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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
Wood Netsuke of a Frog
Wood Netsuke of a Frog
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A boxwood netsuke of a seated toad with carefully carved eyes and textured, characteristic skin accented by sumi-e. (The toad, or frog, is symbolic of rain, good luck and persistence in Japanese culture.) This fully sculpted netsuke is in excellent condition. Incised signature on nether side. Length: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Conch Shell Carved with Temple Scene
Wood Netsuke of a Conch Shell Carved with Temple Scene
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A stained boxwood netsuke carved as a conch shell, its top surface revealing a miniature world inside. The image of a textured temple complex with two towers surmounted by double koi is ingeniously carved in relief, a small clam shell attached to the side. Fascinating images of structures and bustling life in a conch shell refer to the Japanese legend of the Dragon King of the sea and his underwater kingdom. This netsuke is in very good condition with no damage, its incised signature on reverse.... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of Hotei
Wood Netsuke of Hotei
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An amusing boxwood netsuke modeled as a smiling Hotei, the god of mirth. With his robe undraped to reveal his famous corpulence, the god holds his treasure sack on his head. This charming netsuke is in excellent condition with nice patina. Height: 2.5” 18th/19th Century, Japan
Boxwood Netsuke of Sambaso Dancer
Boxwood Netsuke of Sambaso Dancer
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A stained boxwood katabori netsuke sculpted as a Sambaso dancer. The dancer wears characteristic high hat and formal attire. He is caught in mid-dance, one foot in the air with arms bent back and head turned upwards. (Sambaso dance originated in the 9th century as a religious dance. It is often performed before a drama to appease the gods so the errors committed during the play will be forgiven.) Incised signature on lower leg of Minko, renowned netsuke-shi. This lovely netsuke is in excellent ... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Blind Man Lifting a Stone
Wood Netsuke of a Blind Man Lifting a Stone
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A beautifully sculpted wood netsuke of a partially blind man in the process of lifting a heavily-textured stone. Great modeling of the musculature, bones and wrinkles framing his facial features. Signature plaque on nether side of Ryusei, an early artist specializing in wood netsuke. This netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.5” Early 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Cat upon a Chinese Uchiwa
Wood Netsuke of a Cat upon a Chinese Uchiwa
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A charming stained box wood netsuke of a cat dozing upon a Chinese uchiwa, its head neatly perched on his folded front paws. Fine anatomical modeling and incised detailing for the coat define this netsuke. The netsuke is in very good condition with only slight wear from age and use. Length: 2” 18th Century, Japan
Boxwood Manju Netsuke of Three Monkeys
Boxwood Manju Netsuke of Three Monkeys
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A fine, stained boxwood manju netsuke formed as three monkeys in fetal position, each clasping the other’s hand. The focus of the netsuke-shi’ attention lies with the sculpting of the bodies with minimum detailing. This netsuke is in excellent condition with nice patina. Provenance: Ex. Collection of the Lowe Art Museum in Florida. Diameter: 2” 18th/ 19th Century, Edo Period, Japan
Boxwood Carving of a Karako atop Daikoku's Mallet
Boxwood Carving of a Karako atop Daikoku's Mallet
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A delightful and expressive boxwood carving of a young karako smiling as he playfully climbs upon Daikoku’s magical mallet. This carving which can also double as a netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.5”, width: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Toad atop a Millstone
Wood Netsuke of a Toad atop a Millstone
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A stained and textured boxwood netsuke carved as a toad on the edge of a millstone. Known for his naturalistic representations of toads, Masanao captures this one’s characteristic nuances, contrasting them with the striated surface of the stone. Incised Masanao signature on the base. This netsuke is in very good condition. Width: 1.5” Late 19th Century, Japan
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