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Wood Netsuke of Wrestling Puppies

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1205059

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A superb wooden netsuke study of two playful puppies. The beautiful stained boxwood bodies are finely incised, their eyes inlaid with horn. Oval ivory plaque on nether side reads Masakatsu (d.1899) Listed in Bushell's Netsuke Handbook as son of Masanao, his "work was fine and beautiful. Output very small because he was sickly. Examples of his work are rare." Page255. Provenance: purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1954. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. Late 19th Century, Japan