Japanese Fine Antique Massive Wood "Demon" Pipe Carved, Kyoto Netsuke & Tobacco. Carried in by a soldier after World War 2. This is a unique Japanese large hand carved wood kiseru Yakusa pipe. The massive pipe It features a deeply incised Hanyya demon carving.It's high quality and unusual long and thick size suggests it was a special commission. Lovely warm brown patina- well cared for and well loved. Dimensions: 12 inches in length and 2.5 inches diameter at widest. The name kiseru is said to have derived from the Cambodian word khsier around the 16th century. Kiseru pipes were mainly used until the Meiji era, when tobacco rolled in paper i. Were invented out of the necessity of preventing items that were hung on the person and carried, such as. (a portable writing set), cigarette cases and pouches from being lost or stolen.
People would hang items from their. (sash) with a string and attach a netsuke to the other end of the string as a fastener.
They were finely sculptured by Japanese craftspersons. Please note the crack on the back side that can be seen in the photos.It is difficult to get information on this type of pipe. I believe the most valuable ones are signed by the maker. This one is not signed.