Project Description

Ivory Netsuke of a Kingfisher by Kaigyokusai Masatsugu (Osaka 1813-92)

Its wings folded back as it dives. Its eyes are inlays of dark buffalo horn and its beak is gilt metal

Signed: Kaigyoku Masatsugu     

Length: 7.4 cm

Information:

Meinertzhagen illustrates a variant from the Behrens collection in his Index on p. 290, with its beak intact and the comment: “Tomita regards this as the genuine work of Kwaigioku”. Another is shown in profile in Lazarnick’s ‘Netsuke and Inro Artists ….’, p. 563

MR3511

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