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Walrus ivory netsuke of a hatching baku
Sato Kanjiro (active 1890-1910)


The small, slightly startled and bemused looking baku rests its forepaws on the edge of its shell, flames of energy licking around its sides, and wisps of clouds floating around the outside of the egg.

Signed beneath: Shinmei (Chikaaki)

Sato Kinjiro was a member of the Tokyo Chokokai [Tokyo Carvers’ Association] between Meiji 39 and 43 (1906 -1910), registered at an address in Nishisuga-machi, Hongo-ku, Tokyo. He exhibited at the 3rd Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai [National Industrial Exposition] in Meiji 23 (1890), meaning that he was active between 1890 and 1910. He was primarily a carver of ivory okimono.