19th century Tibetan turned burlwood covered bowl for Buddhist offerings on a home or temple altar. Larger versions of these bowl are used for sampa (powdered barley) - Tibetan staple food. Very nicely turned, in great shape, fantastic patina on beautiful wood with some red lacquer on the cover. Very pleasant piece with wonderful feel of age. Diameter 2 13/16 inches, height with cover 2 1/8 inches.
19th century Tibetan turned burlwood covered bowl used for sampa (powdered barley) -Tibetan staple food. Lacquered black on the inside, great patina on beautiful wood. Very pleasant piece with wonderful feel of age. Height with cover 3 3/8 inches, diameter 4 3/4 inches.
Very unusual 19th century small ivory netsuke carved as a sitting man holding a mirror in one hand, and plucking the hair on his chin with tweezers held in the other. Fantastic carving of his face with perfectly captured expression of painful unpleasantness. Beautiful flow to his robe, extremely well made differently sized himotoshi. Superb quality ivory, wonderful patina with excellent sheen to the surface. Signed on the bottom RYUKOSAI JUGYOKU SAKU (made by Ryukosai Jugyoku) and RYUKEI ZU (des ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of two heads of reishi fungus (Fungus of Immortality) issuing from the same stem. Superbly carved elegant piece in Japanese taste, beautiful rhythm to the ridges of the fungus, wonderful wear and superb patina consistent with age, in excellent condition. Himotoshi is formed by the stem. Signed MASAYOSHI for Sato Masayoshi on the bottom - this excellent artist is listed on p. 742 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Fantas ...click for details
Late Meiji (1890s - 1910s) staghorn netsuke of a decaying human scull. Excellent Buddhist subject, great facial expression (if you can call it that), darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn, which, in fact, makes it so attractive, overall in very good condition. Signed YUKISHIGE by himotoshi - the artist is listed on p. 1254 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1/4 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a seated peasant woman taking a break from carrying a huge bag on her back and having a snack. Nicely carved, wonderful face, beautifully carved and etched textile patterns. Old smoothed loss to the front of her right foot (does not take away from the sculptural quality of the piece), beautiful patina consistent with age. Signed RYOMIN on the bottom - the artist is Ono Ryomin III listed on p. 885 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Geor ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of reclining tanuki (badger) leaning on an empty sake bottle in an attitude of drunken stupor, its gaze heavy, a paw on its extended belly. Extraordinary depiction of its human pose and mood, superbly carved to the last detail - see its fur, rope on the bottle and its powerful paws. Eyes are beautifully inlaid with light horn and made live by painted pupils. Excellent wear and patina. Three characters on the sake bottle read ISEYA which is a popular name for a liquor s ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a toad sitting on a discarded zori (straw sandal). Excellent rendition of the skin and paws, and texture of woven sandal, great facial expression. Eyes of the toad are inlayed with dark horn, the looped thong of the sandal forms the himotoshi (cord opening). Signed MASANAO (for Masanao of Ise) in rectangular reserve on the bottom of the sandal - for the discussion of the group of carvers signing their work with this name see pp. 80-81 of COLLECTORS NETSUKE by Bush ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a man seated by a hot sand brazier with a kettle on it, putting a book aside and stretching his arms. Excellent detailed carving - his his wonderful face, tobacco pouch with pipe case by his side, a ladle for stirring the sand, brazier, book and kettle textures. Beautifully stained and finished. Signed GYOKUSHO on the bottom - for a brief discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 216. Height 1 3/4 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century black stone netsuke of a man wearing a grass skirt and holding a club, seated leaning on rockery. Like any dark object does not photograph well. The character represented must be one of 108 heroes of Suikoden - a Chinese book called Shui Hu Chuan (Suikoden in Japanese, The Water Margin in English) was very popular in the capital Edo. It contained numerous tales of an outlaw named Sung-Chiang and his 108 followers. Wonderful expressive face, beautiful patina, great fee ...click for details