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19c netsuke SHOKI & ONI by TOKUSAI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1910   item# 1246605

19c netsuke SHOKI & ONI by TOKUSAI
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$2500 

19th century wooden netsuke of Shoki (Demon Queller) seated on a table with one foot dangling and a sword on a table behind his back, while a terrified oni (little mischievous demon) is hiding under the table looking for a way to escape. Wonderful quality carving - see their great faces, hair and clothing. Nice wear consistent with age, fantastic warm patina. For a very similar netsuke but unsigned netsuke see Sotheby's NETSUKE FROM THE COLLECTION OF RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL, London, Nove ...click for details


19c netsuke STORYTELLER with eye mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246604

19c netsuke STORYTELLER with eye mask
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$450 

19th century boxwood netsuke of a sitting Rakugoka - an entertaining storyteller - wearing an eye mask, clutching his collar with one hand and holding a closed open fan in the other. Great detailed carving, wonderful sad facial expression. Very pleasant patina from handling, old collection number scratched on the bottom. Height 1 3/8 inches.


18c netsuke poetess ONNA NO SAKON

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1800   item# 1246601

18c netsuke poetess ONNA NO SAKON
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$750 

18th century wooden netsuke of a woman wearing a long robe and an animal shape headdress, and modestly covering her mouth with a sleeve. Inscribed SAKON on the bottom of her shoes - I believe inscription refers to Japanese poetess Onna no Sakon (10th-11th century). Unusual subject, strong early carving with beautiful flow to the robe, eyes of the animal in her headdress are inlaid with black horn. Differently sized deep himotoshi, excellent wear and patina. Height 2 5/8 inches.


19c netsuke MONKEY in CHESTNUT

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246600

19c netsuke MONKEY in CHESTNUT
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$650 

19th century wooden netsuke of a monkey climbing out of a huge chestnut. Humorously carved, eyes are inlaid with ivory, absolutely great facial expression. Excellent depiction of different textures of the chestnut surfaces, beautiful warm patina. Wonderful netsuke. Height 1 5/16 inches.


18c netsuke CHINESE SCHOLAR

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1246598

18c netsuke CHINESE SCHOLAR
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$375 

Late 18th to early 19th century wooden netsuke of a standing Chinese scholar with a wide smile on his face, wearing a long robe, his hands hidden in the sleeves in front of him. Wonderful face, strong early carving with simplicity of lines, very nice wear and patina. Height 2 7/16 inches.


19c netsuke BENKEI in trumpet by SHIGEMITSU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1246449

19c netsuke BENKEI in trumpet by SHIGEMITSU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$2500 

Early 19th century boxwood netsuke of Benkei as yamabushi (a wandering priest) emerging out of a huge horagai (a war trumpet made out of a shell) and blowing into a smaller one, and holding a shakujo (Buddhist priest rattle) in his hand. The tokin (scull cap) on his head is the sign of the yamabushi, and horagai - (a trumpet shell - Charonia Tritonis) were often fitted with a mouthpiece on the thin end, and used as war trumpets. Shakujo are used to scare off insects, and thus prevent the carrier ...click for details


19c netsuke Shibayama TEA CEREMONY utensils

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246447

19c netsuke Shibayama TEA CEREMONY utensils
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$850 

19th century kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with Shibayama inlay depicting 3 utensils for tea ceremony: haboki (feather brush for ashes), sumitori (charcoal basket) and hibashi (fire tongues). Clever design, beautiful detailed inlay work - see the texture of silver tongues). The bowl is ebony, the top is boxwood, materials used for inlay are mother of pearl, silver, gold, walnut skin and 2 types of dark wood. Plain back, old silk cord, two parts fit nicely, beautiful mellow patina. Top diameter ...click for details


Early 19c netsuke STORYTELLER by CHIKA ex Sharpe

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1246446

Early 19c netsuke STORYTELLER by CHIKA ex Sharpe
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$750 

Early 19th century boxwood netsuke of a sitting Rakugoka - an entertaining storyteller - with scowling facial expression and his hands on his knees. Great detailed carving, wonderful facial expression, large size himotoshi (cord opening) going through the back down to the bottom attesting to an early age of the piece. Absolutely great amber-brown patina with high luster from handling. Two old chips to the edge of the robe (see Enlargements 3 and 4), otherwise in excellent condition. Signed CHIKA ...click for details


19c netsuke EGGPLANT Mt Fuji ex MFA

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246445

19c netsuke EGGPLANT Mt Fuji ex MFA
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$525 

19th century unusual bronze netsuke in a form of an eggplant with engraved scene of Mount Fuji, and a silver inlay of a small bird in flight. The netsuke is a small flask - the stem unscrews as can be seen on Enlargement 3. Cleverly designed piece, good detailing, functional netsuke shape, swinging metal loop at the back for hanging. Nice old piece with very pleasant patina. Formerly in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Length 3 inches.


Netsuke CHESTNUT by RYOSHU

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1980   item# 1246444

Netsuke CHESTNUT by RYOSHU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$450 

Ivory netsuke in a shape of a chestnut carved by Ryoshu - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century (see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick). Superb piece in Japanese taste, perfectly rendered shapes, textures and colors of the nut, the most realistically carved piece that I have ever had. Very pleasant to the touch, wonderful patina. Extraordinary netsuke. Height 1 inch.

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