Project Description

Stained Cherry Wood Netsuke of a Rat and Shogi Piece by Kano Tomokazu

Nibbling on the game piece, inscribed keima, which it holds in its front paws. Its serpentine tail provides a cord attachment. The eyes are inlays of dark buffalo horn and the incisors are of ivory or bone

Signed. Gifu. Circa 1820

Length 4.2 cm

Provenance:

Anonymous Japanese collection

Sale, Sotheby’s London 14th July 2005, lot 1033

Exhibited:

netsuke, edo saimitsu kogei no hana [Netsuke, Flowers of miniature carving of the Edo period], organised by the Nihon Netsuke Kenkyukai, Tokyo, 1995, n° 116

MR3971

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