19c netsuke BOY on buffalo by TOSHIYUKI
Listed Price $850.00
19th century netsuke in of a boy wearing a short jacket and reading a book as he sits on the back of a resting buffalo. The subject seems to be a variation of bokudo - a theme of a perfect peace of mind, and one of the stages of a journey towards Buddhahood. Wonderful carving perfectly capturing the tranquil mood of the scene, beautiful thoughtful face of the boy, excellent detailing - see the woven mat spread on the back of the beast, its tether with rope and dense hairwork. Eyes of the buffalo are inlaid with black horn, light staining, excellent patina. Signed TOSHIYUKI followed by kakihan (monogram) of the artist on the bottom - for a discussion of the carver see p. 1178 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. A very similar model with buffalo carved out of wood is illustrated. Height 1 1/8 inches.
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