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Wood Netsuke of a Man, Face Contorted and Similar to Hyottoko
Wood Netsuke of a Man, Face Contorted and Similar to Hyottoko
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A tall stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as an amusing man, his face contorted and similar to the legendary Japanese folkloric character of Hyottoko. The comical man wears long robes tightly wrapped around his waist, a bamboo staff in one hand. This charming netsuke is in very good condition with excellent patina. Length: 3” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of Three Gibbons Encircling a Persimmon
Wood Netsuke of Three Gibbons Encircling a Persimmon
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A unique boxwood netsuke carved as three long-armed gibbons encircling a giant persimmon. This whimsical netsuke refers to the fabled adventure of a monkey who steals a persimmon from a crab. Great modeling, staining and distinctive texturing characterize this artwork. The simian’s fur is finely delineated, the eyes inlaid with jet. This fine netsuke is signed by the Aizu school artist Hiddari Issan (c. 1781-1800), described by Reikichi as an “excellent carver”. This charming netsuke is in excel... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Cat
Wood Netsuke of a Cat
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A whimsical netsuke rendered as an amusingly flexible cat. The cat’s neck and bottom are completely twisted to the side as it tries to groom one of its hind legs. There’s no doubt, the anonymous artist was knowledgeable about feline behavior—and probably an admirer too! The wood is beautifully stained and sculpted. The style of carving is typical of 18th century Kyoto school. Overall, the netsuke is in very good condition. Length: 1.75” 18th / 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Tengu Mask
Wood Netsuke of a Tengu Mask
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A wood carved mask netsuke of a grimacing tengu. With its characteristically long nose, this mythical creature famed for its swordsmanship skills has piercing reticulated eyes and carved teeth and tongue. The netsuke has a smooth finish and pleasing patina and is in very good condition. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Chestnut
Wood Netsuke of a Chestnut
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A finely sculpted stained boxwood netsuke formed as a life-sized chestnut. Gently delineated grooves on the rich surface add to the naturalism of this netsuke, a great study by the netsuke artist Bokuzan, his signature plaque on its side. This wonderful netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 1.5”, width: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Wolf and Tortoise
Wood Netsuke of a Wolf and Tortoise
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A dramatically carved stained boxwood netsuke of an emaciated wolf holding a tortoise between its paws. With a ferocious expression and inlaid eyes, the wolf sits on its hind legs with tail tucked between its legs. Masatomo incised signature on the tail. (The Ise-born artist was known for carving netsuke of hermits, figures, animals and insects.) This netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 2.5”, height: 1.5” Edo Period, Japan
A Wood Netsuke of Masks
A Wood Netsuke of Masks
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A fine stained boxwood netsuke formed as a cluster of theatrical masks, including Okame, Okina, Hyottoko, Tengu and Oni. This manju-style netsuke is attached to a metal chain for the accompanying tobacco pouch, each mask sculpt with finely incised details enhancing each facial feature. This netsuke is in very good condition. Diameter: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Rabbit with Inlaid Amber Eyes
Wood Netsuke of a Rabbit with Inlaid Amber Eyes
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An exceptional stained boxwood netsuke of a seated hare, one leg beneath him. The body is finely modeled and accented with piebald patches in sumi-e, and the fur realistically rendered, eyes inlaid with amber. The overall effect is both natural and different from other netsuke of seated hares. The noted Masakatsu signature can be found on hind leg. ( Masakatsu, a Yamada school artist and according to Reikichi, his “work was fine and beautiful.”) This charming netsuke is in excellent condition. ... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Koken Pup
Wood Netsuke of a Koken Pup
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An impressively carved stained boxwood netsuke of a koken pup (European hound) playing with an awabi (abalone) shell. During Edo Period Japan awabi shells attached to ropes were often given as toys to dogs. Here, the 18th century Kyoto School artist, Yoshinaga, pays close attention to the anatomy of the pup—the clawed paws holding the shell, teeth biting on the rope, characteristic curled tail and spiny back. All of these details are rendered with delicacy and skill, the incised signature on th... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Wasp and Pear
Wood Netsuke of a Wasp and Pear
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A whimsical wooden netsuke rendered as a wasp feeding on an ingeniously-sculpted rotting pear, its skin defined by ukibori stippling. The creature, naturalistically carved, possesses incised details and jet-inlaid eyes, the signature of the known Nagoya School maker, Sangetsu, incised on its base.( For a similar piece see: Lazarnick, MCI, page 691.) This intriguing netsuke is in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
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