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Japanese Bamoob Ikebana Basket with Rootwood Handle
Japanese Wood Netsuke Carved as an Oni Mask
Japanese Wood Netsuke Carved as an Oni Mask
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A striking dark wood netsuke mask of a grimacing oni, two small horns visible atop its head. Typically inspired by Noh play characters, this oni mask netsuke is carved in the manner of actual Noh masks. The anonymous netsuke carver emphasized the contours around the eyes, nose and mouth with deeply carved grooves resulting in a highly dramatic artwork. This netsuke is in excellent condition with rich patina. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shojo
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shojo
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A lightly lacquered boxwood netsuke of a happy-go-lucky shojo bearing a large sake bowl over his head. Inebriated from his favorite drink, the mythical character is garbed in the traditional billowy robes and has his characteristic shaggy long hair. This netsuke is highly and finely detailed - its facial features and modeling of the body immediately defining the character as a shojo. Incised signature of Shugetsu III. This fantastic and humorous netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.57” ... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Man Wrestling a Badger
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Man Wrestling a Badger
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A fine wood netsuke of a man in loincloth wrestling a badger in mid-transformation. Kneeling, he restrains the mischievous badger as it shape-shifts into a teapot, lid and side handles visible. However, the badger’s bushy tail is a giveaway. The resulting triumphal grin on the man’s face exhibits the carver’s psychological acumen and technical skill. (Badgers in Japanese folklore are notorious for their rather devious power to shape-shift. ) This netsuke is in excellent condition with rich patin... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Crane Dancer
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Crane Dancer
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A charming stained boxwood netsuke of an agile crane dancer balancing on one foot, his graceful movements similar to those of a Japanese red-crowned crane. A beloved subject for netsuke carvers, this crane- dancer’s movements are enhanced by the fluidity of his robes and vivid bodily gestures. This netsuke is in excellent condition with beautiful patina, the incised signature of the master, Ryu-un Roku on the side of his leg. Height: 2” 19th century, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Boar
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Boar
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A stained wood netsuke of a recumbent boar with an exaggerated snout and legs folded neatly beneath him. The boar, a classic subject, was particularly beloved by Nagoya carvers. This charming netsuke is in excellent condition and signed Masatoshi. ( For a remarkably similar netsuke by Masatamo, also of Nagoya, see Bushell’s “Wonderful World of Netsuke”, page 22.) Length: 1.75” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Boxwood Netsuke of Hotei
Japanese Boxwood 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
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Monkey with Chestnut
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Monkey with Chestnut
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A charming wood netsuke of a seated monkey holding a giant chestnut in his long arms, legs clasped together for support. The body and features of this netsuke are deftly modeled to emphasize the creature’s key features and innocent expression. (Simians were beloved subjects with netsuke-shi, who carved imaginative renderings of this admired animal often engaged in various and amusing, pursuits.) This monkey has a beautiful patina and good wear, a barely discernible chip on his back commensurate ... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Penitent Oni and Priest
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Penitent Oni and Priest
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A whimsical subject is brought to life in this boxwood “oni nembutsu” netsuke. The mischievous demon, imploring, crouches at the feet of a priest, who ceremoniously proceeds to remove the demon’s horns. The priest’s somber expression contrasts with the almost comical and exaggerated features of the oni. As with most of Masakazu’s work, this netsuke is highly detailed. Masakazu (1868-1911) studied carving under Masanao and became as is evident by this example, a talented netsuke carver. This net... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shishi Hatching from Its Egg
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shishi Hatching from Its Egg
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A boxwood netsuke carved in the round as a mythological shishi hatching from an egg, its surface cracked for added effect. Comically, the shishi pokes its head and fronts paws from one end and hind legs and bushy tail from the other. Its alert inlaid eyes reflect the newborn’s curiosity. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. Carved signature, Arikawa or Arikado on base. 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Wood Nestuke of a Tigress
Japanese Wood Nestuke of a Tigress
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A Tokyo school dark wood netsuke of a seated tigress with gold-rimmed eyes and gleaming, lacquered finish. Positioned with her head turned and long tail encircling her body, this striking cat embodies the sleek, fearless characteristics of classic feline beauty. Incised Shuzan signature on nether side. This strikingly beautiful netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan.
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