JAPANESE WOOD CARVED "JIZAI" FISH

These hand-carved fish were used historically as a lever on a hanging device engineered to raise and lower a pot or kettle over an open hearth in a traditional Japanese home. The "tai" fish is a symbol of prosperity so it was given a functional purpose (the ring and the hole are utilized for this) as well as being auspicious. It is 11.5" long and 5.5" high (29 by 14 cm).

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