Project Description

Plum Wood Sashi Netsuke of Mufuku (the Man with no Abdomen) by Kunimitsu

His emaciated body contorted, the half naked man stretches his arms above him and either screams or yawns

Signed on the sole of a foot with the first character largely obcured. Early 20th century

Height: 15cm

Provenance:

T.Z. Shiota Gallery, San Francisco

Information:

This was previously said to be by Naomitsu. Compare with an apparently less accomplished stretching Ashinaga by Kunimtsu in Lazarnick, ‘Netsuke and Inro Artists …’, p. 682. I suspect a shared iconography between the present netsuke and one by Koichi (mistakenly described as Roichi) in Hurtig’s ‘Masterspieces of Netsuke Art’, p. 100, no. 367. The same netsuke is also illustrated in Lazarnick (idem), p. 642

MR3241

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