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Wood Netsuke of Benkei

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1223723

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A boldly carved boxwood netsuke sculpted as a muscular Benkei, or as Japanese legend prefers to call him—the strongman of Japan. The anonymous artist renders the iconic character in a hyper-animated way with powerful muscles, short legs, pronounced feet and frown as he struggles with the Bell of Miidera on his back. This charming netsuke is in excellent condition with neither loss, damage nor restoration. Height: 2” 19th Century, Japan