Early 19c netsuke FOREIGNER & karako by MASATOSHI 14.3 cm
Listed Price $4,950.00
Very tall early 19th century netsuke of a strange foreigner wearing richly decorated Chinese dress and European pantaloons with a karako (Chinese boy) sitting on his shoulders. He is holding a scroll in one hand, and there is a small drum hanging off his belt on his right side. Strong early carving, excellent detailing, wonderful face with a perfectly captured expression of slight madness, textile highlights on his belly are inlaid with turtle shell. The netsuke is slightly curved backwards, so does not really stand on it own. Superb wear and patina, pleasantly heavy. Signed MASATOSHI on the back. A very similar unsigned model is illustrated in THE BAUR COLLECTION: NETSUKE, p. 191, figure C466. Height 5 5/8 inches (14.3 cm).
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