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19th C. Japanese Boxwood Netsuke: Hanasaka Jiisan (花咲か爺さん)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1368862

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19th Century, Japanese nicely hand-carved boxwood Netsuke depicting a character of a Japanese folk tale 'The story of the old man who made withered trees blossom': Hanasaca Jiisan. Here, Hanasaca is shown in one of the scenes of the folk tale where he is chopping down a tree to make a mortar. Hanasaca's dog who appeared to him in a dream is showing him the location of the tree. Netsuke has a chimney himotoshi that starts on the bottom of the irregular platform where both characters stand, and continues through the spaces made by Hanasaka's legs. Rich patina, lustrous surface. Unsigned. Netsuke measures 0.98 inches (2.5cm) wide, and 1.55 inches (3.9cm) tall. It is in excellent condition, as you may be able to see in the posted photos.