Project Description

Ivory Netsuke of a Snake by Yamaguchi Okatomo

Neatly coiled with its head resting on its body, its tail sweeping in an elegant S to provide a cord attachment. Good, deep colour. The eye pupils of dark horn
Unsigned. Kyoto. Circa 1800
4.1 cm across
The attribution to Okatomo stems from comparison with a snake in the British Museum (Barker and Smith, Netsuke: the Miniature Sculpture of Japan, n° 53). Although different in composition and having an addtional incision in each scale, the shape of the head is identical
Literature:
Moss, Outside the Box, n° 20
Provenance:
Sydney Moss, London, 2004, purchased by the present owner
MR3958

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