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Japanese Wood Katabori Netsuke of a Seated Man
Japanese Wood Katabori Netsuke of a Seated Man
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An amusing stained boxwood katabori netsuke of a seated man applying a hot moxa pellet to his leg. Great observers of the natural world and human life, netsuke carvers often commented on Japanese culture and ordinary life, often focusing upon humorous aspects in every day’s most mundane acts. As seen in this delightful netsuke, the man, in pain, turns his head upwards to show the audience his grimacing face. In addition to excellent, sensitive carving, this netsuke has beautiful patina and is i... Click for details
Japanese Stained Wood Netsuke of a Snail Atop a Log
Japanese Stained Wood Netsuke of a Snail Atop a Log
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A finely carved stained wood netsuke of a snail crawling on a log section, its translucent body naturalistically delineated. An impactful visual contrast is achieved by the dense, textured wood log and the delicate snail. Mother-of-pearl signature plaque Gyokkei on base. A similar netsuke is illustrated in the MCI. This netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
A Japanese Stained Wood Netsuke Carved as a Walnut
A Japanese Stained Wood Netsuke Carved as a Walnut
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A stained wood netsuke formed as a walnut naturalistically textured and carved. On one side is a small vignette of a crab taking refuge under a large lotus leaf, detailed in high relief. This unique piece is an outstanding example of miniature carving on netsuke. Overall, the netsuke is in very good condition with signature plaque on reverse, somewhat illegible. Length: 1.75” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of an Oni Trapping Shoki in a Basket
Wood Netsuke of an Oni Trapping Shoki in a Basket
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An amusing darkly-stained wooden netsuke carved as a mischievous oni trapping his immortal enemy Shoki, the demon queller, under a basket. The naughty demon smirks as he climbs on the basket and pushes down with both hands and feet. When flipped over, the netsuke reveals a grimacing Shoki with limbs all bent. This comical netsuke of the eternal enemies is finely carved with great patina and excellent condition. Incised signature seal on Shoki’s leg reads Mitsutame. Height: 1.5” 19th Century, J... Click for details
Wood Netsuke Carved as Okame, Goddess of Mirth
Wood Netsuke Carved as Okame, Goddess of Mirth
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The goddess of mirth carved in all her splendor in the form of a stained boxwood netsuke, the detailing finely incised and sculpted. The netsuke artist, Kiraku, signature on the reverse. This charming netsuke is in excellent condition with lovely patina. Length: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Embroidered Tobacco Pouch and Brown-Lacquered Pipe Case
Embroidered Tobacco Pouch and Brown-Lacquered Pipe Case
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A beautifully crafted brown-lacquer pipe case deeply carved on one side with a bird in flight over peonies, a butterfly over foliage on the other. The pouch, of extremely fine embroidery, depicts three samurai seated in a forest. Its bronze kanemono modeled as a cockerel with gold and multi-metal inlays, the ojime carved as waves with spume. This richly patterned smoking set is in very good condition. Meiji Period, Japan
Carved Wood Netsuke of Gama Sennin
Carved Wood Netsuke of Gama Sennin
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A wonderful wood netsuke carved in great detail of Gama Sennin, a Taoist immortal who learned the secrets of immortality from a fabled three-legged magical toad. Suizan carved signature on the base. This wood netsuke is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. 19th Century, Japan
A Rare Tobacco Pouch with Ironwood Pipe Case
A Rare Tobacco Pouch with Ironwood Pipe Case
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A rare tobacco pouch and pipe case of carved ironwood and mottled leather beautifully fitted with floating silver sakura and silver and shakudo mandarin ducks. The clasp in the form of a silver lotus is gold-washed on the interior, with a silver ojime completing the ensemble. Signature plaque of Shado on the side of pipe case. This handsome and unique smoking set is in very good condition with only slight signs of age and wear. Edo Period, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Recumbent Goat
Wood Netsuke of a Recumbent Goat
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A stained wood netsuke carved as a recumbent goat, its regal head turned skyward. This classic pose is expertly rendered with deeply striated layers of the creature’s fur and undercut horns. In Japanese art, the sheep and the goat are often interchangeable. Most notably, the goat/sheep is associated with legendary characters such as the Taoist Sennin. This lovely animal carving is in excellent condition. Length: 1.5” Late Edo Period, Japan
Stained Boxwood Netsuke of San Sukumi
Stained Boxwood Netsuke of San Sukumi
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A stained boxwood netsuke of “san sukumi” (the three cringing ones), comprising a snake wrapped around a frog, a snail atop. This amusing theme was a beloved one by Japanese netsuke carvers. Here, the artist Sari (c.1790-1820) of the Iwashiro School ingeniously carved the frog’s eyes in relief as the snake squeezes tightly. This netsuke features a natural himotoshi and is in excellent condition with marvelous provenance: Ex. Warner & Ex. M.T. Hindson collections. The netsuke is also featured in... Click for details
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