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Ivory Netsuke of a Clam Shell, Attributed to Ohara Mitsuhiro

Carved from a well figured piece of pale ivory and inlaid with a sprig of aoi (hollyhock), the leaves of malachite, the stems and himotoshi linings of buffalo horn

Signed and with seal ohara. Osaka. Circa 1860

4.1 cm across

In my opinion, the signature is confidently incised, while the seal seems rather more hesitant.  Inlaid work is not unknown in Mitsuhiro’s work.  One has to think only of some of his fulling blocks with inlaid geese

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