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19c netsuke MONK with Buddhist gong by TOMOMASA

19c netsuke MONK with Buddhist gong by TOMOMASA


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1338580
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19th century boxwood netsuke of a kneeling Buddhist monk fast asleep by a large gong, a string of prayer beads on his hand. The subject is a metaphor for a failure to reach enlightenment - instead of seeking and understanding the profound power of the gong’s message, the monk uses it as a pillow. Very good carving, great tranquil face, wonderful staining and patina. Signed TOMOMASA in an irregular reserve on the bottom - the artist is listed in NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p.1156. Height 1 3/8 inches.