19th century Tibetan turned burlwood covered bowl for Buddhist offerings on a home or temple altar. Larger versions of these bowl are used for sampa (powdered barley) - Tibetan staple food. Very nicely turned, in great shape, fantastic patina on beautiful wood with some red lacquer on the cover. Very pleasant piece with wonderful feel of age. Diameter 2 13/16 inches, height with cover 2 1/8 inches.
19th century Tibetan turned burlwood covered bowl used for sampa (powdered barley) -Tibetan staple food. Lacquered black on the inside, great patina on beautiful wood. Very pleasant piece with wonderful feel of age. Height with cover 3 3/8 inches, diameter 4 3/4 inches.
Unusually tall late 18th century wooden netsuke of standing Ryujin - the Dragon King of the Sea - with a large coral branch in a vase in his hands, wearing a robe with wave designs, short pants, gaiters and shoes, and a beaded holding a long sword, its handle and scabbard in a shape of a dragon with severe face and differentiated scales. Superb strong and original piece with extraordinary terrifying face, perfectly carved muscular arms, rich beard and hair. Netsuke is covered in gesso and painte ...click for details
Very unusual 19th century small ivory netsuke carved as a sitting man holding a mirror in one hand, and plucking the hair on his chin with tweezers held in the other. Fantastic carving of his face with perfectly captured expression of painful unpleasantness. Beautiful flow to his robe, extremely well made differently sized himotoshi. Superb quality ivory, wonderful patina with excellent sheen to the surface. Signed on the bottom RYUKOSAI JUGYOKU SAKU (made by Ryukosai Jugyoku) and RYUKEI ZU (des ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of two heads of reishi fungus (Fungus of Immortality) issuing from the same stem. Superbly carved elegant piece in Japanese taste, beautiful rhythm to the ridges of the fungus, wonderful wear and superb patina consistent with age, in excellent condition. Himotoshi is formed by the stem. Signed MASAYOSHI for Sato Masayoshi on the bottom - this excellent artist is listed on p. 742 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Fantas ...click for details
Late Meiji (1890s - 1910s) staghorn netsuke of a decaying human scull. Excellent Buddhist subject, great facial expression (if you can call it that), darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn, which, in fact, makes it so attractive, overall in very good condition. Signed YUKISHIGE by himotoshi - the artist is listed on p. 1254 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1/4 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a seated peasant woman taking a break from carrying a huge bag on her back and having a snack. Nicely carved, wonderful face, beautifully carved and etched textile patterns. Old smoothed loss to the front of her right foot (does not take away from the sculptural quality of the piece), beautiful patina consistent with age. Signed RYOMIN on the bottom - the artist is Ono Ryomin III listed on p. 885 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Geor ...click for details
Unusual late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s-1920s) porcelain netsuke of standing Jurojin wearing a robe and holding a fan in his hand. Jurojin is one of 7 Gods of Good Fortune, that of longevity. Superbly modeled piece with great face and multicolored enamels. Nice patina, compressed dust on the surface, overall in great condition. Signed KIFUKU in red enamel on the bottom. Height 2 1/2 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a standing Mongolian archer, a bow in his left hand, a very long arrow in the right and a quiver with shorter arrows behind his back. He is wearing a Tartar hat, his coat if finely engraved with lotus designs, excellent detailing of his face, bow and arrows. Extraordinary rich patina, deep differently sized himotoshi. Signed MASAHARU on the back - the artist is listed on p. 700 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Superb ...click for details
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of an ama - abalone diver girl - wearing a straw skirt and resting on an enormous clam with her elbow on yet another clam. The netsuke is definitely of shunga type - see the very suggestive part of the clam just under her left arm. Superbly carved, fantastic face, beautiful texture to her hair and skirt. Wonderful patina consistent with age, great feel of age, all that a good netsuke should be. Length 1 3/8 inches.