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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.


19c netsuke PUPPY by MASANAO

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246346

19c netsuke PUPPY by MASANAO
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617-945-5920


$2400 

19th century boxwood netsuke of a seated puppy with its head turned to the right. Wonderful face, excellent rendition of its fur, eyes are inlaid with black horn, himotoshi (cord opening) formed by the natural opening between its body and a paw. Signed MASANAO (for Masanao of Ise) on the bottom - for the discussion of the group of carvers signing their work with this name see pp. 80-81 of COLLECTORS NETSUKE by Bushell. Very beautiful warm brown staining, superb wear and patina. Great classic net ...click for details


19c netsuke TOAD by TADAMITSU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246345

19c netsuke TOAD by TADAMITSU
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617-945-5920


$900 

19th century boxwood netsuke of a toad. Excellent rendition of its warty skin, wonderful alert posture, great facial expression. Very beautiful warm brown staining, great patina. Signed TADAMITSU in a raised rectangular reserve on its front - the artist is listed on p. 1059 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Classic netsuke by rare master carver. Height 1 3/8 inches.


19c netsuke KIRIN on mallet

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246343

19c netsuke KIRIN on mallet
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617-945-5920


$535 

Very unusual 19th century netsuke of inlaid silver kirin (mythological beast with a horn, scales and hooves, of benevolent nature) galloping on an old mallet for pounding cloth. Not a very common animal in netsuke, excellent quality sharp metalwork - see the scales and bushy tail. The material of the mallet is ivory stained deep brown red. Wonderful carving - see the depiction of rotten patches in the mallet, beautiful wear and patina. Length 3 inches.


Early 19c Negoro lacquer netsuke STORYTELLER

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1246342

Early 19c Negoro lacquer netsuke STORYTELLER
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$495 

Early 19th century wooden netsuke of sitting man wearing a robe and a cap. The figure most probably represents traveling entertainer - a storyteller. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black and then wood starts showing, thus adding yet another color to the piece. The face was left unlacquered to allow for carving of tranquil facial expression. Very smart use of lacquering technique, beautiful wear to the surface, really nice feel of age to the piece. ...click for details


19c Japanese GLASS netsuke DOUBLE GOURD

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1246341

19c Japanese GLASS netsuke DOUBLE GOURD
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$325 

Unusual 19th century netsuke in a shape of a double gourd made out of yellow glass with green swirl inclusions, and metal (possibly silver) mounts with chrysanthemum fittings and a swinging loop for hanging. Dried double gourds were used in Japan for carrying sake during travel. Very well designed piece, functional netsuke shape, beautiful patina. Excellent study piece for a collection of various netsuke materials. Length 1 15/16 inches.


19c OJIME netsuke cord slide DRIFTWOOD by KAZUCHIKA

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1245202

19c OJIME netsuke cord slide DRIFTWOOD by KAZUCHIKA
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$350 

19th century solid bronze ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in seed shape and textured like a piece of driftwood with perfectly captured texture. Very clever design, excellent detailing, pleasantly heavy, in perfect condition. Signed KAZUCHIKA on inlaid white bronze plaque - appears to be the metal artist listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 479, number 1047). Height 13/16 inches.

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