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Japanese Bamoob Ikebana Basket with Rootwood Handle
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.
Silver Ojimi Bead
Silver Ojimi Bead
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A beautifully sculpted silver ojime bead, the centers gilt and the reticulated body chiseled and etched with a multitude of overlapping chrysanthemums. This elegant ojime bead, perfectly wrought, is in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Turtle
Wood Netsuke of a Turtle
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A delightful wooden netsuke sculpted as a tortoise withdrawing into its remarkably-dimensional shell. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. Please note the carapace has a section that lifts to reveal the himotoshi. (In East Asian cultures, the tortoise is usually a symbol of longevity. Many people think a tortoise can live up to at least a thousand years.) Length: 1.75” 19th Century, Japan
A Japanese Wood Netsuke of An Octopus in a Clamshell
A Japanese Wood Netsuke of An Octopus in a Clamshell
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An ingeniously -carved wood netsuke formed as a half- clam shell, its exterior marked with fine, incised ridges and, for added realism, an uneven edge. Lurking in the shell’s recess on its nether side is a wily octopus, its strong boldly -carved tentacles awaiting its prey. Netsuke carvers were fond of the mollusk and often depicted it in various humorous scenarios. This netsuke is in very good condition and will be a wonderful contribution to any netsuke collection. Length: 2” 19th Century,... Click for details
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