Early 19c netsuke filial piety MOSO & BAMBOO
Listed Price $550.00
Early 19th century netsuke of a boy holding onto a bamboo branch next to a large ball. Netsuke illustrates one of the paragons of filial virtue, that of Moso - a young scholar who went into the snow to look for bamboo shoots, a favorite dish of his ailing and dying mother. Bamboo does not grow in the snow but the Gods were moved by his filial piety and allowed bamboo shoots to suddenly spring from the ground. The large ball probably represents a snowball. Strong early and unusually detailed carving, wonderful patina turning honey color on the back where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono, compressed dust in crevices. Height 1 1/16 inches.
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