Project Description

Large Ivory Netsuke of an Ox and Bokudo by Garaku I

The boy wears nothing but a jacket, his tiny genitals showing beneath, and pulls on the halter of the immovable ox which licks its muzzle. The animal’s eyes have inlaid pupils in reddish horn

Signed. Osaka, circa 1780

6.1 cm across

Provenance:

Willi Bosshard collection, acquired in Japan in 1979

Literature:

Paul Moss and Max Rutherston, ‘Such Stuff As Dreams are Made on’, 2008, no. 19

Located in Europe

Price £6,500

Ref. SS19