Ivory netsuke of a monkey on namazu
A superlative example of this 18th century subject, much less worn than is often the case, the monkey’s feet better defined. He holds his gourd in front of him, its bulges… Read More
Sentoku tsuba in the form of a snake
Cast as a coiled serpent with head drawn back threateningly. The visible eye is inlaid in silver and the tongue in brass.
Height: 7.8cm… Read More
Ivory netsuke of a shishi and cub
Tomotada (Active 1760-1780)
An extraordinarily dynamic composition, the parent scratching, the young gambolling. The ivory is carved with considerable relief and undercutting. The eyes are all inlaid with dark pupils.
Signed in a… Read More
Ebony netsuke of a bat
Flying, with its wings just touching above it. The manner of carving the face, with inlaid dark horn eyes and single stroke for the mouth, are typical of Horaku.
Kyoto, circa 1820
Length:… Read More
Large wood netsuke of a rat
Its head raised slightly from the ground as it scents the atmosphere. The rodent’s paws rest on its long tail, which slinks into an S shape under its resting body. The large ears… Read More