netsuke

Tomokazu wood netsuke

Kyoto and Gifu, mid 18th- mid 19th cent.

wood rat with ivory teeth

1 5/8 in., 4.1 cm

the compact rodent grasps on to a bean pod beneath him, the himotoshi is formed by his tail which coils under his amble belly, the hair work and whiskers are delicately rendered, his dark eyes are inlaid with a shiny black stone, his mouth is slightly open to reveal inlaid ivory teeth; signed on the underside within an oval reserve, Tomozaku

Reference:
M.S. Bing, Collection Ch. Gillot, Objets D'art et Peintures d'Extreme-Orient, 1904, p. 239, no. 1802

Published:
Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, August 2001, no. 140

another view

kikumon

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