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KIKOKU, 19th C. Japanese Netsuke:  Seiobo and Tobusaku

KIKOKU, 19th C. Japanese Netsuke: Seiobo and Tobusaku

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1305746

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This is a finely carved 19th Century Netsuke depicting SEIOBO, The Chinese Queen of the Fairies. Seiobo, is also known as Si Wang Mu. According to Taoist legends, she has a palace in the Konron Mountains, where she grows the tree of the genii, the fruit that ripens every three thousand years. The fruit of this tree confers the gift of immortality to the person who eats it. According to the story, when Seiobo went to the court of the Emperor Wu Ti, to present him with ten peaches, Tobosaku stole three of them. Seiobo is depicted here nicely dressed, carrying a tray full of peaches, accompanied by an attendant. Tobosaku is by her side. He has on his hand one of the stolen peaches. Awesome portrait with lots of details and great expressions. Wonderful two-tone patina; a bit darker on their back side. Signed Kikoku, an unlisted carver, on the bottom of the netsuke. This Outstanding miniature sculpture measures 1.50 inches (3.8cm) wide, and 1.50 inches (3.8cm) tall. It is in excellent condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.