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Wood Netsuke of the Oil Thief

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1252577

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This superbly-modeled netsuke alludes to a well-known legend in Japanese folklore - the furtive activity of the oil thief, disguised by his long, flowing robes and large straw hat. With expressive mien and shifting raiment, the thief slouches, oil pot under his arm. This charming netsuke renders the drama with great attention to detail and is in excellent condition. Height: 2.25” 19th Century, Japan