo, signed, in immaculate condition. You couldn’t put a price on this. It’s worth anything a collector would pay to get it.

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