Project Description

Stag Antler Sashi-Netsuke in the form of a Sceptre by Ozaki Kokusai

Carved as a stylised reishi fungus, its cap carved with a stylised rain dragon in such a way as to also suggest a comic abstract face, a small shoot providing a pleasing himotoshi, and the base pierced with an inome (stylised boar’s eye)

Signed: takeda minamoto nyudo kokusai zo. Tokyo. Circa 1870

Length: 21.3 cm

The inscription is thought to indicate a connection between the artist and the powerful Takeda family

Provenance:

W.W. Winkworth

Mark T. Hindson, sold in his sale at Sotheby’s London, 11th March 1969, lot 998

Betty Jahss, sold in her sale at Sotheby’s London, 13th June 1991, lot 61

Since in a private collection, Milan

Literature:

Neil K. Davey, Netsuke [Hindson collection], no. 524

Sydney L. Moss Ltd., More Things in Heaven and Earth, no. 72

Sydney L. Moss Ltd., Kokusai The Genius, vol. II, no. 317

MR3923

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