Project Description

Ivory Musouzutsu 

Of unstained ivory, the outer sleeve carved in high relief with a large and small crab disputing a leaf

Signed with a red inked seal beneath: Kenryu?  Circa 1880

22.3 cm

Gold and copper pipe engraved with a similar subject. Signed Katsuhiro [Kagawa Katsuhiro] with seal, bamboo stem

Provenance:

Jens Rasmussen

Sale, Sotheby’s London, 14th November 1996, lot 483

Literature: 

Illustrated in two exhibition catalogues:

London, Contrasting Styles, 1980, p. 72, no. 146

Cologne, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Netsuke, Inro u.a. Sagemono, 1982-83, no. 22, illustrated p. 119

MR2004