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Japanese Netsuke Stock at Rutherston Ltd
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Ivory okimono-netsuke of a rikishi and masseur
Itsumin


An ivory okimono-netsuke of a rikishi and masseur.  The seated wrestler leans back on one hand and grimaces as the blind masseur dances attendance, working assiduously on his client’s right arm.  The carving is a masterful example of Japanese comic observation with each figure grimacing.

Signed behind: Hokyudo Itsumin with seal
Height: 7cm.

PROVENANCE: Formerly in the collection of Dr. M. Jaller, Potomac, MD