Ivory netsuke of a reclining horse, its hooves drawn under its body forming a compact netsuke shape, head turned back as it is neighing vigorously. Wonderful sense of volume, excellent hairwork, great face with amber and horn inlaid eyes. Netsuke was carved out of a central part of a tusk containing central nerve canal, which was was plugged on the bottom and expertly carved as part of a leg, as well as on the top (to the left of the neck, can be seen on Enlargement 2). Himotoshi (cord opening) ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of standing Jurojin holding a turtle on his hand. Jurojin is one of 7 Gods of Good Fortune, that of longevity, and the turtle - one of his usual companions - is also associated with longevity. The netsuke is essentially a wish for long life. Very nicely carved, great level of detail and perfectly captured facial expression, expert staining. Signed SEIGYOKU on the back - for a discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 226. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 3 pairs of menuki or fuchi-kashira sets. 2 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, ivory colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings. Dimensions: 10 3/4”x3 1/2”x1 1/2” ( 27.5x9x3.7 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 pair of menuki or fuchi-kashira set. 6 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, light salad green colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings. Dimensions: 5 7/8”x3 7/16”x1 1/4” ( 15x8.5x3 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 pair of menuki or fuchi-kashira set. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, burgundy colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings, matching silk cushion. Dimensions: 5 5/8”x3 1/4”x1 7/16” ( 14.5x8.4x3.6 cm).
Ivory netsuke of Rihaku seated on a tree stump and lovingly leaning towards a large wine jar while holding a ladle in his hand. Rihaku (Li Po in Chinese) was a celebrated, probably the most famous poet of China, equally renown for his love of wine. Superbly carved, excellent face and detailing of his hair and robe as well as jar and stump textures. Excellent staining and bleaching, great patina. Signed RYUFU in oval reserve on the bottom - for a brief discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NE ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of two sumo wrestlers in a match, each attempting to throw the other. Superbly carved (see their incised fingernails), wonderfully captured body bulks and dynamic poses, perfectly etched textures of their hair and loincloths. Signed NANRYU in rectangular reserve on the bottom - for information about the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 224. Excellent netsuke. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke of seated Hotei holding a hand drum on his shoulder. Hotei is incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future - and one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, the fat and happy God of abundance and good health. Very nice carving with good level of detail (see his feet and finely worked texture of his robe), wonderful smiling face, nice patina. Signed SHOZO on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 984 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnic ...click for details
Unusual ivory netsuke of two differently sized tadpoles - one in a stage when it starts growing its legs, the other one did not get there yet. Rare subject, elegant composition, superbly realistic carving of shapes and textures perfectly capturing the essence of the creatures, yet also having a feeling of an abstract sculpture. Wonderful clean carving, signed RYOSHU on the bottom - for information on one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details
Small ivory netsuke carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century. Netsuke represents Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in monastic robe, and his eyes can pop in and out. Perfectly captured facial expression, facial hair and mandarin duck decoration on his robe beautifully incised and etched with ink. Excellent clean carving made out of beautiful even ivory. Signed RYOSHU on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AN ...click for details