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GYOKUYOSAI, 19th Century Japanese Netsuke: Young Gama Sennin

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1291491

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This is a superbly carved 19th Century Japanese Netsuke, depicting a seated Young Gama Sennin, wearing mugwort leave clothes, happily playing with a large toad that he is holding with a rope. He has by his side a rice straw basket filled with mugwort leaves. Wonderful expression, excellent form and detail, all throughout. Signed Gyokuyosai, the teacher of Osaki Kokusai. The holding of animals with a rope by young boys is a particular characteristic of Gyokuyosai carvings. Netsuke measures 1.34 inches (3.4cm) wide, and 1.24 inches (3.1cm) tall. NOTE: A reference to Gyokuyosai and his signature is found on pages 432-33 of Lazarnick's 'Netsuke and Inro Artists and How to Read their Signatures'.