Project Description

Plum Wood Sashi Netsuke of a Screaming Man 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 Roichi in Hurtig’s ‘Masterspieces of Netsuke Art’, p. 100, no. 367

MR3241

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