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
Ivory netsuke of a nio
Crouching and turning the upper stone of a millstone; alternatively attempting to break a mochi into two pieces.
Signed beneath the lower stone: Ikkosai
Height: 3.9 cm
A variant of the subject by… Read More
Ivory netsuke of a nuye
In the manner of Yoshinaga
A well carved, if somewhat worn, rendition of the mythical and troublesome chimera. The ivory is fairly pale with age cracks to the right flank. The eyes are inlaid in… Read More
Ivory netsuke of a dragon
Circle of Tomotada (Active 1760-1780)
Powerfully carved, encircling a large tama, and holding a smaller one in a claw.
Inscribed within a rectangular cartouche with the signature of Tomotada
Kyoto, late 18th century
Width: 4.4cm… Read More