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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1346278 (stock #4-434)
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A wonderful wood netsuke carved in great detail of Gama Sennin, a Taoist immortal who learned the secrets of immortality from a fabled three-legged magical toad. Suizan carved signature on the base. This wood netsuke is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1345392 (stock #FC-1552)
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An elegant stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as a bat with folded wings and jet-inlaid eyes. (Bats in East Asian art are associated with good fortune and happiness. They are often rendered in an abstract manner or paired with a scepter as symbols of longevity.) Incised signature of Masakazu, noted Nagoya School artist who studied under the netsuke master Masanao and became a proficient carver. This finely carved boxwood netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 1.75” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1343718 (stock #FC-1667)
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A well-carved netsuke of a seated macaque with inlaid eyes. Its human-like expression— hand to his mouth and legs neatly folded, accentuates the fine incised detailing for the fur, face, hands and feet. This intelligent-looking macaque is in very good condition with only very minor surface wear. This important netsuke is signed Masakazu, Nagoya School. Ex. Victor Topper Collection. Length: 1.5â€, height: 1†19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1340896 (stock #FC-1572)
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An amusing wood netsuke defining the legend of the wrestling octopus and monkey, the creatures’ eyes inlaid with jet. The monkey tugs at the octopus’s head while the latter wraps its strong tentacles around the body of his foe, the carving of each very detailed. Signed Miwa on the base. (Miwa, of the Tokyo School, was known for his fascination with simians, often carving the creatures involved in human pursuits.) This netsuke exhibits great patina and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1340574 (stock #7-500)
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A boxwood netsuke carved in the round as a mythological shishi hatching from an egg, its surface cracked for added effect. Comically, the shishi pokes its head and fronts paws from one end and hind legs and bushy tail from the other. Its alert inlaid eyes reflect the newborn’s curiosity. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. Carved signature, Arikawa or Arikado on base. 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1338629 (stock #FC-1626)
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A unique stained boxwood netsuke of an emaciated oni with jet-inlaid eyes sitting cross-legged and proudly displaying a stolen tama. This rare netsuke perfectly captures the oni’s expression as he gloats at his devious success. This remarkable carving is unsigned, the workmanship and concept extraordinary. It is in excellent condition with rich patina. Height: 1.5” Circa 1800, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1336812 (stock #FC-1562)
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A stained wood netsuke carved as a recumbent goat, its regal head turned skyward. This classic pose is expertly rendered with deeply striated layers of the creature’s fur and undercut horns. In Japanese art, the sheep and the goat are often interchangeable. Most notably, the goat/sheep is associated with legendary characters such as the Taoist Sennin. This lovely animal carving is in excellent condition. Length: 1.5†Late Edo Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1335167 (stock #4-696a)
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An elegantly assembled kagamibuta of lacquered rosewood, its champlevé cover designed with peonies and leafy scrollwork with pink and green enamels. The kagamibuta hangs from a black silk, braided tassel. Good example of the early cloisonné technique on netsuke. Overall condition is very good with minor loss to the enamel commensurate with age and use. 18th/19th Century, Edo Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1333047 (stock #FC-106)
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A rare tobacco pouch and pipe case of carved ironwood and mottled leather beautifully fitted with floating silver sakura and silver and shakudo mandarin ducks. The clasp in the form of a silver lotus is gold-washed on the interior, with a silver ojime completing the ensemble. Signature plaque of Shado on the side of pipe case. This handsome and unique smoking set is in very good condition with only slight signs of age and wear. Edo Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1332445 (stock #FC-1500)
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A naturally carved ebony netsuke formed as a cicada atop a weathered piece of bamboo, the head, wings and thorax infinitely detailed. The master artist retained the integrity of the wood by keeping its natural striations and weathered appearance. (In Japanese art forms, the cicada symbolizes summer’s end and the renewal of life.) This boldly carved netsuke is in excellent condition with rich patina and natural wear, commensurate with age and use. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1331915 (stock #0-366)
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A stained boxwood netsuke formed as a Noh mask of a Heian beauty. The Beauty’s features are finely delineated with delicate incised lines and smoothly carved details. The facial features are characteristic of the concept of ideal beauty during the Heian times...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1331028 (stock #FC-1336)
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A charming boxwood netsuke sculpted as Kadori Miojin with double gourd in hand astride the notorious namazu fish, jet inlaid eyes. Miojin kneels with one leg as he tries to pacify the tremors of the “earthquake fish” - to no avail. The gourd in his hand, is symbolic of a useless endeavor. This boxwood netsuke is in excellent condition with no damage. Provenance: Ex. collection of Scott Meredith. Height: 2” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1330481 (stock #4-433)
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A carved wood netsuke of a seated fox (kitsune) cradling a small drum—reference to the legend of Genkuro, a kitsune known for his filial piety. The animal’s fur is finely delineated with delicate incisions, the positioning of the body and closed eyes capture the fox’s forlornness over its parents being turned into a drum. (In Japanese folklore, the fox is held as both a good and wily creature, its opportunistic nature and nighttime activity exemplifies the creature’s duplicity...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1330036 (stock #FC-1154p)
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A whimsical stained boxwood netsuke intricately carved as iconic Mt. Fuji rising above a pine forest, a weary traveler resting at its foot, closeby. A majestic pine carved in high relief with gnarled roots contrasts with the mountain’s smooth surface. Himotoshi on nether side. This fine netsuke is in excellent condition with rich patina and minimal surface wear. Length: 2.25”, height: 1” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1329862 (stock #FC-1619)
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This dark, richly-stained wood netsuke of the classic subject of a coiled dragon with a tama (sacred jewel) in mouth is sculpted in great detail, each scale an individual entity. (In East Asian cultures, the dragon is the supreme being symbolic of imperial power, wisdom and success.) This netsuke is in very good condition with incised signature plaque of Yoshihisa, the noted Kyoto School artist. Diameter: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1329425 (stock #4-445)
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A boldly carved wood netsuke of a seated dog, its ears perked up and body resting on one hind leg. The dog’s coat is finely incised, an inlaid bone collar adorning its neck. On the nether side, the regal creature’s paws are carefully delineated, the incised signature of Hokusui on its hind leg...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #1328914 (stock #9-113c)
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A charming stained boxwood netsuke of a Chajin (tea expert) asleep at the tea mill. The stylized rendition of this beloved netsuke theme is carved with gentle sloping lines and elegant incised facial features. (Netsuke carvers were observers of daily life in Japan and often made social comments in a humorous manner.) This netsuke is beautifully modeled with gentle wear, commensurate with age and use. Length: 1.5”, height: 1.25” Early 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1328441 (stock #FC-1556)
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A beautifully-modeled ebony netsuke formed as a recumbent ox, its eyes, doubly-inlaid. This specially-carved netsuke of a classic netsuke subject, made even more special because of the carver’s empathy in regard to the creature, itself, is modeled with extensive attention to the fine hair work, sculpted backbone, legs and hooves. Even the casually laid rope along the animal’s back appears real enough to hold in one’s hand...