Ivory Netsuke of Cho Bujutsu and Yojo
The mounted figure passing his cloak to Yojo on the ground, the horse’s feet standing on a base with gadrooned edge. The whole netsuke well carved with considerable detail and good facial expressions.
The underside of the base is cut with a five character seal in mirror image, which has been interpreted as translating: reverent saint near to paradise
Unsigned. Circa 1750
Height: 6 cm
Private Belgian Collection
It is likely that the subject is the incident from the story of Yojo (Ch. Yu Jang) who, after being prevented from murdering his princely master Cho Bujutsu in an ambush, asked to be granted the royal mantle which he subsequently cut into shreds.