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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
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
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