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19c netsuke SAGE SOFU with ox by MASATOSHI

19c netsuke SAGE SOFU with ox by MASATOSHI


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1400864
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Early 19th century netsuke of Sofu - one of 7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove - leading his ox away, so it will not drink from a river polluted several miles upstream when his fellow sage washed his ears after hearing about an offer for him to serve the Emperor. Very well carved, nicely captured interaction between two characters, pleasant wear consistent with age. Signed MASATOSHI in irregular reserve on the back - for the discussion of Sawaki Toshizo see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 735. Length 1 3/8 inches.