Project Description

Ivory netsuke of Kan’u 

Stroking his beard with one hand and holding his halberd blade down in the other

Unsigned. Circa 1790

Height: 9.2cm


Kolodotschko collection, Munich, sold at Lempertz, Cologne, 5th December 2014, lot 762


This has much in common with the larger example in Moss, ‘Outside the Box’, no. 8, though it is considerably more worn, which has produced an exceptional polish