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Lacquered Inro with Prince Naihira and His Courtier
Lacquered Inro with Prince Naihira and His Courtier
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A four-case gold-lacquered inro depicting the great Heian Period poet, Prince Narihira, and his courtier on horseback. On the reverse, a horseman and attendant race over mountains and streams to overtake them. Detailing in takamaki-e, togidashi and kirikane on polished kinji ground. Manju netsuke with scattered rice design on roiro ground. Signed on base in gold lacquer, Kajikawa Bunryusai saku. The lacquer is in very good condition, except for a small chip on the manju netsuke, owing to its age... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of Two Wrestling Monkeys
Wood Netsuke of Two Wrestling Monkeys
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Almost abstract in form, this stained boxwood netsuke depicts two wrestling monkeys balanced upon a plinth. These creatures, beloved subjects in Japan, are often portrayed enjoying humanistic activities. In this lovely piece, the artist perfectly captivates the spirit of this sport so venerated in Japan. (During the Tokugawa period, professional wrestling -sumo - became very popular. Coupled with Hokusai’s print series on wrestlers, the sport provided infinite inspiration to netsuke artists, ma... Click for details
Wood Okimono of a Sage and Karako
Wood Okimono of a Sage and Karako
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A heartwarming okimono carved of stained boxwood. Rendered in energetic strokes, the sculpture depicts a karako (Chinese boy) assisting a sage as he struggles for balance with the aid of his walking staff. The wise man wraps his arms around the attentive young boy, the imagery highlighting the honored Asian tradition of filial piety. Incised signature of Hatitsu on the base. This boxwood okimono is in very good condition. Height: 4.25” Meiji Period, Japan
A Wood Netsuke of a Toad Astride a Bucket
A Wood Netsuke of a Toad Astride a Bucket
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A naturalistically carved wood netsuke sculpted as a toad astride an overturned bucket. This classic netsuke theme was popular among the netsuke carvers, especially favored by the famous Masanao school. In addition, the theme is inspired by the Basho proverb, “A frog in a well knows not the great sea”, describing a person of limited experience. Nonetheless, toads and frogs are venerated in East Asian cultures as symbols of good luck and persistence. Incised Masatama signature on base. This netsu... Click for details
A Wood Netsuke of Three Puppies
A Wood Netsuke of Three Puppies
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A charming wood netsuke of a trio of playful puppies stacked one upon the other. Their eyes are inlaid with jet, the bodies softly modeled. Dogs are not only the eleventh Chinese zodiac sign, but also are honored as deities in Japanese folklore. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition with very good patina. 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke as a Mouse
Wood Netsuke as a Mouse
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A wooden netsuke formed as a mouse, its tail and front paws protectively wrapped around a chestnut. Delicate incised work, soft modeling of the body and raised eyes add to this mouse’s charm and tenderness. In addition to corresponding to the first sign of the zodiac, the mouse or rat, is associated with fertility and wealth, and lucky god Daikoku’s attribute. Excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Bat
Wood Netsuke of a Bat
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An elegant stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as a bat with folded wings and jet-inlaid eyes. (Bats in East Asian art are associated with good fortune and happiness. They are often rendered in an abstract manner or paired with a scepter as symbols of longevity.) Incised signature of Masakazu, Nagoya School. According to Ueda Reikichi’s Netsuke Handbook, Masakazu studied under the netsuke master Masanao and became a proficient carver. This finely carved boxwood netsuke is in excellent condition. ... Click for details
A Lacquered Wood Netsuke of Two Eggplants with Insects
A Lacquered Wood Netsuke of Two Eggplants with Insects
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A very fine lacquered wood netsuke formed as two eggplants, one large eggplant with takamaki-e insects in red and black lacquers on a gold brushed ground. The other small eggplant worked in nashiji. Gilt signature of Yoyusai on reverse side. The Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi describes this artist as a “famous gold-lacquer artist. Also made gold-lacquer netsuke”, p. 309. This elegant netsuke is in excellent condition and will be a fine contribution to any netsuke or lacquer collection. Leng... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Tanuki no Tzsumi
Wood Netsuke of a Tanuki no Tzsumi
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An amusing stained boxwood netsuke of a “tanuki no tzsumi”. The badger beats his belly in order to attract and ambush hunters and innocent travelers. Finely incised fur with sumi-e details and inlaid mother-of-pearl eyes. (The badger in Japanese folklore has strong erotic connotations, his expanded belly suggestive of his scrotum.) Signed Shunko of Tsu School. Shunko was a pupil of Tanaka Minko. This mischievous badger is in excellent condition with neither damage nor repairs. Circa 1800, Japan... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Mask of Ko-Beshimi
Wood Netsuke of a Mask of Ko-Beshimi
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A dramatic stained wood netsuke sculpted as the mask of Ko-Beshimi, the demon with compressed lips. The furrowed eyebrows and flared nostrils denote his contained rage. Incised signature of legendary Noh mask maker and netsuke-shi, Deme, on reverse. This striking netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.75” 19th Century, Japan
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