These wood figurines did not start life as Bookends. If you
look closely you can see that they were part of something larger. What ever the larger item was, were cut into
a number of pieces and then into bookends or maybe individual pieces.
These would be two of four from the section. They fit
together, and you can then imagine that there are another two that make up the
backside. Then you can understand that
there were other sections above and below. They are connected together with a
copper metal piece. So they become
We cannot determine what the total original item was, but it
must have had significant notoriety, for someone to cut it and probably made
money off of it.
This could have been part of a pillar from a house or temple.
When we acquired this, (Antique auction) a statement was
made that it came from the “Temple” with some other things. We never found what
kind of temple or where.
The carvings seem to be Japanese, although they could be
Chinese. If Temple meant Buddha, then
both countries have Buddha.
A most unique set of bookends.
7”H x 12”W x 3” D