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Stained Boxwood Netsuke of San Sukumi
Stained Boxwood Netsuke of San Sukumi
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A stained boxwood netsuke of “san sukumi” (the three cringing ones), comprising a snake wrapped around a frog, a snail atop. This amusing theme was a beloved one by Japanese netsuke carvers. Here, the artist Sari (c.1790-1820) of the Iwashiro School ingeniously carved the frog’s eyes in relief as the snake squeezes tightly. This netsuke features a natural himotoshi and is in excellent condition with marvelous provenance: Ex. Warner & Ex. M.T. Hindson collections. The netsuke is also featured in... Click for details
Wood Sashi Netsuke of Chokwaro
Wood Sashi Netsuke of Chokwaro
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A stained boxwood sashi netsuke of a bearded Chokwaro, legs together and leaning against his gnarled staff. Dressed in simple garb with torso exposed, the immortal hermit carries his double gourd about his shoulder, his ever-available horse housed inside. This classic netsuke is in very good condition with expected gentle wear due to age and lovely patina. Height: 4” 18th Century, Edo Period, Japan
Boxwood Netsuke of Hotei
Boxwood Netsuke of Hotei
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An intricately-modeled boxwood netsuke of a cheerful Hotei, his treasure sack slung over his shoulder. Upon turning the figure toward its back, a playful karako, hidden within the folds of the sack, plays hide-and-seek. This charming netsuke is in very good condition with minimal wear commensurate with age and use. Height: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Boxwood Netsuke of a Monkey Perched Upon Chestnuts
Boxwood Netsuke of a Monkey Perched Upon Chestnuts
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A charming boxwood netsuke intricately carved as a blossoming flower attached to its leafy stem. The interior of the blossom contains an unexpected surprise- a bright-eyed monkey perched upon a stack of chestnuts. The creature’s eyes inlaid with jet, with fine incised lines and texturing highlighting its distinctive features. This unique netsuke is in very good condition with fine patina. Length: 2”, height: 1.25” 19th century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Man, Face Contorted and Similar to Hyottoko
Wood Netsuke of a Man, Face Contorted and Similar to Hyottoko
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A tall stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as an amusing man, his face contorted and similar to the legendary Japanese folkloric character of Hyottoko. The comical man wears long robes tightly wrapped around his waist, a bamboo staff in one hand. This charming netsuke is in very good condition with excellent patina. Length: 3” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of Three Gibbons Encircling a Persimmon
Wood Netsuke of Three Gibbons Encircling a Persimmon
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A unique boxwood netsuke carved as three long-armed gibbons encircling a giant persimmon. This whimsical netsuke refers to the fabled adventure of a monkey who steals a persimmon from a crab. Great modeling, staining and distinctive texturing characterize this artwork. The simian’s fur is finely delineated, the eyes inlaid with jet. This fine netsuke is signed by the Aizu school artist Hiddari Issan (c. 1781-1800), described by Reikichi as an “excellent carver”. This charming netsuke is in excel... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Cat
Wood Netsuke of a Cat
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A whimsical netsuke rendered as an amusingly flexible cat. The cat’s neck and bottom are completely twisted to the side as it tries to groom one of its hind legs. There’s no doubt, the anonymous artist was knowledgeable about feline behavior—and probably an admirer too! The wood is beautifully stained and sculpted. The style of carving is typical of 18th century Kyoto school. Overall, the netsuke is in very good condition. Length: 1.75” 18th / 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Tengu Mask
Wood Netsuke of a Tengu Mask
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A wood carved mask netsuke of a grimacing tengu. With its characteristically long nose, this mythical creature famed for its swordsmanship skills has piercing reticulated eyes and carved teeth and tongue. The netsuke has a smooth finish and pleasing patina and is in very good condition. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Chestnut
Wood Netsuke of a Chestnut
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A finely sculpted stained boxwood netsuke formed as a life-sized chestnut. Gently delineated grooves on the rich surface add to the naturalism of this netsuke, a great study by the netsuke artist Bokuzan, his signature plaque on its side. This wonderful netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 1.5”, width: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Wolf and Tortoise
Wood Netsuke of a Wolf and Tortoise
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A dramatically carved stained boxwood netsuke of an emaciated wolf holding a tortoise between its paws. With a ferocious expression and inlaid eyes, the wolf sits on its hind legs with tail tucked between its legs. Masatomo incised signature on the tail. (The Ise-born artist was known for carving netsuke of hermits, figures, animals and insects.) This netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 2.5”, height: 1.5” Edo Period, Japan
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