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Antique Signed Ivory Netsuke, Fine Carving

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Antique Signed Ivory Netsuke, Fine Carving
The Art and Orchid Gallery's finely carved Japanese ivory netsuke is 19th Century Meiji with age cracks and wear. It depicts an elderly smiling woman holding her prize fish/fruit (?). She is wearing an outer coat, an under robe and a handkerchief head cover. All three have minutely incised and stained details, but some are worn. Some of these diaper patterns include: seigaiha (stylized wave), kame, kiri no mon and squares with dots.[34A, 42B, 33C] The netsuke also has 2 holes for the himo (silk cord) used to hold other sagemono (personal objects like medicine boxes (inro), tobacco pouches, etc.) to a Japanese gentleman's girdle belt (obi).[120D] Although the carving can stand alone, it seems it was glued to a surface. It also has a minor repair. Netsukes have been reported from the 15th Century in Japan but achieved their greatest artistic development during the Edo Period to accompany highly decorative inros of that time. They have been made of metal, horn, ceramic, wood, lacquer as well as ivory, like this one. The piece has passed the hot needle test, acetone insolubility and hardness tests for ivory.[11E] Except for wear and age cracks, this netsuke is in very good condition. Signature marks are on the left side of outer coat. References available upon request.

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