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19th C Japanese Wood Tonkotsu, Ojime Clamshell Netsuke

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1266008

Please refer to our stock # 11 when inquiring.

19th Century, Finely Hand-Carved Wood Tonkotsu with excellent and colorfull inlays/incrustations depicting a Sea Life Landscape with fish, clamshells, shrimp, crab, snail, jellyfish and algae. Beautiful representation of a marine scenery. The netsuke matches the theme with a depiction of an open clamshell with a village scene made up of a house with balcony and rooftop, as well as people standing or sitting about. The clamshell seems to have been made with hanoki wood, covered in Gesso (plaster) and paint that has come off with tiime and use. The cilindrical shaped wooden ojime is decorated with contiguous carved arches. The tonkotsu is signed with golden lacquer on one of its sides. The tonkotsu measures 3.38 inches (8.6cm) wide, 1.92 inches (4.9cm) deep, and 2.56 inches (6.5cm) tall. The netsuke measures 1.56 inches (4.0cm) wide, and 1.23 inches (3.1cm) tall. Signed. The Ojime measures 0.64 inches (1.7cm) wide, and 0.35 inches (0,9cm) thick. All components are in excellent condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.