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Japanese Antique Netsuke of Woman Stirring Mochi
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Woman Stirring Mochi
A whimsical, stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as a seated peasant woman with humble demeanor stirring a large pot of mochi. The woman is finely modeled with pleasant facial features and fine, long hair, her sleeves rolled up to facilitate the arduous work of stirring the sticky mochi. (Such an everyday activity was a common subject among netsuke-shi, who saw fascination and dignity in the routine activities of the peasant folk.) This netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.75” Late 19th... Click for details
Japanese Antique Netsuke formed as Walnut
Japanese Antique Netsuke formed as Walnut
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A stained wood netsuke formed as a walnut naturalistically textured and carved, a small carving of a crab detailed in high relief, hiding under a large lotus leaf along its side. This unique piece is an outstanding example of netsuke carving in miniature. It is in very good condition with signature plaque on reverse, somewhat illegible. Length: 1.75” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Sennin and Ram
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Sennin and Ram
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A finely-modeled, stained wood netsuke of a Sennin, walking stick in hand and glancing attentively at the recumbent ram at his feet. The incised signature of the maker, Hokan, is on the reverse. This excellent netsuke is in very good condition with neither damage nor restoration. Height: 2.25" Mid-19th Century, Japan
Japanese Antique Netsuke of a Baby Tengu
Japanese Antique Netsuke of a Baby Tengu
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A stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as a baby tengu hatching from its egg. The mythical, hybrid creature manages to perch atop the egg, but in a comical twist, one leg remains captured within. The carver’s bold, deep carving is a triumph of mastery – especially on the wings and animal’s eyes. The himotoshi are appropriately placed so that the tengu faces the collector. (The tengu, one of the fascinating creatures in Japanese folklore, is celebrated for its swordsmanship, a master tengu... Click for details
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Monkey and Octopus
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Monkey and Octopus
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An amusing wood netsuke defining the legend of the wrestling octopus and monkey, both creatures’ eyes inlaid with jet. The monkey tugs at the octopus’s head while the latter wraps its strong tentacles around the body of his foe, the carving of each minutely detailed. Signed Miwa on the base. (Miwa, of the Tokyo School, was known for his fascination with simians, often carving the creatures involved in human pursuits.) This particular netsuke exhibits the extraordinary proficiency and humor... Click for details
Japanese Antique Three-Case Inro
Japanese Antique Three-Case Inro
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A three-cased, rich brown -lacquered inro with an agate ojime and matching, fan-shaped netsuke. Serving as the background for a vivid grove of white kiku and red flowers growing asymmetrically along its base, a lone butterfly hovers above. This poetic scene, executed in gold and colored takamaki-e, continues ensuite with the netsuke - carved flowers and leaves in gold and colored lacquers. The signature of the artist, Chohei, is in gold lacquer on the base. This lovely inro is in good condition... Click for details
Japanese Antique Wood Netsuke of Mokygyo Drummer
Japanese Antique Wood Netsuke of Mokygyo Drummer
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A wood netsuke carved completely as a seated skeleton with a mokygyo drum between his bony legs. The artist went through great lengths to portray the hollowness and surface nuances of its bone structure, achieving remarkable realism. The skeleton as subject is often associated with life's transience and sought by collectors world over. This netsuke is signed on the base UNSAI and is in very good condition for its age. Height: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Hotei and Karako
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Hotei and Karako
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An ingenious stained-wood netsuke with carnelian ojime carved as Hotei’s treasure sack, a surprise concealed within. A fully- carved image of the lucky god playing Go with a karako, his favorite past time, exists in this remarkably small space, a marvel in technique and concept. This netsuke is in very good condition with very minor surface wear, commensurate with age and use. Diameter: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Antique Noh Mask Netsuke
Japanese Antique Noh Mask Netsuke
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A powerful wood netsuke carved as a Noh mask, its facial features contorted and exaggerated for visibility and dramatic effect. This netsuke is in excellent condition. Unsigned. 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Cicada
Japanese Antique Netsuke of Cicada
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A stained boxwood netsuke of a cicada perched upon part of a walnut. This fine netsuke concentrates on great naturalistic detailing of the wings and walnut skin, resulting in an amazingly life-like representation. (In Japanese art forms, cicada symbolize summer’s end and the renewal of life.) This boldly-carved netsuke is unsigned, attributed to the Nagoya school. It is in excellent condition. Length: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
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