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RYUGETSU, Meiji Japanese Netsuke:   Sumo Wrestler

RYUGETSU, Meiji Japanese Netsuke: Sumo Wrestler

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1910: Item # 1324562

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This is a very fine Japanese Netsuke hand-carved during the Meiji Period of Japan by Ruygetsu. It depicts a Sumo Wrestler, who is wearing the typical Mawashi with a heavy twisted rope, which is bound in the back in the typical ‘unryu’ knot. Intricate and true to form detail have been carved in this remarkable miniature sculpture. The artist has accented the figure with different shades of brown stain, and polished the natural color of the material to produce the white checkering of the mawashi . The loops on the rope are used as natural himotoshi. Signed Ryugetsu inside the mawashi. Netsuke measures 1.25 inches (3.2cm) wide and 2.07 inches (5.3cm) tall.