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KORAKU, Contemporary Japanese Netsuke: Bakemono Rokuro-Kubi

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1940: Item # 1314645

Please refer to our stock # 122 when inquiring.

This is a wonderfully hand-carved netsuke depicting Bakemono "Unreal Thing or Goblin" with a Rokuro-Kubi (whirling Neck), in other words a Goblin creature with an expanding neck like the spring of 'Jack-in-the-box", that, according to legend, twists its head around and leers in the faces of sleepers. The creature is standing on one foot and appears to be praying. Amber Double inlaid eyes. Unsigned, but attributed to the 20th century Japanese artist Koraku. Netsuke measures 1.12 inches (2.8cm) wide, and 3.0 inches (7.6cm) tall.