Incredible highly detailed hand carved Japanese temple ranma (transom carving). Carved of a solid thick slab of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood. Depicting a pair of beautiful musical apsaras (celestial beings), floating in a elaborate swirling clouds. Each figure is adorned with a head dress and whimsical flowing dress. The celestial beings are shown holding a drum and the other a flute. The transom is carved in high relief with great detail. The sculptural and dimensional elements are unusual for this ranma’s example.
Overall in excellent original condition with original finish
Late Edo Period (1603 – 1868)
Size: 24″ high x 72″ wide