Project Description

Ivory Netsuke of Koreijin and Tiger, by Hasegawa Ikko

The eyes of the sennin and the tiger inlaid in dark horn

Signed at the back of a boulder: Ikko. Tsu. Circa 1820

Height: 4.2 cm

Provenance:

Michael Tomkinson collection, sold in his sale at Glendinings, London, 5th December 1921 (£4.15s), lot 114, one of the few netsuke to be illustrated (plate I)

Max Rutherston Ltd., London

Carré collection

Literature:

V.-F. Weber, Ko-ji Hô-ten, pl. XXXI, fig. 11

The Meinertzhagen Card Index, Part A, p. 219, described by the author as “exceptionally fine work”

Koreijin is the Taoist sennin Ku Ling Jin, who is attended by a white tiger

Located in the European Union

£9,800

Ref. MR64