Project Description

Boxwood Netsuke of Shoki Sharpening His Sword

The demon queller kneeling by a large smooth rock on which he whets his weapon. His eyes are double inlays of buffalo horn

Unsigned. Probably Nagoya. Circa 1860

Height 5.1 cm

In his Netsuke Index hosted on Norman Sandfield’s website, Sal Fuld lists 11 wood netsuke of this subject by 3 different artists, being Ittan, Tadatoshi and Masakazu. I don’t believe that it is by either of the first two, and I cannot find an illustration of the single Masakazu