Mastromauro Japanese art

A Japanese ivory and shibayama netsuke of a sparrow

A Japanese ivory and shibayama netsuke of a sparrow


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Ivory: Pre 1900: Item # 1416492

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Mastromauro Japanese art
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A Japanese extremely rare ivory and shibayama netsuke depicting an anthropomorphic sparrow carrying Daikokuten on its back. Mother-of-pearl eyes and horn on the robe. Sparrows are birds frequently appear in the legends and folkloric Japanese tales. The most famous story is perhaps “Shita-kiri suzume” 舌 切 り 雀 (The Sparrow with the Cut Tongue), also included by Mitford in “Tales of Old Japan” (1871) Daikokuten 大 黒 天, the god of five cereals, agriculture and abundance is one of the lucky seven (Shichi Fukujin). Signature on red lacquer engraved ‘Gyokumin’ 玉 民 Edo Period 19th century Sizes: 4,5 x 3 x 2 cm. Condition report: Good condition
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