Early 19c netsuke ONI with treasure bag by NOBUYUKI
Listed Price $450.00
Early 19th century netsuke of an oni (little mischievous demon) standing next to an enormous cloth treasure bag and attempting to move it. Excellently carved, great facial expression of utter frustration, wonderful detailing of the bag surface patterns, rich warm patina and wear consistent with age. Netsuke of typical early triangular section, deep himotoshi located in accordance with the habit of the time. Signed NOBUYUKI in elongated reserve on the side of the bag - it is possibly the artist mentioned in Neil Davey NETSUKE (p. 505, number 1877), but the netsuke is definitely early. Height 1 5/16 inches.
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