Project Description

Ivory netsuke of an ama and octopus by Meikeisai Homin 

A most sensual carving with good expression and subtle use of coloured stain, the octopus’s large eye an inlay of horn beneath

Signed: Homin with tama

Length:  3.9 cm


Madelyn Hickmott, sold in her sale at Sotheby’s New York, 8th February 1989, lot 190

Barry Davies Oriental Art

Teddy Hahn, Darmstadt


Compare with a wood example in the Sagemonoya catalogue ‘Shunga Netsuke’, no. 75


Embassy of Japan, London, In a Nutshell, 2013, no. 75 (illustrated p. 46 in the catalogue)