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Wood Netsuke of a Kappa Upon a Clamshell


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1257793

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An amusing stained boxwood netsuke of a mythical water sprite (kappa) in a predicament—his curiosity has trapped his foot inside a clam shell! The dominant imagery in this netsuke carving is steeped in erotic undertones—the clam shell often symbolic of female anatomy in Japanese art. The netsuke carver paid great attention to the differing textures of the tortoise-like kappa and the smooth even surface of the clam shell. This fine netsuke is in excellent condition. Hoshu (“Yoshihide”) incised signature on nether side. Provenance: Ex. Nelson Rockefeller Collection. 19th Century, Japan