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19c netsuke South Sea Islander & coral by GYOKUJOSAI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1236799

19c netsuke South Sea Islander & coral by GYOKUJOSAI
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$1700 

Very unusual 19th century lacquered wood netsuke of a Kurombo diver climbing onto an enormous branch of red coral. Rare subject - Ceylonese coral divers are usually shown holding a pot with a coral branch in front of them. Wonderful face, excellent depiction of his muscular limbs and curly hair and beard. The body of the diver is lacquered with silver lacquer producing deep gray color turning black, coral part is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts ...click for details


19c netsuke BUDDHIST ANGEL by NAGAMACHI SHUZAN

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1236798

19c netsuke BUDDHIST ANGEL by NAGAMACHI SHUZAN
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$1400 

19th century boxwood netsuke with a rare subject of a Buddhist angel as portrayed in the Noh play Hagoromo (Feathery robe). Standing with one hand raised, superbly carved wings with beautiful differentiated feathers. Perfectly balanced, great face, wonderful flow to the lines of her robe, painted in bright colors, paint showing signs of wear. Signed SHUZAN for Nagamachi Shuzan on the back - this very distinct artist is listed on p. 1015 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATUR ...click for details


Early 19c netsuke QUAILS on millet

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1236797

Early 19c netsuke QUAILS on millet
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$1600 

Early 19th century ivory netsuke of two quails sitting on millet stalks with leaves. Superb quality carving - see the alert faces, differentiated feathers and finely carved millet stalks, eyes inlaid with black horn. Beautiful wear and patina turning yellow on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono, old age lines. Classic netsuke in great condition. Height 1 inch.


19c netsuke piebald PUPPY

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1236794

19c netsuke piebald PUPPY
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$675 

19th century ivory netsuke of a seated piebald puppy with its mouth slightly open. Perfectly captured essence of the creature with its clumsy body, fantastic quality depiction of the face with horn inlaid eyes, excellent hairwork and use of ink for its spots, superb sense of volume. Great patina, himotoshi formed by its left limbs. Height 15/16 inches.


19c kesi Chinese textile DRAGON & Precious Pearl

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1910   item# 1235588

19c kesi Chinese textile DRAGON & Precious Pearl
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$350 

Late Qing dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese kesi textile with woven design of a 5-clawed dragon in pursuit of a flaming Precious Pearl among clouds surrounded by 4 bats. Excellent quality sharp work, strong colors, in perfect condition. Framed and glazed on both sides, textile size in sight is 8.5 x 7.5 inches.


19c Japanese sword MENUKI MAN with bamboo signed

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1235227

19c Japanese sword MENUKI MAN with bamboo signed
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$195 

Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting a man pulling 2 stems of bamboo. Extraordinary work with superb detailing - see his face, hair, bamboo leaves and finely worked designs on his clothes. Bronze with beautiful coppery patina, silver inlaid details of his belt and sandals, in great condition, signed with 2 characters on a plaque inside. Length 1 1/2 inches.


19c netsuke FROGS SUMO WRESTLING by SEIGYOKU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1910   item# 1234562

19c netsuke FROGS SUMO WRESTLING by SEIGYOKU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$650 

Late Meiji (1890-1912) ivory netsuke in a shape of a box with carved top depicting 2 frogs about to engage in sumo wrestling match by rice sheaves and willow tree, and the 3rd frog serving as a referee using a leaf instead of a traditional fan. Extraordinary quality carving and etching with ink - see the textures of tree trunk and frog skin, beautifully incised willow leaves. Wonderful patina, bronze fitting with a swinging loop on the back for hanging. Signed SEIGYOKU on the back. Excellent wor ...click for details


19c netsuke POET SAIGYO HOSHI by YOSHIYAMA

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1234312

19c netsuke POET SAIGYO HOSHI by YOSHIYAMA
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$475 

19th century marine ivory netsuke depicting seated poet Saigyo Hoshi, his hands around his knees, contemplating Mount Fuji. Hoshi lived in the 12th century, was a member of the Fujiwara clan, but renounced all his dignities to become a poet and priest. Very good carving, wonderful face with a wide smile, great wear and patina, very pleasant feel of age to the piece. Signed YOSHIYAMA on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 1248 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by ...click for details


19c netsuke PURIFYING HEART by UNPO

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1233548

19c netsuke PURIFYING HEART by UNPO
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$550 

19th century ivory netsuke of a man on his knees vigorously cleaning with a stiff brush the Japanese character KOKORO (heart) that forms the base of the netsuke. Netsuke conveys the moral advise to purify your own heart. Unusual material for the subject - for some reason this model is always carved in wood. Excellent carving, wonderful facial expression, mellow patina, old age lines. Signed on the bottom UNPO - this rare carver is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 547, number 3151). Height 1 ...click for details


19c netsuke DRAGON-FISH

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1233546

19c netsuke DRAGON-FISH
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$625 

19th century wooden netsuke of a makatsugyo (dragon-fish) on a base. The creature is rarely depicted in netsuke. According to a Chinese legend, a carp that can swim up the waterfall turns into a dragon, and thus serves as a paragon of perseverance, especially in scholarly pursuits. Excellent carving, great depiction of its face, front paws and spine, beautiful patina. Length 1 3/4 inches.

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