Categories: Netsuke and Inro (74)
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Wood Netsuke of a Tigress and Cub
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Studio Porcelain Vase with Mountain Village Scene
Hirado Okimono of a Shi Shi Family
Hirado Okimono of a Shi Shi Family
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A Hirado porcelain okimono of a female shishi clambering upon the rocky edges of a precipice. Detailed in white, under- glaze blue and brown glazes, the imagery refers to the shishi mother’s resolute act of throwing her young, one-by-one, off a cliff in order to test their survival capabilities. This fully sculpted piece is in excellent condition with no damage. Height: 8.5”, width: 5.25” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Kappa Upon a Clamshell
Wood Netsuke of a Kappa Upon a Clamshell
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An amusing stained boxwood netsuke of a mythical water sprite (kappa) in a predicament—his curiosity has trapped his foot inside a clam shell! The dominant imagery in this netsuke carving is steeped in erotic undertones—the clam shell often symbolic of female anatomy in Japanese art. The netsuke carver paid great attention to the differing textures of the tortoise-like kappa and the smooth even surface of the clam shell. This fine netsuke is in excellent condition. Hoshu (“Yoshihide”) incised si... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of Okame
Wood Netsuke of Okame
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An expressive boxwood mask netsuke of the celebrated, delightfully controversial Okame. The renowned netsuke-shi Shumin carved Okame’s famously cheerful face with delicate incisions for the hair, modeling of the cheeks, perky nose and warm smile. Shumin I signature incised on reverse side. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. (The netsuke artist Shumin I was from the Kansei region and a pupil of Shuzan or Shugetsu II.) Length: 2” Late 18th/19th Century, Japan
Wood Mask Netsuke of a Penitent Oni
Wood Mask Netsuke of a Penitent Oni
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A wood netsuke carved as a grimacing demon, two small beautifully-carved horns atop his head. (Many of these overly-exaggerated mask netsuke were based on Noh characters, this fine netsuke in excellent condition.) Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Silver and Gold Ojime Bead with Chrysanthemums
Silver and Gold Ojime Bead with Chrysanthemums
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A silver and gold ojime bead with fanciful designs of reticulated chrysanthemums and foliage. Delicate incised work characterizes this elegant ojime bead, perfectly wrought and in excellent condition. Meiji Period, Japan
Champlevé and Wood Kagamibuta Netsuke
Champlevé and Wood Kagamibuta Netsuke
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An elegantly assembled kagamibuta of lacquered rosewood, its champlevé cover designed with peonies and leafy scrollwork with pink and green enamels. The kagamibuta hangs from a black silk, braided tassel. Good example of the early cloisonné technique on netsuke. Overall condition is very good with minor loss to the enamel commensurate with age and use. 18th/19th Century, Edo Period, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Stone Cutter
Wood Netsuke of a Stone Cutter
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A fine stained boxwood netsuke of a stone cutter, tools in hand, intent upon his latest endeavor—the footprint of Buddha. Considered one of the eight treasures of Buddhism, footprints of Buddha are auspicious symbols. Superb carving and modeling characterize the work of this artist,Ryu-Zan, incised signature on heel. This netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 1.75”, height: 1.25” 18th Century (Edo Period), Japan
Wood Netsuke of an Articulated Shi Shi Mask
Wood Netsuke of an Articulated Shi Shi Mask
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A charming wood netsuke sculpted as an articulated shishi mask with textured double-inlaid eyes. The fanciful netsuke is boldly carved to accentuate the bushy eyebrows, flared nostrils and hinged lower jaw, exposing both teeth and tongue. (Shishi (Buddhist lion) masks were used by shishimai dancers for a ritual dance performed on New Year’s day.) Provenance: ex. Burbridge Collection. Netsuke is in very good condition. Length: 1.5”, height: 1” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Chajin
Wood Netsuke of a Chajin
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A charming wood netsuke of a sleeping Chajin (tea expert) bent over a tea mill. The wood is softly modeled and carved with great fluidity.( Netsuke-shi (netsuke carvers) were known for their keen observations, humor and social commentary. This netsuke is a perfect glimpse into Japanese daily life during the Edo Period.) This netsuke is in very good condition with nicely worn himotoshi. Height: 1.25”, length: 1.75” Early 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Shi Shi with Tama
Wood Netsuke of a Shi Shi with Tama
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A wood netsuke sculpted as a shishi playing with a tama. Bearing its sharp teeth, flared nose and muscular body, the shishi seems intimidating at first. However, its upturned bushy tail and glittering inlaid eyes confirm this mythical animal’s intent—play ball! This netsuke is in very good condition. Height: 1.25”, length: 1.75” 18th/19th Century, Japan
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