Project Description

Ivory Netsuke of an Egg Tester by Shounsai Joryu

A spirited and fine rendering of the subject with sinuous twists to the body, hair and face

Signed behind: Joryu

Height: 5.5 cm


While the subject was a favourite one of the artist, Fuld lists only one in ivory, the others being wood with an ivory egg. That one is in the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. There is no evidence that there ever was such an occupation as egg testing