Project Description

Ivory netsuke of an ama 

The long-haired fishergirl standing naked but for her grass skirt, the cord of which she tugs suggestively, while holding a large clam in her hand. This has wonderful colour, polish and tactility

Unsigned. Circa 1780

Height: 7.3 cm


Possibly M. Tomkinson, sold at Sotheby’s Lonodon, 23rd February 1970, lot 78, to Reisz

H.G.Beasley, sold Sotheby’s London, 14th March 1984, lot 96

Teddy Hahn, Darmstadt


Embassy of Japan, London, In a Nutshell, 2013, no. 74 (illustrated p. 46 in the catalogue)