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19c staghorn Asakusa netsuke DIVER GIRL

19c staghorn Asakusa netsuke DIVER GIRL


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1341995
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19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke in ryusa shape decorated with low-relief carving of an ama (diver girls, usually diving for abalone and other edible shells) offering a clam from a basket to a boy. As almost inevitable with clam shells in netsuke, there is a subtle sexual connotation. The back is decorated with 2 rocks, shaped openings and large himotoshi. Very good level of detail - (see her straw skirt), beautiful warm yellowish patina ( especially on the back where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono), darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn. Length 2 inches.