Antique Japanese Export Meiji High Relief Dragon Carved Figural Throne Arm Chair



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An impressive Imperial Meiji period Japanese arm chair. Made from from Rosewood and elaborately carved with sculptural back of coiling dragons with a Phoenix at the crown. Features contoured arms leading to intricate three toed dragons with a pearl in mouth. The pearl is a symbol of wisdom, spiritual energy and power and the dragon represents prosperity and good luck as well as being a rain deity. The chair is supported by winged dragon legs set within clouds. Includes a floral carved seat with chrysanthemum and natural wood finish.

The chrysanthemum flower, ""Kiku"" or the ""Jirogiku"" is the national emblem or crest of Japan. It is associated with the royal family and the imperial household. It represents longevity, as well as health and restoration. The chrysanthemum is also seen as a symbol of rejuvenation. First introduced by the Chinese during the Nara dynasty in 710, the royal family took a liking to the simple flower and retained it as their own symbol. As the imperial symbol of Japan, it is always depicted with 16 petals. It is also a reference to the head of state and seen as a symbol of the throne of the Emperor of Japan or ""chrysanthemum throne"". During the Meiji period, no one was allowed to use the chrysanthemum as their seal aside from the emperor of Japan. This lead to other family members of the Royal Family creating slight variations of it, which is why a 14-petaled version can also be seen sometimes on certain objects and furniture. Today the flower remains popular, a symbol of immortality that is commemorated every year at the festival of Happiness.


Good Antique Condition


28" x 23" x 35.5"h, seat 17.25"