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A Shunga Walrus Ivory Netsuke of Daruma by Michael Birch

The patriarch represented by his angst-ridden face enveloped in his cowl. It takes a while to register the phallic nose penetrating a suggestive clenched brow. The crystalline core of the ivory runs down the back of the head

Signed on a gold tablet: MHB. Probably carved in the late 1970s

Height: 4.2 cm

Information:

In her monograph on her late husband’s work, Janet Birch illustrates 15 netsuke of Daruma, some of them highly abstract.  One of them, in stag antler, seems to me to be a self portrait.  The two closest to the present work are versions in elephant ivory, illustrated on pp. 28 and 29. I have also sold a version in ebony

MR3529

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