BENKEI (Dealer: Sezuan antiques & art) – ‘Benkei’ as a Japanese local mingei folk art piece of hanging bamboo/straw cooking device for making preserved food of skewered fishes by smoke of sunken hearth. Named from its skewered figure itself which reminds of arrow-sticking death of ‘Benkei’ (a famous historic Japanese warrior monk, 1155-1189) in a battle scene.
Showa period, 20th century. approx. L 44cm (17.32in)
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