Project Description

Stag Antler Netsuke of a Seated Tanuki by Michael Birch

A Birch classic, inspired by the Masayuki model and carved from the corona of an antler, the meditative badger is enveloped in a priest’s robe; its head has stylised markings in black

Signed with the initials on an inlaid gold tablet.  Circa 1980

3.7 cm across

Information:

The subject was treated several times by the artist.  See one in the Kurstin collection, illustrated in Real and Imaginary Beings, p. 120, no. 127 (alongside a similar ojime), and another in the Nordkskog collection, illustrated in S.L. Moss, They are All Fire …., no. 147

MR3338

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