Categories: Netsuke and Inro (108)
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Japanese Bamoob Ikebana Basket with Rootwood Handle
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
Japanese Wood Netsuke of an Oni with Tama
Japanese Wood Netsuke of an Oni with Tama
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A unique stained boxwood netsuke of an emaciated oni with jet-inlaid eyes sitting cross-legged and proudly displaying a stolen tama. This rare netsuke perfectly captures the oni’s expression as he gloats at his devious success. This remarkable carving is unsigned, the workmanship and concept extraordinary. It is in excellent condition with rich patina. Height: 1.5” Circa 1800, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Coiled Dragon
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Coiled Dragon
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This dark, richly-stained wood netsuke of the classic subject of a coiled dragon with a tama (sacred jewel) in mouth is sculpted in great detail, each scale an individual entity. (In East Asian cultures, the dragon is the supreme being symbolic of imperial power, wisdom and success.) This netsuke is in very good condition with incised signature plaque of Yoshihisa, the noted Kyoto School artist. Diameter: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Mouse with Chestnut
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Mouse with Chestnut
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A stained wood netsuke sculpted as a seated mouse holding a chestnut within his paws, its fur finely incised and eyes inlaid with jet. As the first zodiac sign, the mouse or rat, is associated with fertility, wealth, and is also the lucky god, Daikoku’s, attribute. This charming wood netsuke is in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Traveling Buddhist Monk
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Traveling Buddhist Monk
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A charming stained boxwood netsuke of a traveling Buddhist monk taking a break from a long journey. Wearing a peaceful expression, the blind monk, garbed in a tattered robe, sits - alms bowl in hand. On his back, he carries a rolled up mat, and for support, bears a bamboo staff at his side. This netsuke is highly detailed with fine modeling and incised work. Overall, the netsuke is in excellent condition with great patina, its incised signature of Kigyoku on the side. Height: 1.5”, width: 1.5”... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of Tanuki no Tzsumi
Japanese Wood Netsuke of Tanuki no Tzsumi
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An amusing stained boxwood netsuke of a “tanuki no tzsumi”. The badger beats his belly in order to attract and ambush hunters and innocent travelers. Finely incised fur with sumi-e details and inlaid mother-of-pearl eyes. (The badger in Japanese folklore has strong erotic connotations, his expanded belly suggestive of his scrotum.) Signed Shunko of Tsu School. Shunko was a pupil of Tanaka Minko. This mischievous badger is in excellent condition with neither damage nor repairs. Circa 1800, Japan ... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Bat
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Bat
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An elegant stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as a bat with folded wings and jet-inlaid eyes. (Bats in East Asian art are associated with good fortune and happiness. They are often rendered in an abstract manner or paired with a scepter as symbols of longevity.) Incised signature of Masakazu, Nagoya School. According to Ueda Reikichi’s Netsuke Handbook, Masakazu studied under the netsuke master Masanao and became a proficient carver. This finely carved boxwood netsuke is in excellent condition. Le... Click for details
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