Project Description

Wood Netsuke of a Masseur Lifting a Stone

One eye closed and his mouth puckering as he strains to raise the heavy weight to exercise his arm muscles. The himotoshi are carved into his buttocks
Signed: tenkaichi taku/toku . Circa 1850

Height: 2.7 cm

The identification of this talented carver is problematic.  The character Taku is most commonly used by Tachikawa/Tatekawa Takusai, but he uses darker woods than this, normally signs with both characters of his name, and does not style himself tenkaichi, as far as I know, though I would be pleased to be corrected

Item Location: USA

Price: US$1250