Project Description

Rare wood netsuke of Raiden on a drum by Awataguchi 

Crawling onto the drum with a stick in one hand. His eyes are inlays of dark buffalo horn, as are the studs of the drum

Signed: Taguchi. Edo, circa

4.1 cm across


Sale, Sotheby’s London, 1st June 1981, lot 45

Teddy Hahn, Darmstadt


Fuld lists only 7 netsuke signed Taguchi, and 23 signed Awataguchi.  Regardless of whether or not they are the same artist, both are rare


Barry Davies Oriental Art, ‘Netsuke from the Teddy Hahn Collection’, 1996, no. 143