Magic Dragon on Healing Reishi Lingzhi Mushroom Rare Japanese Carving 靈芝
Antique Japanese Reishi Carving
Magic Dragon 神龍
On Lingzhi Mushroom 靈芝
Signed: Chokokusen, Circa: 19030s
H 4.5 in. (5cm), W 7 in. (4cm), D 2.75 in. (2cm)
Measurement for Lingzhi Only
Plexiglass pedestal included, overall very good condition!
A rare and unusual find of a carved reishi mushroom. On the front a green dragon is seen with a gold pearl, frolicking among black rocks and white clouds; whereas the intriguing organic quality of the fungus or ear-like leaf form is thoroughly preserved. Ganoderma Lingzhi literally means Spirit Mushroom. It is the oldest known medicinal mushroom, which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years; Lingzhi is also venerated as the food of immortals throughout East Asia. While more studies are still needed, recent clinical trials in the west showed that reishi can enhance the immune response in advanced-stage cancer patients. In addition, Lingzhi is occasionally found in homes and temples as an emblem and positive force of Feng Shui. Signed by the artist on the lower left: Chokokusen. The carving has been mounted to a Plexiglas for display purpose. It makes a mysterious and poetic rendering of transience with efficacious effects.