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Early 19c marine netsuke SOSHI & butterfly

Early 19c marine netsuke SOSHI & butterfly


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1425734
Dmitry Levit Asian Art
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Early 19th century marine material netsuke of reclining Soshi falling asleep at a low table, and a butterfly sitting on his shoulder. Soshi was a Chinese philosopher who dreamt he was a butterfly, and could not in his dream decide whether he had become a butterfly, or whether it was the butterfly who had borrowed his form. Essentially the netsuke is a reminder of relativity of personal opinion. Beautiful early carving, wonderful tranquil face, delicately incised and etched patterns on the wings of the insect. Pleasant wear and patina with great feel of age. Length 1 3/8 inches.