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Signed Movable Face Ivory Netsuke, Meiji and Pierced

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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1920: item # 1172504

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Signed Movable Face Ivory Netsuke, Meiji and Pierced
The Art and Orchid Gallery's hand carved ivory netsuke has two faces, happy and sad, on a spinning bar. This is a rare but not unreferenced piece. We found two others out of hundreds researched.[12A] The ivory is signed with incised, stained mark on bottom (see photo). The carving depicts a seated woman with a fan, long hair and incised kimono. The kimono motifs are rice grain and pine branch. There are pierced holes for the 'himo' (silk cord).[42B, 120C] A netsuke is a toggle held at the end of a silk cord to prevent other 'sagemono' (personal objects, like medicine boxes, inro, tobacco pouches, etc.) from slipping out of a Japanese gentleman's girdle belt (obi).[120D] Netsukes are reported from the 15th Century in Japan but achieved its highest artistic development during the Edo Period to accompany highly decorated inros of that time. Our netsuke is carved from ivory and has passed tests, including: hot needle and acetone insolubility and shows ivory's distinctive cross-hatched texture. (see photo) [11E] We believe it is a late Meiji carving but whoever can decipher the signature may have a more accurate date. References available upon request. Size: ~ 2" H x 1 3/4" x 7/8"; Weight: ~ 30 grams;

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