A Fine & Rare Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Sennin. Edo Period 18th.c.
Ht. 3 5/8 ins. (9.3 cms) Sennin are holy ascetics, derived from Chinese immortals, who spend their life in contemplation, often in secluded places. They were a very popular subject with netsuke carvers and the netsuke buying public. It is very difficult to identify sennin and we have been unable to put a name to this version. He is wearing his characteristic cape and belt of leaves and leaning on a gnarled staff. His mouth is open as though he is speaking or shouting and he is cupping his hand to his left ear. The larger opening of the himotoshi into which the cord knot was pulled, is cunningly fashioned from the sleeve of his garment. Condition is excellent, there is very tiny crack on the base of the staff, probably caused by movement of the wood. The patina and colour are very good and there are no repairs.
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