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


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


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