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HODO, Contemporary Japanese Netsuke Set, Kiyohime

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1960: Item # 1265603

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This is a wonderful Netsuke Set depicting Kiyohime, the Dragon Witch, holding the Dojoji Bell, right next to her beloved Anchin. According to Japanese legend, Kiyohime the daughter of an innkeeper, fell in love with the pilgrim Anchin, but was rejected by him. The enraged Kiyohime turned herself into a dragon witch who went to the Dojoji temple to look for Anchin who had hidden under a huge bell. In this set, Anchin can be inserted into the bell, where he fits exactly, Photo number 3. This wonderful set was carved by the Contemporary carver Yoshio Sekisawa, who signs the name Hodo on his works. Netsuke measures 1.25 inches (3.2cm) in diameter, and 2.07 inches (5.3cm) tall. Anchin measures 0.66 inches (1.7cm) in diameter, and 0.96 inches (2.4cm) tall). Both pieces are held together by a cord that is tied in the middle with two small ojime. The set is in excellent condition.