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

Provenance: 

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

Exhibited: 

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

Literature: 

‘The Meinertzhagen Card Index’, p.

MR2684