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Large vintage black bear carved from solid Hokkaido wood. It's a magnificent decorative object which also evokes fairy tales, a shamanic and imaginary world... It has a fracture on one paw which has been repaired and gives it even more cachet.
The Hokkaido black bear is a sacred animal for the Ainu, the aboriginal people of northern Japan living on the island of the same name, and they have a tradition of carving it. The magnificent wood bears the marks of the gouge strokes and the hand of the man who created this beautiful portrait, and here it is fire-blackened to evoke the bear's coat. It's a real sculpture. The bear has both its ferocious character and the roundness of a cub.

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