Project Description

Ivory Netsuke of Nasakeji from the Fukura Suzume Story by Morita Soko (Tokyo, 1879-1942)

Removing the cover of the basket he received from the grateful sparrows to reveal the treasure within, a precious scroll and some koban (gold coins) tumbling out with other objects, all carved with meticulous details

Signed beneath: soko to. Tokyo

Height: 3.2 cm

Provenance:

Anonymous sale, Bonham’s London, 16th May 2013, lot 46

Information:

A wood variant is illustrated in an article by the late Michael Strone in the ‘International Netsuke Society Journal’, 23/4, p. 38, fig. 21

MR3343

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