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Wood Netsuke of a Koken Pup


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1275912

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An impressively carved stained boxwood netsuke of a koken pup (European hound) playing with an awabi (abalone) shell. During Edo Period Japan awabi shells attached to ropes were often given as toys to dogs. Here, the 18th century Kyoto School artist, Yoshinaga, pays close attention to the anatomy of the pup—the clawed paws holding the shell, teeth biting on the rope, characteristic curled tail and spiny back. All of these details are rendered with delicacy and skill, the incised signature on the paw. (A similar study by the artist in ivory is illustrated in Lazarnick’s NIA, page 1240. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.5” 18th century, Japan