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19c netsuke DIVER GIRL & octopus by RYOMIZU

19c netsuke DIVER GIRL & octopus by RYOMIZU


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1310893
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19th century netsuke of an ama (girl diving for abalone shells) falling asleep on ae enormous abalone shell encrusted with barnacles, while an octopus hides under the shell. The netsuke is of implied shunga type - usually an octopus is much more amorous and tries to embrace a girl. Superb carving with extraordinary tranquil face, beautiful depiction of her body and her hair tied in knot. Signed RYOMIZU TO (carved by Ryomizu) on the bottom. Very beautiful sculpture. Length 1 11/16 inches.