Project Description

Early Saishiki Netsuke of a Sage on an Ox

Carved on a seal base, originally entirely lacquered, now extensively worn down to the wood beneath

Unsigned. Circa 1700

Height: 4.4 cm

Old collection number 74. A silver ring has been inserted into the top of the base to prevent further wear to the himotoshi

Because the features of the figure on the ox are so worn, I took it at first to be a monkey, but as he is dressed in a long robe, I think it must be a man who has acquired simian features over the years