Project Description

Humorous Wood Netsuke of a Man Carrying His Infant Son, attributed to Isshinsai Masanao

The man laughing as his son, carried behind in his kimono, pulls on his hair. The larger himotoshi is surprisingly wide

Unsigned. Circa 1850

Height: 5.5 cm

Compare with another netsuke, formerly in the Bushell and Floyd Segel collections, its two sides visible by consulting separately the catalogues of their sales, Christie’s New York, 23rd April 1991, lot 183 and Sotheby’s Chicago, 7th July 1999, lot 107.  The hand is not identical, the carving of the present netsuke being more accomplished