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19c netsuke indecent TANUKI the badger

19c netsuke indecent TANUKI the badger


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1920: Item # 1421806
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Late Meiji (1890s - 1910s) marine netsuke of a standing tanuki (badger) holding some huge unspecified part of its private parts in its paws. In Japanese folklore tanuki is a notorious trickster: he drums with his paws on his large belly (tanuki no hara tsuzumi), imitating the sounding of gongs in temples and inns, and leading tired travelers astray in the darkness. Nicely carved from a section of a walrus tusk, decent depiction of its coat, horn inlaid eyes, nice patina and beautiful sheen to the surface. Height 2 1/16 inches.